I’m the “LitCoachLady”- a K-6 literacy coach at four elementary schools in Augusta, Maine. I’m entering my 32nd year as an educator: a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher, literacy specialist, and instructional coach. I’m the author of Close Writing: Developing Purposeful Writers in Grades 2-6 ](2016) and SPARK! Quick Writes to Kindle Hearts and Minds in Elementary Classrooms (2019) both with Stenhouse Publishers. My best “job” is being mom to my daughter Bailey and son Casey and wife to the love of my life, Jim. I have a passion for literacy and learning that I love to blog about and I’m on a quest to put more kindness back into this world.