Contributing Writers

Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 10.35.58 AMTricia Ebarvia teaches freshmen and AP English Language & Composition at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, PA. where she is also the senior class advisor and the faculty advisor for the TED Talks Club. She is an NWP Teacher Consultant and Co-director for the PA Writing and Literature Project where she teaches Digital Writing and TeachShift: Passion-Driven Teaching for the 21st Century. Connect with Tricia on her website,, via email at, or find her on Twitter @triciaebarvia.

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Karla Hilliard teaches AP Literature & Composition, English 10, and STEM Academy English at Spring Mills High School in Martinsburg, WV, and she also serves on the board of the WV Council of Teachers of English. Karla previously taught all grades and ability levels at South Hagerstown High School in Hagerstown, MD. She earned her B.A. in English and M.A. in Secondary Education from West Virginia University. You can connect with her on her class blog at, on email at or Twitter @karlahilliard.

StefanieJochmanStefanie Jochman teaches freshman and IB English at Notre Dame de la Baie Academy in Green Bay, WI. She is also a member of the Folger Shakespeare Library National Teacher Corps. Stefanie earned her B.A. in English and Secondary Education from St. Norbert College and her M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. You can connect with her via Twitter @MsJochman or via e-mail at


Megan Kortlandt is a secondary ELA consultant and reading specialist for the Waterford School District in Michigan.  In the mornings, she teaches at Durant High School, and in the afternoons, she develops curriculum, instruction, and assessment with a fantastic team of 6-12 educators. Additionally, Megan works with Oakland Schools as an instructional coach for reading intervention throughout the state. She has presented at various conferences including the Michigan Council for Teachers of English and Michigan Reading Association annual conferences. You can reach her via email at or Twitter @megankortlandt.

Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 10.38.03 AMHattie Maguire teaches AP English Language and Composition and English 10 at Novi High School in southeast Michigan. Prior to Novi, she taught English and Spanish at Southfield Lathrup High School and The American Community Schools of Athens, Greece.  She is a National Board Certified Teacher who earned her BS in English and MA in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University. You can connect with her via email at  or Twitter @TeacherHattie


Jay Nickerson currently teaches Grade 9 through 12 English at Gimli High school in Gimli, Manitoba.  Jay previously taught English 9-12, Art and History at Arborg Collegiate Institute in Arborg, Manitoba. Jay is one of the last graduates of the Nova Scotia Teachers College. You can connect with him via email at or Twitter @doodlinmunkyboy.


SONY DSCMichael Ziegler currently teaches English 11 and works as an MTSS Academic Interventionist at Novi High School in Novi, Michigan.  Michael has a particular interest in curriculum development and the role of popular culture in the English classroom.  He has also taught IB Theory of Knowledge and is a Content Area Leader for the district.  He earned his undergraduate in English at The University of Michigan and also holds a Masters in K-12 Administration from Michigan State University.  You can connect with him via email at or on Twitter at @ZigThinks .