Contributing Writers

FullSizeRender (5).jpgKristin Bond is a secondary teacher at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Currently, she teaches AP Language and Composition, IB Language and Literature, and Grade 10. She will begin a literacy coaching program in January and believes fully in the reader’s/writer’s workshop method. She earned her BEd in English and PE from the University of British Columbia and completed a Master of Arts in Learning and Technology through Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. Connect with Kristin via email at, or find her on Twitter @readwritemore.

Stephen Briseño HeadshotStephen Briseño teaches 8th grade ELA and Newspaper at Alamo Heights Junior School in San Antonio, TX. In 2017, he was the recipient of a Book Love Foundation Grant to grow his classroom library–thanks, Penny Kittle! He also leads writing professional development with his wife, Kayla, for Texas teacher/author Gretchen Bernabei. Stephen is passionate about all things reading and writing–in particular, poetry, picture books, and MG/YA–and is actively searching for the fine balance of teacher as practicing writer. His first book of poetry, What It Feels from Like to Be a Zebra, comes out in January 2020 from Finishing Line Press. Connect with him through email him at or on Twitter @stephen_briseno.


Stefanie Jochman teaches freshman and IB English at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, VA. 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.


Paige Timmerman teachSchool Photo 2018.JPGes 9th and 12th grade English at Salem Community High School in Salem, Illinois.  She earned her undergraduate degree in English education at Western Illinois University and her graduate degree in English and American literature at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.  You can reach out to her on Twitter @pbrink12 or via email at


Noah Waspe miamiID.jpgteaches 6th grade ELA at The Plains Elementary School in Athens, OH. He is also on the executive board of directors for the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (OCTELA), for which he serves as the Middle School Liaison and host of the Speaking and Listening Podcast. Additionally, Noah facilitates and advocates for work around makerspaces, Genius Hour, and other inquiry-driven work. He earned his BA in Education from the University of Cincinnati and his Master of Arts in Teaching through the Ohio Writing Project at Miami University. Connect with Noah via email at, or find him on Twitter @MrWteach.

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Brett Vogelsinger teaches 9th grade English at Holicong Middle School in Doylestown, PA.  He begins class with a “Poem of the Day” routine and curates and annual blogging project called Go Poems, encouraging other teachers to try this routine during National Poetry Month. Brett enjoys keeping an active writer’s notebook alongside his students, gardening, and advising his school’s literary magazine.  You can contact Brett at @theVogelman on Twitter or via

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 .