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Dr. Erika Burton earned her Ph.D in educational leadership, research and supervision from Loyola University in 2004. She is the founder of Stepping Stones Together, a beginning literacy program designed to empower parents with success based tools to help their child with beginning reading, writing, and reading comprehension. She is also the co-founder of Orion’s Mind, a K-8 SES (Supplemental Education Company) focused on math and reading skills. Dr. Burton has been an educator for over 15 years teaching educational research, writing early childhood curriculum, and as an elementary teacher and administrator.

Hadar Maor, author of the award-winning education blog Miss Kindergarten, has known that she’s wanted to be a teacher since she was in second grade. She has been a classroom teacher for four years and is currently working on obtaining a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Hadar loves organizing, crafting, DIY projects, and sharing her passion of teaching and blogging with others.

Leslie McCollom is a writer and educator in Portland, Oregon, and the author of the book Preschool Gems (Perigee/Penguin Books, 2012). She posts bizarre and hilarious real quotes from children on her Twitter account @PreschoolGems, where she has amassed over 200,000 followers.


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Jeannie Partin is a kindergarten teacher who has taught for 10 years. She also has taught first and second grades as well. Jeannie has a M.Ed in Early Childhood with an emphasis in Reading. She has obtained certifications to become a Reading Specialist, Master Reading Teacher and is also certified to teach special education and English as a Second Language. Jeannie enjoys teaching young children and creating teacher-made resources which she often shares on her blog Kindergarten Lifestyle.

Rae Pica is founder of Moving & Learning and has been an educational consultant since 1980. She is the author of 18 books, including the text Experiences in Movement and Music, and the award-winning Great Games for Young Children and Jump into Literacy. Rae is known for her lively presentations and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, Centers for Disease Control, and Nike. Additionally, Rae is co-founder of BAM Radio Network, The Education Station, and host of three programs on the Educators Channel.

Bevin Kateri Reinen, a teacher and writer from Virginia Beach, holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Mary Washington College as well as a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Old Dominion University. Bevin has been committed to the field of education for ten years. She is the founder of Teach.Train.Love., an educational blog for parents and teachers focused on promoting the social, emotional, and academic growth of the early childhood learner.

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