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The 2016–18 Heinemann Fellows
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The 2016–18 Heinemann Fellows. Standing: Chris Hall, Aeriale Johnson, Ian Fleischer, Tricia Ebarvia, Anna Osborn, Kent Haines.
Seated: Dr. Kimberly Parker, Tiana Silvas, Katie Charner-Laird, Hollis Scott, Kate Flowers.

Meet the 2016-18 Heinemann Fellows

Heinemann Fellows Chairperson: Ellin Oliver Keene

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Ellin Oliver Keene has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, non-profit director and adjunct professor of reading and writing. For sixteen years she directed staff development initiatives at the Denver-based Public Education & Business Coalition. She served as Deputy Director and Director of Literacy and Staff Development for the Cornerstone Project at the University of Pennsylvania for 4 years. Ellin currently serves as senior advisor at Heinemann, overseeing the Heinemann Fellows initiative and works with schools and districts throughout the country and abroad. Her emphasis is long-term, school-based professional development and strategic planning for literacy learning.

Ellin is co-editor and co-author of The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching (Heinemann, 2015); co-editor of the Not This, but That series (Heinemann, 2013 - 2015); author of Talk About Understanding: Rethinking Classroom Talk to Enhance Understanding (Heinemann, 2012), To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension (Heinemann, 2008), co-author of Comprehension Going Forward (Heinemann, 2011), Mosaic of Thought: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction, 2nd edition (Heinemann, 2007, 1st edition, 1997) and author of Assessing Comprehension Thinking Strategies (Shell Educational Books, 2006) as well as numerous chapters for professional books and journals on the teaching of reading as well as education policy journals.

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Katie Charner-Laird

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Hometown:Cambridge, MA

Years in Education:20

Current Position:Principal of Cambridgeport School (PreK–5)

Katie views her role as an instructional leader, spending large amounts of time in the classroom because “there is no perfect lesson. There is only a lesson that perfectly matches the needs of the students.” Recently, Katie has worked to create an approach for teachers to be in one another’s classrooms, engaging in what her school calls “collaborative observation.”

Tricia Ebarvia

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Hometown:Berwyn, PA

Years in Education:15

Current Position:Teacher at Conestoga High School

Tricia has spent the last 15 years as a classroom educator with a student-driven approach to teaching reading and writing. Through her career, Tricia has applied the philosophy of the teacher-as-researcher while applying best practices to “cultivate independent learners” through independent reading and student choice. “For better or worse, “well enough” doesn’t satisfy me. I approach each school year, each course, each unit with fresh eyes.”

Ian Fleischer

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Hometown:Portsmouth, NH

Years in Education:19

Current Position:5th Grade (and former 1st Grade) Teacher, New Franklin School

Ian says it’s always productive to speak with students about “misfires and failures” and that they outweigh the learning moments of “triumphs.” He says we learn from how we tend to get things wrong. He is part of a yearlong collaboration with colleagues on the planning and teaching of writer’s workshop units of study.

Kate Flowers

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Hometown:Santa Clara, CA

Years in Education:19

Current Position:English Teacher at Santa Clara High School
Teacher Consultant at the San Jose Area Writing Project

Kate focuses on engaging students in a joyful and vigorous classroom, filled with authentic writing and reading opportunities. She works to adapt progressive practices to work for students in overcrowded, underfunded classrooms, across different socioeconomic communities.

Kent Haines

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Hometown:Hoover, AL

Years in Education:6

Current Position:Math Teacher at Simmons Middle School

Kent wants to change the way middle school students think about mathematics. He says he’d like students to solve equations more creatively and help them move “beyond memorized rules” in math practice.

Chris Hall

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Hometown:Durham, NH

Years in Education:21

Current Position:5th and 7th Grade Teacher at Oyster River Middle School

Chris engages his middle school students by incorporating meaningful projects to “focus their learning across subject areas.” Their inquiry often incorporates town landmarks or local historical areas as expedition projects for his students, which he says brings students closer to their community.

Aeriale Johnson

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Hometown:San Jose, CA

Years in Education:19

Current Position:Kindergarten Teacher at Washington Elementary School in San Jose Unified School District

Aeriale has taught in districts across the United states from Florida to Alaska to California and has served at nearly every level of public education. “Professional educators need to question the world around them, but especially themselves. We cannot reflect on our practice without inner reflection. As an educator, I consider it a moral and ethical imperative.”

Anna Osborn

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Hometown:Columbia, MO

Years in Education:14

Current Position:Reading Specialist at Jefferson Middle School

Anna felt the call to education after watching a news report on the need for teachers. More than 15 years later she still wakes up every morning with a passion to make a difference for her students. “Teaching is not for the fainthearted. There are unexpected tragedies and life changes that happen, yet, teachers hold an ethical and personal commitment to our students.”

Dr. Kimberly Parker

Dr. Kimberly Parker

Hometown:Cambridge, MA

Years in Education:14

Current Position:English Teacher at The Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School

Kim has worked successfully to address an achievement gap among struggling readers. She hopes her work in Cambridge helps other educators see the “potential in their historically underserved students.” Throughout her career as a teacher and through myriad leadership roles, Parker has been an advocate for classroom educators and sees her most powerful role as an educator who helps students grow their love of reading and find a book they’ll be able to connect with.

Hollis Scott

Hollis Scott

Hometown:Danville, CA

Years in Education:13

Current Position:5th Grade Teacher at Montair Elementary School

Hollis’ pedagogy is steeped in an emphasis on interdisciplinary learning, global citizenship, and visible thinking. “There is a social and ethical component to being a good teacher. Students need to learn how to be good individuals, citizens, and workers. They need to reflect and engage thoughtfully in conversations about social issues and how to take action, even if it is with simple acts of kindness.”

Tiana Silvas

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Hometown:New York, NY

Years in Education:12

Current Position:4th Grade Teacher, former Literacy Coach at PS 59

Tiana considers effective teaching to be an intersection of continuous co-constructed learning, self-confidence, and lifelong leaders that emerge from teacher teams and classrooms. Silvas feels that the best way to grow as an education leader is through experience in the classroom saying, “I continue to lead from the trenches.” She says “true leadership isn’t what you do in the moment, but the legacy you leave behind.”