About the Bloggers

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Alex Nseir

Alex Nseir is a freelance journalist based in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. Aside from contributing to the Annenberg Learner blog, Nseir covers the NHL as a beat writer for the Washington Capitals, works for a nonprofit in the U Street Corridor, and serves as a neighborhood reading tutor in Adams Morgan.

Donelle Blubaugh

Donelle is an education consultant who works with her clients to develop high quality, digital resources that address critical curriculum needs and meet today’s instructional challenges in the preK-12 market. She has over 25 years of experience in education, including the management of education projects for PBS and the cable industry.

Virginia Loh-Hagan

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan is a Fellow for the University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Learning where she is the Lead for online learning, develops CCSS-aligned curriculum units, provides professional development to school districts, and researches best practices in education. Prior to joining IFL, she was a K-8 teacher, community college reading instructor, and program chair for an online university. She teaches graduate classes in the teacher education programs at the University of Pittsburgh, San Diego State University, and University of San Diego. She has a wide range of experience in the public school, e-Learning, and higher education/teacher preparation settings. She has a B.A. in English and a Masters in Elementary Education (K-8) and Special Education, specializing in Learning Disabilities (K-12), from the University of Virginia. Upon graduation, she received the "Outstanding Woman Scholar in Education" award. She earned her Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Literacy from SDSU-USD in May 2008; her dissertation—for which she received a ChLA Beiter Graduate Student Research Grant award from the Children’s Literature Association and for which she has published peer-reviewed articles and conducted presentations—was a qualitative study on the cultural authenticity of Asian-American children's literature. She is also a multi-published author; she has a mid-grade chapter book with Candlewick Press, a historical fiction picture book with Sleeping Bear Press, and several academic publications about children and young adult literature with Guilford Press, Pearson Education, and various professional journals. She presents/keynotes at professional conferences, consults, and conducts author visits at schools. She has served on the Literature List Update Committee for the California Department of Education and is serving on various book award committees (NAPPA, Eureka, APALA). She is the Cover Editor for The California Reader, the peer-reviewed journal for the California Reading Association. She is also an alumna of the San Diego Area Writing Project. She is actively involved with the community serving on several local boards and has a mayoral-appointed position as a Library Board of Trustee member. She currently lives in North County San Diego with her low-maintenance husband and high-maintenance dog.

Jennifer Roberts

Jen Roberts is co-author of Power Up: Making the Shift to 1:1 Teaching and Learning with Diana Neebe. She has had 1:1 laptops for her students in her high school English class since 2008. She also teaches pre-service teachers at the University of San Diego. You can find her blog at Litandtech.com or connect with her on Twitter @JenRoberts1.

Jennifer Weeks

Jennifer is a freelance science journalist who writes for magazines and web sites. She also develops case studies, web copy, and other materials for universities and nonprofit organizations. Jennifer wrote the online text for Annenberg Learner’s environmental science course, The Habitable Planet, and contributed to the forthcoming course, Chemistry: Challenges and Solutions.

Kathy Checkley

Kathy Checkley is a freelance writer who lives in Austin, Texas. She has been writing about K-12 education issues for more than 20 years.

Laura Grandau

Laura Grandau is Assistant Professor of Education at Lake Forest College. She is a teacher educator and researcher, who specializes in teacher learning and mathematics education. She has worked with in-service and pre-service teachers for over fifteen years, and in various capacities including mentor, coach, and critical friend. She taught K–8 students in both urban public and private schools for many years. She has also served as math and science lead teacher, special education assistant, and curriculum coordinator. Laura likes to help teachers investigate their work. She also gets energy and inspiration from working directly with teachers and students, and enjoys writing about those experiences.

Lori Stokes

As a K-12 content producer, Lori has created resources with a wide variety of publishers and teachers, including Annenberg Learner’s Introduction to World Literature series and website. Education is a dynamic force for good and Lori is happy to be a part of it.

Michele McLeod

Michele McLeod is Senior Program Officer at Annenberg Learner. She oversees production contracts for video courses and also works with a great team on communications. For Michele, working at Annenberg Learner is like getting to take every college course you missed and learning from all the great teachers you never had.

Shea Irick

Shea is a former high school English teacher but also taught Math for a few years as well. She loves working for such a well-respected source of educational resources for teachers like Annenberg Learner and being able to connect with her favorite kind of people..teachers!

Stacie Pierpoint

Stacie is a communications associate for Annenberg Learner, and an editor and contributing writer of the Learner Log blog. Stacie taught Spanish and remedial reading and math classes for six years at a charter high school in Washington, D.C. She has also written curricula in several disciplines and worked on various professional development projects. Stacie enjoys working at Annenberg Learner because she loves helping teachers find resources for lessons and she gets to learn something new almost every day.