My first memory as a reader: I was in elementary school, at a friend’s house for the afternoon. At the time, I was an avid reader of The Babysitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin. It was a bright, sunny day outside, but I had settled myself on my friend’s bed, frantically reading one of the few Babysitter books that I didn’t already own. My friend had left me, knowing that I would emerge when I was finished with the book, hopefully before the sun set.
As a teacher, that was the experience that I wanted my students to have with reading. I wanted them to find books so appealing that they would put everything aside to finish just one more page. Now, as a parent, that’s the kind of love of books that I’m working to give my daughter, one board book at a time.
I have worked as a special education teacher, instructional coach, and school leadership coach. My education is in public administration and special education. Right now I am an education writer, and have written articles for Scholastic’s Instructor Magazine, Administrator Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, WeAreTeachers.com, Parents.com, and others. My middle grade novel for Zoozil Publishing will be published this fall. And, I’m working on a book about close reading (scheduled for publication in 2015).
You can find me on Twitter @SamanthaCleaver