Our Team

Shelly Klein

Shelly Klein has been a successful educator for the past 28 years. Her experience ranges from classroom teacher and school administrator to staff developer and literacy consultant. Shelly has written charter applications, lectured at the college level as well as authored district-wide curricula. She has provided professional development for well over 200 schools and has worked for many years utilizing the ongoing professional learning model for literacy development and change.

Shelly has presented single and multiday workshops in public, private, independent, parochial and charter schools both locally and on a national level. She holds a Masters Degree in Education and Reading, is a certified Reading Specialist, and former New Jersey Governor Teacher of the Year. Shelly is best known for her extensive knowledge in Literacy, her experience and sensitivity in teaching a variety of learners, and her kind, supportive manner.

Sandi Stern

Throughout her 24 year career, Sandi Stern has served as an elementary school classroom teacher, as a staff developer, as a district literacy coach and as an adjunct professor.  Presently, she works as a literacy consultant nationally and in her home state of New Jersey, coaching teachers and administrators and designing curriculum.  Prior to literacy consulting, Sandi authored district-wide curricula, conducted turn-key training for district teachers through the district-wide volunteer literacy cadre called Literacy Leaders and was an adjunct professor at Montclair State University for 5 years.  Sandi holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University.

Stacy Kaczmarek

Stacy is a dedicated educator and engaging presenter who takes a student-focused approach in all of her work. She has years of experience as a classroom teacher and has also worked as a manager of curriculum and instruction in the nonprofit sector.  She has extensive experience writing curriculum and designing authentic assessments as well as delivering interactive trainings on literacy development and instruction. Stacy is driven by a desire to share her love of the teaching and learning process with others through meaningful collaboration.

As a literacy consultant, Stacy thrives on building relationships with the teachers, administrators and students with whom she works.  She works with each school to tailor the workshops and in-class support to the needs of the district, school, grade level, or individual teacher. She has worked in urban and suburban schools to  support teachers in implementing the workshop model in order to foster independence, agency, and a love of reading and writing within their students.

Sarah Buxton

Sarah Buxton is an advocate for all learners, and their right to individualized, tailored instruction under the guidance of masterful teachers. It is with this vision that she travels to different schools across the country running small and large group workshops, demonstrating effective whole class and small group lessons, writing assessments and curriculum and developing district-wide learning goals with school leaders.

After receiving her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Albany, Sarah Buxton began her career in Brooklyn, New York in a sixth grade classroom in a district that values professional development and teacher growth. In 2000, Sarah co-authored Workshops That Work!with Kirsten Widmer through Scholastic. Sarah began working as a full time literacy coach affiliated with Teachers College in Brooklyn where she continued to receive mentoring in leadership and literacy in 2005. The school was a pilot for collaborative, inclusion-based classrooms. There, she was able to hone her craft and set to practice differentiating instruction for all learners. She received her Master’s Degree in the teaching of English from CUNY in 2007. Since 2005, Sarah has been an education consultant working to support best practices in the teaching of literacy in all classrooms across the country.