Stacy Kaczmarek’s Testimonials

Stacy is knowledgeable and current on the latest strategies and research in the field. She is able to answer unanticipated questions and provide examples for teachers on the spot. She is also extremely flexible. Not many educational consultants are so willing to create customized training sessions to ensure that all content is perfectly aligned with district initiatives. Stacy is able to be flexible due to her vast knowledge and experience base.

Tova Feifer, Supervisor of K-2 ELA and Title 1 Instructional Services, Lakewood, NJ

Stacy Kaczmarek was instrumental in training me in reading and writing workshop, a concept that was totally new to me. Stacy’s knowledge of teaching reading and writing and her ability to really break down the material to make it understandable, helped me to implement a program in a way that I felt proud of in the end. Our sessions consisted of the perfect balance of learning the philosophies and research behind the strategies and also developing lessons and activities that I could implement the very next day. Thank you Stacy, for taking the time to truly help mold me as a teacher.

Christina, 3rd Grade teacher in Roseland, NJ

As a first year Workshop teacher, Ms. Kaczmarek’s advice, insight, strategies, and support were invaluable. She not only helped us to feel better prepared to provide our students with the high level of instruction they deserved, but her supportive and positive personality also gave us the confidence we needed as teachers to tackle the new program. Enough can not be said of the level of importance her support and guidance has provided us as a grade level team and a district as a whole.

Rich, 3rd grade teacher in Roseland, NJ

Stacy Kaczmarek is absolutely the best literacy consultant ever! The teachers in my district raved about how she supported them with the implementation of Reading and Writing Workshop into their classrooms. She allowed them to celebrate their vulnerabilities and joys of learning a framework for reading and writing, which has strengthened our students independent reading and writing skills tremendously.

Dawn Scott, instructional coach for the Richland One School District in Columbia, SC

I learned so much from Stacy. Her passion for this model shines through by presenting the material in ways that are easily transferable to the classroom. In true teacher fashion, she presents the material in a way that is both enjoyable and engaging! Thank you Stacy!

Katelyn, 3rd grade teacher in Roseland, NJ

Best PD in 30 years!

Nancy, 5th grade teacher in Schenectady, NY

I learned so much this week that I can actually use.

Karin, 5th grade teacher in Schenectady, NY

What a GREAT Professional Development! You were engaging and provided excellent tips/suggestions.

Gloria, 3rd grade teacher in Roselle, NJ

You shared things with us that were practical and I can put them in place tomorrow. It was so helpful and will make my job easier!

Kaila, 2nd grade teacher from Columbia, SC

Sandi Stern’s Testimonials

Over the past three years in training with Sandi Stern, I have not only learned about the Readers Writers Workshop Model, but my teaching level has been elevated.  Sandi’s style of teaching is thorough, well thought out, always well-planned and executed. However, where I benefited most from the training was the inspiration Sandi gave me to become a better teacher.  Simply put, she makes me want to be my best. Sandi has given me the tools to help my students grow and learn and, hopefully, love reading and writing. Her friendly and caring personality made it easy to open up and really take a good look at our teaching methods.  We became a closer team because of the relaxed atmosphere we were working in, which is a huge value to our school and our students. When teachers are told they will be spending numerous days in training, the truth is we usually are less than enthusiastic. After the first meeting with Sandi, I knew this would be an experience I would enjoy, learn from, grow from and value.  Sandi Stern is excellent at what she does, and she has left little pieces of herself in my classroom as I utilize her tools daily. 

Lisa, Grade 7 teacher
West Milford, NJ

You have always been a great educational partner, and I believe in your work.

Mr. R, Assistant Superintendent Millburn Township Public Schools
Millburn, NJ

Thank you so much for your care and support, both professionally and personally.  I have learned so much through our work together, and I’m so energized to do MORE!

Hetal, Grade 1 teacher
Bloomfield, NJ

Sandi Stern has worked very effectively with our elementary and middle school teachers, deepening their understanding of the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, over the past 3 years. She is a consummate professional–prepared, organized, responsive, collaborative and knowledgeable. She has been very successful in building the relationship critical to working with teachers through her authentic experience, understanding of content, affable nature and true respect for the skills and experience our own teachers bring to the learning process. She is able to personally connect with teachers of varied experience and grade levels–a characteristic which sets her apart from “one-shot” professional development presenters, helping them to embrace what is possible for enhancing their literacy practice in meaningful ways.

Mrs. W, K-12 English/Language Arts Supervisor
West Milford Township Public Schools

Thank you for today!  The presentation was exactly what I was seeking for the teachers! 

Ms. C, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction
Kenilworth Public Schools

This is so comprehensive and helpful.  The teachers found it to be a very productive and supportive experience! Thank you again!

Ms. W, Curriculum Specialist
Roxbury, NJ

Thank you so much for such wonderful conversation today. I always leave your ‘talks’ feeling very inspired and ready to try new strategies with my students! 🙂

Tricia, Grade 3 teacher
West Milford, NJ

Shelly Klein’s Testimonials

Thank you so much for continuing to think about my kids even after you left here.

Pam, Literacy Coach
Mt. Pleasant, NY

The teachers are interested in this genre and have noticed how motivated the children are as well.

Rosanne, Literacy Coach
Mt. Pleasant, NY

Your workshop was an extremely productive and informative educational experience for me. It provided me with essential skills and resources that I could take back to my classroom the next day. My students are already reaping the benefits of all that I learned from you.

Robyn, Grade 1 teacher
New York, NY

I enjoyed your presentation today.  I look forward to incorporating many of the ideas you shared into my lessons.  The hand-out you shared with us is also a great reference. Thank you.

Gina Grade 3 teacher
Mt Pleasant, NY

I feel so energized! Thanks for your wealth of wisdom. My whole program is being rocked (for the better) Your visits are so rich and full of meaning, great ideas—wish you were here daily

Grace, Grade 6 teacher
Wyckoff, NJ

Thanks for a most informative workshop today. You gave us some wonderful ideas

Grade 4 teachers
Paramus, NJ

Thanks for a wonderful workshop today!  The teachers were energized and enthused- with strategies that they will certainly use

Elaine, Principal
Paramus, NJ

Thanks for a wonderful Day! The teachers were so positive about their experience with you. They are already planning to implement some new ideas.

Marianne, Principal
Brooklyn, NY

Looking forward to meeting with you again.  I always learn something great!

Joan, Grade 6 teacher
Wyckoff, NJ

I just wanted to take the time to tell you how much I truly enjoyed the guest speaker on Tuesday. It was very inspirational and made me extremely excited to become a teacher.  It has strengthened my belief that teachers can make a difference!

Undergraduate Teaching Student Montclair University
Montclair, NJ

Thanks for yet another informative and enlightening workshop.  I look forward to the next.

Grade 5 teacher
Fairview, NJ

As I might have predicted you were a huge hit! Everyone left wanting time with Shelly Klein – Congratulations!

Cliffside Park, NJ

I thought the presenter was wonderful, personable — well-prepared and a wonderful speaker.  I felt I could change some of my approaches.

Moonachie Teachers
Moonachie, NJ

Thanks Shelly! I always love our meetings; you leave me with so much to think about!

Lori, Grade 8 teacher
Wyckoff, NJ

Thank you for all of your support and time.  You really are quite an impressive teacher/colleague.

Judy, Grade 3 teacher
Irvington, NY

Just wanted to “thank you” for our workshop yesterday.  I was a part of the morning session (grade 2) and I have to say that I find you inspiring and a breath of fresh air.  What a find Lori made in discovering you.

Grade 4 teacher
Mahwah, NJ

I hope we will be scheduled to meet with you again soon…until then I am all set and anxious to begin poetry. Thanks again,

Kimberly, Grade 1 teacher
Mahwah, NJ

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for a wonderful learning experience the past 2 days. I came away with so many useful ideas and materials. I am inspired to implement them to enhance and strengthen my teaching.

Allison, Grade 3 teacher
Wyckoff, NJ

Thank you Shelly, you’re a true expert. I look forward to working with you this school year

Julie, Grade 4 teacher
Edgemont, NY

Thank you, Shelly, for your wonderful work this year. We look forward to working with you again next year.

JoAnn, Principal
Rye, NY

The Literacy Institute was fabulous! I feel so inspired and can’t wait to put so many things into practice. Thank you for inviting the teachers from Ridge Street to join.

Karen, Grade 2 teacher
Rye Brook, NY

Thank you for putting together a great day for my staff.

Jim, Principal
Rye, NY

Great session today; always amazing watching you!

Lisa, Grade 2 teacher
Rye Brook, NY

Thank you for all you do. Our teachers have a great deal of respect for you and the knowledge that you bring to the school. I don’t know if you see how they look at you while you are talking, but they are totally engaged.

Mr. B, Principal
Bloomfield, NJ

I just wanted to say that I, along with all the other 4th grade teachers, truly appreciate all the work that you did within my classroom. We continue to to talk about how helpful and informative the lessons were within the classroom. It was rejuvenating to myself and the other teachers that I have talked with since the lesson.

Brian, Grade 5 teacher
West Milford, NJ

YOU WERE AMAZING! I received tons of positive feedback!! Love working with you!

Carol, Principal
Edgemont NY

I thought of you today.. I was thinking about all the things I know how to do that I had no idea how to do last year… thank you so much for your guidance and support!!

Debbie, Kindergarten Teacher
Edgemont, NY