Our Team

Shelly Klein

Shelly Klein has been a successful educator for the past 33 years. Her experience spans roles including classroom teacher, school administrator, staff developer, literacy consultant and parent educator. Shelly has shared her literacy expertise in over 250 schools collaborating and partnering with students, teachers and administrators. She has authored charter applications, district-wide curricula, lectured at the college level, and provided professional development employing an ongoing professional learning model in schools. Shelly has worked in pre K-8 classrooms in public, charter, independent, and parochial school settings. She finds inspiration in nurturing growth and fostering positive change by elevating educators as they expand their skills. Both Shelly Klein Consulting LLC. stems from her collective experience in education. Shelly is best known for her extensive knowledge in literacy, her experience and sensitivity in meeting people where they are on their learning paths, and her kind, supportive manner through which she engages with others.

Sandi Stern

Throughout her more than 30 year career, Sandi Stern has served as an elementary school classroom teacher, as a district literacy coach, as a staff developer, and as an adjunct professor. Her extensive experience coaching teachers and administrators and designing curriculum is matched by her warm approach to building relationships and in her tailoring of workshops to fit the needs of each district. Her experience working with urban and suburban districts, public and private parochial schools, and ELL literacy, helps Sandi provide tailored professional learning that empowers educators in grades K-8 with the tools they need to support the literacy development of their students. As a literacy consultant, Sandi loves how the time spent engaging in professional learning together can correlate directly with our love of teaching and with the students’ love of reading and writing. Prior to literacy consulting, Sandi was a classroom teacher, authored district-wide curricula, conducted turn-key training to district teachers through the district-wide volunteer literacy cadre called Literacy Leaders and was an adjunct professor at Montclair State University. Sandi holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University.

Stacy Kaczmarek

Stacy Elman is a dedicated educator and engaging presenter who takes a student-focused approach in all of her work. Over the past fifteen years she has worked as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, curriculum developer, parent educator and literacy consultant. Stacy is driven by a desire to share her love of learning with others through meaningful collaboration. As a literacy consultant, Stacy thrives on building relationships with the educators, administrators and students with whom she works. She believes that strong literacy skills are the key to success in all disciplines and is driven by her desire to help all children develop into avid, skilled readers and writers.

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.