Lynette M. Autrey is a fourth-grade teacher for Howell Public Schools. She holds a master's
degree in reading and has experience leading a reading clinic and writing tutoring through
an after-school program with elementary school children in Detroit. In this issue ofMRJ
you will also find Lynette's piece Do You Know What Your Elementary Reading Program is
Lacking? in which she and her coauthors provide insights and tools for evaluating reading
Katie Rener is an undergraduate student at Madonna University in the College of Education.
As an English major, she is pursuing her teaching certificate in secondary education and is
passionate about supporting students' creativity as readers and writers. Katie served as the
editorial assistant for the Michigan Reading Journal. In this issue see her Note from Katie, in
which she reflects on what she gained in her experience as editorial assistant for MRJ.
Leah van Belle serves as the editor ofMRJ and is an associate professor of education at
Madonna University in Livonia, MI. Dr. van Belle teaches all of her university courses
as field-based classes in Detroit schools. Her work as an urban education consultant and
instructional coach allows her to collaborate with amazing teachers in working to close the
academic opportunity and achievement gap. She earned her doctorate in education from the
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Find her online at www.RethinkingTeaching.org.
Maggie Wunderlich is a paraprofessional who helps teach English as a second language to a
diverse group of students in Plymouth Canton. She has written a middle grade novel titled
Visibly Every After. As an undergrad student at Madonna University, she is pursuing a
teaching certificate in elementary education with a language arts major and an emphasis on
supporting English language learners. She is happiest when she can combine her passion for
teaching children and for writing.
Autrey, Lynette; Rener, Katie; van Belle, Leah; and Wunderlich, Maggie
"Of Cabbages and Kings: Reviews of Books for Children,"
Michigan Reading Journal: Vol. 45:
2, Article 15.
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