Author Bio

Nicole Armstrong is a native Detroiter with 9 years experience teaching in lower elementary students in high-performing urban schools. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan and master’s from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. When she’s not teaching, she loves to read, write, and skate. Her favorite children’s authors are Eric Carle, David Shannon and James Marshall.

Shannon Dusute is a senior at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan studying Elementary Education and Spanish.

Julie Kayganich is a senior at Madonna University studying language arts for elementary education. Julie will be student teaching in January and completing her degree in May 2014. She currently serves as the Editorial Assistant for the MRJ and is a student of Dr. van Belle’s at Madonna University. Julie enjoys reading and reviewing children’s titles for the journal, as well as sharing her favorites with students with whom she works.

Tara Mulvany has a master’s degree in literacy education from Madonna University and is currently in her seventh year of teaching. She teaches at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School in Orchard Lake.

Nicole Podsiadlik is an early childhood education student at Madonna University.

Katie Rener is a recent graduate of Madonna University and the former Editorial Assistant for the MRJ. As an English major, she is passionate about supporting students’ creativity as readers and writers. She believes that books can open up a new world for students and is always looking for another great read to dive into. Currently, she is working as a long-term sub for Plymouth-Canton Schools in Plymouth, Michigan.

Rhonda Turner is an educator for Battle Creek Public Schools. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in science and has been a classroom teacher for 15 years.

Maggie Wunderlich is a paraprofessional who helps teach English as a second language to a diverse group of students in Plymouth Canton, Michigan. She has written a middle grade novel titled Visibly Every After. As an undergraduate 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.

Melanie Zamborowski is a first grade teacher and certified reading specialist at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Farmington, Michigan. She holds a master of arts in Teaching Literacy Education from Madonna University.


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