Barb's humor and flexible approach to the hard work of teaching reading and writing make her a welcome support in schools around the country, and around the world.

After earning her MA in Curriculum & Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, Barb began her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher by serving as one half of a Collaborative Teaching Team at a top-rated public school in Manhattan, New York.

Inspired by her passion for education policy, the diversity of her students, and the professionalism of her colleagues, Barb went on to work as a literacy consultant with the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, where she supported teachers across the country—and the world—with high-quality, research-based approaches to helping all children learn how to read and write.

Wanting to know how to best support literacy coaches and administrative teams, Barb went on to support Pre-K through Grade 5 teachers as the literacy coach at an international school in Taipei, Taiwan. During that time, Barb had the opportunity to work with coaches across the region and help develop a think tank for literacy leaders across Asia.

Barb now makes her home in Brooklyn, New York.

    Previous speaking engagements include:

    •Penn State University Summer Institute
    •Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Annual Conference
    •Middle East North Africa Common Core, Annual Conference
    •National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference
    •Connecticut Reading Association Annual Conference
    •ElevatED - Investing in Our Future!
    •International Literacy Association Annual Conference