Texas Authors + Advisors

Authors

Our Texas author team includes researchers and teachers from across the country. With expertise ranging from directing statewide reading initiatives to managing ELA research centers, these renowned educators have leveraged successful trends and resources to create instruction that is built to TEKS for Texas students and districts.


Jeff Anderson

JEFF ANDERSON

Author
Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth

Dr. Diane August

DR. DIANE AUGUST

Managing Researcher/Director
American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Dr. Donald Bear

DR. DONALD BEAR

Professor Emeritus
Iowa State University

Professor Emeritus
University of Nevada, Reno

Former Board Member
International Literacy Association

Kathy Bumgardner

KATHY BUMGARDNER

CEO/Founder/National Literacy Consultant
Strategies Unlimited, Inc.

School Improvement Specialist
Belmont, North Carolina




Dr. Jana Echevarria

DR. JANA ECHEVARRIA

Professor Emerita
California State University, Long Beach

Dr. Douglas Fisher

DR. DOUGLAS FISHER

Teacher Leader
San Diego, CA

Professor of Educational Leadership
San Diego State University

President
International Literacy Association

Dr. Vicki Gibson

DR. VICKI GIBSON

CEO, Chairman
Gibson Hasbrouck and Associates

Educational Consultant
Gibson Hasbrouck and Associates

Author
Wonders Reading Program
McGraw-Hill Education

Dr. Jan Hasbrouck

DR. JAN HASBROUCK

Co-Founder & Educational Consultant
Gibson Hasbrouck and Associates




Dr. Laura Justice

DR. LAURA JUSTICE

Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology
The Ohio State University

Executive Director
Crane Center for Early Childhood Research & Policy

Fulbright Scholar

Dr. Timothy Shanahan

DR. TIMOTHY SHANAHAN

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of Illinois, Chicago

Inductee
Reading Hall of Fame 2007

Past President
International Literacy Association

Dr. Michelle Martin

DR. MICHELLE H. MARTIN

Endowed Professor
University of Washington

Endowed Chair
University of South Carolina

Founder
Read-a-Ramat

Dr. Josefina V. Tinajero

DR. JOSEFINA V. TINAJERO

Dean
College of Education University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

Professor of Bilingual Education
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)




Catlin Tucker

CATLIN TUCKER

Google Certified Innovator

Bestselling Author

International Trainer

Frequent Edtech Speaker

Dr. Doris Walker-Dalhouse

DR. DORIS WALKER-DALHOUSE

Professor
Department of Educational Policy & Leadership, Marquette University

Dinah Zike

DINAH ZIKE

Educational Author and Consultant

President and Founder
Dinah.com and Dinah Zike Academy

Professional Development Facility



STUDYSYNC ADVISORS


J. SCOTT BROWNLEE

J. Scott Brownlee is a Career & Talent Development Consultant at UT-Austin’s McCombs School of Business, and a core faculty member for Brooklyn Poets, a NYC-based literary nonprofit. The author of four books of poetry, he received the Texas Institute of Letters 2015 Bob Bush Award for Best First Book of Poetry, as well as the 2014 Robert Phillips Prize from Texas Review Press.

DR. MARCELA FUENTES

Dr. Marcela Fuentes is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Latinx Literature at Texas A&M University. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was the 2016-2017 James C. McCreight Fellow in Fiction at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. She co-founded The Iowa Youth Writing Project, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting writing programs and events for K-12 students in the Iowa City area.

VALENTINA GONZALES

Valentina Gonzalez is a Professional Development Specialist for English Language Learners in Texas, coaching teachers in ELL strategies and leading professional development at the state and national level. She has a natural love of language stemming from her experience as an immigrant from Serbia, Yugoslavia. Her years in education include roles as a classroom teacher, ESL Specialty Support Teacher, and ESL Facilitator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from The University of Houston, and a master’s in Educational Administration from Lamar University.


GERRIT JONES-ROOY

Gerrit Jones-Rooy is Director of Literacy at Collegiate Academies in New Orleans as well as a 9th grade teacher. Previously he worked as a Staff Developer for the Reading and Writing Project, leading work across the country as well as in Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Poland and Thailand. He is the author or co-author of several Teachers College units including "Turning Every Kid into a Reader, Really" and "All About Books: Writing in Non-fiction."

DR. LYNNE KNOWLES

Dr. Lynn Knowles spent the majority of her 28-year teaching career at Flower Mound High School in Texas, where she served as English department chair and taught English II pre-AP and Humanities, as well as AP Capstone. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from The University of Texas, a master’s in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Texas Woman’s University.

WENDY MASSEY

Wendy Massey has taught high school for 20 years now. She has experience teaching grades 9-12 but primarily has taught English II Pre-AP and PSAT/SAT Prep. She has served several years now as the English department co-chair; in addition, she has served on the curriculum writing team for her district and has been the Academic Decathlon language coach.


DR. PATRICIA MORALES

Dr. Patricia Morales is founder of ellservices©, consultant, and a professional development provider in English as a Second Language (ESL), Bilingual Education, and Dual Language Education. She is also an independent educational consultant at the Teaching and Learning Division of the Harris County Department of Education in Houston, Texas. She has taught university courses focusing on language acquisition and pedagogy, and continues to prepare thousands of teachers pursuing certifications in bilingual education and English as a Second Language in Texas.

RICHARD ORLOPP

Richard Orlopp moved to Texas after graduating from Rutgers University with degrees in English and Journalism. He never left. He has taught English for the past 17 years and currently teaches AP Literature and Composition and International Baccalaureate seniors at Coppell High School.

JESSICA ROGERS

Jessica Rogers is a Lecturer at Baylor University and founder of Rogers Education Consulting, which specializes in Balanced Literacy professional development. She has over fifteen years' experience in education, including teaching ESL, inclusion, gifted and talented, self-contained classrooms, mentoring teachers, and designing and implementing professional development. Her passion is making abstract educational theory and cutting-edge techniques practical for the classroom teacher.


MUHAMMAD SHIMAL

Mr. Shimal has been teaching for eleven years now. His teaching experience spans high school to college classes domestically and internationally. He currently teaches English Language AP/ Dual Credit for Juniors and College Prep classes for Seniors. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, a Master's degree in Linguistics, and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas at San Antonio.