Kellee Moye and Ricki Ginsberg met while serving on the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award committee. They were reading and discussing hundreds of books, and they quickly became fast friends. Both were diehard attendees of the NCTE convention and ALAN workshop and loved presenting at conferences and learning from other educators. Their passion is to make engaging books accessible for teachers. One day, Kellee called Ricki and asked her if she wanted to be blog partners. She said she wanted to create a blog for educators and Kellee’s experience as a middle school teacher might complement well Ricki’s experience as a high school teacher. And that is how Unleashing Readers was born.
Kellee Moye is the current teacher-librarian at Hunter’s Creek Middle School in Orlando, Florida. She began teaching middle school in 2006: first as a sixth grade language arts teacher, then as a seventh grade language arts teacher, then as an intensive reading teacher for grades sixth through eighth as well as a developmental language arts class for new ELL students, and now she is the reading coach at her middle school in addition to teaching journalism and advanced reading. Beginning the 2019-2020 school year, Kellee moved to the role of teacher-librarian at her school.
Although she loves teaching in general, she has found a specific love for teaching reading. She enjoys working with all levels of readers: those who striving to find their love of reading or improve their reading ability because it is so rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable to transform these students’ views of reading, school, and learning as well as working working with advanced readers by enriching their reading experience is equally gratifying and enjoyable!
She feels that the biggest key to helping these students is community which includes class discussions, student-centered learning, data-driven teaching, and, most importantly, helping each student find the specific books they’ll love and time to read these books (with the help of her 4,000 title classroom library). As teacher-librarian, all of her beliefs in the classroom moved with her to the library where she enjoys working with all students of the school and with other teachers to help them reach all readers with great books and literacy instruction. Kellee also taught the journalism class that created the yearbook for 10 years, advises the Future Problem Solvers club, is a literacy leader at her school, and a member of her school’s professional leadership team. Her school is a 1:1 digital school.
Outside of her classroom, Kellee’s passion remains education and reading. She was on ALA’s 2020 Schneider Family Book Award Jury and was the co-chair of the Jury for the 2021 award. She is the author of various teaching guides including for Candlewick, Chronicle, Abrams, Cake Literary, Barb Rosenstock, and others. She attends the National Council of Teachers of English convention followed by the ALAN Workshop and the ALA Annual convention whenever she can. It is through these national conventions, national organization memberships, and through Twitter that she has built her professional repertoire which includes recent activities such as presenting at NCTE 2012-14 and 2016-19; reviewing for The ALAN Review; serving on the ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE) Board of Directors for the 2016-2018 term; serving as the ALAN social media coordinator 2015-2020; and being a member of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award committee from 2011-2015 (where Ricki and Kellee met) including chairing the committee in 2014.
Kellee is a homebody who loves to spend time with her family, she’ll mention them often in IMWAYR and other posts. She also loves being a mom, reading (obviously!), watching TV, her pets, talking to her family on the phone (they are all too far away!), hanging out with friends, Pokémon, Animal Crossing, LEGO, and going to Disney!
Ricki Ginsberg is Assistant Professor of English Education at Colorado State University. She formerly taught high school English for six years in Vernon-Rockville, Connecticut. There, she proposed, designed, and implemented two courses, Young Adult Literature I and II. Her mission was to help students learn about young adult literature in a warm, welcoming setting. Hundreds of students signed up for the course, and they devoured and discussed thousands of books. She is a strong advocate for allowing students choice in their reading materials to allow them to take ownership of their reading lives.
Every year, Ricki participates in a lot of great conferences including AERA’s annual conference and NCTE’s annual convention. She particularly loves NCTE’s ALAN Workshop (www.alan-ya.org). This conference is for educators, librarians, authors, and publishers who are interested in working to increase awareness of the power of young adult literature. Ricki was the 2020 President of ALAN, and has served as a member of the ALAN Board, as an ALAN consultant, and as a member of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee (three years as a member, one year as chair, and one year as past-chair). For five years, Ricki was Assistant Editor of The ALAN Review, a scholarly journal dedicated to young adult literature.
Ricki’s research interests rest in integrating diverse texts and pedagogical practices in schools and the recruitment and retainment of teachers of color. Her work has published in journals like Teachers College Record, Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, English Journal, Voices from the Middle, The ALAN Review, Journal of Human Rights, Journal of Adolescent Research, and Multicultural Perspectives.
She and her co-editor Wendy J. Glenn recently published the book Engaging with Multicultural YA Literature in the Secondary Classroom: Critical Approaches for Critical Educators.
Ricki is the proud mom of three wonderful boys who are avid readers!
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