Community in the Classroom
Meet the Bloggers

Did you know we have an all-star lineup of amazing teacher bloggers ready to support you and your classroom practice? All of our bloggers write original blogs each month, and are dedicated to responding to any questions or comments you may have. Meet each of the bloggers below and then check out the blog page to read the latest. http://educatorcommunity.hmhco.com/blogs

Amy Dendinger

Amy has been working as an Intervention Specialist since graduating from Bowling Green State University in 2013. After teaching the READ 180 program, she knew she wanted to pursue a teaching career where she could teach reading full time. In 2017 she began coursework to complete her Master's in Reading through Bowling Green State University. Now she is very fortunate to be launching READ 180 Universal full time at their middle school.

Andrea Barnes

All of my life, I have enjoyed working with children and have always desired to teach. It is my belief that no matter what socio-economic background, everyone deserves to achieve his/her educational goals. It is my ambition to facilitate this process. Growing up in the Houston area, I have always been aware of the Cypress-Fairbanks School District. The district's reputation of excellence is well known, not only in the Houston metroplex, but throughout the state of Texas. As a professional educator, it is important to be associated with a school district whose goals for its students are aligned with my philosophy of teaching.

I have been a READ 180 teacher for seven years in Cypress Fairbanks ISD. For the past 24 years, I have taught in seventh and eighth grade. My 25th year of teaching brought a big change! I decided to teach high school READ 180! I love it! My  29th year of teaching is also going very well! Our theme in our READ 180 classroom is "Passport to Success". We travel the world through the rBook, Independent Reading books and the Software.

Debbie Lee

Debbie is a READ 180 Stage C teacher based in New Jersey. I've been blessed with a classroom about 1 1/2 times the size of a normal classroom.  This allows me to have a writing station (for answering open-ended questions) and plenty of room to move around.  In the summer of 2007, I attended a presentation to my school district about READ 180. I was blown away by the possibilities READ 180 brings to teens who have struggled with reading for years. After 2 yrs teaching READ 180, I have seen students gain several grade levels in their Lexiles. No other reading program addresses the needs and interests of the high school student as does READ 180!

Noelle Morris

One of the coolest and interesting facts about Noelle is that she was the first READ 180 teacher. After a year of selling Birkenstocks and full-time substitute teaching in three counties, Noelle caught her break and was hired for her first middle school ELA and Science teaching position. Through her trials and tribulations, she had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Hasselbring, and then be asked by her administration to become part of the Orange County Literacy Project. She had no idea where this would lead her, but she truly believed she would be given the skills and resources for her students to achieve top results.

She contributed to the development of READ 180 and other intervention programs as a senior editor as well as wrote the Teacher’s Edition for Action Magazine. Noelle has also written several books for a nonfiction library and materials for professional learning and continues to enjoy writing. Today, she still has a passion for teaching and learning. She’s grateful that her first classroom experience has rewarded her with the opportunity to work with the top thought leaders in education, contribute to programs that turn lives around and give students the joy of reading, and continuously support teachers with the great work that they do.

Sally Doulton

Thirty-one years of experience teaching special education and reading on a secondary level. Nine years of experience using READ 180 and System 44 with middle and high school students. The Program works! My students are engaged learners both in and outside of my classroom. READ 180 helps me to open doors that were once previously closed to my students. I look forward to teaching my students every day because each day they teach me about life and learning.

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Scott Toonder

Scott teaches READ 180 Stage A and is based in Pennsylvania. One of his favorite things to do is write, and he submits his top-performing students each year for the 180 Awards. 


Tashena Vickers

I am lucky in so many ways, and my classroom is one of them. Construction on our middle school was completed in December of 2009. I have a beautiful classroom that is more than adequate for our READ 180 set up. I strive to keep it decorated in a fun and inviting way. In my room there are lots of students recognition pieces and I also try to keep lots of Eagle Pride memorabilia up - GO EAGLES!!!

I was chosen to teach READ 180 before I even knew what it was. It has been the greatest professional gift I have been given thus far :) I receive so much enjoyment from seeing the faces of my students as they begin to understand what they are reading.