"Thank you, Melanie, for everything!! You have truly inspired me with your teaching/coaching. My teachers loved learning from you, too! Thank you for your encouragement along the way. You really did give me courage, to cruise up and down so many avenues with my colleagues, concerning practices that are best for ALL students. It has been a pleasure learning from you. The work that you have presented over the past two years has inspired me. You named it and now I feel much more purposeful with how I can support teachers with moving students to high levels of literacy."
- Regina, Literacy Coach, New York
"Kate, I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful experience with Reading and Writing Workshop. I really feel that you brought so much to our district. I enjoyed meeting with you and I knew the info was going to be valuable. I learned a great deal from this experience. You also have such a wonderful way about you and made our space feel welcoming and engaging. Your students are very lucky to have you! I hope that we get to work together again in the near future. Thank you again for everything. "
- Lauren, 2nd grade teacher, New Jersey
"After thirteen years in the classroom, I can say without hesitation that Holly is one of the most insightful, committed practitioners I've met. I was lucky enough to work alongside Holly in both second and fifth grade settings. She is thoughtful, constantly reflecting, and adapting her practice, and she is incredibly gifted in getting children to learn. As a colleague, Holly is a pleasure to work with; she makes the teachers around her better with keen insights and a constant focus on improvement. The teachers and kids with whom Holly works are a lucky bunch!"
- Leah, 5th Grade teacher, Brooklyn
"I want to that you for making me a better educator and parent. Even though our son is only two months old, don't think for a second that I'm not reading to him every night! He loves Owl Moon and is already making the "Oooo" sounds. I want to thank you, Melanie, for making my students walk through the world a better person by developing a love for great books which in turn produces thoughtful writing!"
- Christine, Assistant Principal,Brooklyn
"Kate is one of the best teachers and coaches I've had the chance to work with in my 21 years in education. She is extraordinarily intelligent, incredibly collaborative, and equally powerful with kids and adults. I have had the privilege of supervising her as a classroom teacher, reading teacher, and literacy coach, and there is no one I've ever worked with whom I would recommend more highly."
-Sasha, School Director, Bronx, NY
"Your professional development has lifted my teaching and I look forward to each day we work together. I've learned how to use read aloud to teach reading, how to plan lessons after looking at student work and data, and I've internatlized the difference between teaching a book and teaching strategies to read all books! I appreciate all the materials you've shared and leaving each session smarter and more reflective because of our discussions, Melanie."
- Jenn, 1st grade teacher, New York
"Kate is awesome like thunder/Kate is kind like a cat/Kate is sweet like a bunny."
- Jammar, 1st grade poet, Bronx, NY