The Writers

The following is our growing list of monthly contributing authors, as well as our past guest bloggers. Writers are listed in the order they joined our writing team here at My Teachers Lounge.

Laura Gurley.  Laura is a busy mom of three terrific kids and owner of The Teachers’ Lounge {a parent/teacher store}. She has a degree in Elementary Education and is an experienced classroom teacher who has worked with children from early childhood through the upper grades. Laura specializes in getting teachers to “think outside the box” as she shows them how to transform basic teacher tools into spectacular student manipulatives. Laura is also the current editor of MyTeachersLounge.

Past Contributors


Laura Parker.  Founder of MyTeachersLounge, Laura has a Middle Grades Education Degree.  She has worked in the public school system, the private school system, and has taught internationally, as well. Currently, she is living in SouthEast Asia, and is educating her three children at home. In addition to being published in MomSense magazine, she also has written for Compassion International, {In}Courage, and RELEVANT magazine. Laura blogs often and honestly about a life overseas at You can follow her on Twitter @LauraParkerBlog.


Amy Sullivan. She has degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education. She has taught in a variety of locales including the mountains of Colorado, the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, and the suburbs of Chicago. Amy writes for both print and online publications. She is currently writing a non-fiction book about practical ways for families to serve others. Amy spends her mornings teaching sassy, high school students in Western North Carolina, and her afternoons attempting to correct her two daughters’ newly acquired Southern accents. Amy blogs at Amy L. Sullivan .



Kendal Privette.  Kendal has a middle grades education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is teaching her eighteenth year in North Carolina.  She has taught Language Arts and/or Social Studies in a K-8 and various middle schools.  Her favorite part of teaching is building relationships with students. She has published one book, Full, and blogs {mostly poetry} at a spacious place.


Laura Lee Groves. Laura graduated from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky with a degree in Communication Arts and a minor in English. Her first teaching job was in Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma, teaching middle school English, humanities, and speech. She took some time out to add four boys to the family and then returned to teach high school sophomores at Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, FL, still her teaching home. (Somewhere in the midst of that, she earned her Master of Arts in English and American Literature at Florida Atlantic University with a thesis on Edmund Spenser.) Her parenting book, I’m Outnumbered! One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys, was published by Kregel in 2010. She connects with moms on her blog,, contributes to, and writes for writers at


Lisa Dabbs. Lisa was an elementary school teacher in California before she became a principal for 14 years. With a B. A. in Child Development and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration, she has served as a consultant, coach, and adjunct professor for graduate level educational courses in Los Angeles. She founded #ntchat, a twitter rave that has new teachers in conversation about relevant topics on a regular basis, and she is part of the core blogging team at Edutopia. Her current passion is in mentoring new teachers and inspiring them to be effective in their classrooms. She blogs at You can find her {a lot} on twitter at @teachingwthsoul.


Steve Reifman is a National Board Certified elementary school teacher, author, and speaker in Santa Monica, CA. He has written several books for educators and parents, including Changing Kids’ Lives One Quote at a Time and Eight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8. Steve is also the creator of the Chase Manning Mystery Series for kids 8-12. Each book in the series features a single-day, real-time thriller that occurs on an elementary school campus. For weekly Teaching Tips, blog posts, and other valuable resources and strategies on teaching the whole child, visit You can follow Steve on Twitter at!/stevereifman.
Jill Scott. Jill is a blogger, a teacher, and a mom. She lives in Idaho with her husband and two girls. She minored in math before entering the teaching credential program because she hated it, but knew it would make her more marketable as a teacher. Somewhere along the way, she fell in love with math. Life is surprising. She teaches sixth grade in an elementary school, but would like to end up back in middle school teaching just math, because she likes bringing kids over to the Dark Side. She blogs at about crafts, cooking, organizing, teacher pursuits, and sometimes just to make fun of her husband. She would love to write a book, but she has no idea what it would be about.
Angela Watson. Angela is the creator of The Cornerstone, a collection of print and online resources designed to make teaching more effective, efficient, and enjoyable. Angela was a classroom teacher for 11 years and currently works as an instructional coach and educational consultant based in New York City.  She conducts webinars and writes books centered on her passion for helping teachers build strong classroom management and a positive mindset so they can truly enjoy their work. Angela’s website,, features hundreds of free teaching articles, lesson ideas and activities, classroom photos, printable forms/posters, and more. You can follow her on Twitter at: Angela_Watson .
 Jenny Kable. Jenny has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and has over 15 years experience teaching young children from birth to five in a variety of early learning settings, including owning and directing her own Long Day Care Centre.  By day she teaches at Kinma, a small progressive preschool nestled in the beautiful Australian bush and by night she blogs at Let the Children Play, a place to celebrate play in the lives and education of young children.  Jennifer has a passion for play-based learning, connecting young children to nature and creating irresistible learning spaces for children, both indoors and out.  She lives in Sydney with her husband and two sons. You can find her on Twitter here: @preeschoolplay.

Shelley Gray. Shelley graduated from the University of Manitoba in Manitoba, Canada in 2005 with a degree in Education. She received the 2009-2010 Innovative Teacher Award as well as the 2010 Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Manitoba. Shelley is currently taking a few years away from the classroom to be at home with her three young children, but stays involved with education through creating teaching resources, many of which center around her love for teaching math and keeping students highly engaged. Her resources can be found on Teachers Pay Teachers. Shelley is also the author of Teaching in the Early Years, a blog specializing in ideas and strategies for grades one to four students. You can also connect with her through her Facebook page, Teaching Resources by Shelley Gray.


Erin Klein.  Erin has a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.  She has worked in the public school system and private school system.  Currently, she is living in SouthEast Michigan, and has a seven year old daughter and a four year old son. In addition to being published in Edudemic magazine, she also has written for Edutopia, EdudemicReally Good StuffTeaching Blog AddictClassroom Freebies and TeacherCast.  She is also the co-author of an education book to be published this summer.   In addition to being an elementary teacher, Erin also serves as the state’s co-Technology chair for the Michigan Reading Association and a member of The National Writing Project.  She is also a SMART Technologies Exemplary Educator and an organizer for The EdCamp Detroit Organization.  Please visit her award-winning blog at:  You can follow her on Twitter @KleinErin.

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