KIM KOPFMAN, PhD
Kim is a former Computer Science and Reading teacher at the high-school level. For the last decade, she has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Literacy at George Mason University, Marymount University and the University of South Florida.
Kim returned to the high school classroom in 2012 to study her dissertation topic, “How 9th graders Work through Online History Lessons” and, more recently, as a 9th grade reading teacher where she applied her research to the classroom, integrating print reading with digital literacy and motivation theory. Kim has also co-authored articles in the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Yearbook, as well as in the Journal of Literacy and Instruction. She has presented workshops, papers and lectures at the local and national levels. Along with her partner Dr. Nancy Guth, she also runs a small business, “K12 Literacy Partners,” that provides leadership training and professional development services in literacy. Kim is also the creator of several playing card games for learning word patterns, Greek and Latin roots, and prefixes/suffixes. She currently teaches graduate courses in Literacy at Shenandoah University.
NANCY GUTH, PhD
For over 44 years, Nancy has been dedicated to the field of literacy. From 1991-2014, she was the Supervisor of Literacy and Humanities, ESL, and Title 1 for Stafford County public schools, guiding Stafford’s growth from 13 schools to 30 schools by 2014. As supervisor, Nancy initiated a literacy leadership program with Reading Specialists in every school, serving as partners in literacy leadership with administration. Since 1999, she has also taught Masters level graduate courses in literacy at Mary Washington and George Mason University.
Nancy has always been a pioneer in Literacy. She was named to the original Commission on Adolescent Literacy by the then International Reading Association in 1998, and participated in the crafting of the original Adolescent Literacy statement in 1999. She has always worked passionately to support and advance adolescent literacy. She is a published author of two books to include,. Literacy Coaching to Build Adolescent Learning; 5 Pillars of Practice and Building the School Reading Program; Administrators and Reading Specialists Working Together, as well as journal articles in The Reading Teacher and Reading Today.