DSC_0002(2)Welcome to the (book) supplier!

My name’s Eli, and I’m K12 English Content Specialist. That means I work with teachers who teach English and literacy.

For 12 years, I taught 8th grade reading intervention in a small town in southwestern New Mexico. Because of this, I am a voracious consumer of young adult literature. Some of my favorites are Jacqueline Woodson, A. S. King, and Nnedi Okorafor.

For three years I taught RDG 525: The Theory and Pedagogy of Literature for Adolescents at New Mexico State University, and loved it.

I graduated from Purdue University–West Lafayette with undergraduate degrees in English Literature and English Secondary Teaching in 2005. I graduated from NMSU in 2010 with an MA in Curriculum & Instruction, with a focus in Language, Literacy & Culture. I am currently enrolled in the doctoral program at New Mexico State University, studying Language, Literacy & Culture, and am working on my dissertation. You’ll hear me talk about this a lot.

I transplanted to the southwest. I’m from Indianapolis, IN. I grew up reading, listening to jazz, playing in various bands and with the show choir. I play saxophone, clarinet and flute. A number of summers ago I learned how to play the guitar. I play ukulele and cajon in a community group that does gigs around the city.

I like to ride bikes and I hate driving cars and wearing shoes.

Also, I’m married to one of the most amazing people in the world who loves reading and nerdiness as much as I do.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. OMG I play the baritone! I until I started grad school again, I even played in the community band. I also played jazz trombone. So to respond to your comment on my blog — yes, we can totally be nerdy, book-loving, doc student friends!


    1. Yay! I played in the community band until I started the doc program as well. I hated giving that up. I’m excited to have a new nerdy, book-loving, doc student friend. Not being on campus, I don’t have any of those. 🙂


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