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.