“Like, READ” (with that emphasis) is what I used to say to my students when I was exasperated with them. After a while, it became our slogan. It’s all about having no shame about reading what you like, and making selections so you love what you read. To see what I’m loving to read right now, check out my blog.
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.