Michigan Educators Featured on Read, Write, ROAR!

Meet our Read, Write, ROAR! teachers and coaches and learn about what they do off-screen.

Teachers

Tan-A Hoffman, 3rd grade teacher on read write roar

Tan-A Hoffman

Second Grade Teacher at Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting Anishnabe PSA
Third Grade Teacher on Read, Write, ROAR! 

Tan-A Hoffman is a 20-year veteran teacher in the Upper Peninsula  of Michigan and a citizen of the Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. Currently, she is a 2nd-grade National Board Certified Teacher with the Bureau of Indian Education working in collaboration with the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians at JKL Bahweting Anishnabe PSA. She is a 20-21 Michigan Regional Teacher of the Year, a Board Member of National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, Co-Chair of BIE NBCT Network, and the acting Chair MI NBCT Network.

Brittany Mora, Teacher on read write roar

Brittany Mora

Third Grade Teacher at Bloomingdale Public Schools
Third Grade Teacher on Read, Write, ROAR! 

Mrs. Mora teaches third grade at Bloomingdale Public Schools in the very same building where she attended elementary. Her favorite parts of third grade are sharing stories with students and encouraging learners to love words. When she’s not teaching, Mrs. Mora enjoys testing new recipes, taking walks with her family, and reading in Spanish with her husband and daughter.

Jody Pung, Teacher on read, write, roar

Jody Pung

Early Literacy Coach for Ionia County ISD
Kindergarten Teacher on Read, Write, ROAR! 

Mrs. Pung is a kindergarten teacher on Read, Write ROAR! and an Early Literacy Coach for Ionia County ISD. Her favorite color is pink because it reminds her of love and kindness. One of her favorite books is the Giving Tree because the boy and the tree show what it means to be true friends. When she was a student her favorite subject was writing. She loves to imagine and create new stories. She became a teacher because she wanted everyone to love learning as much as she does!

Shernita Rodgers, teacher on read, write, roar

Shernita Rodgers

K-3 ELA/COSA (Coach On Special Assignment from Wayne RESA) for Wayne RESA (Chandler Park Academy)
First Grade Teacher on Read, Write, ROAR! 

Shernita D. Rodgers is an award-winning educator and consultant with over 12 years of experience increasing district-wide student achievement at Michigan Title 1 schools. She is passionate about learning and helping children and teachers realize their potential.

Haley Skelley, teacher on read, write, roar

Haley Skelley

Kindergarten Teacher at Livonia Public Schools
Kindergarten Teacher on Read, Write, ROAR! 

Haley Skelley is a teacher for Livonia Public Schools, and has been teaching kindergarten for the majority of her career. She has a master’s degree in Literacy Education from Madonna University and a Reading Specialist certification. Her favorite part about teaching is cultivating a love of reading in her students.

Annie Spear, Teacher on read, write, roar

Annie Spear

Early Literacy Professional Learning Coordinator for Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) on loan from C.O.O.R. Intermediate School District
First Grade Teacher on Read, Write, ROAR!

Annie Petrozzelli Spear has been in the field of education for over 20 years. She holds an MEd in Reading from the University of New Hampshire and a MAT in Elementary Education from Simmons University.  She is a member of MAISA GELN’s Early Literacy Task Force. She is passionate about supporting educators to implement research-supported practices aligned to literacy development that meet children’s needs and inspire their love of learning. She finds joy when engaging and collaborating with families and children. She lives with her husband, children, and two dogs in Northern Michigan.

Tracy Zarei-King, Teacher on read, write, roar

Tracy Zarei-King

Second Grade Teacher at Kalamazoo Public Schools
Second Grade Teacher on Read, Write, ROAR! 

Tracy Zarei-King has been an elementary teacher at Edison Elementary in Kalamazoo Public Schools for 9 years. She recently received her Masters in Literacy Studies from Western Michigan University. in addition to being a teacher, she is also a mother of 5, a wife, and a small business owner.

Chandra Ziegler, teacher on read, write, roar

Chandra Ziegler

Second Grade Teacher at Forest Park School (UP)
Second Grade Teacher on Read, Write, ROAR! 

Chandra Ziegler has been a proud public school teacher for fifteen years and is currently teaching second grade at Forest Park Elementary in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. When not teaching, raising kids, running, writing, or studying to become a certified Social Emotional Learning Facilitator and Yoga Instructor, she can be found playing in the outdoors with her husband, three daughters, and two black labs.

Coaches

Corinne Alt, Coach

Corinne Alt

K-4 Literacy Coach/COSA for Livonia Public Schools
Kindergarten Coach for Read, Write, ROAR! 

Corinne Alt is a K-4 Literacy Coach for Livonia Public Schools. She is currently working with Wayne RESA as a Coach on Special Assignment (COSA). She has a Masters in Literacy and has over 20 years of experience in Elementary Education.

Shannon Fuller, coach for read write roar

Shannon Fuller

Early Literacy Coach for Manistee ISD
First Grade Coach for Read, Write, ROAR!

Shannon Fuller is the Early Literacy Coach for the Manistee Intermediate School District. Shannon works with teachers, administrators, and parents to improve literacy instruction in grades K-3. Shannon has 23 years of experience as an elementary classroom teacher. She has a master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum with a Specialization in Literacy from Michigan State University and is certified as a Reading Specialist in the State of Michigan.

Christi Gilbert, Coach for read write roar

Christi Gilbert

Language and Literacy Coach for Kent ISD
Third Grade Coach for Read, Write, ROAR!

Christi taught English learners at the elementary level for about 15 years and has been an early literacy coach for the past 4 years. She is National Board certified in English as a New Language and has her Masters in Advanced Teaching Practices. Christi continuously collaborates with teachers, coaches, and experts to increase instructional outcomes for all students and is a life-long learner herself. 

Geanice Miller, Coach for read write roar

Geanice Miller

Early Literacy Coach/Consultant for Van Buren ISD
Second Grade Coach for Read, Write, ROAR!

Geanice has been an Early Literacy Coach/Consultant at Van Buren Intermediate School District since February 2016. She’s a 1993 graduate of Olivet College with a B.A in Elementary Education and received her M.A. in Reading from Western Michigan University. Geanice is a member of MAISA GELN’s Early Literacy Task Force and is on the Executive Board of MAISA GELN’s ELA Leadership Team. She lives in Kalamazoo with her husband Jerry, who is a third grade teacher in Kalamazoo Public Schools, and is the proud mother of Kegan and Kearney. In her free time, Geanice enjoys being a spectator at all things sports and reading anything that falls in the mystery/suspense genre.