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Amy Mascott, MA, Reading; B.A English Education
Allison McDonald B.A , B.Ed elementary education
Founder & editor: teachmama.com
Amy Mascott is the creator of teachmama.com, where since 2008, she has shared tools and resources parents can use to become the best teachers they can be for their children. A Reading Specialist, writer, and literacy consultant, Amy’s work has been featured on dozens of online and print publications, including Scholastic Parents, PBS Parents, readwritethink.org, PBS Digital Studios, and more. A former high school English teacher, Amy expanded the walls of her classroom and often shares her expertise at local and national conferences and events, speaking about literacy, education, social media, and community building. She currently sits on the Gates Foundation Teacher2Teacher Community Advisory Committee.
Married to an elementary school principal, Amy resides in the DC Metro with her three crazy-cool kids, a dog, two birds, and four fish.
Founder & editor: No Time For Flash Cards
Allison McDonald is a preschool teacher and the mom behind the popular early education website No Time For Flash Cards. Reading, especially helping lay the groundwork for learning to read, has been a passion of Allison’s for many years. While studying elementary education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, she worked as a reading tutor and volunteered with Pioneer College as a buddy reader for underprivileged children. Once she started her teaching career, she fell even more in love with getting children excited about learning to read through hands-on activities. When she paused her teaching career to start her own family, she started her website No Time For Flash Cards, and over the next many years, filled it with hands-on activities to help parents and teachers.
Allison began writing Raise a Reader blog on Scholastic Parents with Amy in 2012. Now that she is back in a classroom she is eager to have a chance to help even more children fall in love with books.
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