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With real-life experience as teachers, librarians, and administrators, our curriculum experts understand the demands you face everyday.

Margarete Ronnett
Dr. Margarete
Ronnett
Judith David
Judith
David
Jenny meyer
Jenny
Meyer
Roberta Starck
Roberta
Starck

Saray Novy
Sarah
Novy

Kristine Bliss
Kristine
Bliss

Wendy Miller
Wendy
Miller

Dr. Margarete Ronnett

Director of Classroom Products
“Follett's team of experienced and expert professionals selects from thousands of publisher materials to develop customized content and alignment solutions.”

BACKGROUND
Bringing unique experiences as a foreign language teacher, principal, and clinical psychologist, Margarete is deeply passionate about learning and strives to give both teachers and students the resources they need.

EDUCATION
Doctorate; Clinical Psychology
Master's of Education; Education and Social Policy
Bachelor's of French Language & Literature

My thoughts on the impact of Common Core

FOR TEACHERS it means deepening their knowledge of their own disciplines and developing their own pedagogical approach. Also, it means teachers will have to transition to a curriculum that is far more skill-based while also requiring significantly greater rigor of texts and content.

FOR STUDENTS it translates to a more personalized learning oppotunities, and more of a meta-cognitives process, learning how to learn.


Judith David

Manager of Classroom Products & Services
“We care that students excel and we have many employees who ‘think like a teacher’!”

BACKGROUND
In addition to her experience as a high school teacher for over 25 years, Judith served on multiple committees and councils and was responsible for developing and writing multiple curriculums and initiatives.

EDUCATION
Master's of Education; Educational Leadership
Bachelor's of Secondary Education

My thoughts on the impact of Common Core

I think both teachers and students who were accustomed to a curriculum that stressed coverage over depth of study will have trouble with Common Core's emphasis on depth breadth over coverage. Another area that may be troublesome will be the emphasis on developing strong argument, persuasive writing, backed up by serious research. Many teachers and curriculums stressed narrative writing over informational and argument. A third problem will be the students who are not proficient at grade level in reading and writing for whatever reason, ESL/ELL, special needs, learning disabilities. This will be especially problematic for older students who will be expected to attain grade level skills, but who are currently at below level proficiencies.


Jenny meyer

Classroom Specialist
“Follett has been in the school library market for a very long time. The name is recognized and known for quality.”

BACKGROUND
As both a former teacher and coach, Jenny has a devotion to students and collaborative spirit that helps her find curriculum-aligned content for your libraries and schools.

EDUCATION
Master's of Teaching
Bachelor's of Social Science
Teaching Certificate; Secondary Social Studies
Endorsements in Middle School English Language Arts

My thoughts on the impact of Common Core

The ELA teachers now have the freedom to teach topics and content that will interest their group of students while teaching the skills addressed in the ELA CCSS. The learning will be student driven. This will be a change for teachers, students, and parents as more emphasis should be placed on performance assessment rather than testing basic knowledge with multiple-choice questions.


Roberta Starck

Curriculum Bibliographer
“Follett is ready to provide the tools and materials to support the depth and rigor for 21st century learning.”

BACKGROUND
From a decades-long background as both a teacher and librarian in elementary and middle schools, Roberta brings a focus and drive in creating and maintaining curriculum-aligned lists for libraries.

EDUCATION
Master's of Library and Information Sciences(currently enrolled)
Master's of Education; Curriculum and Instruction
Bachelor's of History

My thoughts on the impact of Common Core

The most significant impact that the Common Core State Standards will have for teachers and students is that there will be consistency, depth, and rigor in the content that is taught and the focus will turn to College and Career Readiness in not just skill acquisition but skill application.


Karen LeGreid

Senior Content Specialist
“We are like 'facilitators' between the education and publishing worlds.”

BACKGROUND
With over 15 years experience as an elementary teacher and over 13 years experience as an educational consultant for assorted publishers, Karen combines a teacher's passion with the expertise of the publishing world.

EDUCATION
Master's in Education; Curriculum and Instruction
Bachelor's in Education; Elementary Education
Endorsements in Gifted Education and Middle School Language Arts

My thoughts on the impact of Common Core

I think the common core is meant to raise the bar for schools and students across our country. To me, having high expectations is a good thing. However, I think as a former teacher, I can completely empathize with teachers in their panic to do right by the standards. In helping to ease that panic by working with schools and teachers to see the correlation between what they're already doing and what needs to be done to fill the gaps is what I will find the most satisfying.


Sarah Novy

Classroom Specialist
“Follett will be able to provide teachers with the tools needed for Common Core.”

BACKGROUND
With decades of teaching experience from PreK to 7th grade, Sarah adds a unique viewpoint that helps her hand-pick a variety of curriculum-focused materials that ranges from traditional books to digital and audiovisual resources.

EDUCATION
Master's of Education; Curriculum and Instruction
Bachelor's of Elementary Education
Teacher Certificate; K-4 Reading
Endorsements in Middle-School Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts

My thoughts on the impact of Common Core

ommon Core will force teachers to change their approach to teaching and they will be held more accountable for their teaching. Their lessons plans will have to include higher level thinking skills as well as a writing component. Teachers will also be held more accountable for their student's learning. Students will have a harder time adjusting to the new learning approach, but will benefit in the end. They will become critical thinkers and be better prepared for life after high school.


Kristine Bliss

Senior Content Specialist
“We can fill in gaps helping them create a solid foundation at each level.”

BACKGROUND
As both an elementary teacher and Behavior Disorder teacher for over 14 years combined, Kristine brings a fresh perspective and special experience in creating customized lists for districts and schools.

EDUCATION
Master's of Education; Curriculum and Instruction
Bachelor's of Elementary Education, Special Education, Art

My thoughts on the impact of Common Core

The biggest impact it will have is making sure that the teachers across the country are consistently hitting all aspects of learning in each grade. Students will gain a more well-rounded education since the teachers will be more conscious of hitting each standard


Wendy Miller

Curriculum Bibliographer
“The breadth of content and knowledge are resources that we have at our disposal to help school districts succeed.”

BACKGROUND
Specializing in PreK and Elementary content, Wendy brings a decade of real-world library experience to her role in creating and evaluating the lists of materials that Common Core schools need.

EDUCATION
Master's in Library and Information Science; Children and School Services
Bachelor's in Elementary Education; Social Studies

My thoughts on the impact of Common Core

I'm excited to think that in today's global economy, children across the nation will have the same education goals and standards. I think the focus on more in-depth problem-solving and critical thinking will better prepare students for the workplace and higher education.

 
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