“Getting to know someone is not a task - it's an art” - Pierce le Blanc
You may observe an A.L.L. consultant working with grade level teams refining lessons and units of study, meeting with a literacy coach to guide them in their supporting the mentoring of teachers, working shoulder to shoulder with a teacher to model how to unpack a lesson from plan to practice and communicating progress to the principal on an ongoing basis.
Here's our team!
Maria Tope Akinyele
Maria Tope Akinyele is a literacy consultant currently working with A.L.L., who specializes in designing culturally relevant and constructivist approaches to literacy instruction within middle and high schools.
Ira Bolterman taught in the New York City Public School system for 35 years serving as a Teacher Mentor, Staff Developer, Curriculum Writer and Literacy Coach. He led schools in developing reading, writing and literacy in the arts curricula.
DAN FEIGELSON is a literacy consultant who specializes in all aspects of reading and writing workshop, grades 2-8.
Constance Foland began her teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa
Andrea (Andy) Hess has been an A.L.L. consultant since August, 2011. Andy has coached many groups of teachers and administrators ranging from Kindergarten through sixth grade in Writing Workshop in the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento.
Emily Levine was among the first consultants to work with Accelerated Literacy Learning. In this role, she has worked alongside New York City teachers, coaches, and administrators to implement A.L.L.'s curriculum, designed to improve literacy instruction and create teacher leaders.
Lisa Levinger has taught in many different settings, including an independent preschool in Manhattan, a small village in Bolivia, a progressive school on New York's Upper West Side and at all instructional levels in Northern Westchester.
Bebe Morrissey graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and received her Masters in Teaching at Teachers College in New York. Much of Bebe's teaching career was spent at PS 87 in Manhattan, where she developed experience in integrating content areas in literacy, as well as teaching using the inclusion model.
Stella Pulo is a vibrant educational consultant with a sharp eye, wide range of skills, knowledge and international experience.
Brenda Wallace, lead consultant of Accelerated Literacy Learning's West Coast Division, is a distinguished leader in the field of teaching writing and reading.