Alphabetical List of Presenters

Last Name

DIANE SALAZAR: Supervisor, NonPublic School Title I

ANNIE SANTONI: K-5 Educator, Title I Teacher

JENNIFER SCHIELE-REED: K-12 Digital Learning Coach, New Berlin School District

KELLY SCHLEGEL: English and Speech Instructor, New Berlin School District

MEGAN SCHLIESMAN: Librarian, Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison

MELISSA SCHNEIDER:  4th Grade Teacher, Mayville School District

RHONDA SCHOONOVER:  Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Language and Literacy, Cardinal Stritch University

KEITH SCHROEDER: Quality Assurance Specialist, District Library Media Specialist for the School District of Marinette; WSRA Digital Literacies Committee Chair

NANCY SCHUBERT: Reading Recovery™ Teacher, Madison Metropolitan School District

STACEY SHUBITZ:  is an author, a certified literacy specialist, and a former classroom teacher who taught fifth grade at P.S. 171 in East Harlem, NY and fourth grade at The Learning Community in Central Falls, RI. She is the co-author of Welcome to Writing Workshop: Engaging Today’s Students with a Model that Works (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), the author of Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016), and the co-author of Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice (Stenhouse Publishers, 2010). Stacey is the Chief of Operations and Lead Writer for Two Writing Teachers. You can find her on Twitter @sshubitz.

FRANK SERAFINI: has been an elementary classroom teacher, a literacy specialist, an educational consultant, and a professor of literacy education and children’s literature for the past thirty years. During that time, Frank has published ten professional development books with Heinemann, Scholastic, and Teachers College Press. In addition to his academic publishing, Frank has written and illustrated seven children’s picturebooks, including the Looking Closely Series with Kids Can Press. During his tenure as an author and teacher educator, Frank has garnered numerous awards, including the Distinguished Professor of Children’s Literature from the ILA, Faculty Teaching Awards at both UNLV and ASU, and the Bank Street Best Book Award and the Teachers Choice Award for his Looking Closely picture books.

KAYLA SHIMEL: 7th  Grade Teacher, School District of Waukesha

CYNTHIA LEITICH SMITH: is the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling, award-winning YA fantasy author of the Tantalize series and the Feral trilogy (Candlewick). Her acclaimed realistic children’s books include Jingle Dancer, Indian Shoes and Rain Is Not My Indian Name (Harper Children's). Smith is also the author of Native YA novel, Hearts Unbroken (Candlewick). She looks forward to the publication of several contracted middle grade books in 2020 and beyond. She is published widely in realism and speculative fiction, in all age-markets for young readers and in prose, poetry, narrative nonfiction, short stories, and graphic format. Cynthia is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Indian Nation of Oklahoma and has been named a Writer of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. She makes her home in Austin and teaches on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She also serves on the honorary advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. The Austin chapter of SCBWI has instituted the Cynthia Leitich Smith Mentor Award in her honor. Learn more at and her Cynsations blog at

MEGEN SMITH: Elementary Educator, Reading Specialist

MONIQUE GRAY SMITH: is a proud Mom of sixteen year old twins and an award-winning, best-selling author. Her first published novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Canadian Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature. Since then, Monique has had 6 books come out, including My Heart Fills with Happiness, which has won numerous awards and continues to be a bestseller. Monique’s latest release, Tilly and the Crazy Eights is a novel about an epic road trip that Tilly and eight Indigenous Elders take. The story reminds the reader of the power of the human spirit and that love is medicine. In September, Monique has a new picture book coming out called, When We Are Kind with Orca Book Publishers. Monique is Cree, Lakota and Scottish and has been sober and involved in her healing journey for over 28 years. She is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.

DANA STACHOWIAK: is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she also serves as the coordinator of the Masters of Education Curriculum Studies for Equity in Education Program. Dr. Stachowiak's research interests include gender studies in education, literacy curriculum development, and social justice education.

LINDSAY STOETZEL:  Literacy Curriculum Specialist, University of Wisconsin - Madison, School of Education, Professional Learning and Community Education

NIC STONE: burst onto the YA scene with her powerful debut novel, Dear Martin. A hard-hitting, and honest look at American race relations, the book was widely embraced by readers of all ages. Her second novel, Odd One Out explores sexuality, friendship, and first love. Through engaging presentations, she examines how fiction and literacy can impact social change.

LYNNE STREHLOW: Title I Literacy Coach, Wausau School District