Meet the 22 exceptional teachers chosen to write for the Scholastic "Top Teaching" blog!

Nicole Ortiz  //  Oct 27, 2016

Meet the 22 exceptional teachers chosen to write for the Scholastic "Top Teaching" blog!

Today, we are excited to announce the “Top Teaching” bloggers for 2016-17! Selected by Scholastic editors, this year’s team of exceptional educators consists of 22 new and returning preschool through eighth grade teachers who will be sharing their expertise with readers on throughout the upcoming year.

From suggestions for improving reading comprehension to tips for family engagement, the Top Teaching blog provides daily, original blog posts featuring essential resources for educators’ day-to-day efforts in the classroom, including lesson ideas, classroom strategies, book lists, videos, giveaways and more.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this outstanding group of teachers and provide daily ideas inspired by personal experiences in the classroom and tied to school year milestones,” said Maggie McGuire, Vice President of eScholastic. “At Scholastic, we know how important it is for educators to have access to high-quality resources, ideas, and strategies throughout the year and we are confident the Top Teaching blog will continue to serve as an invaluable asset for our online readers.” 

The 2016–17 Top Teaching Bloggers are:


  • Elaine Winter, New York

Elementary School

  • Julie Ballew, Grade 4, Texas
  • Angela Bunyi, Grade 1, Tennessee
  • Kriscia Cabral, Grade 4, California
  • Shari Carter, Kindergarten, Idaho
  • Genia Connell, Grade 3, Michigan
  • Christy Crawford, Grades K–7 Technology Specialist, New York
  • Shari Edwards, Grades 3 & 7, Kansas
  • Meghan Everette, Grades K–6, Utah
  • Nancy Jang, Grade 2, California
  • Nicole Kent, Grade 3, California
  • Allie Magnuson, Kindergarten, Nevada
  • Tiffani Mugurussa, Kindergarten, California
  • Amanda Nehring, Grades 1–2, Illinois
  • Lindsey Petlak, Grades K–5, Illinois
  • Brian Smith, Kindergarten, North Carolina
  • Andrea J. Spillett, Kindergarten, California
  • Alycia Zimmerman, Grade 3, New York

Middle School

  • Mary Blow, Grade 6, New York
  • Stacey Burt, Grades K–6, Tennessee
  • John DePasquale, Grade 6, New York
  • Rhonda Stewart, Grade 6, New Jersey

Don’t miss updates from these talented bloggers by checking out the Top Teaching blog, and following the Scholastic Teachers team on Facebook and Twitter