Just Some of the Other Speakers at the MRA 2021 Virtual Conference

As we look ahead to spring, MRA is moving its annual conference online during the weekend of March 12 to 14, 2021. There are so many speakers, we’ve run out of time to feature them all. So here’s just a taste of some of the seasoned professionals presenting this weekend.

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Stacey Banks is a highly motivated, adaptable special educator with 17+ years of experience working with students with special needs in a wide range of educational settings.

Chelsea Berg teaches 9th and 11th grade English, U.S. History, and Student Leadership at H.H. Dow High School.

Judie Caroleo is 95 Percent Group’s Director of Consulting Operations. Prior to joining 95 Percent Group, she was Director of Instruction for a literacy non-profit specializing in teacher education and the treatment of dyslexia.

Judie Caroleo

Chelsea Chambers is an MKEO/KRA Facilitator and Data Coach. She joined this new team in 2020, following 8 years in K-12 school and non-profit work. Chelsea has served as a teacher, interventionist, performance and quality improvement specialist, and data specialist.

Dr. Anissa Collins currently serves as the Executive Director for the Institute for Research and Reform in Education (IRRE), a non-profit education organization that partners with districts and schools across the country. Prior to that, Dr. Collins served as assistant and Director of Instruction for IRRE since 2010.

Dr. Anissa Collins

Reading is a gift that should be shared with everyone! Stephanie “S.F. Hardy” Fazekas, has devoted her personal and professional life to passing the infinite joy of reading. By day, she lives out one of her wildest dreams as a Children’s Librarian.

Laura Gabrion is a Literacy Consultant at Wayne RESA. Over the course of her career, Laura has taught at the middle school and college levels; she has also served as the Director of Professional Development for the Meadow Brook Writing Project and as a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Michigan Reading Journal.

Laura Gabrion

Dr. Troy Hicks is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University. He directs both the Chippewa River Writing Project and the Master of Arts in Learning, Design & Technology program.

Troy Hicks
Dr. Troy Hicks

Randy Lobur has served as a Senior Instructional Specialist at IRRE for the past five years. With over a decade of experience in the field, he has excelled as a classroom and lead teacher in secondary schools.

Randall Lobur

Dr. Sharon Murchie (@smurchies) teaches English at Okemos High School in Okemos, Michigan and is a teacher consultant for Red Cedar Writing Project and Chippewa River Writing Project.

Molly Ness began her teaching career as a Teach For America corps member and 6th grade teacher in Oakland, California. She earned a doctorate in Reading Education from the University of Virginia. Since 2006, she has been a teacher educator and associate professor at Fordham University. She is the author of four books and multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Molly Ness

Bryn  Orum coordinates programs for youth and educators including Rise Up & Write: a youth advocacy writing program, and the College, Career, and Community Writers Program: a National Writing Project program for evidence-based argument writing.

Bryn Orum

Arlene O. Reese, MLIS, has served as a Reading and Literacy Specialist/Librarian at Detroit Public Library, and for many years she was involved in Early Childhood Literacy in the position of Family Literacy Specialist, first at TOFM Head Start in Detroit, MI and later for Starfish Family Services in Inkster, MI.

Jenelle Williams is a Literacy Consultant within the Leadership and School Improvement unit at Oakland Schools. She joined the organization in 2017 following 18 years of experience in public schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35, click here .

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