Dr. Sam Bommarito (@doctorsam7)
During his 50-year career in education, Dr. Bommarito taught every grade K through graduate school. The majority of his teaching time was in Title 1 buildings both as a reading specialist and staff developer. Dr. Bommarito took part in a 4-year program where the Jennings school district trained its teachers in the Reading and Writing Workshop. Trainers were cadre and former cadre of Teachers College and included Isoke Nia and Katie Wood Ray. Dr. Bommarito retired from full-time teaching in 2015 but continues to be active in the literacy world. He is Co-Editor of the Missouri Reader, He has served on various International Literacy Association boards/committees, and is a past president of both St. Louis and the Missouri ILA boards. He does pro bono literacy work in a local elementary building and continues to do presentations and write articles about various literacy issues. Twice a year he is a presenter at BTAP, which provides PD for beginning teachers in the St. Louis Public Schools. In the spring of 2022, he was a featured speaker at LitCon. He collaborates with Dr. William Kerns of the University of Arkansas on various literacy endeavors.
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Dr. William Kerns (@Dr_WilliamKerns)
William Kerns is an Assistant Professor of Education with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework. Prior to entering higher education, William worked as an English teacher as well as a reading teacher and reading specialist. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in English Language Arts from Clemson University. Dr. Kerns taught was an Asst. Professor of English Education at Harris-Stowe State University from August 2015 to August 2019. His university teaching specialties are in the areas of English language arts, literacy, assessment, and philosophical foundations of education.