Participating Educators & Experts

Kristin Fitch- Parenting author & Educator-ExpertKristin Fitch is co-founder and editor of ZiggityZoom.com and a network of family-oriented websites, including CuriousBaby.com, Mommie911.com and HamptonRoadsParents.com.   She has contributed parenting articles for Dr.Greene.com’s Viewpoints and Mamapedia, as well as other parenting sites.  Kristin’s creative food ideas and recipes and creative ideas are regularly featured on Parenting.com, Babble.com and seen on Etsy.com

She recently took the initiative to form a national Kids Advisory Board of experts, including child psychologists and pediatricians that share her passion for the well-being of children and family.  You can view the list of child experts that are working with Fitch and ZiggityZoom.com by going here: http://www.ziggityzoom.com/kids_advisory_board.php.

Kristin also does speaking events on parenting  when she is available.   Kristin’s first inspirational parenting book, which she co-authored with Sharon Pierce McCullough, Parenting without a Paddle: Navigating the Waters of Parenthood has just become available.

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Susan Brooks is co-founder of Internet4Classrooms.com, an educational resource portal site for teachers, parents, and students that has been used in classrooms and homes since 1999. She is also an Instructional Technology Consultant and Professional Development Trainer. Susan has a BA in Early Childhood Education. She has provided curriculum and technology training to teachers since 1995. She presents frequently at educational/technology conferences and is a member of the Expert Panel in the AECT Project, Enhancing Learning Through Technology and is a certified I-Safe America trainer. Susan’s passion is helping teachers and students use technology, whether it is finding a good resource for a specific lesson plan, providing instruction in using a software program or guiding a student to the right resources to learn a subject. www.internet4classrooms.com

Karyn HodgensKaryn Hodgens studied child development at Chico State University before receiving her master’s degree in education with a specialization in elementary mathematics. With a multiple-subjects teaching credential, for over two decades, her passion has been designing real-world lessons that resonate with kids and their interests. In 2006, Hodgens co-founded Kidnexions (kid·neck·shuns), a kids’ educational company with the mission to help kids make connections between what they are learning and their every day lives. In partnership with her husband, John, she created KidsSave, a kids’ savings and money management software program. She is the author of Raised for Richness, a “how to” to help kids master financial literacy which received the 2010 National Parenting Publications Gold Award in the parenting resources category.   Her latest project is a series of Family Math Night kits designed to build strong family-school partnerships through fun and engaging math events. Contact Karyn at karyn@kidnexions.com.

Julie-Rebboah2Julie Rebboah has been a professional educator since 1998. She has been an Early Reading Intervention instructor, an English language development teacher, and a private tutor. Julie wrote Magic Letters; The Keys to the World of Words and Magic Words; Discovering the Adventure of Reading out of a need to provide materials to support and extend learning in her diverse classroom. Passionate about children’s education, Julie presents workshops to teachers across the country. Julie is a member of the National Kindergarten Association. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon with her husband, Christophe, and their two young children. They all love reading and sharing books together. http://www.lightningbuglearning.com

Tara Hudson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education at The University of Delaware and her Master’s Degree in Education at Stonybrook University.  Tara has taught kindergarten, second grade and third grade in the Westhampton Beach School District.  Currently in her fourth year as a kindergarten teacher, her passion is working with children each day and watching them grow socially and academically.  Tara strongly believes that children should be immersed in literature from a very early age.  Tara is also a freelance writer for The Patch Newspaper.  Her column, “Mommy Matters” discusses issues that relate to families.  Tara lives on Long Island with her husband, two children and dog.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and being outdoors.  Contact Tara at tarahudson2005@gmail.com

Stuart J. Murphy studied art at Rhode Island School of Design and, after graduating, worked as an art director and consultant for educational publishing companies.  Stuart focuses on visual learning strategies as a vehicle for helping children become more  successful students. “Long before children can read—or even speak many words—they are able to assimilate visual information with ease,” he says.  His MathStart books have won several awards, including honors from The Bank Street College of Education and The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio.  I SEE I LEARN is Stuart’s newest series using visual learning techniques. Each book teaches an important skill, such as making friends, playing safe, recalling events in sequence, and learning how to learn.

Calling Top Experts and Child Specialists/Researchers:

Are you a Top Educator or related Child Expert or Specialist? Would you like to be considered for our National Kindergarten Readiness Expert Panel?  Please contact Kristin at kristin @ ziggityzoom.com and put the subject as National Kindergarten Readiness Expert.


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