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Chubbs, aka kitty bookmark.

Dr. Sheila Frye is a virtual sponge, whose approach to literacy is a many-limbed tree, connected by a trunk rooted in both eco-philosophy and developmental theory. The award-winning educator, who has served in myriad educational roles from special education, to gifted and talented, to academic research, to college faculty, recently wrote a Common Core English/Language Arts book for Barron’s Educational Series and loves creating literacy-based resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Sheila’s an adventurer, too: She traveled as a “citizen scientist” with Earthwatch to Ghana, where she worked at a hippopotamus sanctuary and bonded with locals ravaged by AIDS; at 21 she backpacked through Europe. These days her adventures often include hunting for stellar reading locales—willow trees, rushing waters, and tucked away nooks and crannies are her favorites—and meandering with her two teenage sons, curious companions who help her find magic in everyday objects.

An avid indie flick chick, her favorite film and character is Amelie, with whose eccentric soul and introspective tendencies Sheila identifies. It’s these casually brilliant idiosyncrasies that lead her to explore theories such as rhizome, which argues for models of nonlinear learning: multiple intellectual data entry points, modes of representation, and interpretation. 

Sheila holds a Doctorate degree in The Design of Learning Environments from Rutgers University, where she studied the crossroads between literacy and technology; an MA in Teaching with a concentration in Reading and Literacy from Fairleigh Dickinson University; and a BS in Special Education, minor in Psychology, from The College of New Jersey. She has certifications as a Reading Specialist, Principal, Supervisor, Special Educator, and Elementary Educator.

She resides in New Jersey with her lovely sons and a crazy cat named Chubbs.