Abell and Atherton Educational Consultants
Abell brings a wealth of classroom experience to schools and teachers.
With 27 years as a highly effective English teacher for Butler County High
School and adjunct faculty member for WKU, seven years' experience as
co-director of the Western Kentucky University Writing Project, and three years
as a Writing Consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education, she has, for
the past ten years, provided quality professional development for thousands of
Kentucky teachers and administrators as a private consultant for Abell &
Atherton Educational Consulting, Inc.
During her 29-year career
Debby Atherton held successful positions as an elementary, middle, and high
school principal. Before her tenure as principal of Bullitt East High School,
Ms. Atherton served as a Director of Secondary Education, a District Assessment
Coordinator, and Regional Science Consultant for the Kentucky Department of
Education. Ms. Atherton was honored with the Louisville Writing Project's
Patrona Award for her support of the teaching of writing. Since
her retirement Ms. Atherton has provided professional development for teachers
and administrators throughout Kentucky as a private educational consultant for
Abell & Atherton Educational Consulting, Inc.
Elmore is a 19-year veteran English teacher with experience in both middle
(grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) in Morgantown, KY. She served as
Writing Cluster Leader for six years at Butler County Middle School and as
On-Demand Coordinator for four years at Butler County High School. She fostered
growth at the high school level and saw gains in over 34 points just in
On-Demand. Mrs. Elmore has designed multiple professional development
her district for content teachers. She helped all content teachers see the
value of using reading and writing to demonstrate learning in their content areas.
Scores have once again moved in her area. Mrs. Elmore is also a Western
Kentucky University Writing Project Fellow. She is also a leading member
of the Professional Growth Effectiveness System and was asked to participate on
the 50/50 Committee for the Butler County school system. "I love what I do and
helping others help students achieve is the most rewarding job," per Mrs.
Harris is a National Board Certified Teacher with twenty-one years experience.
She has served in various roles during her career, including KAPLAN ACT
instructor, independent ACT consulting with both school staff and student
trainings, Middle School Writing Consultant for the Kentucky Department of
Education, Literacy Coach at the high school level, etc. Her experience has
allowed her to travel across our state instructing students in writing and
assessment. Her career began in eastern Kentucky where she taught for 15 years
before relocating to Louisville, Kentucky. She currently teaches AP Language and
Composition and English III at Bullitt East High School in Mount Washington,
Kentucky. Mrs. Harris has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehead State
University in English and Journalism as well as a Master of Arts degree in
English. She has 10 years experience teaching English 101 and English 102 for
the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. She is married to Tony
Harris and they have four children. They reside in Louisville, Kentucky.
Andrea Isaacs is a third year
English teacher who lives to inspire others both inside and out of the
classroom. She currently teaches Juniors and AP seniors and specializes in
high-energy instruction that brings writing and reading to a prominent center of
the educational experience. She has worked as a presenter for the Louisville
Writing Project, along with a list of professional development and teacher
trainings that encourage teachers to visually engage students while
incorporating progressive technology and cross-content collaboration.
here with Barry Lane, Lauren Coffey has held a number of roles as an educator in
her ten year career. She has worked as a social studies teacher, reading interventionist
and coach, instructional program specialist, and English teacher. Over the past
two years, Lauren has participated in the Kentucky Team of Literacy in the
Common Core Initiative, as part of the National Writing ProjectÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s partnership
with the Gates Foundation, to develop and implement LDCs. This year, the
Kentucky Council of Teachers of English honored her with the Middle Grades
Teacher of the Year Award. In addition to presenting writing workshops developed
by Abell & Atherton Educational Consulting, Inc., Lauren offers sessions that
help teachers facilitate text-based academic conversations in the classroom as
an essential component of the writing process.
Taylor has 22 years teaching experience in elementary and middle school. She
taught at Moss Middle School for 18 years. The last 8 of those years at Moss
were spent working as the curriculum coordinator. Since leaving Moss Middle
School, she has taught 5th grade language arts at Rockfield and is currently
teaching 5th grade at Jody Richards Elementary School in Warren County. Kim
earned her Undergraduate, Masters, and Rank I degrees from Western Kentucky
University and is also a former WKU Writing Project fellow.
Huston brings her energy, excitement, and years of experiences. This
Elementary Consultant's expertise lies in her ability to engage students through
the effective us of research-based strategies to immerse young learners in
reading and writing.
Nancy has 17 years of classroom experience with first
and second grade learners. In addition, she has experience as the
Assistant to the Director for the WKU Kentucky Reading Project for seven years,
State Reading First Coach for four years, and grant coordinator for GRREC's
Early Reading First program for four years. Nancy is a WKU Writing Project
Fellow and has served on the WKU Writing Project advisory board and as the In
Service Coordinator. She is currently working part time as a K-3 Literacy
Consultant for GRREC's Race to the Top grant.
Gaye Foster has a variety of work and teaching
expeirence, having worked in the medical profession for fifteen years prior to
her twenty five years of teaching science for grades 7-12 in Allen
County-Scottsville public schools. Gaye is a 1990 WKU Writing Project
Fellow and has co-directed both the writing project and the WKU Advanced Writing
Project. She worked as KDE's Region II Writing Consultant and has done
Writing Across the Curriculum workshops across Kentucky and throughout the