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Abell and Atherton Educational Consultants

Sylvia AbellSylvia 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.

Debby AthertonDuring 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.

Holly 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 workshops in 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. Elmore.

Deshia 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.

Pictured 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 Project’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.

Kim 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.

Nancy 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 nation