"My life as a learner and educator has forever been changed for having met JoEllen McCarthy. She is a superhero of any and everything literacy...where her "superpower" is a contagious passion and enthusiasm for books and learning. Her knowledge of mentor, children's, and professional literature is unbelievably deep and rich. In her professional development, she seamlessly brings this passion to educators, empowering them support to young readers in developing a love of learning to last a lifetime."
Stephanie Suter (@SSuter4) Teacher at Southold Elementary School
"It's so much fun being in a room with JoEllen! She leaves you incredibly charged up about reading, writing, and learning overall. We love when she comes...everyone always leaves her sessions excited about being an educator but more importantly about being a learner. Your connection with JoEllen becomes an emotional one because her passion for the power of books and "book love" always touches your heart. Her energy is easy to share with students which makes that special connection even more valuable."
Ivy Sherman (@IvySherman) Principal of Robert Seaman Elementary in Jericho.
"JoEllen McCarthy is truly a wonder! She is my go-to resource for finding the perfect
read aloud or mentor text, to fit any and every lesson! Her passion and dedication to
her craftare unmatched, and her enthusiasm for books is truly palpable. She
inspires others around her to absolutely love reading and has made a tremendous
impact on the type of teacher I am, and strive to be, on a daily basis."
Chris Lynch (@MRL121) Grade 5 Great Neck School District
"I've presented at National Conferences with JoEllen several times and I'm always impressed by her limitless enthusiasm and brilliant ideas for connecting kids to books. Her passion is contagious, to students, teachers, librarians, and authors alike. With concrete, easily implemented projects using mentor texts as springboards, she demonstrates how to reach the most reluctant reader and turn students into proficient writers themselves."
Marissa Moss Author and Illustrator
“JoEllen is the consummate professional. Her literacy expertise and knowledge places her unequivocally amongst the best. Her unique ability to reach all learners: students and adults alike is unprecedented. She helps students and teachers raise their expectation of themselves with her innate ability to teach and inspire others."
Keishea Allen NYC School Administrator
"JoEllen is the real deal, through and through. While her knowledge of teaching and learning and her passion for reading are already stratospheric, it is her joyful, infectious spirit that makes her a star. You cannot leave a conversation with JoEllen without feeling like you have important work to do for children and, most importantly, that you absolutely can."
Christopher Lehman Educator, Speaker, Author and Founding Director of The Educator Collaborative (@iChrisLehman)
"I have had the pleasure and honor of knowing and learning from Ms. JoEllen McCarthy for almost a decade. Her passion and knowledge of all things literacy make her an incredible asset. Whether I need the book title for a specific reading workshop lesson or a connection between writing workshop and the Common Core Standards, JoEllen is my go-to person as she always has an answer! "
Tony Sinanis (@TonySinanis)
"As literacy coaches in the trenches every day, we couldn't ask for a more passionate literacy consultant and friend than JoEllen McCarthy. An expert in children's literature, professional texts, curriculum, and digital resources she brings great knowledge to her work. However, JoEllen's true gifts are the passion, positivity, and energy that she brings to her every interaction. Anyone who enters a room, book, twitter chat, or even a quick conversation with her, will leave inspired to read lots, learn more, and wonder big. It's hard to want more than that..."
Pete Gangi (@PeteLitCoach) and Jen Brady (@BradyLitCoach) Literacy Coaches in the Merrick School District
In all my years as an educator, I have never experienced an individual like JoEllen, someone who both makes me jump for joy at the idea of helping kids learn to love reading and expand my OWN professional learning. She is proof positive of the benefits of my Professional Learning Network (PLN) and Twitter, without which I would not have found her! I am happy to count her among my real life friends.
Danielle Gately (@DMGately) Director of Secondary Curriculum and Social Studies at East Williston Schools
"Carol Dweck’s work is truly amazing. But she’s got nothing on JoEllen McCarthy and her #PDLOVE."
Dennis Schug (DrJSchug) MS Principal HBMS Hampton Bays School District
"In these days of educators facing external pressures, it is wonderful to have staff members return from a workshop inspired, excited to use new materials and ideas and reminded of why they love teaching. In a nutshell, that is what JoEllen's workshops do for our staff."
Jeffrey Kasper Principal of Village Elementary School in Syosset School District.
AlwaysLearning’s Literacy Leaders' Forums provide an opportunity for educators from all levels to share in the joy of reading, writing, and "book love." The always passionate JoEllen McCathy, and co-facilitators, two dedicated school leaders, Tony Sinanis and Glen Eschbach, examine the amazing ways in which we can engage our learners and school communities. Those who attend the Literacy Leaders' Forum leave refreshed and driven to help students jump into books and their schools with excitement and vigor. Kudos to this team of lead learners for inspiring change!
Ed Kemnitzer (@Kemnitzer3) Reader, Learner, Transparent Instructional Leader Massapequa Schools