About ReadyRosie

ReadyRosie is an early education tool that is currently helping schools and communities across the nation deepen and scale their parent engagement efforts by leveraging the power of video modeling and mobile technology to meet and equip parents where they are. ReadyRosie has hundreds of brief videos in English and Spanish that model everyday interactions in familiar environments with real parents.

Contributors and Creators

Dr. Luis Rosado

Dr. Luis Rosado

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Dr. Luis A. Rosado is a Professor of Bilingual Education and the Director of the Center for Bilingual and ESL Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. With more than 30 years of experience in bilingual education, he is a recognized author and expert in parent involvement and teacher education. Dr. Rosado contributes knowledge about the similarities and differences between English and Spanish literacies. Professor and Director for Center of Billingual Education

Lucy Livingston

Lucy Livingston

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Lucy Livingston is a retired elementary school principal with experience as the former Director of the Kansas City, Kansas Head Start Programs and numerous administrative roles in Dallas ISD. She co-authored a book titled "Home Start for Parents" and is especially passionate about serving children with learning disabilities.Former Elementary Principal and Head Start Director

Candis Grover

Candis Grover

Candis Grover has a Masters of Education in Reading from TAMU-Commerce including coursework at Bank Street College of Education. She has worked with dual language learners for more than 15 years as a bilingual teacher, district facilitator, writer, and consultant. As Director of Literacy and Spanish Development, she seeks to apply current research in simple ways that inspire and equip parents and teachers for real success. Director of Literacy and Spanish Development

Melissa Nast

Melissa Nast

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With more than 20 years’ experience in math education, Melissa Nast has authored books, written assessments and curriculum, and delivered Professional Development training. While earning her degree in Education at Texas A&M, Melissa discovered her passion for teaching mathematics through problem solving. As Director of Math Development, she shares this passion by showing parents simple ways to incorporate math talk in everyday life. Director of Math Development

Dr. Marquis Nuby

Dr. Marquis Nuby

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Dr. Marquis Nuby received his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. He has been in practice for more than 18 years. As a pediatrician, his goal is for children to grow up healthy, happy, and safe. Having participated in HeadStart as a child, he believes very strongly in the importance of parent involvement and early intervention. Pediatrician

Emily Roden

Emily Roden

Before Emily Roden spent seven years working with school districts and training teachers as an educational consultant and representative in the publishing industry, she was an elementary teacher. In 2011, Emily gathered the amazing team of educators, tech-experts, and filmmakers to create ReadyRosie. Currently, she works with school districts, cities and non-profits across the US to help them implement ReadyRosie in their local communities. Co-Founder

Dr. Jane Moore

Dr. Jane Moore

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Dr. Jane Moore has almost 40 years of experience as a teacher, intervention specialist, consultant, and administrator in a large urban school district. With a Doctorate in Supervision, Curriculum, Instruction and a Masters in Early Childhood Education, she shares her expertise for building language during the early years. Reading Specialist and Principal

Dr. Carol Hagen

Dr. Carol Hagen

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Dr. Carol Hagen is the Director of the University of North Texas Child Development Laboratory which serves as a research center and training site for students in the fields of early childhood education, child development, and play therapy. She has expertise in curriculum and management for diverse early education settings as well as emergent literacy. Director of Child Development Laboratory

Michelle King

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After graduating from The University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and a minor in Education, Michelle King began her classroom experience at the middle school level. Her professional experience includes Dean of Instruction/Associate Principal, Mathematics Curriculum Director, and Director of Staff Development. Having been both a content area curriculum director and a campus administrator, she knows firsthand the impact of professional learning on individuals and groups of teachers or administrators. Educational Consultant

Luke Dodson

Luke Dodson

Luke is the technical and business leader for ReadyRosie. As a proven serial entrepreneur, Luke has extensive experience founding, leading, growing, and building technology ventures. Luke has a long track record of innovation, pioneering, and shaping web-based products. Luke's in-depth knowledge of web strategy and marketing has helped make ReadyRosie a success for tens of thousands of ReadyRosie users. He is lucky to call Austin, Texas his home and share his life with his wife, Miranda, his son, Pascal, and his daughter Dwell.Co-Founder

Dr. Shirline Potts

Dr. Shirline Potts

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Dr. Shirline Potts holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish, a Master of Education, and her Doctorate. With 35 years of working in education, Dr. Potts has been a teacher, teacher mentor, curriculum supervisor, principal, principal coach, clinical professor of educational administration, and a student teacher supervisor. Nurturing the professional growth and proficiency of educators continues to be her most important goal. Educational Consultant and Former Principal

Dr. Happy Carrico

Dr. Happy Carrico

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Dr. Happy Carrico holds degrees from University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, including a Ph.D. in Reading and Educational Leadership. Her 25 years of experience in education have included teaching first grade and Reading Recovery, directing curriculum and instruction for a school district, authoring professional books, and now serving as principal of an International Baccalaureate elementary school. Literacy Specialist and Principal

George Christ

George Christ

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George Christ teaches adults about how children learn mathematics. His primary goal is to help people understand developmentally appropriate math instruction, allowing children to use their mathematics understanding to solve problems. His experience includes teaching at the elementary, secondary, and college levels, serving as an elementary mathematics consultant for a state agency, and providing elementary mathematics leadership for a school district. Math Consultant

Dinah Chancellor

Dinah Chancellor

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Dinah Chancellor is a professional development consultant and mathematics author. Her passion is teaching children to use reasoning and creativity to solve problems. Among many accomplishments, Dinah is a former District Instructional Coordinator, developed the “Calendar Math” column for NCTM’s Teaching Children Mathematics, and has presented at the state and national level. Most recently, Dinah has served on the writing team for the revision of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in Mathematics. Math Consultant

Debbie Whitt Jarzombek

Debbie Whitt Jarzombek

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Debbie Whitt Jarzombek’s administrative and teaching career in public schools spans thirty years and includes roles as curriculum director, literacy coordinator, principal supervisor, elementary principal, Reading Recovery teacher, middle school reading teacher, elementary classroom teacher, ESL teacher, and college education department instructor. Debbie currently works with school districts to implement research-based effective literacy practices and has authored many of the ReadyRosie literacy activities. Literacy Consultant

Jennifer Negron M.S., CCC-SLP

Jennifer Negron M.S., CCC-SLP

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Jennifer Negron is a speech pathologist with more than 15 years of experience providing therapy for young children in homes and in public schools. With a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Tech University, Jennifer contributes her expertise as a ReadyRosie author and consultant on speech and language development. Speech Language Pathologist

Clarissa Plair

Clarissa Plair

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Clarissa Plair received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas in Arlington. Other graduate studies have included Reading Recovery training and superintendent certification. Her successful career has included work as a principal and director of the Reading Language Arts Department for Dallas ISD.Reading Director and Literacy Consultant

Vanessa Levin

Vanessa Levin

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Vanessa Levin has worked extensively with programs that serve English Language Learners and at-risk populations for more than two decades. She served as a teacher, mentor, curriculum writer, specialist, and professional development consultant. She is the creator of the website “Pre-K Pages” where she shares tips, ideas, and activities for the classroom. She is also the author of A Fabulous First Year and Beyond. Vanessa is a passionate advocate for high-quality early childhood education. Early Childhood Specialist

Teddi Fulenwider

Teddi Fulenwider

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Teddi Fulenwider is a longtime educator and founder of Read With TedDee. She has many years of experience as a Kindergarten teacher, district Early Literacy Facilitator, and adjunct professor. She has a passion to equip teachers and parents to help all children become strategic, lifelong readers and writers.Early Childhood Literacy Specialist

Lisa Muratore

Lisa Muratore

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.Lisa Muratore holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music education, piano performance, and music theory; a Master of Music Education; and a Master of Theology. She is the founder and certified Master Teacher of SoundSteps, a Kindermusik studio. Before teaching Kindermusik full-time, Lisa taught music in public and private elementary schools in Dallas. Lisa enjoys educating parents on child development and music and has served as a consultant to many Dallas preschools. Educator and Founder of Sound Steps

Jennifer Burchfiel

Jennifer Burchfiel

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Jennifer Burchfiel holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and is certified as a Gifted and Talented instructor. In her 25 years in education, she has served as a classroom teacher, instructional specialist and curriculum coordinator. Within these roles she has trained teachers, developed parent podcasts, and written curriculum and assessments. Instructional Coordinator

Carrie Saunders

Carrie Saunders

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Carrie Saunders received her Masters of Elementary Administration from Texas A & M Commerce. Her experience includes math consultant for Region X and district math specialist. She served on the revision team for the new math TEKS and is a freelance writer for Archipelago. Her passion is identifying and capturing the needs of all students and teachers. Math Specialist

Kathey Ignacio

Kathey Ignacio

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Katherine Ignacio holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master’s in Education, and is certified in Gifted and Talented as well as ESL. She is an Educational Consultant with more than forty years’ experience as a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, teacher trainer, and presenter. Her experience includes curriculum design, teacher training, and presentations at state and national conferences. Before retiring, Kathey loved mentoring young teachers in implementing successful writing programs. Literacy/ Writing Consultant

Holly Linders

Holly Linders

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Holly Linders graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 4th grade ESL. Her mission as an educator has been to instill a love for learning in her students and to connect students' passions to the concepts she is teaching. She carries this passion over in raising her 4 young children. Kindergarten Teacher

Monica Ramirez

Monica Ramirez

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Early Childhood Specialist. Early Childhood Specialist

Natalie Drew

Natalie Drew

Natalie Drew graduated from University of North Texas with a degree in Radio, TV and Film. She has over 10 years’ experience in the production field. Natalie has worked on various TV commercials and several film shots in Dallas. As the lead videographer for Ready Rosie, she is responsible for visual direction and coordinating the crew. Her warm, inviting personality is an asset when making the families feel at ease when filming. She is a busy mom of 3 who loves playing trucks and trains in her off time. Her husband and kids are her proudest accomplishment.Videographer

Jon Collins

Jon Collins

Jon Collins is an award-winning director, cinematographer, editor, and producer. With more than 10 years of experience, he has worked on commercials, industrial/promotional videos, music videos, and feature films. Jon's influence as Editor for ReadyRosie casts a new vision for the role of film in education. Editor


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What we are reading and What we are writing

As a mom of three young children, I struggled to find resources to help me effectively and creatively engage the rapidly developing minds of my kids. If a college-educated, former school teacher who spent years in the field of educational publishing finds herself at a loss for meaningful tools to get her kids ready for that first day of school, what does that mean for everyone else?...
In recent months, much media attention has been given to community outreach campaigns targeted at families. At ReadyRosie, we believe in today’s families and we are in favor of any efforts designed to engage and equip them. At the same time, we would like to encourage community and school decision makers to consider a few questions when deciding what vehicle will be used for reaching your target audience...