Education and Business Expertise

Meet the people that have combined their passion and expertise to create the award-winning StudySync experience.

Dr. Doug Fisher

Doug is a prolific writer, respected teacher and professional development expert currently teaching as a Professor of Language and Literacy Education, School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA and is the Co-Director, Center for Advancement of Reading at California State University Office of the Chancellor, in Long Beach, CA. Doug is currently working on the creation of a new charter high school in San Diego while continuing to write numerous articles, books and book chapters on issues of literacy, language arts, school reform, and inclusive education. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and The California Reader and Remedial and Special Education. His recent publications include the following article and book chapters: Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading (with Nancy Frey and Diane Lapp), Implementing a school-wide literacy framework: Improving achievement in an urban elementary school(with N. Frey, in press) The Reading Teacher; Lesson Study: An opportunity for teacher led professional development (with C. Podhorsky, 2007). In L.B. Gambrell, L.M. Morrow, & M. Pressley (Eds.), Handbook of Teacher Education: Globalization, standards and professionalism in times of change (pp. 445-456). New York: Kluwer-Springer.

Dr. Michelle H. Martin

Dr. Michelle H. Martin is the Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor for Children and Youth Services in the Information School at the University of Washington and from 2011-2016 was the inaugural Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina. She published Brown Gold: Milestones of African-American Children’s Picture Books, 1845-2002 (Routledge, 2004), and is the founder of Read-a-Rama, a non-profit that uses children’s books as the springboard for year-round and summer

Dr. Timothy Shanahan

Tim is a Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is Director of the Center for Literacy and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  Also a member of the Common Core State Standards development team for ELA, Grades K-12 and a Principal Investigator, National Title I Study of Implementation and Outcomes: Early Childhood Language Development, Tim was an inductee into the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007. Tim was also a past president of the International Reading Association and former director of reading for Chicago Public Schools.

Catlin Tucker

Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Teacher and CUE Lead Learner. She teaches 9th and 10th grade English language arts at Windsor High School in Sonoma County, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. She has also taught online college level writing courses, which led to her interest in blended learning.

Catlin’s first book Blended Learning for Grades 4-12 is a Corwin bestseller, and she authored a blended learning course for ASCD. She co-authored a book titled Creating Your Google Apps Classroom, which was published in June 2014. Her newest book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology was released in June 2015 and has been a #1 new release on Amazon. Catlin writes a monthly column for Educational Leadership. She is an experienced professional development facilitator and trainer, education consultant, curriculum designer and frequent Edtech speaker. Catlin earned her BA in English from UCLA and her English credential and Masters in Education from UCSB. She writes an internationally ranked education technology blog at and is active on Twitter @Catlin_Tucker.

Dr. Lawrence Baines

Dr. Baines is currently Chair, Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum at the University of Oklahoma, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. He has a Ph.D. in English Education from the University of Texas and an M.A. in Computer Information Systems from the University of North Texas.

Samantha Bennett

Author of That Workshop Book: New Systems and Structures for Classrooms That Read, Write, and Think (2007, Heinemann). Samantha Bennett is an Instructional Coach, consultant, and adjunct professor at the University of Colorado at Denver. An expert in long-term curriculum design and day-to-day instruction, Sam works closely with K-12 teachers in Denver and in schools and districts around the country to help them educate students to become engaged, literate citizens.

Dr. Edmund Farrell

Dr. Farrell is Professor Emeritus, College of Education, Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction, at the University of Texas. He is the former Executive Director of the National Council of Teachers of English and a recipient of the NCTE Executive Service Award. He is a Life Fellow of the National Conference of Research in Language and Literacy. Dr. Farrell earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. at Stanford University.

Dr. Ruth Nathan

A leading researcher in the field of literacy, Dr. Nathan is a Research Specialist at the University of California, Berkeley, a Director of the Reading Research Laboratory, and the author of many successful educational textbooks. She has a Ph.D. in Education and Reading.

Charles Temple

Charles Temple is a Professor of Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is also the Director of Critical Thinking International, Co-Director of Reading & Writing for Critical Thinking Project, and a frequently published author on education topics. He earned his Ph.D. in Literacy Education and his M.A. in Curriculum Studies from the University of Virginia.