A fifth grade teacher in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Mike Anderson has taught for thirteen years. He is also a consultant for the Northeast Foundation for Children and has taught at the Summer Literacy Institutes at the University of New Hampshire. He was awarded a national Milken Educator Award for excellence in teaching in 2004 and was a finalist for New Hampshire Teacher of the Year in 2005. Mike lives in Durham, New Hampshire, with his wife, Heather, and their two children, Ethan and Carly.
Andy Dousis, is a Senior Consulting Teacher for the Northeast Foundation for Children, where he trains teachers and supports schools implementing the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching. He taught third and fourth grades at Flanders School in East Lyme, Connecticut, for ten years. He is also a state champion high school football coach and a former Marine. He lives in East Lyme with his wife, Debbie, and their two daughters, Shawn and Hunter.