Mary Beth Sampson is an associate professor of elementary education at Texas A&M UniversityCommerce where she teaches both graduate students and pre-service teachers. Her bibliography of publications includes professional articles, textbooks, book chapters, newspaper columns, curriculum materials and children's books. As a consultant, she has interacted with teachers in over 500 professional development sessions and keynotes across the nation on various aspects of literacy instruction. Her present research interests include pre-service preparation and in-service professional development for literacy teachers, utilization of children's literature in content classrooms and teacher beliefs. She currently serves as an editor for the College Reading Association Yearbook.
Timothy V. Rasinski is a professor of education in the Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies. Dr. Rasinski teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education. His major interests include working with children who find reading difficult, phonics and reading fluency instruction, and teacher development in literacy education. He has published over 100 articles and 10 books on various aspects of reading education. A past editor of THE READING TEACHER, the most widely read journal in reading education in the world, Dr. Rasinski is currently an editor for the JOURNAL OF LITERACY RESEARCH. Rasinski has served as president of the College Reading Association and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association.
Michael Sampson graduated from East Texas State University, where he majored in political science and received his elementary teaching certificate. During the next few years, Sampson taught Kindergarten through sixth grades, and received much press coverage for his innovative stances toward teaching. Sampson earned a Ph.D. in Reading from the University of Arizona, where he worked under Dr. Roach Van Allen and Dr. Kenneth Goodman. In 1986 he published his first professional book, THE PURSUIT OF LITERACY. He is also author of EXPERIENCES WITH LITERACY, co-authored by Bill Teale and Roach Van Allen, and PATHWAYS TO LITERACY, co-authored with Mary Beth Sampson and Roach Van Allen. He has also published 18 children's books.