Staff Directory

Nick Glass

Nick Glass—Founder & Executive Director

Nick Glass has thoroughly enjoyed his circuitous professional route to the founding of Right after graduating from Grinnell College, he spent six fabulous seasons as an executive in Major League Baseball (the Chicago White Sox, the Office of the Commissioner, and the San Francisco Giants), and then completed his MA in the history of multicultural education. It was while working on his dissertation (at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) that he became a bookseller at the independent Pooh Corner bookstore and realized that his calling was in children's books. Since starting in 2001, he has been very active in the education, library, and ed technology worlds. He has written monthly columns for 'Curriculum Connections', an e-newsletter he started in partnership with School Library Journal, and for LibrarySparks magazine. He has published articles in a handful of educational journals and has spoken at national ALA, IRA, AASL, and SCBWI conventions and dozens of state and provincial conferences, where he loves to share the power of online materials to generate enthusiasm for books and reading. In the past year, Nick has also given more than a dozen presentations to librarians about their role with the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy. Nick served on the 2009 John Newbery Medal Committee, which selected The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman as the most distinguished book for children of the year, and on the Coretta Scott King Book Award 40th Anniversary Public Awareness Campaign committee, as well as the Caldecott Award 75th Anniversary Celebration Task Force. Currently he is serving on the Green Earth Book Award committee, and was elected to serve on the jury for the 2016 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal.

A memorable book
from Nick's childhood is
The Cricket in Times Square.

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Adam Blust

Adam J. Blust—Web Technology Operations Manager

After working on the web in a variety of capacities since the beginnings of the internet, Adam J. Blust now serves as the Web Technology Operations Manager, where he manages the web and multimedia initiatives of Adam is passionate about the web and how it brings together writing, editing, design, and programming into something bigger than the sum of its parts. Over the course of his career he has been a newspaper reporter, an independent web design business owner, and a communication professional for the Wisconsin state teachers' union. Education has been a constant theme running throughout his professional life, which makes working at exciting.

A memorable book
from Adam's childhood is
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

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Amy Scott

Amy Scott—Database Manager of Instructional Resources

Amy Scott works on the database, to make sure instructional resources are easy to find and available online. Amy has a Master of Science in Information with a concentration in Library and Information Science from the University of Michigan. While she enjoys categorizing and organizing resources to help people find them, she also appreciates that spontaneous, unclassifiable connection between authors and readers which is the essence of literature. She is thrilled to use her skills to support this passion.

A memorable book
from Amy's childhood is
Peter Pan.

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Annette R. Smith

Annette Smith—Director of Instructional Technology & Support

In her position of Director of Instructional Technology & Support, Annette Smith directs all of the educational and accounts activities of the company. She partners with educators to optimize their use and enjoyment of our service while also aligning our materials to student achievement and professional development activities. Annette comes to TeachingBooks with a wealth of dynamic and relevant experiences, having been a teacher, a media specialist, a professor, and most recently the Director of Technology at a Wisconsin school district. Annette's knowledge and passion for education has led her to serve on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). She was also the President of the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA) and is now a regular speaker and writer for dozens of organizations. We are thrilled to have her expertise and leadership as we further the TeachingBooks mission of infusing multimedia into everyone's reading and literacy work.

A memorable book
from Annette's childhood is
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Carin Bringelson

Carin Bringelson, MLS—Director of Online Content & Collections

With master's degrees in Educational Policy Studies and in Library & Information Studies, Carin Bringelson enjoys combining two of her career interests into one professional position. Since 2004, Carin has headed up's Content Department where she is responsible for directing the identification, classification, production, and inclusion of new resources for the database. She especially enjoys assisting customers who are searching the collection for materials they can use with students. Carin's passion for social justice and Intellectual Freedom are integral parts of her life, both inside and outside of her work at

A memorable book
from Carin's childhood is
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective.

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Gia Kiley

Gia Kiley—Accounts Support Administrator

As Account Support Administrator, Gia Kiley manages new account setup and renewal of licenses, supporting the dedicated professionals who use our resources to foster enjoyment of reading and writing. While working with non-profits through, Gia landed in the literacy field by becoming a volunteer tutor for adult learners at a community-based literacy program. She enjoyed the one-to-one tutoring experience and the chance to get to know learners from many different cultures. Gia worked in the non-profit literacy field for 10 years handling member communications, program management and office operations. Gia is a certified Orton-Gillingham tutor through Children's Dyslexia Center—Madison. Gia and her husband, Kevin, enjoy hiking, kayaking and spending time at the dog park with their pup, Luci.

A memorable book
from Gia's childhood is
Anne of Green Gables.

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Jeanette Lee

Jeanette Lee—Author & Publisher Liaison

As Author & Publisher Liaison, Jeanette Lee has the pleasure of working with authors and publishers to create and promote multimedia resources that support educator and student engagement with their books. She is excited to be part of creating equal opportunity for students to learn directly from authors and illustrators about their creative processes. Jeanette is a graduate of Kalamazoo College with a bachelor's in English with a writing emphasis, and an American studies concentration. She also recently completed her certificate in project management at Madison College.

A memorable book
from Jeanette's childhood is
The Boxcar Children.

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Mark Sullivan

Mark Sullivan—Educational Outreach & Training Specialist

In his position as Educational Outreach & Training Specialist, Mark Sullivan gets to interact with the fantastic educators who use our resources. Mark leapt into the world of education after graduating from Grinnell College with a BA in English and a concentration in Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies. He completed his master's degree in Teaching and taught 2nd grade in Chicago for two years. Next, he moved to Madison to design and implement interdisciplinary educational programs for a young Madison-area non-profit. His ongoing interest in the complex relationships between technology, learning, schools and communities brings him to TeachingBooks. He's glad to be here.

A memorable book
from Mark's childhood is

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Ray Roushar

Ray Roushar—Business Development Coordinator

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a B.S. in Economics, Ray Roushar went to work as an analyst for a regional energy company in Milwaukee, there he cut his teeth as a driven, forward-thinking problem solver. Looking for a move back to Madison, he jumped on the opportunity to work at, which was a great match for his strong interest in entrepreneurship and technology. He is thrilled to be working for a growing small company with a positive social directive, and really enjoys the passion that his colleagues have for their work. In his free time Ray enjoys exercising, cooking, being outdoors, spending time with family, and of course, a good book.

A memorable book
from Ray's childhood is
The Golden Compass.

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Sarah Marten

Sarah Marten—Business Development Coordinator

Sarah's road to can be described as distinctly farm-y: after receiving a BA in psychology from Grinnell College, Sarah ventured forth into the world of organic agriculture. She and her husband, Dan, have owned and operated an organic vegetable farm for the past two years near Madison, and now Sarah is thrilled to bring her passion for forming relationships with customers and her affection for accounting processes to

A memorable book
from Sarah's childhood is
Walk Two Moons.

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Val Edwards

Val Edwards, MLS—Implementation & Training Manager

Having spent 17 years as a high school librarian, Val Edwards is excited to use her collaboration and instructional experience at Her role as Implementation & Training Manager allows her to continue the work she loves: bringing valuable resources to's users. Val is an active member of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Val is also a member of the Board of Trustees for her local public library. She and her husband, Dave, enjoy participating in charity bike rides around Wisconsin and the Midwest. They have a naughty Dalmatian, Hazel, who enjoys going to school to polish her agility skills.

A memorable book
from Val's childhood is
Ramona the Pest.

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