Staff Directory

Nick Glass

Nick Glass—Founder & Executive Director

Nick Glass has thoroughly enjoyed his circuitous professional route to the founding of TeachingBooks.net. 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 TeachingBooks.net 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 TeachingBooks.net. 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 TeachingBooks.net exciting.

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

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Allie Hendrick

Allie Hendrick—Accounts Support Administrator

Allie Hendrick is the Accounts Support Administrator. Allie has worked a variety of jobs including camp counselor, preschool teacher, and traveling musician. She has a passion for education, which led her to leave high school at 16 and embark on a personal learning adventure. Allie has spent the last 10 years researching and exploring alternatives to our current school system. She enjoys travel, and has had the opportunity to visit alternative learning projects around the U.S. and Mexico. Outside of her work, she also enjoys making music, learning traditional crafts, and being in nature.

A memorable book
from Allie's childhood is
The Phantom Tollbooth.

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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, will be directing all of the educational activities of the company. She is charged with helping educators 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 TeachingBooks.net'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 Intellectual Freedom is an integral part of her life, both inside and outside of her work at TeachingBooks.net.

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

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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
Alanna.

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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 TeachingBooks.net, 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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Val Edwards

Val Edwards, MLS—Educational Outreach & Training Specialist

Having spent 17 years as a high school librarian, Val Edwards is excited to use her collaboration and instructional experience at TeachingBooks.net. Her role as an Educational Outreach & Training Specialist allows her to continue the work she loves: bringing valuable resources to TeachingBooks.net's users. Val is an active member of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). She currently serves as the AASL Division Councilor to the American Library Association Council — which means she also sits on the AASL Board of Directors and AASL Board's Executive Committee. Val 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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