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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Amy Scott

Amy Scott—Database Manager of Instructional Resources

Amy Scott works on the TeachingBooks.net 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 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 social justice and Intellectual Freedom are integral parts 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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Katie Giacomini

Katie Giacomini—Author & Publisher Liaison

As Author & Publisher Liaison, Katie Giacomini has the pleasure of working with authors and publishers to create and promote multimedia resources that help educators and students engage with books in new ways. Katie has a Bachelor's degree in English with a concentration on Children's Literature. She is fascinated by the magic of stories and how they shape and are shaped by the people and communities that interact with them. Katie is very excited to be able to share her passion for books and stories through her work. She spends her free time enjoying the company of family and friends, playing with her dog, writing, crafting, LARPing, and reading lots of books.

A memorable book
from Katie's childhood is
The High King.

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Kym Davick

Kym Davick—Implementation & Training Specialist

Kym Davick's childhood memories include the discovery that a library card allowed her to check out as many books as she could carry home. When told to play outside, a book often went along. She could be found under the shade of a tree, lost within its pages. Thus began Kym's love of reading. After graduating from the UW-Madison in elementary education, she spent the last twenty-six years teaching in public schools. She joins the TeachingBooks staff as an Implementation and Training Specialist where she will be able to work with readers of all ages. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and attending musical performances.

A memorable book
from Kym's childhood is
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.

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Mary Ellen Graf

Mary Ellen Graf—Implementation & Training Specialist

Mary Ellen Graf believes the journey is as important as the destination. The route to becoming an implementation and training specialist at TeachingBooks has been adventurous. It began at UW-Madison with an undergraduate degree in communication arts film and video production. From there the path wound through a television studio and several theaters as she worked in theatre production. She had many opportunities to share her love of theatre in educational settings. These theatre education experiences became directional signs leading Mary Ellen to complete a teaching certification and a master of arts in teaching at Cardinal Stritch University. The most recent stop in her travels was a middle school where she taught a variety of content areas. Her love of sharing stories has been a constant theme throughout her career. Bringing books to life through storytelling, theatre, video production and teaching is a passion. Working for TeachingBooks allows her to help others bring books to life in new and different ways.

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

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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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Sarah Marten

Sarah Marten—Business Development Coordinator

Sarah Marten's road to TeachingBooks.net 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 TeachingBooks.net.

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 TeachingBooks.net. Her role as Implementation & Training Manager 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). 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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A myriad of talented and enthusiastic friends provide invaluable support, including the following whose efforts have earned them lifetime subscriptions to TeachingBooks.net. Barbara, Cathy, Eileen, Heather, Jack, Jenny, Jim, Jonathan, Marjorie, Richard, Rink, Sally, Stanley, Susan, Tim and Virginia. Of course, none of this would be possible without the familial patience and support of MJ, Sasha and Talia.

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