Lindsay Ellis is a scholar and activist who uses her understanding of literature, language, and written argumentation to support teachers, quality schools and healthy ecosystems. Lindsay has a Ph.D. in English and Education from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago. She is an Associate Professor at Grand Valley State University. At GVSU, she serves as Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and the Lake Michigan Writing Project. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Amsterdam, where she studied argumentation and conflict resolution. She has taught summer institutes on the teaching of writing to K-12 teachers for the last ten years. Lindsay's love of writing encompasses not only the critical logic of argumentation but also the potential of poetry to change the world and ourselves.
Kari Reynolds is a lifetime learner, engaged in continuously improving herself using her education, teaching experience, and professional development to aid both students and teachers. In doing so, she hopes to arm them with the tools needed to become impactful writers and citizens. Kari is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she majored in English and minored in elementary education. She is a sixth-grade teacher at Rosewood Elementary in Jenison. She teaches all subjects and has co-taught classroom where general education and special education students learn side by side each day. She has taught summer institutes on the teaching of writing to K-12 teachers for the last sixteen years. Kari believes the written word is a very powerful tool. She has traditionally focused on producing memoir and professional articles. Her affinity for the art of writing has recently included some forays into writing historical fiction.
Susan is a professor and department chair of English at Grand Rapids Community College.