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Welcome to the Twin Cities Area Reading Council!
We are the Twin Cities metro area council under the umbrella of the
Minnesota Reading Association. We are happy to be able to serve you and provide affordable, high quality professional development on a variety of literacy topics.
We look forward to connecting with you!
Maurna Rome is a National Board Certified Teacher with 30+ years experience as an educator. She has served students, families and colleagues in a wide range of positions in several MN districts. She currently spends her days teaching and learning with some fabulous first graders at Susan Lindgren Elementary in the St. Louis Park School District. Maurna previously served as President of the MN Reading Association and as a member of the Teacher Advisory Panel for the International Literacy Association. As a fierce advocate for literacy, children and racial equity, Maurna believes stories have the power to transform lives.
Jennifer Malecha is the Library Media Specialist at Fernbrook Elementary in Maple Grove and is an Adjunct Instructor at St. Catherine's University in St. Paul. She has previously worked as a Middle School Reading Specialist and Secondary Curriculum Coordinator. She earned her Master’s degree and reading specialist license from the University of Minnesota. Books of all kinds are her passion and you will never find her anywhere without one!
Laura Ramsborg is a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist for Bloomington Public Schools. Prior to her specialist role, Laura worked as a Literacy Coach and taught 7th grade reading for several years. Laura holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Hamline University; a K-12 reading license; and a 5-12 Communication Arts & Literature license. Laura has a passion for education, social justice, literacy, and developing life-long readers.
Dr. Heidi Miller is the Principal at Hassan Elementary School in Rogers, MN. She was named the 2022 Minnesota National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year. Heidi's passion is early literacy and she spent many years as an elementary literacy coach and reading specialist. She earned her doctorate in educational administration and masters in literacy education from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. Heidi's dissertation compared first grade literacy interventions in a large metropolitan school district.
Neva Stoebner retired after teaching for 36 years in the Delano School District. She has taught 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade and special education. She earned her Masters Degree from St. Mary's University. Neva has a passion for literacy, life-long learning and books.
Beth Flottmeier is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Bloomington Public Schools. She had previously been a classroom teacher, media specialist, curriculum coordinator, and literacy coach. Beth holds an Ed.S., media and reading specialist licenses. She loves engaging students in reading, writing, and language. Beth enjoys working with teachers to increase literacy pedagogy.
Feel free to contact us with any questions.
We hope you will utilize the TCARC website to find links to popular literacy websites, groups within MRA, as well as book recommendations from our members.
Mrs. Malecha's Book Nook
Welcome to my book blog! I am a huge fan of Young Adult and Children's literature and am never found anywhere without a book. Each link will take you to the appropriate reading level and a list of my most current reads. Enjoy!