Dr. Katie Egan Cunningham is a veteran classroom teacher, literacy consultant, and teacher educator with over twenty years of experience in education. She is a Professor of Literacy and English Education at Manhattanville College where she teaches literacy methods, teacher research, and children’s literature courses. Her work focuses on the intersection between literacy learning and childhood well-being. Katie is the author of Start with Joy: Designing Literacy Learning for Student Happiness and Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning both published by Stenhouse Publishers. She is the co-author of Literacy Leadership in Changing Schools published by Teachers College Press. Katie is also the co-author of The Classroom Bookshelf, a weekly School Library Journal blog dedicated to children’s and young adult literature.

Katie has been an elementary classroom teacher, curriculum developer, and instructional coach. Passionate about the power of stories and the belief that schools should be designed to help students find their own happiness, Katie loves working with students, teachers, and school leaders to create joyful learning environments. Katie lives with her husband, a fellow educator, two young sons, and mini Golden Doodle who teach her every day about the importance of joyful living.

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