Thanks for stopping by my website - a place dedicated to the enjoyment of Simple Saturday weekend crafts, activities, games and zany family fun! I'm Debbie Gonzales, a lover of children, books, writing, and education. I am an author/educator who cares deeply for kids and their connection to reading and writing.
I've been a teacher, a school administrator, an educational consultant, a curriculum designer, a former adjunct professor, and a writing workshop instructor with an amazing Austin organization called Badgerdog Literary Publishing. I've even taught PBS's Barney kids in a one-room off-set Montessori classroom. I've earned my MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Art in Writing for Children and Young Adults. I currently work on about a zillion free-lance projects and am a proud contributor of ReaderKidZ, a website committed to fostering a love of reading for kids ages K-5.
New Zealand's Giltedge Publishing has published several of my early-readers. I've also worked as a curriculum coordinator for Giltedge correlating their amazing products with American academic standards.
As a freelance writer, I design Book Discussion Guides, Reading Group Guides, and Teacher Guides samples of which are posted on this website.
Round Rock, Texas was once my home, just 20 miles north of Austin. I now call magical Ann Arbor Michigan where I live with my two favorite dogs, beloved husband John and three-legged chocolate Lab, Tripod.