For the past twenty years, Ann Marie has taught in grades 1–6 in both New York and Alabama. This year she will teach and learn alongside fourth-graders at Cherokee Bend Elementary School in Mountain Brook, Alabama. She is the author of Of Primary Importance: What’s Essential in Teaching Young Writers and shares her work and thinking with schools across the country and world. She is mom to Izzy, a six-year-old Maltese, an aunt to five amazing nieces and nephews, and is currently the primary learner in a classroom of 21 brilliant fourth-graders. Follow Ann Marie on Twitter at @acorgill.