Meet the Authors

Teresa Folley is the Literacy Teacher Leader for Kindergarten and Grade 1 at Mabel I. Wilson School. She loves that everyday she gets to spend her day surrounded by children and books! In her position she support classroom teachers with the literacy curriculum and educational technicians with their teaching of students in literacy interventions. The favorite part of her job, however, is working directly with students in small intervention groups and co-teaching in classrooms sharing her love of literacy and watching students grow as readers and writers.

Teresa graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in Elementary Education and earned her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Literacy from the University of Southern Maine. Teresa is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Reading/Language Arts. In the past she has been the K-3 Interventionist Teacher, a Kindergarten Teacher, and a Third Grade teacher. 

Teresa and her husband, who is also a teacher, have three children. Teresa enjoys reading, watching her children's performances and sporting events, camping and going on road trips with her family.
Alyssa Robbins is the Literacy Teacher Leader for grades 2, 3 and multiage at Mabel I Wilson School. 

Alyssa lives in Gorham with her husband, two sons, a large chocolate lab, and some backyard chickens. She enjoys baking the perfect cupcake, reading books she can't put down, and sitting around a campfire with friends and family.

Alyssa has worked with students from preschool to grade 5. She 's been a classroom teacher, interventionist, and literacy coach. She graduated from University of Maine with a degree in Elementary Education and earned her Master's degree in Literacy Education from University of Southern Maine. She recently joined the staff at MIW in 2014 after 14 years in Portland Public Schools.

Alyssa got into teaching because she enjoys working with kids, but quickly realized what she loves most about being a teacher is teaching kids to read. She also loves children's literature. She thinks there's nothing quite as good as opening a new book. She loves being a Literacy Teacher Leader. Working with kids, teachers, and being surrounded by books--What's not to love?