We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. Whether you are browsing our bookstore or seeking literacy support and instruction, we look forward to working with you!
A literature lover and native of Severna Park, Melody has longed for a community bookstore! While raising a family, Melody completed an undergraduate degree in English Literature/Non-Fiction Writing and a M.S. in Education-Literacy. She is a certified secondary English teacher and K-12 Reading Specialist. After teaching in the public school system, Melody began as an adjunct at the local community colleges. She is currently an adjunct instructor of English at the United States Naval Academy where she happly instructs midshipman in Plebe level English. When COVID-19 brought about new challenges for local families Melody was prompted to jump into action. She has been fascilitating a local pod of 2nd graders and hosting tween book clubs weekly. The bookstore and literacy lab is a labor of love and we hope everyone loves it like we do! Melody runs daily operations, book clubs, completes informal and diagnostic reading assessments and loves instructing the college essay writing workshop.
Email me: Severnaparkbooks@gmail.com
K-12 Reading Specialist/K-12 Special Educator/Children’s Literature Expert
Emma has been in the world of education for 9 years. She graduated from Salisbury State with a B.A. in Elementary Education and then Loyola with a M.S. in Reading and is a certified Reading Specialist for grades K-12. Emma has worked with students from grades two through eight as a classroom teacher, special educator and reading specialist in Anne Arundel County. In addition to her extensive teaching experience, Emma tutors small groups of guided reading for elementary aged students. Tutoring and running small group instruction brings her so much joy as an educator. She believes that small group, specialized instruction allows for progress to come quickly while enjoyment is being had!
Emma’s truest passion is children’s literature. She firmly believes that exposing children to books from birth will promote a love of reading. In addition, she strives to bring her passion to small group instruction in innovative ways. Emma completes informal/diagnostic reading assessments/reports and leads small group reading groups for our elementary education students. She also lends her expertise to the selection of children’s literature in the store.
Joe has Masters Degrees in both Special Education and School Improvement Leadership. He has a passion for helping all children achieve success by building their confidence and enthusiasm for education. Joe has over 5 years working with middle school students. Joe is a kid at heart and loves to make learning fun and engaging. He uses his passion for atheletics to reach some of our most reluctent learners. Joe leads our upper elementary and middle school book clubs.
K-12 Reading Specialist/Certified Pre-K-3 Educator
Michelle, a hard-working, local teacher and mom to her own little one is very excited to work with your children! She has her Masters degree in reading and has a passion for helping our youngest learners begin to love reading. Michelle has over 10 years of expereince in working with early childhood aged students. She excels at engaging students in learning through play and exploration. Michelle looks forward to working with local families to help children build the foundations necessary to become life long readers. Michelle teaches our youngest readers, completes informal/diagnostic reading assessments/reports and leads small group reading groups for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners.