Lanny Ball is a certified reading consultant and reading specialist, as well as a former classroom teacher. For fifteen years, Lanny taught English Language Arts to seventh and eighth graders in both Oregon and Connecticut. During his tenure as classroom teacher, Lanny presented at multiple conferences, including the New England League of Middle Schools Conference and the Oregon Reading Association Conference. In 2009, Lanny left the classroom to become a literacy coach and eventually a national staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) based at Columbia University in New York City. This work brought Lanny to schools in and around New York City, as well as the country, supporting teachers and administrators in implementing reading and writing workshop primarily in middle schools. Lanny holds an M.A.T. from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, as well as degrees in Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts and Reading Consultancy, both from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Lanny has taught graduate courses at Portland State University, where he is an adjunct professor.
After growing up an Oregonian, Lanny and his wife now reside in Northwestern Connecticut with their three young daughters. He truly enjoys being a dad, as well as playing the piano in his band. Currently, he works as a reading consultant and literacy specialist for Region 15 Schools in Middlebury/Southbury where he continues to support teachers and students in literacy. He also blogs about supporting middle school readers and writers at home here at lannyball.com. If you are interested in scheduling Lanny to work with your teachers or speak at a conference, please email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find Lanny on Twitter at @LannyBall.