Christine B. Warian


Warian, Christine

Reading Specialist
South Plainfield Public Schools
Edison, NJ, USA
Industry: Education
Field: Literacy and Reading Education

Being the oldest grandchild in her family, Christine B. Warian realized her love of children early in life. Since childhood, she has experienced pure joy in seeing the “light bulb” moment in the eyes of someone she was teaching, which spurred on her interest in education. Having been an average student herself, Miss Warian empathizes with students who struggle, and strives to help them figure out the meaning of words and improve their reading comprehension. She is currently a reading specialist for South Plainfield Public Schools, where she works with children in kindergarten through fourth grade. Additionally, Miss Warian serves as an adjunct professor at Raritan Valley Community College.

With 16 years of experience in education, Miss Warian advises students: “always do your best, and it is all right to take risks and make mistakes.” She believes wholeheartedly that it is by making mistakes and accepting them that people learn and grow. Miss Warian never wants her students to take life too seriously and finds satisfaction when she sees that they are enjoying learning.

Throughout her career, Miss Warian has been blessed with several rewards, but she considers being asked to give lectures at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, to teachers from Jeollabuk-Do, Korea, to be the greatest honor. During the summer months of 2001, 2002 and 2003, she spoke about literacy programs in public education, as well as classroom management skills. In order to remain current with topics of interest in the field of education, Miss Warian retains memberships with NJIDA, the National Education Association, the International Reading Association, and The International Dyslexia Association. She also supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the PKD Foundation.

Miss Warian holds a Master of Arts in Reading Specialization from Kean University. She is pursuing an Ed.D. and plans to teach at the collegiate level in the near future. Continue reading

Elayne Camp Sanders


Sanders, Elayne

English Teacher
Flower Mound High School
Flower Mound, TX, USA
Industry: Education
Field: Grammar and Writing Instruction

“I don’t think there is anything better than just sitting down with a book and digging into it,” says Elayne Camp Sanders, an English teacher for Flower Mound High School, located in Texas. Throughout her nearly four decades in education, she has been a strong advocate for reading and has helped guide her students through the practice of writing, aiding them in refining their skills. She simply states, “To become a better writer, you write.”

As the daughter of two educators, it seemed only natural that Ms. Sanders would pursue a career as a teacher herself, which led her to The University of Tennessee, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in English, with a minor in history, in 1966. With more than 38 years in the profession, she has taught in Tennessee, Texas and Europe. Prior to joining Flower Mound High School, she worked for the University of Maryland, while in Europe. In her current capacity, she uses her expertise in grammar and writing to teach English to students in grades 9 through 12, ensuring that each meets Individualized Education Program (IEP) objectives. Ms. Sanders also functions as a special education resource teacher and would like to see people look at individuals with special needs the same way they look at all others. She has also served as a co-area director of the Special Olympics in Tennessee for two years.

Ms. Sanders always puts the focus on her students, and her best advice to other professionals is “Show an interest in them (the students) and they will respond.” As a result of her hard work and dedication, she was nominated as the Tennessee Teacher of the Year in 1991. She remains current in her field through her affiliations with the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Association of Teachers of English, and the Council for Exceptional Children.

Ms. Sanders has been married to her husband, Larry, for 46 years, and they have two children and three grandsons. Looking ahead, she intends to strengthen her technology skills. Continue reading

Janis Sparks


Sparks, Janis 645854Principal (Retired)
Napa Valley Unified School District
Industry: Education
Field: Educational Administration

Sitting at her desk in elementary school, Janis Sparks decided that she wanted to become a teacher. While learning about Albert Schweitzer, she found great inspiration in his words, “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” His reverence for life as the foundation of ethics became embedded in her, along with her determination to serve others through teaching. Spending nearly 40 years in the field of education, she accomplished her goal and more. As the former principal of Donaldson Way Elementary School of the Napa Valley Unified School District, Ms. Sparks dedicated her time to developing a professional learning community, where not only the students learned, but the teachers and administrators were pupils as well as they sought out best teaching practices and then implemented these practices schoolwide.

A recent retiree, Ms. Sparks served as both an educator and an administrator during her 38-year career. She always believed that education should address not only academics, but also the development of character and wisdom. To that end, she would educate students on the required subjects, but also teach them how to become caring individuals and good citizens. In fact, she was given the Community Leadership and Service Award by the state of California. Gifted in multitasking, she managed all functions of the Donaldson Way Elementary School, which held 650 students and 60 employees. She was charged with teacher training and evaluation, program design and implementation, and curriculum development. She holds certifications in elementary education, educational administration, and leadership via the California State Leadership Academy, and Reading Recovery for students who struggle with learning how to read. Ms. Sparks viewed every day as a great gift and an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, and attributes her success to her listening and conflict resolution skills, and ability to judge when to lead or follow.

Ms. Sparks earned a degree from California State University, Fresno, graduating with highest honors. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in French and English, she holds a master’s degree in early childhood education from California State University, San Francisco. She loves to travel, and during her college years, she studied abroad at the Aix-Marseille University in France and visits the country again now that she is retired. She also aspires to become involved in consulting and professional writing as time progresses. Continue reading

Anne M. Stasiewski


Stasiewski, AnneEducational Consultant
OWL Associates
Saint Augustine, FL, USA
Industry: Education
Field: Composition and Literature

Anne M. Stasiewski is best described as a team leader throughout her 58-year career. She worked with three elementary schools as principal (for a total of 17 years) and also worked in the central office. Prior to that, she served as the supervisor for language arts and reading for the City of Norwalk (where she was in the position for five years) and as a K-12 educator on the subjects of language arts and reading. After she retired from the education system in 1986, she started OWL Associates, a consultancy for teachers.

Ms. Stasiewski earned her doctorate in education (ABD) from the University of Bridgeport and both her master of science and bachelor of science from Central Connecticut State College. She is certified in Connecticut for positions as a K-12 teacher, principal, intermediate supervisor and superintendent of schools. Ms. Stasiewski is the former president of the Business and Professional Women of Connecticut. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Kappa and a life member of the National Education Association. Continue reading