Meet the Committee

nErDcamp NNE is organized by this fabulous group of passionate New England educators

Susan Dee (Committee Chair) is currently a K-5 Literacy Strategist in RSU 5-Freeport, Durham, Pownal, MaineShe also teaches graduate courses for the University of Southern Maine’s Language, Literacy, and Culture Department. Susan is co-host of #MELit Chat, Maine's monthly literacy Twitter Chat. You can find her on Twitter @literacydocent

Chris Pirkl teaches 9th grade ELA at Deering High School in Portland, Maine. Chris earned his Masters of Education in Applied Literacy from the University of Southern Maine. He's an avid reader of YA fiction and wants to know what you're reading! Chris is a technophile; he adores Maine's MLTI program which puts a device in the hands of all of his students, and makes use of Google Apps for Ed with students. He's on Google+. He loves sharing: take a gander at his teacher page and read his blog. Follow him on Twitter. See what he's is reading on Goodreads

Gigi McAllister is currently in her 25th year of teaching. She is a literacy/math lead teacher at Great Falls Elementary in Gorham, Maine. She is a National Board Certified Teacher. She teaches a graduate literacy course at The University of Southern Maine where she earned a Masters degree and CAS in literacy.  Gigi is a contributing writer for Choice Literacy, a member of the Maine Student Book Award Committee, a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant and blogs about books and reading at The Late Bloomer's Book Blog. You can also find her on Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook.

Jenn Chafin is a certified K-8 teacher, K-6 Literacy Coach, and K-12 Literacy Specialist with 20+ years of experience in the field of education. In addition to her work in elementary classrooms in the Oxford Hills, she is an adjunct faculty member for the College of Education at the University of Maine. Jenn facilitates workshops on a variety of literacy topics at the local, regional, and national level. Currently, she is on the executive board of the Maine Literacy Council and holds a National Board certification in the area of literacy. Jenn is passionate about putting high-quality texts in the hands of young readers, creating learning environments for optimal student achievement, and developing strong family-school-community relationships. She can be contacted at: or through her blog,

Natalee Stotz serves as Head of the High School at Windham Christian Academy in Windham, ME, where she also teaches English and Civics. In addition, she oversees curriculum, literacy, and professional development for the preK-12 academy. She currently is serving on the executive board of the Maine Literacy Council. Natalee is an avid reader. She is passionate about reading, learning, and connecting readers of all ages with books. You can follower her on Twitter, @nataleestotz, where she is a co-moderator of the weekly #RuralEdChat. She blogs about life and teaching at Ars Longa, Vita Brevis ( and about books at Stotz's Stacks (

Jenny Stahl, a 4th grade teacher, is starting her fourth year with Glenburn Elementary School. She has been teaching fourth grade for seven years. Jenny loves reading as a hobby, and finds passion in helping young people kindle a love of reading as well. Outside of her teaching duties, Jenny is a mentor teacher, student council co-advisor, and serves on her school's policy committee. Jenny loves incorporating technology in the classroom, especially Skype and Twitter! You can find her class by adding JonesGr4 to your contacts on both services. Because she considers herself a lifelong learner, she has decided to begin her Master's degree at the University of Maine and is currently working on successfully completing her first class! If you would like to pick her brain, you can contact her through email: If you would like to give her a suggestion of a book to read, add her as a friend on Goodreads! Jenny is very excited and honored to be part of the nErDcamp awesomeness this year! 

Lesley Burnap is a 3rd grade teacher in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. She is an avid kidlit fan (mostly picture books and middle grade) and loves meeting authors and illustrators! Lesley has been a Nerdy Book Club member and Twitter enthusiast since 2012. She has attended both nErDcampNNE and nErDcampMI TWICE and will attend nErDcampLI (Long Island) for the first time in November. On Twitter Lesley is known as @auntierez ("Rez" being a childhood nickname).

Jason Lewis is a 5th grade teacher in northern Massachusetts where he will start his 19th year ]of teaching in the fall of 2017. Jason has a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Reading from the University of Massachusetts. Teaching in a departmentalized model, he focuses on reading, writing, and social studies. Joining Twitter several years ago helped Jason meet educators from all over the world. These educators changed how he teaches, making his teaching come alive for him and his students. When he’s not at a baseball field with his two sons, you can find Jason with a book in his hand, on Twitter @Jasontes5th following Nerdy Book Club members, or discussing books and teaching strategies with his friends on Voxer. Jason is extremely honored and excited to be a part of nErDcampNNE!

Mary Lou Shuster is a certified literacy specialist in her 35th year of teaching. She has worked the past ten years as a reading specialist, reading interventionist & instructional coach and prior to coaching she taught kindergarten for 24 years, 
all in RSU#6. She is a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant and has her C.A.S. in Literacy from USM, where she is also an adjunct professor, teaching writing to grads and undergrads.  An ardent book reader & recommender, you may find her pitching books to total strangers at bookstores, doctors’ waiting rooms or at the dentist. She blogs about books at and can be found on Twitter, @litcoachlou.

Cathy Potter is a middle school librarian in Falmouth, Maine. She has been an educator for 23 years and is a National Board Certified Teacher and a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Cathy has a passion for literacy and has served on a number of children’s literature awards committees including the 2014 Sibert Medal committee and the 2018 Newbery Award committee. You can follow her on Twitter @cpotter or on The Nonfiction Detective blog, which she co-authors with her friend Louise Capizzo.

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