About Teacher Certification Degrees
Teacher Certification Degrees is a free resource for those looking to explore, start, or expand a career in education. Our editorial staff has written and published a wealth of information on how to become a teacher, including teacher certification, teaching degrees, teaching careers, related articles, news, and interviews.
Published by Project 7 Labs LLC, Teacher Certification Degrees was established in 2010 and is based in the Seattle metro area. We have been a Better Business Bureau accredited business since 2012.
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At Teacher Certification Degrees, we use experienced writers, editors, expert reviewers, and contributors to create and review our content. We evaluate each team member’s background and experience to ensure that our content is accurate, up-to-date, and relevant to our readers.
Writers: Professional writers research and write all of our content. Our writers adhere to a style guide in order to maintain consistency throughout the website. All of our content is original and backed by reputable sources.
Editorial Team: Our internal editors fact-check, standardize, and approve all content before it goes live to ensure the best possible experience for our readers. They also write for Teaching Certification Degrees.
Expert Reviewers: Since teacher certification and degree requirements frequently change, we partner with experts in the field to regularly review our content so that we can continue to provide our readers with the most accurate, up-to-date information available.
Contributors: We periodically work with education majors and professionals in the field who share their personal experiences and give advice to our readers through interviews and other content contributions.
Audrey Stoffle is the Chief Editor of Teacher Certification Degrees. A graduate of Berea College, Audrey has a BA in English with a writing emphasis and a minor in Spanish. She has worked as Editor for a literary magazine, Appalachian Review (formerly Appalachian Heritage), and spent years teaching English in Spain. Her writing and editing work has appeared on a variety of career and travel websites. When she’s not writing, Audrey enjoys running and photography. Follow Audrey on LinkedIn.
Laura McPherson is the Associate Editor of Teacher Certification Degrees. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History and Career and Technical Education from Eastern New Mexico University and holds a five-year Substitute License in Illinois. She has also worked as an ESL tutor. Her experience includes creating and deploying career training modules for professionals in various industries. Her creative work has appeared in literary journals such as Paperbark and Corvus Review and she has been an awards reader for The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). Follow Laura on LinkedIn.
Erik Blair is a professional writer of multiple forms of content, including educational, marketing, communications, and entertainment. He has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Southern California in Media Production as well as a BS from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He also creates immersive theatrical productions in locations such as Los Angeles, California and Tucson, Arizona. Follow Erik on LinkedIn.
Janan Dean is a writer for Teacher Certification Degrees. She has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Edinburgh. In the past, she has worked as a caseworker and research consultant in the public and nonprofit sectors. Janan has published articles in academic journals, created postsecondary curriculum resources, and now contributes her expertise on the higher education system with Teacher Certification Degrees. In her spare time, Janan shares behind-the-scenes content from her family’s farm on social media. Follow Janan on LinkedIn.
Mary Ellen Ellis
Mary Ellen Ellis is a full-time freelance writer and former educator. She has a degree in biochemistry from the University of Michigan and received certification for secondary education from Eastern Michigan University. As a writer, she specializes in education, science, health, and small business and works as both a content writer and a copywriter. When not writing, Mary Ellen loves to run and work out, cook, and play with her two cats, Beaker and Bunsen. Follow Mary Ellen on LinkedIn.
Beth Williams is a professional writer and published author who runs a writing firm catering to a global clientele. She holds a Master’s of Professional Writing from Chatham University and a Master of Arts from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Follow Beth on LinkedIn.
Shannon (Paterson) Reagan
Shannon Paterson is a writer and editor who spent 10 years working in the fast-paced television news industry as a reporter, producer and news anchor. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a Visual Communication degree. Shannon lives in Boise with her husband and two young children, and loves to spend time biking, hiking, traveling, and creating short films with her family. Follow Shannon on LinkedIn.
Charles Sipe has interviewed dozens of teachers for our teacher career interviews and developed popular content for teachers including our Top 50 Early Childhood Education blogs and our Top Elementary Teachers on Twitter. He has authored articles on various websites including several university career blogs. After serving in the military, Charles attended the University of Washington and graduated in 2006. He currently works as a web editor in the Seattle area. His hobbies include blogging and listening to podcasts.
Megan Bartlett is a full-time educator at a K-12 public school district in Illinois. She has a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Iowa, a Master of Science (MS) in Instructional Design and Technology from Western Illinois University, and a Master of Science (MS) of Education in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. She has over 15 years of experience teaching instrumental music and has taught students from the ages of 4 to 85 years old. In her free time, Megan sits on her local school district’s academic foundation board and enjoys cooking new recipes and spending time traveling with her family. Follow Megan on LinkedIn.
Robin Cathey is an Academic Professional at Georgia State University. She has a Master of Applied Linguistics and is a certified K-12 teacher. With over 10 years of teaching experience, she specializes in academic programming for disadvantaged students and English as a Second Language (ESL). She enjoys reading and traveling in her spare time. Follow Robin on LinkedIn.
Jacquelyn King is a full-time special educator at a K-8 public school district in Illinois. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis in educational technology from University of St. Francis. She’s been teaching students with disabilities for 14 years at the elementary level. When she is not teaching, she enjoys taking aerial hammock classes and spending quality time with her family.
Jeff Klaiber holds two degrees: A BS in psychology from the University of Calgary and an MS in clinical psychology from Marquette University. Jeff worked as a psychological analyst for the Milwaukee Public School system for 15 years. In this role, he assessed, evaluated, and reported on students who had been referred for psychological, emotional, or academic issues. In addition, Jeff has been a substitute teacher for the past 12 years and currently teaches 4th to 8th grade at Saint Sebastian Catholic School in Milwaukee, WI. He is a two-time US speedskating Olympian and Level III (highest level) certified US Speedskating coach. From 2010 through 2018, Jeff coached speedskaters at the highest level of sport, including at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. In October 2021, Jeff took his expertise in skating to the world via his YouTube channel. As a writer, Jeff was the primary copywriter for five radio stations in Milwaukee for 11 years and wrote thousands of 30- to 60-second radio commercials. A DJ for 17 years for rock stations in Milwaukee and Chicago, Jeff also is an avid painter, hiker, and cyclist. He is married and lives with his wife Suzanne in Milwaukee, WI. Follow Jeff on LinkedIn.
Marisa Kaplan, Former Instructional Coach
Tony Vincent, Learning and Technology Consultant
Dr. Sandra Hirsh, Former Professor and Director at San José State University School of Library and Information Science
Frederika Jenner, Former Delaware State Education Association President
Marla Vaughn, Alabama Conference of Educators President
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National Center for Education Statistics
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