Chrisie Moritz is a National Board certified literacy coach in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she teaches, facilitates professional development sessions, and coaches other educators. She presents at conferences and consults with school districts across the country on various topics related to literacy instruction. Chrisie has taught grades K-2 and served as a Reading Recovery teacher, Literacy Collaborative District Trainer, and adjunct professor at East Carolina University, where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Chrisie believes that informed decision-making is at the heart of good teaching. When it comes to teaching reading, the more we learn about our students’ preferences, the reading process, and a wide variety of texts, the better equipped we become to make decisions that lead to continuous growth and a love of literacy. She collaborated with Kathleen Fay and Suzanne Whaley to write Powerful Book Introductions: Leading with Meaning to Promote Thinking as a tool to help teachers refine their decision-making when selecting texts and planning book introductions that keep meaning as the primary focus of reading for students.