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"While it is not necessarily true that good readers are good writers, it is always true that good writers are good readers."
Diane Gess, Ed. D.


About our Write Track™ Consultants/Trainers

Each member of our consulting staff has an impressive background in curriculum and staff development. Every individual has been an educator for more than 30 years, and each brings to the Write Track™ a passion for teaching teachers to be more effective instructors of expressive language. Their commitment and dedication to the program and to the improvement of literacy standards in schools is what sets the Write Track™ apart from other programs. Our consultants bring to their clients an educational perspective that is influenced by their wide experiences in teaching, and a genuine belief that improved writing skills are the key to raising the overall quality of education in our nation’s schools.


Diane Gess, Ed.D.
An educator since 1956, Diane combined a career as a teacher and administrator in New York State with national involvement. In addition to her responsibilities that included staff development and special projects for a large school system, Diane served as a member of the Executive Board of ASCD and is past President of the Nova University Alumni Association. Her writings, for a number of major educational publishers, cover topics on reading, language arts, career education, and social studies. She has also authored articles on computers in education and parenting education. Added to her credits are two nationally syndicated holiday television specials for which she wrote the screenplay and lyrics. An outgrowth of one of these productions, Sunshine Porcupine, was a book for young children. Dr. Gess has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from both the State University of New York at Oswego and from Nova University. She was the recipient of the New York State P.T.A Achievement Award, and was presented with the first ASCD National Award for Leadership Potential, an honor that recognized her visionary approaches to curriculum design and implementation. In the 1980s, Dr. Gess was an elected member of the National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Board of Directors, and Executive Council. Diane is the co-founder of the Write Track™ and currently serves as the President of the company. Dr. Gess was awarded an honorary doctorate from Gratz College in recognition of her contribution to teachers and students in the teaching of writing in schools within the state of Pennsylvania and all the schools in the United States where the strategies of the Write Track™ program are used.


Karen Nicodemus
An educator with more than 33 years of experience in the classroom and as a teacher leader, Karen brings her expertise to the Write Track in the areas of both reading and writing. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Karen also worked with at-risk students in the areas of literacy. Karen has spent the past 12 years as the Literacy Coordinator for the Dumont Public School District in New Jersey. In this role, Karen presented many professional development workshops as well as teacher support through modeling and coaching.
Karen has presented workshops at the Rutgers' Annual Reading and Writing Conferences entitled Writing Powerful Paragraphs, Vocabulary Development and Storytelling to Enhance Comprehension. Karen is the recipient of the 1993 State of New Jersey, Department of Education, Governor's Recognition Award.


Janina (Jan) Mele
A thirty-year veteran in education and a senior consultant for the Write Track™, Jan brings to her audience a wealth of experience that ranges from teaching high school chemistry to being a published author and a nationally known staff developer. Jan is also an adjunct professor with the New Jersey College of Education and Gratz College in Pennsylvania for the course, Teaching Writing and Thinking Across the Curriculum, a Write Track™ offering. For the past ten years, Jan has been both an instructor and an instructor-trainer for the Regional Training Center in Randolph, New Jersey, where she teaches courses in writing, cooperative learning, and expanding student thinking. She holds credentials as a Kagan Cooperative Institute trainer and is the author of Cooperative Learning and High School Science. As a Write Track™ senior national consultant, Jan has been given high marks for being a warm, creative, and skillful trainer who can relate well with both teachers and students in either a secondary or elementary school setting.


Jerilyn (Jerri) Neduchal
A veteran teacher with three decades of educational service, Jerri Neduchal is a seasoned presenter who peppers her training sessions with enthusiasm and humor. After teaching both secondary school English and learning disabled students in grades 2-12, Jerri began a career as a staff developer for FDLRS (Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource Systems). Her work brought her into contact with the University of Kansas Center for Research in Learning and she was asked to become a National Professional Developer. Subsequently, she became a National Professional Development Leader for the Strategic Instructional Model (SIM) and the SIM Content Enhancement Projects. In 1994, as a result of her exemplary work, Jerri was awarded he National SIM Leadership Award. She has worked collaboratively with the Florida Department of Education office of School Improvement on the A+ Schools Project and has been a demonstration teacher for the teaching of writing in the Orlando FDLRS Consortium. Prior to leaving public education and joining the Write Track™ as a national consultant, Jerri taught the course, Achieving High Literacy Standards through Writing, to new teachers beginning their service in Write Track™ schools that FDLRS serves in Central Florida.


Patricia (Pat) Markert
A dynamic and experienced educator with over 30 years in the classroom, Patricia Markert knows how to develop essential writing and thinking skills in each student and how to share that knowledge with teachers and students. Pat is an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and works with education majors in the study of literacy development and is also an adjunct professor with the College of New Jersey as an instructor for the Regional Training Center in Randolph, NJ, teaching Writing and Thinking Across the Curriculum, a Write Track™ initiative. She is a Rutgers-trained facilitator of the Family Science and Family Math programs and has been part of Rutgers University's Annual Conference on Reading and Writing since 1998. Her workshops on Writing Powerful Paragraphs, Vocabulary Development and Storytelling to Enhance Comprehension have been well attended and well received. Recipient of the 1987 NJ Governor Teacher of the Year Award, Pat has developed and presented a literacy workshop for the North Jersey International Reading Association. As a professional storyteller, Pat knows how language works and how to use it to reach and teach students of all ages.

Marilyn Hefferan
An educator for over thirty-five years, Marilyn Hefferan comes to Write Track with a wealth of expertise in understanding reading disabilities and the teaching of writing. She has had broad teaching experiences in the classroom at many levels and spent many years as a professional developer. Marilyn’s training experience came from her work with the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS), serving a five-county area of central Florida. She has also received recognition for her work with the Florida Center for Reading Research and as co-author of a program known as BALANCE, a successful professional development program that focused on blending direct instruction strategies in reading and writing with whole language. She also is credited with helping to create an online reading course, Differentiating Reading Instruction for Students: Making it Explicit. Marilyn teaches the course, Achieving High Literacy Standards through Writing Across the Curriculum to new teachers in central Florida that are employed in Write Track schools.  Over the years, she has modeled reading and writing strategies in many classrooms earning praise from her audiences for being a skillful professional developer who connects well with administrators, teachers, and students.


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