the Workshop Leader
daCruz Payne is currently a reading/language arts and Reading Recovery
teacher at Centre Ridge Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia.
She has been a primary classroom teacher, teacher researcher, curriculum
developer, adjunct professor at George Mason University, and a language
arts consultant for several school districts. She has presented
inservices and workshops on a variety of language arts topics at
the state, national and international levels and has received Teacher
of the Year awards from the Greater Washington Reading Council and
the Virginia State Reading Association. She is the author, with
Mary Browning Schulman, of the Scholastic Professional Books, Getting
the Most Out of Morning Message and Other Shared Writing Lessons
and Guided Reading: Making It Work. Carleen, the mother of two
children, resides in Clifton, Virginia, with her husband, Dick.