About Me

As the grammatically inaccurate panda from Eats, Shoots, and Leaves for Halloween

Katie is beginning her first year of teaching fifth grade after eight years of teaching language arts, social studies, and drama to enthusiastic third (and in previous years fourth) grade students and two years of teaching not-always-enthusiastic seventh graders. She is a life-long reader and enjoys ensnaring others in the web of life-long reading. As a traveler, photographer, and former archaeologist, she has visited four five continents (honeymoon in Morocco!), numerous countries, and 41 of the 50 US States. She loves introducing her students to the wider world and fostering their excitement about other countries and cultures.

Logonaut was a word invented by Katie and three of her pre-service teacher colleagues while creating a unit on vocabulary-building and word roots. It has as its roots logo (Greek for word) and naut (Greek for ship or nautae, Latin for sailor): word sailor. In our estimation then, a logonaut is someone who sails on the sea of words and shares an appreciation and love of the power of words and language.

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  1. You won Giveaway: One paperback copy of Flag for the Flying Dragon, A Captain No Beard Story written by Carole P. Roman. If you still want your copy please email your address to mamaw1050@att.net.

  2. Hi Katie! I love your site! I recently published a new middle grade historical fantasy, The Guttersnipes, and wanted to see if you would be interested in writing a review. I am approaching you because in addition to the book’s challenging anti-bullying theme, the fast-pace tale celebrates diversity and differences in unique ways. I have always felt fiction inspires children far more than non-fiction. I’d like to send you the press release and other materials my publisher created for my little adventure, but I could not find an e-mail address for you on your site. Please let me know if I have piqued your interest. I will gladly supply you with the paperback version or the pdf version if that is your preference. Have a wonderful week!

    Best Regards,
    Scott Eric Barrett