Mark Thogmartin has served as a classroom teacher, reading and math tutor, technology coordinator, and principal during his 30+ years as an educator in private, public, and charter schools. He has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Kentucky, a master's degree in reading from the Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from Andrews University in Leadership. Earlier editions of Mark's book, Teach a Child to Read with Children's Books, have gained wide acceptance among reading tutors and parents who are teaching their children at home. He also has written articles for several magazines and journals on the topics of home schooling and reading instruction. Mark recently retired as a founding administrator of the Ohio Virtual Academy charter eSchool. He currently works part-time as an associate pastor of the church he attends, and he works part-time in his son's funeral-related business. Mark and his wife Donna live in Millersport, Ohio and are the parents of three adult sons and two beautiful granddaughters.
As a reading specialist and literacy coach, Mary Gallagher has almost 30 years of experience in education, focusing mainly on teaching young readers, struggling readers, and Title I students. She has been a literacy coach to both teachers and parents. She served in a unique position where she was able to work with parents who were teaching their children at home - this served her well as she partnered with Mark on writing the newest edition of this book. She has been a contributing author to several inspirational anthologies and has also presented at local educational conferences. She currently provides high quality professional development to school districts across the country as an independent consultant. Mary lives in Texas with her husband, Michael, and a growing menagerie of farm animals. She loves to read, write, take long walks, and is passionate about seeing all children learn to love reading.