Testimonials

Kathleen does a great job of connecting literature to the specific needs of teachers in classrooms.  The resources handbook is organized beautifully and is worth the presentation alone!

Justin Tucker, ELA Teacher, Qualters M.S., Mansfield, MA

Kathleen is a dynamic presenter with a quick mind and accessible sense of humor.  I was never bored hearing her talk about books for over five hours.  Thank you!

Shannon Clifford, English Teacher, Winnacunnet H.S., Hampton, NH

Best day of the year!

Joanne Gongoleski, Librarian, Narragansett HS, RI

Best. Day. Ever.   As usual!

Patty Mulcahy, Special Ed. Teacher, Tonawanda Middle/High School, NY

Always an engaging, energetic day immersed in the best adolescent literature!  Kathleen is utterly delightful.

Karyn Smith, 7th Grade LA, Harrison MS, Yarmouth, ME

Great list of books and other resources that will enrich my curriculum.

Elizabeth Blanchard , 8th ELA Teacher, King and Low-Heywood Thomas, CT

This is my favorite professional development presentation every year.  So much valuable information.

Casey Foye, Reading Teacher, Kennett MS, Conway, NH

Great as always!

Fred Tolman, Librarian/Teacher, LaSalle School, Albany, NY

Consistently the best professional development experience I have had.

Rachel Barnes, English Teacher, Monomoy Regional HS, Harwich, MA

What a wonderful day of book talks, and such great variety. I felt like a kid in a candy store with all of those amazing book choices for me and my students.  Thank you!

Amy Benton, 8th Grade ELA Teacher, Amity MS, Bethany, CT

This is my ninth year in a row.  Thank you for offering this amazing program.

Wendy Simpson, 7th/8th Grade Language Arts, Mt. Blue MS, Fryeburg ME

Such a great group of books and a wonderful presentation that mixed fun media and music into it. Thanks.

Lynne Cote, Librarian, Newburyport H.S., MA

It’s a pleasure to spend the day hearing and about talking books.  Kathleen has a delightful way of presenting.  She packs in so much practical information.  I try to come to this workshop annually.

Beth Brooks, Library Director, BB&N Middle School, Cambridge, MA

A seminar I look forward to all year long.  I go back to my students (and colleagues) armed with the latest relevant literature that keep them coming back for more reading material!

Cindy DeBottis, English Teacher, Vernon Verona Sherrill HS, Verona, NY

What an amazing day to spend just talking about books!

Rachel Yakey, Reading Specialist, Londonderry M.S. NH

An excellent day immersed in text!

Elizabeth Bourget, 6th ELA, Monomoy MS, Chatham, MA

It’s always a great, productive day.  Saves me time and money.  Always a pleasure.

John Bristol, Media Specialist, Rivendell Academy, Orford, NH

This is always my favorite workshop to attend.  Kathleen is so knowledgeable and funny.  As usual, I come away with a great list of ideas!

S. Magyar, English Teacher, Cornwall Consolidated School, CT

Excellent presenter and presentation!  Perfectly matched visuals, key technology tips/websites and logical use of “Turn & talk.”

Marianne Bees, Library Technology Specialist, Putnam Avenue School, MA

I always enjoy Ms. Odean’s presentations and I find lots of resources to use in my classes and share with my colleagues.

Virginia Aikens, English Teacher, Parker Academy, Concord, NH

Great day! Book order will be finalized tomorrow.

Harriet Wallen, Librarian, Lexington HS, MA

In the sea of books available to my students, Kathleen helps me find a way to a pleasant shore for them.

Robert F. Smith, English Department Chair, Frontier Regional School, South Deerfield, MA

What could be better than spending a day talking about books?  Not much…

June McGreavy, Librarian, Rogers H.S., Newport, RI

This is my third year attending Kathleen’s seminar.  She is articulate, engaging, and just so much fun!

Kelli McSweeny, English Teacher, Tabor Academy, Marion, MA

I love K. Odean’s presentations. Solid materials and deep understanding of what young readers love in books. Thanks for everything.

Amanda Parker, Reading Intervention, Stevens H.S., Claremont, NH

I have been coming to this workshop for years and it is always useful and informative.

Becky French, Pre/K-12 School Librarian, Harrisville Central School, NY

Love the program!

Allison Krause, English Teacher, Manchester-Essex, NH

Loved the very direct and honest reflections but really appreciated all the “Tricks of the Trade” that were provided.

Scott Zibel, English Teacher, Monty Tech, Fitchburg, MA

I love coming to this workshop and look forward to it every year.  Kathleen is so smart about books and so helpful in weeding through what’s available to find the gems.

Jill Pace, Librarian, Sharon Center School, CT

Best book selection tool for school libraries!

Nancy Silverman, Library Media Specialist, Soule Rd MS, Liverpool, NY

Outstanding as always! The best conference of the year! You are inspiring—the brass ring of librarians! Today reminded me that life is too short for anything but family and Great Books!

Deborah Mowers, Tech  Library Media Specialist, Little Falls Middle/High School, NY

Always a fabulous day.  Kathleen Odean is outstandingly knowledgeable, informative and funny about young adult literature.  I love learning about new books, and I also love Odean’s example of how to talk about books to others!

Betty Jipson, Librarian, The Derryfield School, Manchester, NH

The presenter was enthusiastic, and her love of reading was evident.  I am excited to introduce my students to many of these exciting new young adult books.

Devon Montigny, 6-8 ELA Teacher, St. James School, Danielson, CT

Ms. Odean does a wonderful and thorough job of summarizing fiction and nonfiction books.  She has great wit and makes the hours fly.  Thank you.

Maryam Bowen, Library Assistant, Minuteman HS, Lexington, MA

Thank you! Best day ever!

Danielle Hanscom, 6th Grade ELA Teacher, Belmonte MS, Saugus, MA

Kathleen Odean provides my favorite workshop of the year.  She shares a wealth of knowledge as well as resources to use across subject areas.  I can’t wait for next year!

Katelyn Boucher, English Teacher, Hartford Central School, NY

Great day full of great books to share with readers!

Sarah McCann, SLMS, Hudson Falls MS, NY

Thank you for an amazing day of learning about new books and fun ways to entice my young adults into reading them!

Linda D. Sherouse, Library Media Specialist, North Hampton School, NH

Kathleen is very informative about the books and gives lots of different ideas for displays, uses, and book trailers. Quite extensive book list which will help guide my choices for the library collection. I especially like the CCSS pairings and the non-fiction lists! Great day!

Susan Kinney, Library Media Specialist, Hollis-Brookline M.S., NH

Once again I’m overwhelmed in the best possible way by the plethora of great new YA literature available! Thank you, Kathleen!

Melanie Pouliot, ELA Teacher, Turkey Hill M.S., Lunenberg, MA

This seminar gave me great ideas to promote books in my language arts class. Thank you!

Shannon Witman, ELA Teacher, West M.S., Andover, MA