Meet The Team

Gravity Goldberg

Director & Literacy Consultant

Gravity is an educational consultant, author and founder of Gravity Goldberg, LLC. While based in the New York / New Jersey metro area, Gravity supports school districts across the country. She specializes in literacy, special education, curriculum, assessment, and learning with technology. Her work ranges from demonstrating lessons and leading workshops on balanced literacy to working with administrators developing curriculum and customizing professional development programs. She works in classrooms from pre-kindergarten through college and in a variety of settings, both urban and suburban.

Dr. Goldberg’s most recent books, What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction & Nonfiction (Corwin) and Mindsets & Moves: Strategies That Help Readers Take Charge (Corwin) have been met with great enthusiasm. They have allowed many teachers to make shifts in their practice creating positive impacts for their students. Gravity is co-author of the book, Conferring With Readers: Supporting Each Student’s Growth and Independence (Heinemann). These books show Gravity’s commitment to creating learning environments that are responsive and supportive of students, teachers and leaders alike.

Dr. Goldberg studied at Boston College and Teachers College, Columbia University, pursuing a doctorate in education in Curriculum and Teaching. Her focus on educational policy, school reform, and literacy education still guide her work to this day. She is certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and as a Reading Specialist (K-12). Gravity is a certified yoga teacher which allows her to bring elements of yoga to students and teachers, helping them find balance and focus in their work and lives.

Gravity taught in inclusive elementary classrooms, self-contained special education settings, and worked as a reading specialist for pre-K - grade 12. For four years she worked at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, directed by Lucy Calkins, as a staff developer in classrooms across the country. She led workshops, modeled lessons, and created curricula. In addition, she ran a series of workshops for special educators, led literacy coaching courses, and served as a faculty member at the renowned summer institutes.

 
 
Dana Clark
Literacy Consultant

Dana Clark was a former teacher and coach with close to two decades of experience. As a district-based literacy coach Dana coached more than one hundred teachers and led the planning of literacy curriculum and professional development across six schools. Her main goal with teachers is to help them discover how they can bring themselves into their teaching in order to make best practices in literacy come alive for young readers, writers, and thinkers. Dana relishes the moments when students and teachers are deeply engaged in their work as she coaches them to persevere through the disequilibrium that precedes the “ah-ha moment” of new learning.

Dana holds a BS in education from Salve Regina University and has spent most of her career in New Jersey’s Fair Lawn School District. In 2004, she pursued a master’s degree and certification as a reading specialist through Fairleigh Dickinson University and she is currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership program at Montclair State University. Beyond university learning, Dana deepens her professional knowledge and collaborates with colleagues through the Coaching Course in Paramus, the Littogether think tank, and the Paramus Summer Institutes on Teaching Reading and Writing. You can follow her on Twitter @danaclarklit or on her blog https://litlife.blog/.

Erin Donelson
Literacy Consultant

Erin Donelson is a literacy consultant from Los Angeles, CA.  For nearly a decade, she has been supporting educators, nationally and internationally, in their classrooms with literacy instruction and curriculum development. She has also been a teacher and literacy coach in the Washington, DC and Los Angeles areas. Erin has a master’s degree from The George Washington University.  In her spare time, you will find her surfing up and down the California coast.

 
Sarah Fiedeldey
Literacy Consultant

Sarah Fiedeldey is a dynamic educator with a decade of experience as a primary school teacher, and she brings to her work a readiness to admire, inquire, and celebrate.  She also draws on her time as a middle school special education teacher, using this expertise to support professional learning communities to think deeply about what it means to be a responsive teacher. In addition to being an advocate for inclusive, equitable instruction, Sarah champions—and co-creates—collaborative professional learning. “Growing our practices together is the heart and soul of the work,” she says.  “Teachers need choice and voice in their learning in the same way students do.” Sarah holds a Masters Degree in Reading from Montclair State University and additional coursework in Educational Leadership from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Sarah has established herself as a literacy instructor at both local and state professional learning workshops and has offered professional development in co-teaching partnership and practice. Like everyone at Gravity Goldberg LLC, Sarah feels fortunate to be able to bring the collective wisdom and energy of the team into her work in schools.

 
Heather Frank
Literacy Consultant

A former elementary school teacher with 15 years experience in the Glen Rock Public Schools, Heather Frank brings to the team a passion for working collaboratively with teachers and other educators. She has extensive experience in writing curriculum, school and district level leadership, and staff development work focused on improving literacy-based instructional practices. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Gettysburg College and a Masters in the Art of Teaching in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Montclair State University, where she has also served as an adjunct professor.  She is certified as a Teacher of Preschool Through Grade Three, in Elementary Education, and as a Supervisor. 

Heather earned a doctorate in the Teacher Education and Teacher Development PhD program at Montclair State University.  Her research interests, including teacher leadership, professional learning, and literacy, inform her work with teachers and students. If pressed to say what most defines her as an educator, she says it's her curiosity about—and commitment to—supporting students throughout the learning process as they move towards independence. You can follow her on Twitter @HeatherAFrank.

 
Renee Houser
Literacy Consultant

Renee Houser is a literacy consultant and co-author of the What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow series of teacher resource books. Previously, Renee taught in the New York City public school system, worked as a staff developer at the Reading and Writing Project and as an adjunct professor at Teacher’s College, both at Columbia University, and co-founded Growing Educators, a literacy consulting company in Los Angeles, CA. Now living in North Carolina, Renee has started a new literacy consulting practice and is excited to launch her next project, The Teacher’s Toolkit for Independent Reading in collaboration with long time friend and colleague, Gravity Goldberg. She holds master’s degrees from both Old Dominion University and Fordham University and is currently studying the Reggio Emila approach to early childhood through the University of California Los Angeles.

 
 
Pam Koutrakos

Literacy Consultant

Pam is an experienced and enthusiastic educator known for her positive outlook and energy. She is deeply committed to motivating and supporting students and teachers on their learning journeys. Pam finds joy in helping to create empathetic and collaborative school communities. Pam has her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Rutgers University. She pursued a post-baccalaureate teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education at Oglethorpe University.

Pam then continued her professional learning by completing a M Ed program in Language Arts Literacy at William Paterson University as well as additional graduate level coursework in special education. Pam has worked in schools in many capacities, from teacher, presenter, teacher leader, curriculum writer and more. Above all, Pam hopes to work together to feel empowered, excited, and engaged in the important work we do in schools and at home each day.

 
Julie McAuley

Director of Operations

Julie studied at Pace University, graduating with her BBA in Marketing, specialty in advertising and promotion, along with an art minor.  Prior to entering the world of education, Julie worked in the graphic design industry as a print production director.  Her creative sense and business background make her an excellent balance to our literacy team.

Julie lives in New Jersey with her husband and two sons.

 
Laura Sarsten

Literacy Consultant

Laura is a staff developer committed to authentic literacy development. She truly enjoys spending time learning alongside teachers and students building collaborative relationships. Her specialization in reading and writing instruction has allowed her to create deeply student-centered classroom environments.

Laura shares her experience and methods through workshops, curriculum writing, regional and national conferences, and as a guest teacher at Columbia Teachers College. She studied at Montclair State University where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts, Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Masters degree in Special Education. She currently is pursuing her Administration & Leadership certification as well. Teachers and administrators appreciate Laura’s perspective on building literacy practices that foster student independence, agency and success.