Brooke fundamentally believes that teachers matter more to student learning than anything else inside a school; thus, her life’s passion and commitment has been, and continues to be, to lead pre-service and current educators to improve their instructional practices to increase the learning of their students, especially in the area of literacy. Brooke holds a professional teaching license in both Elementary Education and Secondary Sciences in the state of Colorado. She started teaching at Western in 2006. Prior to that, she was a District Literacy and Assessment Coordinator for 13 schools, a Reading First Project Director, a Literacy Coach at an at-risk elementary school, a Site Coordinator for a Middle School After School Program, a 9th grade reading and writing teacher for at risk students, and a 5th and 6th grade elementary school teacher. Brooke also serves(d) as an Educational Consultant for the Colorado Early Literacy Grant and for EL Education (formerly known as Expeditionary Learning), as well as on state and national committees.