Kathryn Starke is an urban elementary school literacy coach, reading consultant, and author. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Kathryn graduated from Longwood University with a BS degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in Literacy and Culture. She has taught first, second, and third grade and served as a literacy specialist for over a decade in an inner city/Title I school system in Richmond, Virginia. Kathryn travels to schools and organizations throughout the nation presenting workshops for children, parents, teachers, and administrators. She serves as the urban literacy trainer for the VCU AmeriCorps program, a literacy consultant for the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, and a literacy advocate/children’s author for the Washington Redskins Reading program.
Kathryn is the founder/CEO of Creative Minds publications, which exemplifies quality literacy instruction for all children. CMP publishes engaging and educational children’s literature. Her children’s book, Amy’s Travels, is used on over 20 countries on 6 continents. It is in its second edition and third printing and the selected title for musical performances in Richmond and San Francisco. The global educational company motivates children, supports reading, and inspires teachers in reading. Kathryn presents at reading and writing conferences throughout the nation and is a keynote speaker for many nonprofit organizations and events. She serves on the board for Reach Out and Read Virginia and the Chris Baker 92 Foundation. She is a freelance educational writer for a variety of magazines including Education Digest. Kathryn was named one of the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading in 2012.