Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Leann Norton is the proud owner of three raincoats and a degree in psychology from the University of Washington. Following her graduation, Leann quickly returned to school to obtain her teaching certificate and follow her passion. After a decade of working in education, Leann can truly claim to be a jack-of-all-trades, working as a bus barn employee, teaching assistant, para-educator, and teacher; she has seen and done it all. Within the field of teaching, Leann strongly believes in the power of balanced literacy and data driven instruction. As a lifelong learner and proud know-it-all, Leann has led professional development sessions on Reader's Workshop, Writer's Workshop, Daily Five, CAFE, concept-based learning, and data team implementation.