Judi Dodson, M.A., has over 30 years of combined experience as an educator of children and teaching teachers. Judi has been a classroom teacher, special education teacher, diagnostic educational specialist, literacy consultant, and teacher trainer. She is a national LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) trainer, presents nationally at conferences on literacy-related issues, consults and works directly with schools and districts on issues related to achievement, and is the president of Bridges to Literacy. Judi’s work is driven by a sense of understanding the whole child and teaching to and from the heart. She believes that finding a balance between social–emotional learning and excellence in academic instruction will support academic achievement while building motivation and a lifelong love of learning. Passionate about global education for girls, she is the president of Peruvian Hearts, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls and young women in Peru to become leaders through education, mentorship and service, in order to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty. Judi is the author of three books: 50 Nifty Activities for Reading Instruction in the Five Components of Reading; 50 Nifty Speaking and Listening Activities for Oral and Reading Comprehension and The Literacy Intervention Toolkit.