Dr. Janie Spaht Gill is a teacher, writer, performance artist, and now an LPB personality named “J J” – as in the Storytelling with J J & Friends series. ARO Publishing recently released six, 20-word books by Janie, all for pre-school children. The books are based upon the exploits of monkeys at the zoo in a series is entitled, “Monkey Tales.” Her next effort will center on the development of 10 and 15 word books for preschool children, as well as developing three chapter books at the 1st and 2nd grade levels.
Dr. Gill has taught for over 30 years, in every grade level from kindergarten to college level. She holds a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in reading and creative writing. Currently “J J” is a teacher of gifted students in Lafayette Parish. Her writing career began while completing her Ph.D., when she made a presentation at a conference in Toronto. Canada. There she met a publisher who expressed an interest in her work. The publisher contacted her later and she agreed to submit six books at the 1st and 2hd grade levels. This eventually led her to write 54 books over the next several years.
Her 54 books were later bought by Dominie Press and retitled, “The Dominie Readers.” Subsequently her books received the “Teacher’s Choice Award” in the “Best Supplementary Reading Materials” category. Dominie Press published the books internationally in both English and Spanish. With the publisher’s assistance, Dr. Gill has traveled across the nation to make presentations. Recently Pearson Learning Group bought Dominie Readers and continues to publish Dr. Gill’s books.
Dr. Gill is a Baton Rouge native, and currently resides in Lafayette, Louisiana with her husband Richard. Her fresh, humorous topics are inspired by the things her students say in the classroom. Gill was voted the 2000 Louisiana Elementary Teacher of the Year for her outstanding work in primary education.
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