Kristi McCullough

Kristi McCullough

Meet Kristi

Teachers love the authentic, "from-the-trenches" insight that Kristi McCullough offers during her professional development sessions with K-5 teachers. Her own experience as a reading and writing teacher and literacy coach provides the perfect backdrop for Kristi to share practical ways to deliver research-based best practices.

As a full-time literacy consultant with Smekens Education, Kristi has worked with thousands of teachers across the United States delivering regional seminars and customized on-site school trainings that focus specifically on teaching reading.

In addition, she is also the author of the "6-Week Planning Guide for Launching the 90-Minute Reading Block," a popular resource for K-5 teachers.

Kristi wore many hats in public schools for 13 years during which time she was trained in Reading Recovery and many other well-known instructional models.

She is passionate about helping teachers implement a balanced literacy approach focused on real-life, purposeful literacy activities that result in improved student achievement.


“Kristi is the BEST! Fantastic information! A lot of great ideas that I can’t wait to implement in my classroom!”
Jordyn Henkle, Jackson Elementary School, Seymour, IN

“I was totally engaged in the presentation. I learned a lot of practical ideas to improve my students’ reading comprehension skills and strategies. The focus of the presentation was right on target: reading skills/strategies.”
Maria McWhorter, teacher at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, East Chicago, IL

“One of the best PDs all year! Concrete and useful info. These ideas can be used right away in the classroom very easily. Thank you, Kristi!”
Julie Blubaum, teacher at Francis Vigo Elementary School, Vincennes, IN

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