Valorie Kruger believes all students are critical thinkers and problem solvers. An educator with over 20 years of experience, she has been a district literacy specialist, dean of instruction, reading coach, gifted and talented teacher, and elementary classroom teacher. She has worked with diverse populations her entire career. One of her accomplishments is the development and leading of an after-school literacy intervention for second grade students with funds received from a Mattel Corporation grant. Her passion is helping struggling readers overcome their challenges.Valorie has an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of South Florida, as well as a Master of Education in Elementary Education and Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Florida. Her experience running an early reading intervention program is published in Curriculum Leadership Development: A Guide for Aspiring School Leaders. She holds professional certifications in both Texas and Florida. Valorie lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with her husband, two young children, and dog. When not supporting schools or districts, she enjoys spending time with her kids by volunteering at their schools, going to the park, or taking them to the library. Her other interests include digital scrapbooking and outdoor activities.