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Our team is comprised of published authors of children’s literature and education research, former pre-k through graduate-level private and public educators, experienced curriculum developers, and skilled content specialists.

Ebony Wilkins, Ph.D.

Dr. Ebony Wilkins is the author of children’s fiction, English professor, and education content developer. She completed her Ph.D. in education, with a focus on literacy, language, and culture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research centers on the exploration of race in children’s literature and writing responses. Currently, she has a young adult novel and revisions of technology curriculum in the works. She enjoys traveling, playing tennis, practicing yoga, and spending time with family and friends. Follow her on Instagram at @curriculumcafe or on twitter @curriculumcafe1

 

Kayla Palmore

Kayla Palmore was born and raised on the west side of Chicago. Kayla is a journalism major at Roosevelt University. Kayla is also a student athlete and a member of the women's volleyball team. Kayla's career goals include working for a television station or major newspaper company, giving back to her community, writing a book and becoming a coach. Kayla is very family-oriented and when she is not spending time with her family, she's either in the gym or hanging out with her friends.

 

Delaney Danca

While growing up in Michigan, Delaney was obsessed with the art of story-telling and creative writing. Therefore, while attending the University of Michigan, she decided to pursue a degree in Communications and focus on creating stories through digital media. Graduating in August 2016, Delaney went on to work as a Marketing Assistant for the family business before deciding to move to Chicago in February to pursue a career in digital media. In her free time, Delaney enjoys drawing, writing, and watching all of the latest television shows, and she hopes to focus on cultivating a love of creative writing in young students.

 

Jordan Gambale

My name is Jordan, and I'm so excited to work for Curriculum Cafe! I currently attend Southern New Hampshire University and I'm majoring in English Language and Literature, with minors in Education, Psychology, Justice Studies, and Special Education, and with certificates in Law and Legal Process and Crime and Criminology. Ultimately, I'd love to teach high school English, and I'd also love to influence educational policy in regards to the way that we work with and motivate students. In April, I presented at my school's Undergraduate Research Day about Second Language Acquisition and how this impacts how we teach our international students. My hope is that I can decrease the drop-out rate for high school students and college students alike! When I'm not in school, I love spending time with friends and family, reading Neil Gaiman, and watching meteor showers in the summer.

 

LaTaysia Wilson

LaTaysia Wilson was born and raised in Chicago, IL, where she developed her passion for media and art. LaTaysia majored in journalism and telecommunications at Ball State University and continued her interest in storytelling through multimedia platforms. Her career goals are to become an entertainment writer and producer of a television show. She hopes to give back to her community by giving the youth a voice in the new digital era.

Ava Lalor

Raised in Crystal Lake IL, Ava Lalor was inspired at a young age by her mother’s storytelling abilities and love of reading books out loud to her kids. As an incoming senior at Loras College in Dubuque, IA, Ava is pursuing this passion for reading and writing through majoring in Creative Writing and Spanish with a minor in Publishing. There, she works for the Writing Center and is the Executive Copy Editor of the school newspaper. Having overcome barriers in language and education herself, Ava is passionate about developing ways to better educate those in her community. When she is not studying or working, Ava loves reading, coloring in adult coloring books, playing games with her younger sister, or chatting with friends over chai tea.

 

Lori Pluchrat


I am a graduate of Illinois State University in 2016 where I studied Early Childhood Education with Teaching English as Second Language Endorsement and Early Childhood Special Ed. Letter of Approval. I have also traveled to Thailand, England, and Taiwan to explore and gain additional knowledge of their educational systems by teaching/observing in schools. I currently am a first year Chicago Public School teacher, I teach pre-kindergarten. I am ecstatic to acquire more experience in the field of education!

 

David Paulsson

Hello, my name is David Paulsson and I'm passionate about getting the absolute best out of people. One of the ways I enjoy doing that is by editing and helping others find their voice in their writing. I have just about graduated from Georgia College & State University with a degree in Mass Communication and a minor in Rhetoric. During my time there, I served as the Copy Editor for the student newspaper and broadcasted over 100 radio shows on our student radio station. In my free time, I enjoy following sports, playing guitar and singing (not well), and spending time with loved ones.

Jillian Tempestini

Jillian Tempestini is currently a senior at University of Illinois Chicago, studying English with a concentration in Media, Cultural & Rhetorical Studies. Her day job is working as a digital marketer for a consumer analytics company, and she loves volunteering for youth art programs afterwards. As a life long self directed learner, she is excited to write curriculum for those who prefer to learn outside of the box. In her spare time she can be found taking photos and playing with her puppy.

 

Kathryn Hill

I was born and raised in Lake Jackson, Texas, near Houston. I'll be moving near Denver, Colorado in June. I'm an English major at Sam Houston State University with a minor in Creative Writing. I'm a member of the color guard with the Sam Houston marching band. My career goals are to go into editing and publishing and write a novel. In my free time, I like to read, write, and hang out with friends.

 

Madeline McConnell

Growing up in a small town where almost nothing happened, Madeline began to read and write at an early age. Everything from poetry to journalism caught her interest. Now, she has turned what was initially an escape method into a passion, and hopes to go into a career filled with writing so that she may help others as authors have helped her. She will be attending the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the fall, where she will focus her studies on literature and writing.