Gryphon House, Inc. Launches an Expert Panel of Guest Bloggers

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Gryphon House, Inc. teams up with authors to create a new panel of guest contributors on the Gryphon House blog.

Gryphon House, Inc. is pleased to partner with several authors and experts in the field of early childhood education in order to introduce a new series to the Gryphon House blog – The Gryphon House Author Bloggers Panel.

Parents and educators alike will find helpful advice from trusted experts in the fields of math, science, literacy, music, art, bilingual, special needs and sign language education. Childcare providers will find answers to questions about administering the proper technology tools and supporting the dual language learners in their classroom or learning center. Home school and family childcare providers will become inspired by the creative learning centers they can create in their own homes.

Each member of The Gryphon House Author Bloggers Panel has a passion for sharing their own advice and ideas for the education and development of young children.

The panel consists of:

Marie Faust Evitt (Science) is the head teacher of a preschool class for four- and five-year-olds. Her articles and essays on education, parenting, and child psychology have been published in national magazines and on websites including Newsweek, Parents, Child, Parenting, Scholastic’s Parent & Child,, and Family Fun.

MaryAnn F. Kohl (Art) is the renowned author of over 20 books about art for children. MaryAnn hosts workshops and speaks with groups of children all over the United States. Articles by MaryAnn Kohl can be found at the “Parents Expert Circle” as well as her own blog.

Kathy H. Lee (Home School/Family Child Care) is a former early childhood administrator and teacher. She has extensive experience in non-profit, for-profit, and corporate NAEYC-accredited programs. Kathy now facilitates training of early childhood teachers, administrators, and parents worldwide and is the Executive Director at Early Childhood Resources in Canton, Georgia.

Joy Lubawy (Math) has more than thirty years of experience in the early education field, including teaching children with special needs, directing preschools, and educating teachers. She now travels around the world providing professional development in the areas of curriculum, imagination, creativity, and documentation. Joy lives in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

Carol Garboden Murray (Sign Language) is the author of Simple Signing for Young Children. She has been working with children and families for many years in infant, toddler and preschool education and early intervention. She is currently the director of child care services at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Karen Nemeth (Bilingual Education) earned her B.A. in Psychology from William Paterson University and her M.Ed. in Learning, Cognition and Development from Rutgers University. She has been a teacher and a teacher educator for more than 25 years, focusing her expertise on first and second language development in young children. She is a nationally known speaker and consultant.

Jackie Silberg (Music) is an early childhood advocate and popular keynote speaker. Jackie founded and directed the Jewish Community Center School of Music in Kansas City, Missouri. She worked for Channel 41 television, planning and performing her original music for a children’s program called “41 Treehouse Lane.” She wrote and produced a television show for Time Warner called “Just Kids,” which addressed children’s needs and interests. Jackie has worked as a consultant with the Discovery Channel, setting up their music streaming website. She has given workshops, keynote addresses, seminars, and family concerts around the world.

Fran Simon (Technology & Education) is currently the Chief Engagement Officer of Engagement Strategies, LLC, her own national marketing, educational technology and social media consulting company. Fran worked for 15 years as a multi-site child care administrator – where she was responsible for technology integration. She also developed web site and online systems for us in early childhood programs and national organizations, such as Teaching Strategies and The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. In addition to her consulting company, Fran is the founder and producer of Early Childhood Investigations Webinars.

Dr. Robert A. Williams (Math and Science) is Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University. He is currently acting as lead consultant for the NSF-funded Building Base Line Objectives for Children’s Knowledge and Skills in Science (BLOCKS) program at the University of Texas. The teachers and researchers in BLOCKS are assessing what skills four-year-olds can attain before they enter kindergarten. Dr. Williams has taught in elementary, high school, and junior high school in addition to being a college professor. His past work has also included federal- and state-funded projects in water education. He has traveled extensively and conducted workshops and worked with children throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Australia.

Dr. Clarissa Willis (Children with Special Needs) has worked for the past 20 years on behalf of children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Her articles on child development and early childhood special education have been published both nationally and internationally. Formerly an Associate Professor of Special Education and the Associate Director of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development at East Tennessee State University, she currently works as an early childhood consultant and frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

Gryphon House is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Developmentally appropriate and easy-to-use, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children. Visit for more information.


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