NANCY LEE CECIL, PhD, is a professor of education at California State University at Sacramento. She has a rich background, having taught in public schools in upstate New York, the inner city of Savannah, Georgia, and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a local, national, and international speaker, she offers workshops that focus on the literacy needs of the increasing number of diverse learners in North American schools. Dr. Cecil has written many professional articles about current concerns in literacy education. She is also the author of over a dozen books.