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Who We Are

Kevin Bechert, President

Kevin Bechert has been in Educational Publishing for the past 22 years. After completing graduate school in Business Management at St. Thomas University, Miami, Florida, in 1993 he began his career with Amsco School Publications. He would spend the next 12 years with Amsco as the South Florida Sales Representative, Florida Sales Manager and the last five years as the South Eastern Regional Sales Manager.

In 2005, Mr. Bechert worked for Kaplan K-12 and the following year was recruited by Triumph Learning (Coach) to become the Florida Sales Manager.

Mr. Bechert's expertise is in Formative Assessments, Test Readiness, and Strategies. He has been instrumental in recruiting many authors to write Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies Test Preparation books for students in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.

At the end of 2007 Kevin Bechert co-founded and became President of Everglades K-12 Publishing.

Authors

Grades 3-5

Rosalie Fazio was a Broward County Elementary District Trainer after teaching intermediate mathematics for 27 years.  Rosalie designed and conducted manipulative-based mathematics workshops that correlated national and state standards for the nation’s sixth largest school
district.  She has served on numerous state committees that established guidelines and aligned
items for Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Test.  Rosalie has been actively involved in
professional organizations at the national, state, and local levels.

Sharon Greenwald was a classroom teacher for 27 years, instructing grades K-5 in New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Florida.  For the past 13 years, she was an Elementary Mathematics District Trainer in Broward County, Florida.  In this capacity, Sharon designed and facilitated manipulative-based mathematics workshops for the nation’s sixth largest school district.  She has also been actively involved in professional organizations and has presented workshop sessions at the national, state, and local levels. Sharon served on several state Department of Education committees that reviewed and aligned items for Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Test.


Wylie’s Warm Ups (Grades 3-5)

Christina Worley is a K-8 teacher of 17 years. Christina has an advanced degree in Masters of Education for Educational Technology.  For the past 5 years, she has served as a kindergarten
through twelfth grade Mathematics Coach in Saint Lucie County, Florida serving in a district and school based capacity.  In this capacity, Christina designed and facilitated manipulative-based mathematics workshops for school and district based professional development, designed district
wide assessments, developed district scope and sequence for math curricula, and worked with
state and district personnel for school turn around.  She has also been actively involved in
professional organizations and has presented workshop sessions at the state, and local levels. 
Christina served on state Department of Education committees that reviewed and aligned items
for Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Test and is currently reviewing and writing lessons
linked to common core. Christina is currently working through the Instructional Partnership with
the state of Florida to support schools in restructuring status.


Grade 6

Christina Worley is a K-8 teacher of 17 years. Christina has an advanced degree in Masters of Education for Educational Technology.  For the past 5 years, she has served as a kindergarten
through twelfth grade Mathematics Coach in Saint Lucie County, Florida serving in a district
and school based capacity.  In this capacity, Christina designed and facilitated manipulative-based mathematics workshops for school and district based professional development, designed district
wide assessments, developed district scope and sequence for math curricula, and worked with
state and district personnel for school turn around.  She has also been actively involved in
professional organizations and has presented workshop sessions at the state, and local levels. 
Christina served on state Department of Education committees that reviewed and aligned items
for Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Test and is currently reviewing and writing lessons
linked to common core. Christina is currently working through the Instructional Partnership with
the state of Florida to support schools in restructuring status.


Grade 7

Suzanne Turney grew up in Flushing, New York and graduated from State University New York, Plattsburgh College.  She began her teaching career at Valley Central High School in Montgomery, New York.  She is a National Board Certified teacher with over 20 years of classroom teaching experience.  Currently, she is a teacher for the Palm Beach County School District in Palm Beach County, Florida.  Suzanne has been an Assessment writer for Everglades K-12 Publishing for the past 5 years and is a co-author of Everglades Publishing’s flagship product, Wiley Warm Ups, Grades 6-8.

Brenda Wallace has 20 years of experience teaching mathematics in the traditional classroom and online. She has a Master's of Science Degree in Mathematics Education from Nova Southeastern University and is National Board Certified. She is a teacher for the Palm Beach County School District, University of Phoenix and Palm Beach State College. Brenda is the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching – Bronze Award from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).  Brenda has been an Assessment writer for Everglades K-12 Publishing for the past 5 years and is a co-author of Everglades Publishing’s flagship product, Wiley Warm Ups, Grades 6-8. 


Grade 8

Carol Martin is a middle and high school mathematics teacher with over 43 years experience.  Her honors include Apple Digital Edge, Christa McAuliffe Fellow, and FCTM’s Kenneth P. Kidd Florida Mathematics Educator of the Year 2007.  Carol has been President of the Florida Mathematics Presidential Award Association, Secretary of the Florida Association of Mathematics Supervisors, Region II Director of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Vice President of Columbia County Mathematics Council.  She has contributed to mathematics education by publishing articles, presenting at state and national conferences, and serving as an education consultant in many venues.


Algebra 1

Meredith Blue has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.  She has tutored and taught mathematics for over 15 years.  Meredith was a Project NEXT Fellow with the Mathematical Association of America and has developed new courses.

Ellen Estes has a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education. In addition to her 20 years teaching mathematics in Palm Beach County, Florida, she has been an active member of her local and state mathematics council.  At the district level, she has assisted in the development of district-wide mathematics assessments for both middle and high school mathematics courses. These experiences expanded her involvement to a state-level test item review for the standardized state-wide assessment, to providing Common Core content trainings across Florida.

Terje Hoim has a PhD in Pure Mathematics from Kent State University in Ohio.  She has taught mathematics for over 15 years.  Dr. Hoim has received several awards including Excellence in Undergraduate Advising award and MAA Florida Section Award for Distinguished University Teaching of Mathematics.

Tim O'Halloran is originally from Massachusetts. After graduating from Norwell High School he moved to Fort Lauderdale to attend the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where he received his Associate's Degree in Graphic Design. Mr. O'Halloran also received an Associate's Degree in Computer Animation from A.I.F.L.
After graduation Mr. O'Halloran worked freelance as a Web Designer, Graphic Designer, and Illustrator. In 1999-2001 he was the Head Graphic Designer / Web Designer for FunU.com and Finantra Capital.
In addition to working with Everglades K-12 Publishing, Mr. O'Halloran is also the Illustrator/Designer for "Color All About" where he designs and illustrates coloring and story books for children.


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