Annie Ward has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Mamaroneck Public Schools in Westchester County, NY since 2004. Prior to that, she was a Local Instructional Superintendent for the New York City Department of Education and the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for the Ridgewood, NJ Public Schools. Annie is the author of From Striving to Thriving: How to Grow Confident, Capable Readers (Scholastic, 2017) which demonstrates how to “table the labels” and use detailed formative assessments to craft targeted, personalized instruction that enable striving readers to do what they need above all - to find books they love and engage in voluminous reading.
A long-time middle school English teacher, Annie’s passion for children’s books was sparked early on by read-alouds (Mom: The Secret Garden; Dad: O Henry short stories; 5th grade teacher Miss Charney: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH) and her apprenticeship to Heddie Kent, the wildly charismatic librarian in the children’s room of the Lincoln, MA public library. Annie collects nonfiction books about dogs and unusual animal friendships which captivate striving readers. Annie believes strongly that access to books is a social justice issue.