Nancie Atwell founded the Center for Teaching and Learning in 1990. She is a former grades 7-8 teacher of writing, reading, and history and is currently a writing support teacher. She is the first classroom teacher to receive the major research awards in the field of language arts, the M.L.A. Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize and the National Council of Teachers of English David H. Russell Award. She has won many other awards for her contributions to education; most recently, she became the first recipient of the Global Teacher Prize, presented by the Varkey Foundation. She is the co-author of The Reading Zone, Second Edition: How to Help Kids Become Passionate, Skilled, Habitual, Critical Readers (Scholastic).