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Suzanne Barchers has a bachelor’s degree in elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University, a master’s degree in education from Oregon State University, and a doctorate of education in curriculum and design from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

After teaching for fifteen years, Barchers served as education director and deputy director of the Children’s Museum of Denver, designing exhibits and programs, obtaining grants, and managing staff.

After the publication in 1990 of her first book, Creating and Managing the Literate Classroom, she began her career in publishing. She built Teacher Ideas Press, the teacher resource division of Libraries Unlimited, into a viable profit center. She next developed a line of books for teachers, parents, and children for Fulcrum Publishing, a trade publishing company in Colorado.

From 1990-1999, Barchers taught graduate classes at the University of Colorado, Denver. Courses included curriculum development, children’s literature, language arts, and expressive arts.

Barchers was Managing Editor for more than four years at Weekly Reader in Stamford, CT, and she then served as Editor in Chief and Vice President at LeapFrog for more than three years. Barchers served on the board of directors for the Association of Educational Publishers for ten years. She also served ten years on the PBS Next Generation of Children’s Programming Advisory Board. Since 2016 she has served as Vice President of Curriculum at Lingokids (Monkimun), a company in Madrid that brings English to children around the world through gaming, stories, songs, poems, and live classes.

Barchers continued to write for the education market, completing approximately 250 books for a variety of publishers. Since the death of her husband, Robert C. Calfee, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, Barchers consults and writes from her home in Golden, Colorado.