About Jodi Wheeler-Toppen

Weclome! I am Jodi Wheeler-Toppen, a science teacher and science writer, with a passion for helping young people become confident science readers and writers.

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I began writing non-fiction when I was in college. I like to write about all kinds of things, but I especially enjoy writing about nature and science. Every time I research a book or article, I learn something new. Did you know that there are tropical penguins? That some caterpillars live in tents that look a lot like spider webs? That there’s a spitting fungus that lives on cow manure? You can learn about some of my articles and books here.

I continued writing as a biology teacher. Eventually, I headed off to graduate school because I wanted to research a problem my students were having. They were struggling in science partly because they had a hard time with reading. I got my Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2006, and did my dissertation on helping students develop as science readers. For several years, I taught part-time for UGA. I particularly loved teaching a class on helping students with special needs succeed in science. I have been working with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Press to share some of what I have learned about helping students with reading and writing in the science classroom. You can find more about that here. I’ve also discovered that I really enjoy working with teachers in staff development workshops (here).