Amy Huftalin received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and Masters of Arts in Teaching from Rockford University. In the fall of 2017, she will complete a doctorate in Reading and Language from National Louis University. She taught in elementary classrooms for 11 years and Reading Recovery for 9 years. For the last 10 years, she worked as a reading coach and reading specialist for the Rockford Public Schools providing staff development centered around balanced literacy. She currently teaches literacy courses as an adjunct professor for Rockford University.