Brenda Shurley

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Brenda Shurley:

Author and Contributing Blogger

During her first year of teaching, Brenda felt very frustrated because her students did not retain or understand many basic grammar concepts. She was unable to find a curriculum that met the needs of her students, so she decided to develop her own. Brenda wanted her English program to reach children with different learning abilities, to instill a love of learning, and to give students a solid foundation from which to build advanced writing and speaking skills. Thus, the Shurley curriculum was born.

Over the years, Brenda perfected and expanded Shurley English. She watched students in her classroom succeed in English and believe in themselves again. She grew more excited as she realized the Shurley curriculum could open nearly unlimited learning potential for every student.

Today, there are eight editions of Shurley English that can be found in public schools, private schools, and homeschools throughout the United States and in ten foreign countries. The Shurley company is family-owned and operated in Brenda's hometown of Cabot, Arkansas.

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When Brenda is not working on curriculum development, you will find her spending time with her six grandchildren. Brenda is the best board-game playing, tea-party throwing, card-playing grandmother around. After all, making memories is what life is all about.

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Brenda Shurley

During her first year of teaching, Brenda felt very frustrated because her students did not retain or understand many basic grammar concepts. She was unable to find a curriculum that met the needs of her students, so she decided to develop her own. Brenda wanted her English program to reach children with different learning abilities, to instill a love of learning, and to give students a solid foundation from which to build advanced writing and speaking skills. Thus, the Shurley curriculum was born.

Over the years, Brenda perfected and expanded Shurley English. She watched students in her classroom succeed in English and believe in themselves again. She grew more excited as she realized the Shurley curriculum could open nearly unlimited learning potential for every student.

Today, there are eight editions of Shurley English that can be found in public schools, private schools, and homeschools throughout the United States and in ten foreign countries. The Shurley company is family-owned and operated in Brenda's hometown of Cabot, Arkansas.

When Brenda is not working on curriculum development, you will find her spending time with her six grandchildren. Brenda is the best board-game playing, tea-party throwing, card-playing grandmother around. After all, making memories is what life is all about.

Ruth Wetsell

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Ruth Wetsell:

Author and Contributing Blogger

Ruth is a former classroom teacher with eight years of teaching in fourth through sixth grades and seven years in kindergarten.  She received degrees in elementary education and early childhood education from Arkansas State University and the University of Central Arkansas, respectively. With Brenda Shurley, she has co-authored seven editions of Shurley English. Ruth values the positive impact Shurley English has made on students since 1989 and loves to hear success stories from teachers and students.

Ruth and her husband Kent have been married for 26 years and are blessed with five grown children and nine wonderful grandchildren. Ruth loves her family, reading, music, camping, and enjoying God’s beautiful creation.

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Ruth Wetsell

Ruth is a former classroom teacher with eight years of teaching in fourth through sixth grades and seven years in kindergarten.  She received degrees in elementary education and early childhood education from Arkansas State University and the University of Central Arkansas, respectively. With Brenda, she has co-authored seven editions of Shurley English. Ruth values the positive impact Shurley English has made on students since 1989 and loves to hear success stories from teachers and students.

Ruth and her husband Kent have been married for 26 years and are blessed with five grown children and nine wonderful grandchildren. Ruth loves her family, reading, music, camping, and enjoying God’s beautiful creation.

Jamie Geneva

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Jamie Geneva:

Senior National Consultant and Contributing Blogger

 

Jamie Geneva is the Senior National Consultant at Shurley Instructional Materials and is a seasoned subject matter expert in the realm of English Language Arts.  Her career with the company began during the days of the Shurley Method binder, which was pre-1st Edition, and has spanned across three decades.  Over the years, her various roles have included teacher, presenter, state representative, consultant, manager, and most recently, a Shurley English Digital Assistant.  You might not recognize her face, but her voice could certainly sound familar.  That’s because she’s recorded Jingles, Q&A Flow Sentences, and other Shurley English content for many, many years. 

Jamie and her husband, Garret, live in the foothills of eastern Oklahoma. She loves spending quality time with her family, traveling, reading, cooking, and staying connected on social media.

Ms. Geneva received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education and her M.Ed in Public School Administration from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. 

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Jamie Geneva

Jamie Geneva is the Senior National Consultant at Shurley Instructional Materials and is a seasoned subject matter expert in the realm of English Language Arts.  Her career with the company began during the days of the Shurley Method binder, which was pre-1st Edition, and has spanned across three decades.  Over the years, her various roles have included teacher, presenter, state representative, consultant, manager, and most recently, a Shurley English Digital Assistant.  You might not recognize her face, but her voice could certainly sound familar.  That’s because she’s recorded Jingles, Q&A Flow Sentences, and other Shurley English content for many, many years. 

Jamie and her husband, Garret, live in the foothills of eastern Oklahoma. She loves spending quality time with her family, traveling, reading, cooking, and staying connected on social media.

Ms. Geneva received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education and her M.Ed in Public School Administration from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.