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. 

Kimberly Crady

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Kimberly Crady:

Consultant and Contributing Blogger

 

Kimberly Crady is an adventurous woman with an immense love for life, learning, and teaching. After teaching in upper elementary classrooms for nearly 10 years, she joined the Shurley Team in 2005.  Kimberly has had the unique experience of teaching Shurley English lessons in all levels, Kindergarten-8th grade and training teachers across the United States.  Kimberly is a National Consultant and SEDA Teacher for Shurley Instructional Materials.

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Kimberly’s passion for helping people and living a healthy lifestyle has led her to continue her education in the area of Health and Wellness.  She enjoys numerous outdoor activities from hiking and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains to paddle boarding in the ocean; although, these days you can find her practicing hot yoga in a Bikram Yoga studio. She also enjoys traveling abroad, live music, reading, and spending time with her favorite mutt, Lu.  Kimberly’s experience as a Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Teen Life Coach helps support her firm belief in teaching the whole person, especially in the classroom.

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Kimberly Crady

Kimberly Crady is an adventurous woman with an immense love for life, learning, and teaching. After teaching in upper elementary classrooms for nearly 10 years, she joined the Shurley Team in 2005.  Kimberly has had the unique experience of teaching Shurley English lessons in all levels, Kindergarten-8th grade and training teachers across the United States.  Kimberly is a National Consultant and SEDA Teacher for Shurley Instructional Materials.

 

Kimberly’s passion for helping people and living a healthy lifestyle has led her to continue her education in the area of Health and Wellness.  She enjoys numerous outdoor activities from hiking and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains to paddle boarding in the ocean; although, these days you can find her practicing hot yoga in a Bikram Yoga studio. She also enjoys traveling abroad, live music, reading, and spending time with her favorite mutt, Lu.  Kimberly’s experience as a Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Teen Life Coach helps support her firm belief in teaching the whole person, especially in the classroom.

 

David Lutz

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David Lutz:

Curriculum Specialist and Contributing Blogger

 

David, a former classroom teacher, administrator, and self-proclaimed grammar nut, considers the oddities of English vocabulary and grammar his playthings! He received his degrees in elementary education, teaching, and curriculum design from CMU in Fayette, MO, and the University of St. Mary, Leavenworth, KS, respectively. His career has been a colorful collage of experiences in education, ranging from Kindergarten to Adult education and parenting classes.

He and his wife, Marjorie, have been blessed with 30 years of marriage, three grown sons, a cherished daughter-in-law, and the smartest, cutest grandson on the planet! He’s worked for Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc., for over 11 years and loves to help students and their teachers learn to love language and language learning as much as he does.

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David Lutz

David, a former classroom teacher, administrator, and self-proclaimed grammar nut, considers the oddities of English vocabulary and grammar his playthings! He received his degrees in elementary education, teaching, and curriculum design from CMU in Fayette, MO, and the University of St. Mary, Leavenworth, KS, respectively. His career has been a colorful collage of experiences in education, ranging from Kindergarten to Adult education and parenting classes.

 

He and his wife, Marjorie, have been blessed with 30 years of marriage, three grown sons, a cherished daughter-in-law, and the smartest, cutest grandson on the planet! He’s worked for Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc., for over 11 years and loves to help students and their teachers learn to love language and language learning as much as he does.

Cindy Goeden

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Cindy Goeden

Consultant and Contributing Blogger

 

Cindy Goeden has enjoyed being involved with Shurley English for the last seventeen of her twenty-seven years in the field of education.  Working with various levels of students in elementary, junior, and high schools, in both the private and public arenas, Cindy is thankful for the providential day that she was introduced to Shurley English, which changed forever her approach to Language Arts instruction. That has led to her current job of having the joy of sharing about Shurley with other educators.  Her love of learning has prodded her to earn over two hundred and twenty hours, which includes two degrees in education.

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Cindy currently lives with her husband, Donald, in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she enjoys puttering in her flowers, changing up her décor with the seasons, and occasionally getting out and traveling with Donald to either explore a new beach or view historic sights and gardens.

 

 

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Cindy Goeden

Cindy Goeden has enjoyed being involved with Shurley English for the last sixteen of her twenty-six years in the field of education.  Working with various levels of students in elementary, junior, and high schools, in both the private and public arenas, Cindy surely is thankful for the providential day that she was introduced to Shurley English, which changed forever her approach to Language Arts instruction. That has led to her current job of having the joy of sharing about Shurley with other educators.  Her love of learning has prodded her to earn over two hundred and twenty hours, which includes two bachelor degrees in education.

 

Cindy currently lives with her husband, Donald, in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she enjoys puttering in her flowers, changing up her décor with the seasons, and occasionally getting out and traveling with Donald to either explore a new beach or view historic sights and gardens.

Kim Shurley

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Kim Shurley

Marketing Manager and Contributing Blogger

Kim Shurley is a wife, mother, educator, and outdoor enthusiast. She graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock with a degree in Marketing in 1999. Upon her graduation, Kim joined the Shurley Team, where she collaborates on product development and promotion with her mother-in-law, Brenda Shurley.

Kim believes wholeheartedly in the work she does in curriculum development, which is why she homeschools her two children in the summer months using the Shurley method of instruction. After all, educating children is what this family-owned company is all about.

In her spare time, Kim can be found running marathons, belting out 90's tunes in the car, and adventuring with her family in the mountains of Colorado.

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Kim Shurley

Kim Shurley is a wife, mother, educator, and wanna-be rockstar. She graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock with a degree in Marketing in 1999. Upon her graduation, Kim joined the Shurley Team, where she collaborates on product development and promotion with her mother-in-law, Brenda Shurley.

Kim believes wholeheartedly in the work she does in curriculum development, which is why she homeschools her two children in the summer months using the Shurley method of instruction. After all, educating children is what this family-run company is all about.

In her spare time, Kim can be found adventuring in the mountains of Colorado with her family.