About Jen Vincent

Welcome to Teach Mentor Texts, a blog that focuses on mentor texts to inform writing! I'm Jen and I started this blog in 2010 when I realized I read so many books that I needed to devote an entire blog to sharing these gems. For ten years, I was a Hearing Itinerant Teacher working with students who are deaf and hard of hearing in a large school district northwest of Chicago. Then I was a teacher leader in my district, primarily supporting new teachers through our Teacher Mentor Program and after that a Coordinator of Instructional Technology where I supported teachers and administrators as we strive for best practice that integrates technology in an intentional yet authentic way. Currently, I'm a Technology Integration specialist in a small, diverse, K-8 district in a northern suburb of Chicago. 

Using mentor texts became the center of my teaching philosophy in 2009, when I worked on the requirements for National Boards certification in early and middle childhood literacy. During that experience, I read voraciously about best practices in reading and writing and that led me to conversations on Twitter and even more learning. Becoming a connected educator changed my life as I developed an amazing network of professionals who are passionate about sharing, learning, and growing together.

Now, I read books with a lens for how they might be used as mentors texts for to impact writing. My goal in highlighting mentors texts is to share ideas for how writers might interact with a text and use it to impact their own writing. 

After participating in Teachers Write! with Kate Messner, Gae Polisner and other authors who share their experience and expertise since 2012, I feel even more strongly about the power of using mentor texts as the best tools in helping to encourage young writers. When teachers and students write together, we open up the potential to read books as writers, to discuss writing together, and to use other writers as models for our own writing.

I believe in teachers as writers and I'm so happy to share that writing has become an even bigger part of my life thanks to Teachers Write. I became a member of SCBWI in 2013 and am represented by Danielle Smith at Lupine Grove Creative. I hope to have book news to share and celebrate soon.

This blog is devoted to sharing all the great mentor texts I come across and to help writers easily locate a specific text that will target what they need help with in their own writing.

I may refer to reading a book with Peanut or Little Bean. 
Peanut is my oldest son. He's nine and loves Star Wars, Minecraft, and is super into sports right now. He loves to read lots of non-fiction but lately is also excited about novels that have mystery, adventure and/or silliness in them. He loves reading facts about sports teams and famous athletes but also super heroes...and finally Harry Potter. (Yay!)

My other son, Little Bean, is six and chases after his brother, desperate to do everything he does. He's crazy for YouTube videos and Star Wars - especially Darth Vader and the dark side...and now even Kylo Ren. He also loves books like Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown and Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt that make him laugh or let him be involved in the story. 

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Kellee Moye blogged at Teach Mentor Texts for about two years until she started her blog Unleashing Readers with Ricki Ginsberg in July of 2013. 
If you want to learn more about Kellee or enjoy her reviews and other posts here, please visit her at Unleashing Readers!

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Please address any questions or comments to jen@teachmentortexts.com.