About Us

This website is the brainchild-gone-wrong (note Frankenstein allusion) borne out of the never-ending conversation that has gone on in Office 831 for the last decade or so.

Office 831 in all its messy glory.

We are Sarah M. Zerwin (Doc Z) and Jay Stott (Mr. S) and Paul Bursiek (Mr. B)

Sarah is in her 22nd year teaching and her 11th year at her current school. Sarah has taught in Colorado, Illinois, and Washington State in urban, rural, and suburban settings. Sarah is starting to tweet more, something she thinks is pretty cool even though Jay wonders what took her so long. Sarah has a BA in literature and secondary English certification from the University of Colorado Boulder, an MS in curriculum and instruction, secondary literacy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD in secondary literacy from CU-Boulder. Sarah has also taught methods courses and mentored pre-service teachers for the local university and works as a teacher consultant for the Colorado Writing Project. She’s working on a book about alternatives to traditional assessment in the high school Language Arts classroom.

Jay is in his 16th year of working in k-12 education. He received his BA in Philosophy from Colgate University in NY, and his MA in English Literature and secondary English certification from the University of Colorado Boulder. Jay has done some time as a building administrator (he didn’t like it, much, but he learned a lot), and has worked as a consultant for the Colorado Writing Project. Before he became a classroom teacher Jay spent 15 years teaching skiing, guiding back-country travelers and fisher people in Alaska and Colorado. Currently he moonlights as a wanna be rock star. You can find out more about that here. Everything Jay has ever done for a job has revolved around teaching people in some way.

Paul holds a degree in English literature from Oberlin College and an MA in secondary English education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has taught creative writing to fourth graders in Crownpoint, NM; English as a second language in La Cruz, Costa Rica; high school English, Spanish, and ESL in NYC; and middle and high school English in Brazil. He is currently in his seventh year of teaching in his home state of Colorado.

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