Samantha Cleaver

Charlotte, NC USA

Professional Experience

I am a writer working in Charlotte, NC with an expertise in education, parenting, and travel. Specifically, I have 10 years of experience as a teacher and instructional coach and a PhD in special education with a focus on literacy intervention. I have written about education and parenting topics from the Common Core to classroom management to self-esteem in children for print and online publications including Scholastic's Parent and Child,, and other publications. I have written lesson plans for Scholastic's Disney and Fiskars partnerships, among others. I have published two books, one about close reading for educators (Every Reader, a Close Reader) and another about Active Reading, an evidence-based approach to read aloud, for parents (Read With Me: Engaging Your Young Child in Active Reading). My travel writing has been published in The Washington Post, Travel + Leisure Family, and more. Outside of education, I have also written relationship pieces about happiness and cheating, in-depth ar


10 Years
Book Author
3 Years


10 Years
Family, Children & Teenagers
10 Years
10 Years


Academia Teaching
3 Years
Book publishing - all
3 Years
Publishing (non-book) - all
10 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

10 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Scholastic Instructor Magazine (10+), (10+), Scholastic Administrator Magazine (10+), (10+)

Other Work History

In addition to my writing for education outlets, my articles about everything from bats to dating has been published in Chicago Magazine, Men's Health, Marie Claire, The Detroit Metro Times, and others.

Foreign Language Skills

Spanish, American Sign Language


Wesleyan Writers Conference, Jeanne Krochalis Scholarship recipient, Middletown, CT, 2008


General Interest and Profiles

An article that distills research on relationships into practical advice on maintaining healthy relationships.
Article that distills research on relationships into practical advice for readers about keeping their relationships fresh.
Profile of Harvard GSE alumnae.

Teachers and Parents

An article about the ways the schools are supporting their local communities.
Information about identifying and supporting giftedness in young children.
Article that explores the potential benefits of gentle teasing for children's social development.
Book about how parents can grow their young readers using Active Reading, an evidence-based read aloud strategy.
This article contains research-based suggestions for teachers to use to support and maximize instructional strategies.
This article outlines ways that parents can help kids understand and cope with events in the news.
This article explores and explains the Common Core for parents of kids in early elementary grades.


A list of 10 places that every kid should see before they turn ten.
This article was part of a series that I wrote for about accessible travel for families with kids who have disabilities.