Belinda S. Zimmerman is an Associate Professor of Literacy and Early Childhood Education at Kent State University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education. In addition to years of experience as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, literacy specialist, and professional development coordinator, Dr. Zimmerman served as a Regional Literacy Consultant for the Ohio Department of Education. Her interests related to literacy are many, but she has always focused on helping struggling readers to achieve success and in assisting teachers in providing the highest quality literacy instruction possible for all learners. In addition to journal publications, Dr. Zimmerman is the co-author of the book Phonics Poetry, which she wrote with Dr. Timothy Rasinksi and Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading, written with Dr. Nancy Padak and Dr. Timothy Rasinski. She has also authored chapters in several books on effective teaching practices. She is a proud graduate of Kent State University where she earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Zimmerman credits Kent State University with supporting a very child-centered approach to teaching and for nurturing her deep and abiding respect for those who dare to teach.