Ardith Davis Cole

For over thirty years, Ardith Davis Cole has served the profession in a variety of capacities, from classroom teacher to literacy specialist. She has worked with students from grades K-12, but also with their teachers as she became an adjunct professor for reading/language arts courses at SUNY Buffalo and Buffalo State College.

"I love the spirit and curiosity of the kids, the camaraderie of my colleagues, the excitement of the process, and the ever-unfolding content," Ardith says of her teaching experiences. An active professional, she has held several offices in both the local and state reading associations, and for the past two decades her name could usually be found among the list of presenters at national, state, and local conferences.

She has received numerous awards, most recently the University of Buffalo's Outstanding Alumnae Award for the Year 2000.

Her approach to professional development is similar to her classroom approach. "It involves teacher demonstrations, shared partnering, supported instruction, group discussions, independent activities, and assessment. I incorporate a variety of media, which includes videos and PowerPoint slides."

She has three children and four grandchildren, and she now resides in Port Townsend, Washington, where it doesn't snow.