Teri Lesesne is the recipient of the 2011 NCTE Richard W. Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator. This award honors a junior high/middle level educator who has worked to promote understanding of the developmental needs and characteristics of young adolescents, especially in the English language arts.
Teri is a Professor at Sam Houston State University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in young adult and children’s literature in the Department of Library Science. She is a 10 year veteran of the middle school English classroom having taught in Alief I.S.D. in Houston, Texas.
A frequent speaker at conferences, Teri presents one day YA seminars across the country and visits schools each year telling students about good books to read when she is not teaching. She is respected by teachers across the country both for the passion she brings to connecting tweens and teens with excellent age- and reading level–appropriate literature and for her professional books. Her blog at http://professornana.livejournal.com keeps the field up to date on the best and most helpful literature for teaching adolescents
Teri is the author of Reading Ladders, Making the Match, and Naked Reading. She has written articles in several journals including Signal, The Journal of Reading, English in Texas, The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Voices from the Middle, and The ALAN Review.
Involved with NCTE for many years, Teri has held the positions of Middle Level Section Steering Committee Assistant Chair from 2001-2004, ALAN President in 2001, and Texas Council of Teachers of English President from 1996-1997.