A welcome memo from the (newly elected) 2023 KATE Pages Editor, Caleb K. Thornton.
Hello and welcome! I’m glad you’re here!
My name is Caleb K. Thornton, and I am honored to be writing to you all as the newly elected Editor of the KATE Pages blog. With a lifelong passion for learning and a devoted commitment to fostering pedagogical engagement, I am absolutely delighted to be a part of an organization and platform that is dedicated to curating and delivering high-quality, applicable, and thought-provoking articles, blurbs, and ideas!
Education and writing have played major roles in shaping me into the person I am today. I received both my Bachelor’s in English with a minor in Linguistics and English Education with a Film Studies Certificate from Wichita State University, which provided me with hands-on applied studies that foregrounded my passion for education and strengthened my commitment to the teaching profession. Currently, I am teaching 7th and 8th Grade English Language Arts in the Wichita Metro Area. I continue to supplement my pedagogical education with continual learning–attending and presenting at workshops and conferences, seeking out educational publications, and collaborating with others in the education field (be on the lookout for my NCTE Conference Recap coming soon!).
In this new role as Editor, I will be overseeing the content published by KATE Pages–including our social media channels! My goal with KATE Pages is to assist in its flourishing into a relevant source of informative and educational content for our community–crafting a steady flow of life through the publication.
Of course, this is not accomplished alone! I look forward to working alongside the vast and talented network of KATE member writers and educators, all of whom share the goal of gathering engagement, support, and perspectives through professional and reflective development.
My approach to editing is rooted in collaboration, communication, and diversity. I strongly believe that sharing a wholly collaborative space not only enhances the quality of the content we publish but also fosters a creative and learning-conducive environment where the diverse perspectives of English Language Arts are valued and illuminated.
As KATE Pages continues to grow, we have adjusted the guidelines for submission to better align with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Blog and to broaden the spectrum of work that we publish for our readers. Some of those changes include updates to our categories of posts/articles and the overall formality of the Blog itself.
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions after reviewing our new Submission Guidelines here. While the changes may seem immense, they are rooted in the idea that a wider and more diverse submissions pool will assist in reaching a wider and more diverse readership.
I am excited about the prospect of contributing to the success of KATE Pages and am dedicated to upholding the standards of pedagogical excellence that our community has come to expect. If you have any inquiries, suggestions, or would like to discuss potential collaborations, please feel free to reach out.
Again, I am so glad you’re here! Thank you for your continued support of KATE and the KATE Pages Blog!
Caleb K. Thornton
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