Jessica Cannata taught the intermediate grades for 15 years, and is the co-founder of EB Academics, an online community that provides middle school ELA teachers with engaging and rigorous lessons, so they can finally find that teacher-life balance while also being an amazing teacher to their students. Jessica has a passion for reading and writing instruction, and is dedicated to finding new ways to make learning come alive. Whether it's bringing classic literature to life with modern twists or sneaking in some grammar lessons disguised as a game, Jessica is committed to sharing her ideas with other educators. In 2021, she co-wrote the book The Empowered ELA Teacher. When she's not busy coming up with new curriculum ideas, you can find her in Charleston, SC, where she lives with her husband and three children. She's most likely volunteering at her kids' school, going on bike rides at the beach, or door dashing Chipotle.