NCTE Member Gathering - NCTE


NCTE brings back its Member Gathering series as a place for members to celebrate their triumphs as well as find restoration and learn healing with other members of their communities.  Join us for an informal gathering where members connect with one another in whatever space they are in—from those who want to actively engage to those who prefer to listen and reflect. Together we will celebrate, collaborate, inspire, and support each other as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year in safe space. Member Gatherings will generally be held once a month.  

Tuesday, May 17

4:00 p.m. ET

This month, NCTE is thrilled to welcome Lisa Stringfellow, who will discuss her journey from teacher to published author and how being an author influences her teaching practices.




Lisa Stringfellow writes middle grade fiction and has a not-so-secret fondness for fantasy with a dark twist. Her debut fantasy A Comb of Wishes is published by HarperCollins/Quill Tree Books and was released on February 8, 2022. It was selected as an ABA Indie Introduce title for Winter/Spring 2022 and an Indie Next Kids’ title for March/April 2022, and the book is listed on The Horn Book 2022 Summer Reading Recommendations list. Lisa received the inaugural Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Manuscript Award in 2019 for the novel manuscript. Her work often reflects her West Indian and Black southern heritage.

Lisa Stringfellow teaches middle school English at an independent girls’ school in Boston, where she also serves as an educational technology coordinator. She is passionate about engaging students in their learning through innovative practices, examining literature through the lens of equity and social justice, and deepening her own professional learning. Her professional work has appeared in Edutopia, Education Week, and Independent Teacher Magazine.

Lisa graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in English and has a Master of Arts in Education with concentrations in Literacy and Technology & Learning from Michigan State University.


Alfredo Celedón Luján is the Past President of NCTE as well as an English teacher at Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where his students were featured in a segment of CPB/Annenberg’s The Expanding Canon: Teaching Multicultural Literature. He hails from Nambé, northern New Mexico. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in education from New Mexico State University and his Master of Arts/English and Master of Letters from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He has been a writer-in-residence at the Noepe Center for Literary Arts at Martha’s Vineyard and also with the multicultural Artist in the Schools Program in Alaska. He has been a recipient of three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was named one of New Mexico’s Golden Apple Award winners for excellence in teaching in 2015.