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Dr. Liz Knowles

Board Member

Dr. Liz Knowles is the author of 13 books for teachers, librarians, and parents. The titles include: Boys and Literacy: Practical Strategies for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents and Differentiating Reading Instructions Through Children’s Literature. The most recent title is: Picture Books for Middle and High School? Are You Kidding?

Liz is from Greenwich, Connecticut and has lived in Pelham, New York; Nassau, Bahamas; Milan, Italy, and for the last 40 years in south Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University, and a master’s in reading and a doctorate in curriculum development and systemic change from Nova Southeastern University. She has a son, who is a partner in a law firm in Seattle; he is married and has a seven-year-old son. 

She has taught in Nassau, Bahamas, Milan, Italy as well as Florida. Liz was a school administrator, curriculum writer for Palm Beach County charter schools, and is an expert in professional development and Florida teacher certification support.  Liz had a long career at a large (300+ faculty) private school as a teacher first and then Director of Professional Development and Curriculum.

She served as Director of Content (K-12) for Kaplan Virtual Education.

She’s worked at in IB (International Baccalaureate) school as Head of Studies and as a certified Diploma Program Coordinator.

In addition, she was an adjunct professor in the graduate teacher education program at Nova Southeastern University and taught many graduate-level courses at Florida Atlantic University.

A special interest has always been current brain research and how important it is for all ages to exercise the brain. Through Cognitive Advantage, LLC and www.cognitive-fitness.com, Dr. Knowles teaches classes, small groups, and private lessons in brain fitness. She has a program, complete with materials and a book, “DIY Brain Fitness” to promote brain fitness to clients of all ages.