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, 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.