Mackin Learning honors the brilliance that strong educators, like you, bring to the table and provides motivating frameworks to help you transform how you teach. We listen to your goals and provide guidance in your pursuit to achieve them.

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Jennifer McCarty Plucker, Ed.D.

Director of Learning and Development and Literacy Consultant

Dr. Jen McCarty Plucker aims to support individuals in personal, team, and professional growth. Jen facilitates virtual and onsite professional learning workshops with teachers in

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their efforts to engage readers, provide choice and voice, and foster critical thinking across the student’s day.  Prior to joining the team at Mackin, she spent more than 20 years in public education as an English teacher, speech coach, reading specialist, and district administrator. 

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Lindsay Simmons, M.A.

Maker Education Consultant

Lindsay works to help schools navigate the world of maker education. Lindsay supports schools across the country in finding the right tools for their makerspace, and she also provides professional development for new makerspace

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and/or product implementation. She has her master’s degree in art history with a museum studies certificate. Prior to working for Mackin, she was a classroom teacher for several years and a STEM Programming Manager for a Science Center.

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Amy Lamatina

MackinVIA Learning Specialist

Amy helps teachers and librarians utilize MackinVIA effectively in their classrooms and school libraries. Through virtual and on-site professional development, she guides educators in using the tools within MackinVIA to increase accessibility, support student inquiry and independent reading, and enhance classroom

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instruction. Amy has a background in special education and STEAM instruction, and spent several years working in youth services for a public library system prior to joining the Mackin team.

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Kia Heise, Ph.D.

Mackin Learning Consultant

Dr. Kia Heise earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of Minnesota. Before joining Mackin Learning, she taught sociology courses at the college level in Los Angeles and the Twin

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Cities for several years. Kia’s approach is informed by thousands of hours learning how to navigate discussions of social inequality with diverse groups of young people.

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Tess Dwyer

Administrative Assistant

Tess supports Mackin Learning and Publisher Relations at Mackin. She is currently working on her masters in Library Media and has several years experience as an educator and a Media Specialist

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in an elementary school library as well as teaching after school programming in coding and makerspace.

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