Lifelong teacher Stephen Parker taught all three of his preschool children to become independent readers well before they entered kindergarten. The method he used with them, Systematic Phonics, is the method recommended by the National Reading Panel. It's the method he uses in Teaching a Preschooler to Read.
Knowing that children, like adults, have trouble paying attention to something they don't understand, Parker has become a tireless advocate for teaching reading and spelling in a way that makes these skills logical for children.
Parker holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and two master's degrees, one in philosophy, the other theology. He resides in Boston with his spouse, Celeste. Their three children, now grown, are (hopefully!) putting their reading skills to good use in college.