Curtis is the original genius behind the Think Tanks. Like the Cerebellum, he coordinates everything behind the scenes to put issues together.
Educator, writer, and presenter, Curtis Kelly (EdD), has a life mission: “to reduce the suffering of the classroom.” He writes materials for “3L” students with Low ability, Low confidence, and Low motivation, including Active Skills for Communication (Cengage), Writing from Within (Cambridge), and Significant Scribbles (Longman). He is a professor at Kansai University in Osaka and was recently a Teaching Fellow in Harvard’s, The Neuroscience of Learning, his favorite research topic. He is the founder of the JALT Mind, Brain, and Education SIG, and produces this magazine, the MindBrainEd Think Tanks.
Stephen is our main copy editor. Like Wernicke's Area, he processes all submissions to make sure they have the correct words and meanings.
Stephen M. Ryan
Stephen M. Ryan teaches at Sanyo Gakuen University in Okayama, Japan. After years of teaching English, he is still getting it wrong on a daily basis. On the good days, he learns from his students. The thrill never gets old.
Julia is one of our editors and our site administrator. Like the Prefrontal Cortex, she organizes things so readers can find the information they need.
Julia Daley is a lecturer at Hiroshima Bunkyo University, where she teaches English conversation and writing. She earned her MA in TESL at Northern Arizona University and is certified to teach secondary English in Arizona. She appreciates everyone’s patience as she learns how to develop a website.
Marc's the one with a sense of humor who finds the bulk of our intro videos and other interesting tidbits. He and the Hippocampus both look like a seahorse.
Marc Helgesen, Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, is author of English Teaching and the Science of Happiness.
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Skye is one of our editors and recruiter of writers. Like the Temporal-Parietal Cortex, she devotes a lot of her time to the social cognition of others.
Skye Playsted is an educator with over 20 years of teaching experience as a second language and music teacher in Australian schools. She has taught English to adult students as a volunteer in community refugee support groups, and has been teaching in vocational colleges and university academic English programs in Australia. She is doing her PhD through the University of Wollongong, Australia, in the areas of reflective practice, teacher cognition and oral communication pedagogy in beginner adult English language classrooms.
Heather is our photo-finder extraordinaire. Like the Ventral Striatum, she makes crucial decisions choosing the best images for our articles.
Heather McCulloch, a life-long extreme introvert, was born in Crossville, Tennessee, USA. She holds a BA in Spanish Literature and Culture from East Tennessee State University and an MA TESOL from Biola University. She has been teaching both introverts and extroverts in the United States and Japan for almost 20 years. Her favorite foods include anything swimming in Tabasco or cheese, preferably both.