About LjL

Jennifer J. Fontanini, Ed. D.

Dr. Jennifer Fontanini is Associate Dean of the School of Education at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jennifer has a B.S. in Secondary Education, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Jennifer specializes in curriculum design and professional development. Her research focus is program evaluation and teacher effectiveness.


Linda V. Neiman, Ph.D.

Dr. Linda Neiman is retired Associate Dean of the School of Education at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Linda has a B.A. in English, a master’s degree in literacy, and a doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Service and Learning. Linda is a Reading Specialist and Professional Development Specialist. Her research focus is best practice and classroom management.


Linda L. Carpenter, M.Ed.

Linda Carpenter is faculty at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Linda has a B.A. in history and a master’s degree in educational technology. She is a Technology Integration Specialist. Linda works extensively with pre-service teachers, is a certified mentor for new teachers, and is a Professional Development Specialist. Her research focus is classroom management, assessment, and instructional technology.


Mastering the Art of  the Elementary Classroom

Available now from Lorenz Educational Press and Amazon.

Teachers, both new and experienced, and those who prepare teachers, will appreciate this useful guide in mastering the art of the elementary classroom. This resource provides a framework for tasks and dispositions that are part of a thriving elementary classroom community. Although not a theory book, From Surviving to Thriving provides explanations and rationales in a context for the activities, strategies and tools it suggests. Chapter contents include subject areas such as communication (with parents as well as school personnel), finding resources to enrich the learning experience; organization, building community in the classroom, and attending to the diverse needs of learners. A CD is included that contains lists, letters, student and family activities, recommended literature, lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations that are ready for use.

December 2012 – Update

We are boldly moving forward. We are now on Teachers Pay Teachers, an open market place for educators. Check out our store, Surviving to Thriving LjL. Our collection includes  lesson plans and activities for The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins  and Wonder by R. J. Palacio, plus other activities for the classroom. Let us know what you think.logo7_

One Comment on “About LjL”

  1. Antara Bhattacharya Says:


    I happened to chance upon your blog and found it very interesting!

    We have recently launched a science app that uses augmented reality to enhance classroom teaching. The app has 3D models for kindergarten to grade 12. I thought you might want to check it out and may be review it on your blog, if possible.

    It is a paid app(with a few models free) but in case you are interested in trying it out I will be happy to provide you with a free copy.

    The link to the app is: 



    You can also search for the app on the app store as ‘Augmenter’.

    Do let me know if you would be interested. I am really Looking forward to your response.

    happy teaching!


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