Lead author Christine Topfer is a widely respected literacy consultant. This is a role that follows a long career with the Department of Education in Tasmania as a teacher, school leader, literacy coach and policy writer. Christine is a past Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA) Vice President and has been awarded ALEA Life Membership. She is the co-author of several teacher resources, including Guiding Thinking for Effective Spelling (second edition published by Cengage Learning Australia in 2017).
Emma Warren and Bethany Woolnough are experienced primary school teachers from Hobart, Tasmania. They are active local ALEA members and present on spelling and inquiry at both a state and national level. Emma and Bethany act as teacher consultants and mentors, and have a passion for inquiry and play-based learning.