About Us

Learn more about the ReadTheory team.

The passages you’ll see on ReadTheory are all hand crafted originals that have been written, refined, and tested by the members of our team. The ReadTheory team consists of a handful of professional writers and educators, many of whom have received advanced degrees, are published authors and award winning teachers. Each of our writers has unique abilities and interests and, perhaps most importantly, a genuine belief in the ability to improve lives through education. Take a moment to get to know the faces behind the letters!

Tanner Hock

Founder, Writer, Editor

Tanner writes and edits passages for ReadTheory. He also founded ReadTheory, which has its roots in the philosophy department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While studying philosophy there, Tanner discovered something he found both fascinating and empowering: the mode of critical thought. He thought that if all students were given the opportunity to make sound inferences, delineate nuance and focus, understand arguments, and recognize purpose and intent, then they, too, would learn to wield this powerful tool. By learning to read and think critically, students would live fuller, richer lives. And if this means they also perform better on standardized tests or compose better college essays, that’s great! Tanner holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston and has completed post baccalaureate course work in philosophy at UNC-Chapel Hill. His interests include literature, design, and philosophy. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and twin boys.

Sean Mournighan

Content Manager

Sean is in charge of all educational content for ReadTheory. He hosts webinars, edits passages and blog posts, and is the person at ReadTheory you’re most likely to get an e-mail from. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from FSU and earned a Master’s degree in Teaching from Duke University. He has spent the last decade working in many different roles within the education community. He has worked as a behavioral therapist for children with autism, the manager of a group home for adults with disabilities, a high school English teacher, and as a mentor teacher for elementary ELA teachers. He loves identifying trees and hiking through the forests of North Carolina with his wife, two small children, and his hound dog.

Genevieve Romeo

Writer, Editor

Genevieve researches, writes, and edits passages for ReadTheory. Her favorite topics to write about are science and education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Latin, a Master’s degree in English, and a Doctorate in English. Genevieve enjoys working with and for learners of all ages: she spent eight years teaching undergraduate composition and literature at UNC Chapel Hill and two years teaching high school in Durham, NC. She has also done volunteer tutoring with adults enrolled in a GED program and “at risk” middle-school students. When she is not writing or reading, Genevieve enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. Her favorite hobbies include cooking, watching bad movies, and playing word games.

Amanda Plante-Kropp

Writer, Editor

Amanda is a writer and editor for ReadTheory. She graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and German from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has experience teaching, tutoring, writing, and editing English at a variety of levels in the United States and abroad. She has earned various awards and scholarships during her academic career, including the North Carolina Teaching Fellows scholarship and induction into the Phi Beta Kappa international honor society. She is currently living in Berlin, Germany, where she has been offered a prestigious Fulbright grant. It Amanda’s sincere hope that her contributions to ReadTheory help you and your students become better readers, writers, and thinkers.

Anne Beatty

Writer, Editor

Anne researches, composes, and edits passages for ReadTheory. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a master’s degree in teaching from Duke University. Anne began her teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal. She has also taught English in high schools in Los Angeles, California and most recently Durham, North Carolina, where she was a semi-finalist for the district’s Teacher of the Year contest in 2011. Anne received National Board Certification for teachers in 2011. In addition to teaching, she has facilitated workshops for teachers of world literature for the North Carolina Teacher Scholars program. Her essay, “Dying,” on the violence that affected the lives of her students in Los Angeles, is in the quarterly magazine, The American Scholar. When Anne is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her young children and husband.

Susan Kelly

Writer, Editor

Susan researches, composes, and edits passages for ReadTheory. She’s a novelist as well; in order of publication her books include By Accident, winner of The Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, Now You KnowThe Last of SomethingEven Now, and How Close We Come, winner of The Carolina Novel Award and published in Russian and German. Susan holds a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College and a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also worked as an essay tutor (applications for MBA, med school, undergraduate), an SAT/ACT tutor, a grader for standardized reading tests, and taught numerous classes in Creative Writing. She currently holds a position as editor of Our State magazine. She is an avid gardener, hiker, Scrabble-player, traveler, and movie buff. You can find her full list of publications at goodreads.