Dr. Susan Van Zant is an educational consultant. She holds a master’s degree in curriculum development from Northern Arizona University and a doctorate in educational administration from Alliant University. Dr. Van Zant taught reading in the elementary grades prior to her appointment as school principal. She served as an elementary and middle school principal for 27 years. Because she worked with her teachers to present a well-defined reading program, which led to increasingly high achievement scores, three of the schools where she was principal were selected to be National Blue Ribbon Schools. In recognition for her achievements, Dr. Van Zant was selected to be a National Distinguished Principal and is the recipient of a Milken Educator Award. Her interest in the development of academic vocabulary is based upon her commitment to help all children learn to read and write well. As senior educational consultant for the Consortium on Reading Excellence, she helps school districts across the nation improve their reading programs.