J Mark Price's Reading & Writing Workshop is a teaching studio in the West University neighborhood of Houston that serves K-12 students. At J Mark Price's Reading & Writing Workshop, we are committed to cultivating a joy and love for reading and writing in every student and to fostering a community of students, parents, and teachers where creativity and individuality thrive.
Our teachers, J. Mark Price, Danielle Resh, Anna Meriano, Hoa Nhu Le, and Jen Dodd, with the help of Communications Director Lindsey Bainbridge, provide one-on-one tutoring sessions and group workshops in all facets of reading and writing, with goals of improving skills, building self-confidence, and instilling a genuine passion for reading and writing in our students. Our work with each student is highly individualized, whether a student is publishing their own novel, working to improve reading comprehension, learning to write a highly effective essay, or practicing skills for the ISEE test.
"A magical place where a child's imagination and creativity reign."
-Brenda, mother of Rani
Owner and Lead Teacher
Mark created his reading and writing workshop studio here in 2012, following a distinguished classroom-teaching career in both public and private schools, which included Teacher of the Year honors and a focus on helping his students connect meaningfully with and find joy in their reading and writing. Mark envisioned an inspiring studio learning environment in which the teaching of reading, writing, creative writing, all aspects of language arts and test preparation would be highly engaging and completely individualized to the academic needs and personality style of each student. Mark places great emphasis on helping his students find inspiration in their work and build confidence in themselves.
Ashley serves as the studio’s Communications Director, playing an integral role in communications with studio families, including scheduling, billing, and marketing, as well as coordinating special studio projects, such as taking our students to read to seniors
and to read to shelter animals.
Ashley is a University of Houston graduate and holds a B.S in Hotel and Restaurant Management. She has multiple years of experience in customer service and administration across varied industries. She currently lives in Pearland, Texas with her husband Matt, their son Eli, and two dogs Axel and Luna. When not chasing her son around, Ashley can be found working with arts and crafts or whipping up hot chocolate bombs for her own chocolatier business, Choc 52.
Reading & Writing Teacher
Anna Meriano is the author of the Love Sugar Magic series, with both the 3rd book in that series as well as a new YA title due for publication in 2020. She grew up in Houston, Texas, graduated from Rice University with a degree in English, and earned her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in writing for children from the New School in New York. She has taught creative writing and high school English, and works as a writing teacher and tutor. Anna likes reading, knitting, and playing full-contact Quidditch.
Hoa Nhu Le
Hoa Nhu Le is a PhD student at the University of Houston,
majoring in cell molecular biology, and she holds a Master's
degree in Neuroscience. Thanks to Nhu’s strong background in
math, she received a perfect score on the GRE test, Math
section (170/170). Nhu has many years of tutoring experience
and has taught a wide range of students, from middle school to
college-aged, including SAT preparation.
In addition to math, she teaches biology and chemistry, and
microbiology lab for undergraduate students at University of
Houston. With all the knowledge and experience she has
accumulated, Nhu looks forward to helping her students
achieve not only better results in school and standardized test
preparation, but also develop a real love for math and science.
Reading & Writing Teacher
Jen Dodd has just completed her fourteenth year teaching English and reading. She has taught grades 6, 7, 8, and 11 in ELA and written curriculum and assessment for grades 5-12. She currently teaches AP English Language and Composition for Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, TX. Before moving to the DFW area, Jen taught in Houston ISD as a Teach For America Corps Member and then worked for KIPP for five years as a teacher and two years as the Secondary ELA Content Specialist.
She is currently a curriculum writer for Northwest Independent School District, and looks forward to her second summer as an Advanced Placement Reader for the College Board this summer, scoring AP Exams. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Arts in English from Ohio University. When she's not reading or teaching, she is an active runner and enjoys chasing her three sons.
Amanda Joy Saulsberry
Reading & Writing Teacher
Amanda Joy Saulsberry is the author of the YA novel A River of Royal Blood and its sequel, AQueen of Gilded Horns. She was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in English and Psychology. She earned her MFA in creative writing with a focus in writing for children from the New School in New York.
She has taught poetry workshops at the Girls Club of NYC, creative writing to middle school students, and works as a writing coach and tutor. When she's not busy writing, Amanda enjoys crafting, touring the city's coffee shops, and taking road trips with her dog, Luna.
Reading & Writing Teacher
Melissa Granger is currently in the middle of her 21st year teaching English. She has taught grades 6, 10, 11, and 12 in ELA and written curriculum and assessment for grades 9-12. She currently teaches On-Level English III and OnRamps Rhetoric 306 and 309K through The University of Texas at Austin, at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas. Before moving to the Trophy Club area, Melissa taught in Irving ISD as a 6th grade ELA teacher, an English I teacher, and a Literacy Coach. While teaching in Irving ISD she also sponsored the spirit organization, Tiger Fever.
She is currently a curriculum writer for Northwest Independent School District, a Professional Learning Community Lead Teacher for both On-Level English III and OnRamps, and the senior events coordinator responsible for senior activities such as senior sunrise, prom, senior picnic, and senior sunset. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington. Outside of the classroom, she can be found reading, cooking new and exciting recipes, and chasing after her Labradoodle puppy, Gladys. Oh, and trying to keep up with her husband and two sons.
Reading & Writing Teacher
This will be Amber Kennedy's 14th year teaching, and she is currently teaching Pre-AP English II and Dual Credit Composition I and II. In previous years, she has also taught AP Language and Composition and worked with the College Board for two years as an AP Reader.
Amber attended Howard Payne University where she received her BA in English. She taught for 13 years before deciding to pursue her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Angelo State University. She was fortunate enough to find a degree program that allowed her to split her hours between Curriculum and Instruction and English, so she is now teaching Dual Credit Composition courses through her local community college. This program combined her love for designing lessons and instructional strategies with her English content knowledge.
Outside of work, she enjoys running to clear her mind and watching her three children's soccer and basketball games. She also enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants with her husband. Their family loves animals and currently has 8 pets - 3 dogs, 1 guinea pig, 2 rabbits, 1 snake, and 1 pig!
Reading & Writing Teacher
Star recently graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in psychology. She has always been passionate about teaching and mentorship and has pursued these endeavors throughout her undergraduate years as an SAT tutor, college admissions advisor, and a volunteer with the Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees. Star also served as a mentor for the Young Owls Leadership Program, providing college admissions training and support to under-resourced HISD students. In her free time, Star likes to crochet, play Samulnori (traditional Korean percussion), and teach new tricks to her two cats!
Lindsey has served as Communications Director for J. Mark Price’s Reading and Writing Workshop for seven years and currently holds the position of Senior Editor for our studio.
Lindsey is a graduate of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, with a degree in print journalism. She is a former managing editor of an international magazine and is an experienced copyeditor as well. She currently lives in Richmond, Texas, with her husband, Ernie, an elementary school Assistant Principal, and their two young sons.
News in the Studio
CREATIVE COMMUNICATION'S "A CELEBRATION OF POETS"
Priya Parekh's poem, "Star Signals," and Zayna Wardak's poem, "Can You Fix," were selected for publication in Creative Communication's “A Celebration of Poets," an anthology that brings together some of the best student authors in the U.S. We are so proud of you both!
iWRITE 2021 ANTHOLOGY
We are so excited to celebrate eight of our fabulous writers for the acceptance of their short stories, plays, and poems for publication in iWRITE's 2021 Anthology. Congratulations to Eleanor Dick, Maya Harpavat, Matthew Seungho Jeong, Sarah Spalding, Olivia Anaipakos, Lily Mayo, Saleela Pemmaraju, and Emily Yen! Way to go, all!
EMILY YEN: STONE SOUP
Congratulations to Emily Yen (6th grade) for having her beautiful poem, "Lines of Grace" accepted for publication in Stone Soup!
SOPHIA, ANNA, LUCY NGUYEN: LITTLE FREE LIBRARY
Sophia, Anna, and Lucy Nguyen are pleased to announce the opening of their Little Free Library at 4100 S. Shepherd Drive, 77098. While any books are of course welcome, this little library is particularly dedicated to the work of any students who would like to share their own books they have written, and the kids that want to read them!
In addition, the sisters have just released on Amazon the sequel to their book "Fluffy The Lionhead Rabbit." This timely second book is titled "Fluffy's Haunted Halloween" and is available at the link below. These young authors are donating all proceeds from sales of both their books to Save the Children, to help children around the world affected by Covid:
EMILY YEN: SKIPPING STONES YOUTH AWARD
Congratulations to Emily Yen for receiving the 2020 Youth Honors Award for her lovely poem, "The Quilt of Our World" about peace, justice, and equality!
YUTIA LI: CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS FALL 2020 ANTHOLOGY
Congratulations to 6th grade student Yutia Li for having her poem "Change" accepted into Creative Communication's Fall 2020 Anthology!
iWRITE 2020 ANTHOLOGY
Congratulations to all of our writers who were accepted for publication in iWRITE's space themed anthology! Lyndon Raymond, Emily Yen, Matthew Jeong, Kate Jeong, Yutia Li, Saleela Pemmaraju, Prisha Shivani, Sarah Spalding, Alexis Vu, and Katherine Zhang-- we are so proud of all of you!
STONE SOUP WEEKLY CONTEST WINNERS
Congratulations to Matthew Jeong, Lyndon Raymond, Sophie Yu, and Yutia Li for winning Stone Soup Magazine's weekly writing contests! You can find their work on the Stone Soup blog-https://stonesoup.com/coronavirus-covid-19-blog.
2020 NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC KEY WINNERS
Congratulations to Maya Harpavat (Gold Key), Katherine Zhang (Gold & Silver Key), Natalie Hampton (2 Gold Keys), and Jessica Horton (Gold Key) for receiving national recognition from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!
FALL 2020 SCHOOL ACCEPTANCES
Congratulations to our students on their school acceptances for fall of 2020! Our students have been accepted to: The Kinkaid School, St. John's School, Hotchkiss, Strake Jesuit, St. Agnes Academy, The Emery/Weiner School, River Oaks Baptist School, Episcopal High School, T.H. Rogers, Presbyterian School, Awty International School, Pin Oak, St. Mark's School, and Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. We are so proud of all of our students!
2020 SUMMER ENROLLMENT
Summer enrollment has now begun! Email email@example.com for more information.
KATE JEONG: HSPVA
We warmly and enthusiastically congratulate Kate Jeong for being one of about 20 students accepted to Houston's legendary High School for the Performing and Visual Arts!
2020 SCHOLASTIC WINNERS
Congratulations to our studio writers for their outstanding results in the annual Scholastic Writing Awards competition. Our students were awarded a combined total of 25 Gold, Silver, and Honorable Mention Keys. We are SO proud of all of them!
WELCOME, ANNA MERIANO:
We are so excited to welcome highly accomplished author and teacher Anna Meriano to our teaching team. You can read more about her in our Bio section!
SOPHIE YU: PUBLISHED POET
We are so proud of 6th grade student, Sophie Yu, for releasing her debut poetry book, My Universe. You can order her book here: https://www.amazon.com/My-Universe-Sophie-R-Yu/dp/1696989612.
2019 iWRITE CONTEST
We are so excited to announce that Jessie Horton (9th grade), Sophie Yu (6th), Kendall Doerr (8th), and Yutia Li (5th) all had their work accepted for publication in the 2019 iWRITE anthology. Double congrats to Prisha Rajwani (6th) for receiving the Editor's Choice Award!
RANI RAJAN: PUBLISHED POET
Congratulations to kindergartener Rani Rajan for the acceptance of her poem in Creative Communication's anthology!
ACCEPTANCE TO HSPVA
We are so proud of our three 8th grade students, Natalie Hampton, Caroline Woods, and Jessica Horton, for their acceptance to HSPVA! Great work, girls!
Congratulations to all of our amazing Scholastic Writing Contest regional winners: Samantha Wortring, Catherine Andrews, Jessica Horton, Sacha Waters, John Marian, Elise Shu, Katherine Lesslie, and Ashley Yen! We also would like to wish a HUGE congratulations to Ava Yu for medalling at the national level!
SOPHIE YU, EMILY YEN, AND YUTIA LI: PUBLISHED POETS
Congratulations to 5th grade student Sophie Yu and 4th grade students Emily Yen and Yutia Li! All three had their poems accepted for publication by the Creative Communication Poetry Contest. We are triply excited and proud!
PRISHA SHIVANI: PUBLISHED NOVELIST
We are so excited to announce that 5th grade student Prisha Shivani has just published her space-themed debut novel, The Other Side of the Moon. Prisha has generously decided to donate part of the proceeds of her book sales to the Star of Hope homeless shelter here in Houston.
AVA YU: PUBLISHED NOVELIST
We are thrilled to share with you all that one of our young writers, Ava Yu, an 8th grade student at Emery/Weiner, has just released her first novel, Out of This World, nationally on Amazon. Ava is donating part of the proceeds from her book to MD Anderson Cancer Center! We are incredibly proud of her. You can order Ava's book directly here.
LILY MAYO: PUBLISHED POET
One of our wonderful high school students, Lily Mayo, had her poem "In the Eyes of An Angel as the Heavens Fall: Depression Too is a Disease" published on teenink.com! Great job, Lily! You can read her moving poem here.
YUTIA LI: PUBLISHED POET
Our talented 4th grade student, Yutia Li, had her poem "How the Universe Began" published in Stone Soup Magazine!
2018 iWRITE ANTHOLOGY
We are so excited to have two of our students published in the 2018 iWRITE Anthology. Ava Yu's artwork appears on the iWRITE cover, and Yutia Li's short story, "The Chocolate Tower," can be found within the anthology.