Nancy I Updegraff Ph.D. has a career in education that spans over 30 years. Beginning a teaching career in the city of Detroit, Nancy taught both high school and elementary grades. After winning a Ford Foundation Grant, Nancy completed degrees in reading, special education, urban education and teacher training at the University of Chicago. After completing her doctorate, she worked in administration and curriculum in Chicago and Oak Lawn, Illinois. She completed additional graduate work in teaching English as a second language and special education. While working for a major publishing company, Nancy authored over 30 children’s books; co-authored 3 books on teaching reading and writing and an author editor on elementary reading programs.She was a consultant/contributor for social studies programs and a science program. Nancy has been a beloved keynote speaker at major educational conferences nationally and internationally.
Working as a coach and mentor with teachers and principals in cities like New York, Boston, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Flint, Racine, Des Moines, San Diego, New Orleans, Birmingham, Sarasota, and Chicago to name just a few has helped Nancy develop new techniques for working with students and teachers in urban and rural settings.
In addition to workshops, mentoring and coaching, Nancy has worked as a grant writer and curriculum specialist. While working for a major publisher she wrote and helped implement grants totally over $100,000,000.
Internationally, Nancy has worked with schools in South and Central America as well as China.In the Middle East, Nancy has presented at major conferences; worked with schools and met with the Ministries of Education in six countries in the Arab World.Nancy counts as her proudest moments being named a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year.