Beth Rodgers is an author, editor, and college English instructor. She holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, respectively. Beth spent five years teaching high school and middle school, including courses in Composition, Literature, and Grammar. Beth later worked at an art and design college, the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT), moving from adjunct to full-time faculty. Beth taught Developmental English, Information Literacy, College Success, and other courses at IADT.
After having her first child in the summer of 2013, Beth decided to scale back her teaching schedule and be a part-time stay-at-home mom as well as an adjunct faculty member at Baker College of Clinton Township, a position that she currently holds. At Baker, Beth has taught Composition I and II, Creative Writing, Children’s Literature, and Academic Literacy courses. She also works in the campus Writing Center, tutoring and providing workshops for students as they work on essays and other writing pieces for various classes. Beth has also given professional development presentations, discussing strategies and best practices for teaching writing in a classroom setting. During her time at Baker, Beth worked on completing her first published novel, Freshman Fourteen, which was released in October of 2014.
Freshman Fourteen centers around high school freshman, Margot Maples. Margot tries to win the heart of her first true crush, Peter, while at the same time fending off advances from Walter, a dorky boy who likes her. Steering clear of the school bully and winning a part in the school play make for a freshman year that has ups, downs, twists, turns, and a lot of laughter as well. From Freshman Fourteen, Margot moves on to her sophomore year in Sweet Fifteen. In this sequel, Margot has newfound confidence and decides to run for class president. A trio of guy friends, all with different levels of feelings for her, share their ideas for how to best go about it. Throwing a wrench in the works is the sophomore class mean girl, Carolyn Dippet. Margot finds that, despite the troubles she faces, she grows in her relationships and strengthens her friendships during the school year.
Beth’s current writing projects include taking Margot through her junior and senior years, as well as working on a study abroad novel about a girl getting ready to enter her senior year of high school. Beth’s other interests include reading and reviewing young adult novels, editing fiction and non-fiction works, and providing writing consults and coaching for businesses and their employees. Beth enjoys instilling her love of writing and literature into her own students as well as during writing presentations and workshops with school and library groups.