Student-engaging. Teacher-friendly. Standards-based. Staar-supportive.
ELA/R Resources and Consulting.


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Covid-19 is changing what public education looks like daily, and we are here to help!  Need virtual training for staff development? 

The Pencil Ladies have recently completed the two-day Zoom Academy in order to better serve districts! We have a variety of trainings to suit your needs during this difficult time.  (We still do face-to-face, also!) Whether your teachers need a writing, reading, ELA/R combination, or a G/T staff development, give us a call to discuss your needs.  

(325) 242-0527 or (936) 581-5988 

Sharon and Joan


Products and Services

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For Teachers

Teacher Editions and Supplemental Material
  • Winning Writers TE (Grades 2 -6)
  • Champion Writers TE (Grades 6 -12)
  • Writing Toolkits (Grades 4, 7, 9, & 10)
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For Students

  • Winning Writers (Grades 2-6)
  • Champion Writers (Grades 6-12)
  • Building Connections (Grades 3-6)
  • Bridging Connections (Grades 6-9)
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Staff Development
  • Mastering Texas Writing Standards
  • Maximizing Student Engagement
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Gifted & Talented 6-Hour Updates
  • & more!

Our Mission

We strive to provide superior customer service, innovation, quality, and commitment to schools, staff, and students of Texas. The Pencil Ladies have more than 80 years combined experience in the classroom, having taught second grade through junior college. They share a passion for developing students into stronger readers and writers. Rather than a “quick-fix” for student difficulties in reading and writing, we provide strategies with lasting impacts for both teachers and students to be more successful in the ELA/R classroom.

Customer Service

Teachers Serving Teachers
Teachers Serving Students


Teaching students to become independent writers while incorporating a multitude of writing standards, so students create integrative, cohesive writing.


We work to show teachers how to be successful through the use of our teacher-created resources.

Meet Our Team

Teachers are the most influential factor for a students' success in the English classroom. Teachers need readily available resources to help prepare students for success based on state standards.

Joan Tolle
Joan Tolle
-B.B.A., Sam Houston State University
-Certifications: Elementary, Secondary English, Reading, ESL, Business Composite
-Master Reading Teaching
-Middle School Teacher of the Year
-Region XIV Secondary Teacher of the Year
-Public Education, 26 years
-Adjunct Instructor, Western Texas College
    Wallace Men’s Unit
Sharon Brown
Sharon Brown
-M.Ed., Sam Houston State University
-B.B.A., Sam Houston State University
-Certifications: Generalist 4-8, Secondary English, Business Composite
-University of Texas, Top 10 Texas Teacher
-SHSU Distinguished Secondary Educator
-Public Education, 26 years
-Region 6 ESC, 5 years
-Adjunct Instructor, Lone Star College


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