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Lisa Holt studied English Linguistics at York University, after which she taught English in the UK and in Japan. She then became a writer, editor and designer of children's books. She has written well over 50 phonics titles, including the well received Letterland Fix-it Phonics programme. She has won Primary Teacher Awards for the titles: My First Dictionary, Phonics Touch and Trace, Phonics Touch and Spell; Practical Pre-School Awards for the titles: Living ABC software, Far Beyond ABC and My Alphabet Storybooks which also fully meet the DfE core criteria for high quality synthetic phonics resources. More recently, she has developed an innovative range of products to teach grammar -  Letterland Grammar.

Stamey Carter received a BA in English from Wake Forest University and an MA in Reading Education from Appalachian State University in the US. In addition, Stamey completed two years of training in multi-sensory structured language teaching methods. He has taught students to read from early childhood through adult literacy. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Appalachian and served as a supervisor of pre-service teachers in the Reading Clinic there. Stamey has trained in-service teachers for a number of programs and has collaborated in developing training programs for the state of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and for Letterland. He is the coauthor of a number of Letterland Teacher’s Guides and an author of the Phonics Readers.  

Lyn Wendon, the creator of Letterland, was born in her grandmother's international school in Florence, Italy. Lyn grew up in the USA and went to school in New Canaan and Greenwich, Connecticut. She later gained a BA from Wellesley College. She moved to the UK in 1955 and Lyn received a diploma in Experimental Educational Psychology at the Cambridge Institute of Education. She then worked in primary schools and various independent schools as a peripatetic special needs teacher, combining that with raising three small children and inventing the phonics system that grew into Letterland. Some 45 years after the creation of the original Letterland characters, Lyn is a consultant to the business and plays an active part in making Letterland the worldwide success it is today.

Lyn Wendon

Lisa Holt

Stamey Carter


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