Stenhouse Editorial Director Philippa Stratton Steps Down

July 15th, 2014

July 15, 2014 — Philippa Stratton, co-founder of Stenhouse Publishers, announced today that she will be stepping down as editorial director at the end of the year and assuming a new role as special projects editor and editorial advisor. Bill Varner has been promoted to managing editor for literacy and Toby Gordon has been promoted to managing editor for math and science.

Stenhouse also announced that Tori Bachman will be joining the editorial staff as an acquisitions and development editor focusing on literacy. Tori comes to Stenhouse after 15 years at the International Reading Association, where she held managerial positions in both the editorial and marketing departments.

“There’s no way to replace Philippa and all that she brings to the company in terms of editorial vision and knowledge of the field—not to mention energy and humor,” said Stenhouse President Dan Tobin. “We’re happy that she will continue to work with us on special projects. And we feel fortunate to have such an incredibly talented and experienced group of editors, led by Toby and Bill along with Holly Holland, Maureen Barbieri, and now Tori. Tori brings a wealth of connections and tremendous creativity and enthusiasm.”

Stratton and Tom Seavey co-founded Stenhouse in 1993 as a subsidiary of Highlights for Children’s Education Group. In 2010, Philippa was named Outstanding Educator by the National Council for Teachers of English for the pioneering work she has done in publishing practical, research-based books for teachers.

“Philippa and Tom founded Stenhouse with a strong vision of promoting excellent, innovative teaching and active learning,” said Kent Johnson, CEO of Highlights for Children. “We are very proud of the way Stenhouse continues to build upon that vision and to attract some of the best people in educational publishing—including editors, authors, production, and marketing professionals.”

Varner joined Stenhouse as an editor in 2001 following eight years as an editor at Heinemann. Gordon joined Stenhouse in 2008 following 20 years as an editor at Heinemann and publishing director at Math Solutions.

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  • 1. Amanda Villagómez  |  July 18th, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Thank you Philippa Stratton for your vision for Stenhouse, a publisher that has had a huge impact on my career as an educator and that I frequently share with colleagues and students. I love the voice and style of the books and am very grateful for each one that I have read.

    Congratulations to Bill, Toby and Tori!

  • 2. Denise Ryan  |  July 18th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Our good wishes to Phillipa, one of the most lauded editorial directors and educators of our time. We hope the special projects and indeed special.

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