Our Instructors


Josie Balkowski discovered her passion for writing as a first grader the day she handed in her very first Young Authors book. Her six page book became the first of many that inspired her to a career in the written arts. It was a series of patient and dedicated teachers through elementary and high school that fueled her passion for creative writing and opened her eyes to the possibility of becoming an author. She graduated Maxima Cum Laude with a B.A. in English/Writing as well as a B.A. in Psychology from La Salle University in Philadelphia where she was hired as a University Writing Fellow to work with student classes to improve their written skills. Since then, she has become a wife and mother and thrown herself into writing her first two fiction novels. She founded San Diego Scribblers and Online Scribblers as a way to bring the art of writing to children who otherwise might not have the opportunity to explore all that it has to offer. Josie is a member of the Publishers & Writers of San Diego and writes monthly articles for the Mission Times Courier on behalf of the Mission Trails Girl Scout Service Unit.



Amanda Mandia earned her B.A. in English from Ursinus College and her M.A. in Literature from Villanova University. She has served as a research assistant with credits in academic published works. She has taught both English Composition I and II at the college level for several years. In addition, she has served as a Communications Specialist and Special Assistant to the President at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, for whom she wrote speeches, professional reports, personal communications, and public relations pieces. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, reading, and playing Phase 10 with her three children. She is thrilled to be joining the Online Scribblers team and sharing her love of writing with all of our eager learners.

Ashley Oberecker is an educator and certified reading specialist. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Penn State University and a M.S. in Reading from Gwynedd Mercy University. She taught first and second grade and was a reading specialist in the Central Bucks School District.  Ashley is thrilled to join the Online Scribblers family and continue her passion for helping students learn and build confidence in a positive, creative, and meaningful way.  Ashley is an avid reader and enjoys long walks with her pup, visits to the beach, and gardening. She resides in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and four children.