Education Background: BS- Binghamton University; MS.Ed- Lesley University
Last two professional locations and titles: Senior Program Manager -Reading Partners, Washington, DC;
2nd grade teacher - Friendship Public Charter School
Who inspired your love of literacy and why? My parents! I have vivid memories of them always reading random newspaper articles when I was a child. I mimicked this behavior even though I barely knew all the letters of the alphabet.
What was your favorite childhood book? The first chapter book I ever read was “Kristy’s Big Idea” from the Baby-Sitters Club series. I remember feeling so proud that I finished a whole chapter book. From that point on, I identified as a REAL reader.
What inspires you to support literacy? Books brought me so much joy as an early reader. I now know that this is because reading came easy to me. I didn’t struggle to decode tricky words and I could easily follow all the events as they unfolded in the story. I support literacy because I want all children to have similar experiences as readers. I'd like them to one day share their own positive memories of reading.
What is your favorite literary hobby? Reading books that highlight African immigrant experiences and browsing the children’s section of bookstores for new releases.
What makes Literacy Trust special to you? I love that we continue to provide support to instructors even after they’ve been through our training sequence. This really helps facilitate strong program implementation which leads to higher student achievement.