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
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 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.