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Books are often far more than just books.
— Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist

Melanie Muskin

Director of Programs

Education Background: BA in Cognitive Science from Vassar College; MA in Educational Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University

Who inspired your love of literacy and why? My passion for literacy ignited in my first year of teaching. While I had always been an avid reader myself, my love of teaching literacy blossomed when I watched some students get lost in their books and other students struggle deeply. I want to spark a love of reading in all students.

What was your favorite childhood book? Life Doesn't Frighten Me by Maya Angelou

What inspires you to support literacy? Education is a basic civil right. A high-quality education begins with robust literacy instruction. All children deserve the opportunity to learn to read and write.

Favorite literary hobby? I love buying books at local independent bookstores.  Two of my favorites are Greenlight and Unnameable near Prospect Park.

What makes Literacy Trust special to you? Literacy Trust is special because we provide a two-pronged approach to professional development. We don't just tell people what to do with their students, we go out into schools and cultivate relationships with staff members. We see first-hand what is happening in schools and adjust our recommendations based on adults' capacities and students' needs.