Let me be something every minute of every hour of my life...And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.
— Betty Smith, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"

Phylisa Wisdom

Program Manager

Education Background: BA Social Sciences (emphasis Political Science & Sociology) - California State University San Marcos; MA Public Policy - King's College London

Last two professional locations and titles: Center Manger - Lindamood Bell Learning Processes; Melbourne, Australia, Public Policy Fellow - Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services; Boston, MA

Who inspired your love of literacy and why? I've always loved to read and come from a family of readers. My mom read before bed every night, and I must have picked up that habit from her.

What was your favorite childhood book? The first book I ever remember not being able to put down was a 1991 fantasy kid's novel called Wizard's Hall by Jane Yolen. I laid on the floor of the library reading it until I got kicked out. I also loved Charlotte's Web.

What inspires you to support literacy? Access to quality literacy instruction remains one of the great civil rights issues of our time. Being able to read affords you access to voting, learning about your community and the world beyond, and participating in a formal education - a gateway to a well-paying job and civic participation. To be a true democracy, we need to continue to prioritize teaching every single person to read to their capacity. 

What is your favorite literary hobby? Browsing bookstores! Finishing a book and then recommending it to someone I know would love it.

What makes Literacy Trust special to you? This organization was built around the desire to get an evidence-based literacy intervention to students who need it most and may not otherwise get it. I love working everyday with other people who want to leverage the power and promise that already exists in public schools to make sure students are getting what they deserve.