Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela

Sophie Schechter

Program Manager

Education Background: I received my BA from Kenyon College in English, and my MA in Early Literacy and Special Education from Touro College.

Last two professional locations and titles: For the last 4 years I have worked in Brooklyn and Harlem as the Special Education teacher in an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) setting, serving first, second, and third graders. Most recently, I served as a lead 2nd Grade ICT Teacher at Success Academy Fort Greene, and a lead 3rd Grade ICT Teacher at The Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem.

Who inspired your love of literacy and why? My interest in early education began while student teaching in Ohio.  During my time in Ohio, I was confronted with the drastic discrepancy in learning standards, and became invested in bridging the achievement gap – a goal I believe starts with literacy.

What was your favorite childhood book? Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

What inspires you to support literacy? My own struggle with literacy and the constant support of my teachers, friends, and family members. I am empowered every day to continue to give others the literary support that I was privileged enough to have.

What is your favorite literary hobby? My favorite literary hobby is stumbling on old used bookstores, getting nitty gritty, and trying to find the oldest copies of my favorite books they have.

What makes Literacy Trust special to you? Literacy trust is special to me because it focuses not only on using collegial inquiry and research to develop student-centered literacy education, but also because it promotes the sharing and decimating of that knowledge for the greater good of student achievement.