Mass Literacy Champions


The Mass Literacy Champions Awards Program recognizes and supports outstanding literacy providers, their practices and their programs.

2018 Mass Literacy Champions

Congratulations to our 2018 Mass Literacy Champions!

Jane Cohen DeHaven – Coordinator for Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham
Patsy Divver – Millis Middle/High School Librarian
Kevin Green – CEO of Seeds of a Father in Springfield
Susan Jaye-Kaplan – Founder of Link to Libraries in Hampden
Lorie Mendoza – Executive Director of Si, Se Puede in Lawrence
Diane Nostin Houle – Manager of Brightwood and Indian Orchard Branch Libraries in Springfield
Julie Roach – Manager of Youth Services at Cambridge Public Library
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood – Superintendent of Wareham Public Schools

Each recipient receives:

  • A $1000 grant for program development
  • A professionally produced video to promote their organization valued at $1000
  • Statewide recognition as a Mass Literacy Champion
  • Visibility and recognition in the media
  • Publishing opportunities
  •  The opportunity to serve as an adviser to Mass Literacy

About the Mass Literacy Champions Awards

The Mass Literacy Champions Awards program was created in 2003 by Mass Literacy to identify, publicly recognize and support individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and results through their work in literacy education. The Champions represent the entire state of Massachusetts and the many fields of literacy education. More than 80 Mass Literacy Champions have been recognized since 2003, and together they represent the diverse literacy community that makes Massachusetts a national leader in education.