Literacy Champions

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

MassLiteracyChampions_Logo2016 Boston Herald Staff Photo by Chitose Suzuki

L-R: Dennis Quinn, Yamaris Rivera, Pesha Black, Gerri Guyote, Sharon Shaloo and Jeantilus Gedeus. Boston Herald Staff Photo by Chitose Suzuki.

Each Mass Literacy Champion will receive a $1000 grant for program development, a professionally produced video to promote the work of their organization valued at $1000, and they will serve as a Mass Literacy Adviser. They will each complete an innovative literacy project that will be shared with the statewide literacy community.

Meet our 2016 Mass Literacy Champions

  • Pesha Black, Director of Holyoke Community College’s Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center and Springfield Adult Learning Center ESOL Program
  • Jeantilus Gedeus, ESOL Teacher at The Immigrant Learning Center in Malden
  • Gerri Guyote, Assistant Director of the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody
  • Dennis Quinn, Director of Mentoring Programs at Reader to Reader in Amherst
  • Yamaris Rivera, Family Access and Engagement Coordinator at the Lawrence School in Holyoke
  • Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Center for the Book in Boston

The Mass Literacy Champions Awards Program enables literacy providers in Massachusetts to share their most promising practices with their peers and serve as ambassadors for Mass Literacy. The program was created in 2002 by Mass Literacy to identify, publicly recognize and reward Massachusetts educators who have shown exceptional commitment and results through their work in literacy education. 76 Mass Literacy Champions have been recognized since 2003, and together they represent the diverse literacy community that makes Massachusetts a national leader in education.