All Literacy Champions

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Sandy Blanes

Director of Center for ELLs Support Services at Cambridge College, Lawrence, MA

In addition to her impact on adult students through her work with Cambridge College, Sandy Blanes has developed an innovative course of study called “English in… »

Bettina Blood

Literacy Volunteer Coordinator at Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood, MA

Bettina Blood is the adult service librarian for Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood where she has directed the adult literacy program since 1985. An affiliate of… »

Margaret Boyko

Executive Director of Top Floor Learning Inc., Palmer, MA

Margaret Boyko’s business acumen and natural leadership abilities, combined with her passion for literacy, have led to the development of a model adult literacy education program… »

Iris Broudy

ABE/ESOL Specialist & Consultant, Western MA

“My students pick up English “in the street” but lack the opportunity to learn to read and write well. Low literacy affects successful reentry into society—the… »

Jean Canosa-Albano

Manager of Youth and Outreach Services at Springfield Public Library

As Manager of Youth and Outreach Services for the Springfield City Library system, Jean Canosa-Albano’s model work with teens and partnership with local public schools has… »

Char Caver

Adult Education Teacher at Project Hope, Roxbury, MA

A respected advocate for adult education, Char Caver connects education with the ability to positively impact family, community and society. Understanding the correlation between self-esteem and… »

Rafi Charput

ESOL Volunteer Teacher, ACCCESS Program at Cape Cod Community College, Hyannis, MA

“Giving back to society was my major incentive in being involved in English education as a second language. In my lifetime I have experienced the same… »

Laurie Collins

Author, children’s librarian at Ipswich Public Library, Ipswich, MA

Laurie Collins is a 2014 Mass Literacy Champion and the author of The Pajamas of My Dreams, an inspiring children’s book about children going to sleep and dreaming… »

Sherry Comerchero

Developer and Coordinator at the Merrimack Valley Jewish Coalition for Literacy, Haverhill, MA

Sherry Comerchero is a recently retired Haverhill Public Schools Speech-Language Pathologist. Through her work in the school system and as a long time community volunteer, she… »

Candace Lee Cross

Children’s Librarian at Wheeler Memorial Library, Orange, MA

To many of the 7,800 people living in Orange, Massachusetts, the lively, vibrant children’s room at the Wheeler Memorial Library is, simply, “Candy’s Room.” But Candace… »