All Literacy Champions

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Jan Plourde

Founder and director of the REAL Program, Lynn, MA

Jan Plourde, M. Ed. is a 2014 Mass Literacy Champion and founded The REAL Program in 2013 with the mission to improve literacy. Jan is an award-winning… »

Christine Polk

Workplace Education Instructor and Trainer for Literacy Volunteers of America

Christine Polk is an independent consultant, recognized for her leadership skills in the field of adult and workforce literacy, and for her innovative interactive methods to improve how… »

Diane Portnoy

Founder, President and CEO of The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc., Malden, MA

Diane Portnoy is founder, president and CEO of The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC), a free, not-for-profit, adult learning center in Malden, Massachusetts. She is a Massachusetts certified teacher… »

Dennis Quinn

Director of Mentoring Programs at Reader to Reader in Amherst, Massachusetts

Dennis Quinn is a 2016 Mass Literacy Champion, and he is the Director of Mentoring Programs at Reader to Reader in Amherst, Massachusetts. He leads the… »

Peggy Rambach

Author and Creative Writing Teacher at the Suffolk County House of Correction, Boston, MA

Peggy Rambach is an author and community educator who runs writing workshops in health care and elder care facilities, social service centers and correctional facilities. She… »

Yamaris Rivera

Family Access and Engagement Coordinator at the Lawrence School in Holyoke, Massachusetts

Yamaris Rivera is a 2016 Mass Literacy Champion, and she is the Family Access and Engagement Coordinator at the Lawrence School in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She educates parents… »

Anita Rodriguez

Principal at Mary K. Goode Elementary School, Middleboro, MA

Ms. Rodriguez is a hands-on administrator who inspires and mentors both staff and students. She has taken a state-wide leading role in literacy education by boldly… »

Linda Saris

Director of Salem Cyberspace, Salem, MA

Described as a “stickler for outcomes,” and dedicated to innovation, Linda Saris is a master of supporting, nurturing, and mentoring her staff as well as her… »

Marietta Sbraccia

Early Childhood Teacher/Staff Developer, Cambridge Public Schools

Over the course of 22 years, Marietta Sbraccia has worked side by side with over 500 child care, preschool and kindergarten teachers, helping them to improve… »

Elly Seavey

Reading Specialist, Andover, MA

Elly Seavey has been a public school educator for thirty-eight years. During her tenure as staff developer, consultant and mentor, she has facilitated system-wide incentives in… »