2011 Literacy Champions

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… »

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… »

Meghan McGinley Crowe

Early Childhood Executive Director of Education & Development, Little Sprouts Inc., Statewide

“Make it Happen. I love to theorize and conceptualize new ideas and approaches, but they all mean very little unless something is produced. This also applies… »

Donna DiFillippo

Executive Director, Early Literacy/Family Engagement Program at Raising a Reader, MA

Donna DiFillippo is the Executive Director at Raising a Reader, MA. She has been advocating for young children and their families for her entire career: first as a teacher,… »

Lillie Marshall

English & Humanities Teacher/Global Education Blogger, Boston Latin Academy, Boston Public Schools

“The beliefs that guide my daily practice are that education is awesome and it’s also triumphantly fun. Teaching is the best job in the world… and… »

Nusean Mayfield

Parent Facilitator/Parent Center Coordinator, Elias Brooking Museum Magnet School and Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MA

“There is a perceived notion that parents of students in inner city schools don’t care about their children’s education. The parents who are a part of… »

David Mazor

Executive Director, Reader to Reader, Inc., Statewide and National

The founder of nonprofit literacy organization Reader to Reader, David Mazor, has been widely recognized for his devotion to literacy. He has received the Celebrate Literacy… »

Karen Miller

GED and Career Instructor, The Literacy Center, Bristol Community College, Attleboro

“As an advocate of lifelong learning, I believe that education is the key to a brighter future and a better life. I strive to make learning… »

Diane Palmaccio

Reading Specialist, Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School, Haverhill

“The greatest belief I have about my students is they all can achieve. It is our responsibility as educators to take our students from where they… »

Karen Voght

Creator/Director, Alphabet Fitness Program, Boston and International

“I chose to start Wellness, Inc. in 1995 out of concern for the well being of children growing up in fast-paced, multi-media learning environments. In literate… »