Debra Kwiatek provides outstanding literacy leadership both within her school in and throughout the entire Reading, MA school district. She has effected significant changes in curriculum, parent involvement, professional development and instructional practices. A hallmark characteristic of Debra is her enthusiastic willingness to share her expertise, and it has been an important goal of her school district to educate both parents and the public about her curriculum initiative in the important field of literacy. Her many roles include mentoring new teachers, screening and early intervention of students, reading assessments, class instruction and MCAS preparation. Beyond her work with students and teachers, she helps parents support their children’s reading skills at home.