2009 Literacy Champions

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 students, reminding them not to “fear failure, only the inability to learn from it.” Saris founded Salem CyberSpace in 2002 after leaving her high level position in a high-tech software company; since then, she has raised over $1 million and provided literacy and technology programs to over 1,200 low-income adults and youth, focusing on an under-served teen English language learner population. Working closely with the schools and regional partners, Linda Saris is lowering the obstacles and raising the bar, paving the way for success.