Literacy Champions

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Diana Barbero

Literacy Teacher at Suffolk County House of Correction, Boston MA

For the past 15 years Diana Barbero has helped adult incarcerated males improve upon their reading levels and parenting skills. Diana exemplifies a literacy champion through… »

Susan Bécam

ESL/Literacy Program Coordinator at Newton Free Library, Newton, MA

Susan Bécam has created a vibrant and successful ESL volunteer tutoring program at the Newton Free Library through her outstanding leadership, exceptional creativity and just plain hard work…. »

Ruth Berg

Remedial Specialist at the Cotting School, Lexington, MA

Ruth Berg is a Remedial Specialist at the Cotting School in Lexington, MA. She works with students presenting physical, communication and other challenges to learning. Ruth has been an… »

Pesha Black

Director of Holyoke Community College’s Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center and Springfield Adult Learning Center ESOL Program

Pesha Black is a 2016 Mass Literacy Champion, and she is the director of Holyoke Community College’s Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center and Springfield Adult Learning… »

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… »