In Memoriam: Reading Rescue Benefactor and Board Member, Benedict Silverman
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Who We Are

Nora L. Hoover, Ed.D
Following a career in the classroom, Dr. Hoover’s focus on solving the challenges faced by struggling readers became a career mission. During her years on the faculty at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, she established a Reading Clinic

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Cheryl Tyler
Cheryl is the co-director of Reading Rescue and Senior Reading Specialist at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. She was a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, staff developer and the principal of PS 277 in the South Bronx

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Marjorie Martinelli
Marjorie Martinelli is Co-Director of The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project’s Reading Rescue program. She is a Senior Research Associate at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University where she is involved in curriculum writing, consulting

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Tiffany Zapico
Tiffany Zapico is a non-profit and education professional who is motivated by social justice principles and a fundamental belief that literacy should be a basic human right. Tiffany has remained professionally committed to serving under resourced communities throughout her career. She started

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Kristen Kentner
Supporting the programs, organizations, and ideas that contribute to New York City being a better place to live for everyone is why Kristen Kentner built a career in nonprofit development. Through the doorway of fundraising and communications Kristen has worked

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Dana Grau
Dana comes to the Literacy Trust, Inc. with over ten years of experience in education and marketing.  She began her career managing large-scale sponsorships and events for pharmaceutical companies.  In 2009, Dana pursued her passion for teaching and became a

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Melanie Muskin
Melanie joins The Literacy Trust, Inc. after six years of working in New York City public schools. A voracious reader and lover of teaching reading, Melanie is committed to eliminating illiteracy in this country one child at a time. Melanie

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Hella Abebe
Hella joins the Literacy Trust, Inc. with a strong passion and desire to help students reach their full potential. One of her first positions held that exposed her to this need was under Jumpstart at the University of California Los Angeles. Hella quickly

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Bolanle Ajomagberin
Bolanle’s passion for educating youth developed when she volunteered as a mentor for a multicultural student organization in college. As a mentor, she quickly realized the importance of providing students with a supportive and encouraging environment to learn

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Phoebe Gilpin
Phoebe Gilpin began teaching photojournalism in Nepal in 2008, transitioned to a combined kindergarten and first grade classroom, and quickly realized her passion was working in public urban education. After earning her Master of Education from University of California Berkeley

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Jing-Jing is a supporter of educational equity and is excited to partner with schools to bridge the literacy gap. She joins the Literacy Trust with nearly a decade of classroom teaching experience in New York City. A Queens native and

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Sophie Schechter
Sophie joins The Literacy Trust, Inc. after 4 years teaching elementary and special education in New York City public schools. Sophie’s interest in early education began while student teaching in Ohio.  During her time in Ohio, she was confronted with

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Katie Shuman
Katie is a Program Manager for Literacy Trust, Inc. She is passionate about supporting literacy acquisition for all, particularly for struggling learners. Katie worked for six years as a Reading Specialist and Reading Rescue Program Coordinator at the Hellenic Classical Charter School

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Laura Walsh
Prior to accepting the position of Program Manager with Reading Rescue, Laura worked as a Program Director in the non- profit sector for Grand St. Settlement in different capacities. Most recently, she was the Program Director for Grand St.’s School’s Out

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Phylisa Wisdom
Phylisa is an education professional with extensive experience in public and private sector program management. She started her career running social groups for children with autism, then transitioned to an educational context when she saw how literacy and comprehension

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Jessica comes to Literacy Trust, Inc. after working for two years as a Read More Corps member at PS 194 M in Harlem where she tutored 21 first and second grade students using the Reading Rescue program. She has always

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