Jacque received her bachelor’s degree in Business, with an emphasis in Personnel Management, from the University of Houston and has 25 years’ experience in accounting and business management in the for-profit sector. Her passion for serving children and her community as a church volunteer and in multiple volunteer capacities at each HISD school her children attended, paved the way for her to help launch Literacy Now in 2006. Jacque considers it an honor and privilege to serve the organization’s students, their dedicated staff and board of directors, and their Houston ISD partner schools.
Becky received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accountancy from the University of Mississippi, and her CPA certification in Mississippi and Texas. She has over 40 years of experience in both public and private accounting in multiple industries and has served in several capacities at Literacy Now since its inception. As a charter Board member, accountant, volunteer, and charter Guild member of Making It Better, Becky has a broad understanding of the organization and a passion for its mission.
Jacklyn received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from the University of Texas in Arlington. She has worked with students of all ages for 17 years, from early childhood to secondary education. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Jacklyn is dedicated to making sure students are being met where they are and are given every opportunity to thrive successfully in school and life.
Ken attended Texas A&M University and has 27 years of experience with a proven track record for all aspects of fund development for several nonprofit organizations in the Houston area. Ken is also proficient in marketing and communications strategies, and has a strong ability to integrate the functions of development and marketing to raise funds while building and enhancing relationships with the community. Ken’s passion is to help underserved children and their families by providing the means where they can rise above their circumstances and gain opportunities to reach their full potential.
Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, as well as a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Houston. She has served in multiple capacities at Literacy Now since January 2007 – as a Reading Interventionist, Site Director, Steps to Success Facilitator and Program Manager, as well as Program Director– all of which prepared her to take on her current role of communicating the Literacy Now message to the public. Kimberly has always had a heart for underprivileged children and feels blessed to serve them alongside an elite team of staff, board members, and volunteers.
Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Bush School in Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Ashley has two years of experience serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA, helping to build sustainability for organizations through volunteer and grant management. In her most recent VISTA role, she worked closely with Making It Better, and her passion for closing the achievement gap with youth-led her to join Literacy Now in July 2016.
Catie received her bachelor’s degree in Criminology with a minor in Art History from Stonehill College in Massachusetts. After graduation, she worked in the art world but decided to go a different route and obtained her teaching certificate in ELA 8-12. Catie has been with Literacy Now since August 2012 and has served in multiple roles . . . Reading Interventionist, Site Director and in her current role since 2014.
Madeline received her bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in English from Texas A&M University. She was involved in various volunteer programs from an early age, which allowed her to discover her passion for helping others. Since joining the Literacy Now team in January 2016, Madeline enjoyed serving as a site director for the Steps 2 Success program as well as Program Coordinator before taking on her current role in 2019.
Julie received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Texas. She has worked in public relations for non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies. She has also served as a volunteer on various boards and committees in her children’s schools and within her community. She is passionate about helping children discover the joy, adventure and opportunities that reading can bring to their lives.
Emily received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University. After teaching English in Singapore during her husband’s overseas posting, Emily returned to Houston and worked as a reading skills tutor. Her most recent role was in administrative support in a local school. Emily is looking forward to keeping the Literacy Now office organized and efficient and contributing to the organization’s mission.
Yola received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Southern University. She taught for 27 years in Fort Bend Independent School District. While at Fort Bend ISD, she became certified as a literacy teacher for the Reading Recovery Intervention Program, which specializes in improving the reading development of struggling readers in the primary grades. Yola retired after 27 years of teaching at the same school. She is excited about being a part of the Literacy Now team.
Brenda Barnes is a Houston ISD retiree. After retiring in 2007, she returned as an interventionist in 2009 for 10 additional years. After serving as a volunteer for one year, she is excited about the opportunity to work with early learners as an interventionist with the Literacy Now program.
Katherine received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UT Austin and a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Houston. She recently retired from HISD after 29 years as an Evaluation Specialist, tasked with identifying children with disabilities. She also evaluated adults and children in private practice for 18 years. She is thrilled to be continuing her passion with Literacy Now.
Kintra received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Southern University. While raising her children, she volunteered in HISD schools for almost twenty years. She also teaches children in her church and in Community Bible Study. Kintra has been with Literacy Now since January 2010.
Kelli received her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Prairie View A&M University. She began her teaching career in the San Antonio Independent School District in 2007, and she has taught kindergarten through second grade. Her passion to give all students the tools they need to be successful continues to grow. Kelli joined the Literacy Now team in 2019.
Ana received her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Utah Valley University. She has experience working in early childhood education as well as working with at-risk youth through her former role as a case specialist with Child Protective Services. She strongly believes reading opens many doors and shares the passion Literacy Now has for helping children improve their reading skills.
Kadijah received her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from The University of Texas at San Antonio with plans of becoming an educator. In 2017, she took a gap year and served as an Americorps member for CityYears SA focusing on community outreach and increasing graduation rates for middle and high school students. It was there she found her love for the non- profit world. Becoming a part of the Literacy Now team in 2018 was a wonderful way to merge her love for education and helping others.
Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Elementary/Special Education from Mississippi State University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership/Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. She has taught Pre-K through 12 over her 39-year career in both public and private schools in Mississippi, California, Virginia, and Texas. She also served as a Literacy Coach instructing teachers in the implementation of a state-adopted reading program. Stephanie retired from YES Prep Public Schools in Houston in May of 2019 and is thrilled to be returning to her passion for working with young children as a part of the Literacy Now team.
Jazmin received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston – Downtown. During her course of study, Jazmin enjoyed her Child Development class and has since volunteered at her church helping teach children with autism. Her love and passion for teaching and developing children brought her to Literacy Now in 2019.
Christine received her bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of South Louisiana. She was a stay at home mother for six years, then returned to university to get certified as an Early Interventionist. She worked for St. Martin Parish for 10 years as a Special Education teacher and was their parish Autism coordinator. She and her family have fallen in love with Texas and consider it to be now their home. Christine joined the Literacy Now team in January of 2017 and is excited and looking forward to helping students with their reading skills and fostering a love for reading.
Peg Fitzgerald received her bachelor’s degree in French from Elms College in Massachusetts and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. She has 37 years’ experience teaching, 32 of them at Houston ISD’s Wheatley High School. Peg joined Literacy Now in 2014 and is thrilled to continue serving the children, of Houston, as part of our team.
Ann received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Colorado State University. After many years in the corporate world, she decided to raise her family while volunteering in children’s ministry, PTA, bible study, coaching volleyball and soccer, and substitute teaching at both SBISD and MDPC. She is excited and passionate about serving children through literacy and love.
Michel received her bachelor’s degree in History and a teacher’s certificate from the University of Houston. She taught History and Social Studies for 7 years at Hogg Middle School. Upon the birth of her daughter, Michel transitioned to consulting on various educational projects including a curriculum guide for The John H. Reagan WWII Memorial Association and volunteering for the Bush Elementary PTO Nature Center, where her daughter attended school. She has been with Literacy Now since December 2013.
Audrey received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Human Development. She has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit field providing leadership and supervision for staff and volunteers, as well as creating, implementing and evaluating programming for youth and families. Audrey is passionate about giving youth the opportunity to succeed and grow through the ability to read and through fun, innovative programming. She has been with Literacy Now since January 2013.
Georgia received her bachelor’s degree from Harding University. She retired from Houston Independent School District in 2012 where she taught for most of her 30-year teaching career. She has always had a passion for working with at-risk students. and is excited to be a part of the Literacy Now team.
Ann received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education/Special Education from Richmond College, CUNY. Her teaching career began in London England, where she taught and served as Lower School Coordinator for seven years. She has recently retired from HISD where she taught in general education before teaching severely autistic students for her last nineteen years. Ann is excited about working with the talented team at Literacy Now and making a difference in the lives of struggling readers!
Connie received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mississippi College and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Mississippi State University. She worked as a counselor with children and teenagers before becoming certified to teach elementary school. As a classroom teacher, she taught both kindergarten and third grade in Pasadena ISD. Connie’s mission has been to teach and support students as they develop the skills needed for success. She hopes all students, regardless of their circumstances, enjoy learning and develop confidence in the learning process.
Florence received her bachelor’s degree in Education/Special Education from Prairie View A&M University. She later studied at the Scottish Rite Learning Center and received a Certification in Language Therapy. She spent 10 years teaching in Lubbock ISD and another 22 years teaching Fortbend ISD before retiring. After spending time caring for her grandson, Florence’s passion for teaching young learners was renewed and led her to Literacy Now where she looks forward to impacting young learners on their journeys to success.
Sharon received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from North Texas State University. She retired from H.I.S.D. in 2015 after 40 years of teaching elementary-aged students. She mentored many teachers and also received the Excellence In Education Award as well as Teacher of the Year. Sharon enjoys seeing the students progress through stimulating, creative and nurturing teaching techniques. She is excited about working with the Literacy Now team and enhancing the lives of young children.
Vicki received her bachelor’s degree in French and Geology from the University of Kansas, as well as a master’s degree in Geological Studies from the University of Washington. She worked as an exploration and production geologist for Exxon Co. USA (now Exxon/Mobil). She has served as a volunteer in the public schools, her church, and the community for over 25 years. Vicki joined Literacy Now in August 2009 and serves as a Reading Interventionist and Site Director in the Literacy Program. She loves working with children and helping them gain positive skills for a positive future.