Tell us a little about yourself I am the Director of Grade Level Reading at the Florida Children’s Council, providing leadership support and coordination for all aspects of the Florida Grade Level Reading Campaign. I work closely with the existing and developing community campaigns providing technical assistance to the Community Leaders Network ensuring access to resources needed to set outcomes for children, implement aligned activities, and demonstrate progress toward goals. Additionally, I help facilitate meetings of the Early Childhood Policy Thought Leaders Forum and coordinate efforts for the Florida Business Leaders Alliance and the Funders Collaborative to ensure synergy and alignment of our four networks. After graduating from Robert Morris University (PA) in 1988 with a degree in Business Administration/Sport Management I relocated to Florida and began my career in early education. Highlights include: presenting early learning presentations and keynotes in 38 of our 50 states as well as Germany & Japan; co-authoring the Florida Standards for Afterschool Programs and the Florida Core Competencies for Afterschool Practitioners, serving on the boards of the Florida Afterschool Alliance and the Florida Afterschool Network, as an Afterschool Alliance Ambassador and as afterschool accreditation endorser; and facilitating several statewide network initiatives including the Florida School-Age Care Network, the Florida CLASS™ Initiative and the Florida Early Learning Professional Development Initiative. Over the years, I have advocated for early learning issues, written articles for local, state and national publications, provided training and technical assistance, promoted quality early learning through program assessment and curricula, assisted in the design of Florida’s afterschool professional development system and served on numerous Boards and association committees. With endless commitment and enthusiasm I work to provide quality early learning experiences for all children! On personal time, I enjoy the walking the beautiful beaches of SW Florida, spending time with friends, snuggling with my two cats, and enjoying new adventures with my husband of 27 years.
What Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Community are you a part of? If not a current GLR community member, choose GLR Staff or Consultant, Partner Organization, Funder or Incoming Community. FL TALLAHASSEE
Title Director of Grade Level Reading
Organization Florida Children's Council
City and State Tallahassee, FL
Name of Community Involved in the Network Florida GLR Campaign