Executive / Research and Development / Product Management
As a former Spanish and Arabic linguist for the 101st Airborne Division, and former ESL instructor (at the age of 19) in Bogotá, Colombia, I had a moment of insight when my 8 year old son was struggling to learn how to read going into 2nd grade. That insight, specifically, that the ancient system of diacritic vowels used by the Greeks, Arabs, Hebrews and Persians, could be applied to English, in order to aid new readers in the decoding of English words, led me on a now 17 year journey to deliver a patented, 12 hour literacy app to millions of underprivileged and underserved children in America and the world. I have seen the fragile, flickering light of learning go on, and I have seen the light go out, in hundreds, if not thousands of children's minds. And I have asked the question: "How has the 'Greatest Country in the World' somehow lost the abilty to teach its own children how to read?" And I have made it my life purpose to end that injustice.
Research and Development
As a speech therapist and a grandmother, I have observed what happens to individuals that miss out on the benefits of literacy. The frustration and shame that emerge on an individual level often translate into a future of painful injustice in our society and our world. I want to make a difference in that trajectory.
The American Youth Literacy Foundation, 501 c 3, dba FUNetix, is a nationwide, charitable non-profit dedicated to bringing literacy to every child before they reach the end of 3rd grade. Contact: info@YouthLit.org. EIN 26-3211521. 492 Reginald Lane, Collegeville, PA 19426. 215-868-1098
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