Eric is a proud naturalized citizen from Senegal. He knows the challenges that face young immigrants in America. Eric lives in Pawtucket, and speaks fluently French, Spanish, Cap-Verdean and Wollof. He earned a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Rhode Island. Having worked for the Chariho School District for almost ten years as a world language educator, he has become keenly aware of the ranking of schools, and even more concerned about the status of struggling elementary schools. According to him, reading to children is not a new concept. Stable families do it regularly, but a struggling family needs a support system to read to their children in order to stimulate early brain development. This gives them a chance for success in school and beyond.
Tatia has worked in the urban trenches while volunteering for Atlanta Public Schools as a reading teacher. She observed first hand the devastating effects of toxic stress in economically disadvantaged areas of Atlanta. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Writing and Rhetoric from the University of Rhode Island and a Associate’s degree in Public health. As a journalist, she has used the power of writing to address the needs of her local community as an educational advocate. Tatia concurs with Warren Ballantine that children in poverty are “hungry, hurt, hopeless, homeless and hugless.” Reading Kingdoms will provide a sanctuary for children and families to be informed, engaged and inspired.
Robert is willing to share his experiences and knowledge to improve the positive outcomes of children through reading. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island. He worked with young children for over ten years. Robert believes a child is like a rising sun in a positive family environment a child can become a bubbling sun. This is what drives his interest in promoting education and literacy in urban communities.