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R.E.A.D. welcomes new board members

• Jun 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Reading Enables Adult Development (R.E.A.D.) recently announced the appointment of two new board members.

Susan Strobel, currently a secondary English language arts teacher at Spring Lake High School, and Sheryl Zajechowski, an acquisition editor at Brilliance Audio and Waterfall Press, have joined the adult literacy program. Both bring extensive experience in working with diversity and respect for marginalized populations.

Strobel, a lifelong educator, continues her commitment to instruct and teach in various capacities. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University and Rhode Island College, she is certified to teach English, chemistry, integrated science and biology. She has worked with low-level readers, those at risk, and English as second language students in El Paso, Texas, and Muskegon Heights.

She has implemented a data-driven writing program, an extracurricular student book club that meets after school and throughout the summer, and continues to pursue additional academic education for herself. Some of her community involvement has been with Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance’s Summer Migrant Reading Program, Spring Lake District Library volunteer, R.E.A.D. volunteer, and as a religious education teacher.

Zajechowski brings extensive experience in publishing, editing and writing to R.E.A.D. She currently vets manuscript submissions for audiobook publications, determines feasibility, and negotiates offers for audio rights submitted by both established and new authors. In the last 10 years, she has acted as a contracts administrator, abridging editor, a specialty account manager and manufacturing service coordinator.

She is a graduate of Madonna University and is continuing her education at The University of Chicago Graham School. Among her volunteer affiliations is the Greater Ottawa County United Way, St. Patrick-St. Anthony Catholic Community Pastoral Council, Chicago Women in Publishing and Grand Haven Area Jaycees.

R.E.A.D. is a volunteer-based adult literacy program serving Northwest Ottawa County. The mission of the program is to provide tutoring for adults 18 and older who have minimal reading ability. This service helps students develop the tools to acquire basic life skills, achieve personal goals, find reliable employment and attain independence. It is estimated that more than 6,500 people in the area are in need of this service.

To learn more about R.E.A.D., become a student or volunteer, contact Susan Lowe at [email protected] or call 616-843-1470.

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