Reading Team Leadership

Maureen Rover
Board Chairman & President

Petrushka Bazin Larsen
Executive Director

Margaret Banier
Program Director, 2090 Adam Clayton Powell (Main Office & Program Site)

Shanny Herrera
Site Director, PS 36

David Marion
Associate Director of Development and Communications

 
 

Reading Team Literacy Mentors

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Literacy Mentors are the catalysts of our children's success. They are experienced teachers and graduate students in education whom we hire and train to engage children according to the Reading Team Model.

The Role of Literacy Mentors

Literacy Mentors lead the activities of our core programs – from storybook reading and letter and word games for our young children to critical reading of classic children's literature and researching and writing term papers for our older children.

The unrivaled impact of these programs validates the quality of their contribution. Their energy and enthusiasm are contagious.

Professional Development for Literacy Mentors

Reading Team is commited to providing leading-edge professional development to our instructional staff. Literacy Mentors typically participate in over 50 hours of professional development in their first year in one of our programs and over 30 hours of professional development per year thereafter.

Our professional development programs include:

  • A graduate level course on the multisensory Orton-Gillingham-based approach. In this course for teachers, Mentors learn how to teach reading, handwriting, spelling, and comprehension. Language-based and success-oriented, the method employs phonetics and emphasizes visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles.
  • Three workshops on how to teach writing to young children. Mentors learn how best to support their students' efforts to write essays, short stories, and informational texts; how to encourage inquiry and collaboration among the children; and how to teach the children to use technology to support the research and writing process.
  • A seminar on engaging young children in Mindfulness Meditation. A growing body of research tells us that children who engage in Mindfulness activities develop and strengthen their attention, calmness, impulse control, interpersonal skills, and executive function. We have noted these changes in Reading Team children and credit Mindfulness with supporting our efforts to create a culture of calm engagement at the Reading Team.
  • Weekly meetings with our Program Director and PS 36 Site Director. At each meeting, the directors review each child’s progress and academic challenges, as well as make recommendations for improvements to our instructional programs.
 
 

Board of Directors

 

Maureen Rover, Chairman
President, The Reading Team

Stephen Meringoff, Vice Chairman
Principal, Meringoff Properties

Mia Hamomoto, Secretary
Program Development Manager and Teacher, Little Learning, Inc.

Marc Weisman, Treasurer

President, Cheltenham Enterprises, Inc.

Bertrand Brown, Vice President
Superintendent Emeritus, New York City Public Schools Community District 5

Geoff Dann
President, Dann Asset Advisors, LLC

Evelyn J. Halpert
Head of School Emerita, the Brearley School

Marianne Johnson
Managing Director, First Republic Bank

 

Eileen Judell
Learning Specialist, retired, The Chapin School

Helen Pennoyer
Social Worker

Andy Whitehouse
Principal, Copperfield Advisory

 

 
 

Council of Advisors

 

Christine Beshar
Senior Counsel, Cravath Swaine & Moore, LLP

Anne E. Burns
Lower School Director, The Hackley School

Ashley Garrett
Voice Actor

Betsy Gotbaum
Former New York City Public Advocate

Blaise Halluite
Entrepreneur

Ruth W. Messinger
Former Manhattan Borough President

Voza Rivers
Chairman, Harlem Arts Alliance

Valorie Williams
Educator

 
 

Foundation and Corporate Supporters

A special thank you to the organizations that have supported the Reading Team over the years.

 

Alliance Bernstein Foundation Fund

Amazon Smile Foundation

American Recorder Society

Apple Hill Fund

BJ’s Charitable Foundation

Barker Welfare Foundation

Breznay Family Charitable Fund

Bsquared Media

Kathy Chazen Family Charitable Trust

Chubb

Colgate-Palmolive Inner City Education Fund

Columbia Community Service

Cranshaw Corporation

John P. and Constance A. Curran Charitable Foundation

Dana Foundation

DeWitt Stern

Richard Davoud Donchian Foundation

First Book

Medora and John Geary Family Fund

Lee Gottlieb Fund

Hamamoto Family Fund

Jaffe Family Foundation

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Juice Pharma Worldwide

Lincoln Fund

Shayna Loeffler Design

The Lucy Foundation

Virginia Cretella Mars Foundation

May Family Foundation

Sue and Eugene Mercy Foundation

Meringoff Family Foundation

Metzger-Price Fund

Kinder Morgan

Henry E. Niles Foundation

Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation

Charlotte Palmer Phillips Foundation

Pinkerton Foundation

Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation

Richman Family Foundation

Ryan Family Foundation

Schnurmacher Foundation

Shattan Family Fund

Edith Glick Shoolman Foundation for Children

Robin Smith Charitable Trust

Stairway Fund

Barbara and Donald Tober Foundation

West Harlem Development Corporation

West Side Children’s Fund

WLXT, LLC

Wolverine Foundation

Xerox

 
 

Individual Supporters

Many thanks to the families and individuals who have contributed to our mission.

 

Audrey Amdursky and Joseph Kartiganer

Margaret Bearn

Elizabeth and Alexander Bernstein

Deborah and Jim Breznay

Linh Bui and Keiko Kamachi

Christina and Andrew Casperson

Kathy Chazen and Larry Miller

Kathleen and Neil Chrisman

Mary Cooney

Alice Davenport

Steven Davies

Maureen Donovan

Jason and Maria Drattell

Marvin Ellin

Howard Ellin

Sarah and Gordon Faux

Richard Faux

Sophie and Andrew Ferrer

Diane and Fin Fogg

Jane and Paul Frank

Mio Fredland

Alexander Funk

Medora and John Geary

Nancy Gehman

Barbara and Peter Gill

Emily Grace

Rachi Grant

Pamela Grayson

David Halpert

David Hamamoto

Howard Hamamoto

Warren and Cleyo Hamamoto

Pamela Hamamoto

Dana Hiscock

Karen Hobson

Marten and Valerie Hoekstra

Brooke and Hunter Horgan

Lam Hui

Carole and Jim Hunt

Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe

Eileen Weiler Judell

Wilma and Howard Kaye

Laurie and Eric Kotcher

Deborah Krulewitch

Jane and Richard Levin

John Lillis and Jeff Bailey

Lisa Fox Martin

Amy Meeker

Heidi Meeker

Sarah Meeker and Kirk McKinley

Carolyn and Gene Mercy

Stephen Meringoff

Audrey and Danny Meyer

Laura Moliter

Tina Murray

Peter Nadosy

Judith Ney

Cathleen Noland

Eliabeth and Daniel Oneglia

Jess Ostroff

Jessie Palmer

Stephen Payne

Pearl and Owen Pell

Anna and Martin Rabinowitz

Margery Riker

Paula Roberts

Barbara Rosen

Maureen and Edward Rover

Beth and Donald Rowley

Debbie and Joe Rucci

Mary and Win Rutherfurd

Elizabeth and Phillip Ryan

Ruth Ryan

Kirsten Sandberg

Diane Schafer

Ilene and Harry Schall

Thomas and Kate Shattan

Zita Sheehan

Adrianne and Bill Silver

Jonathan and Cornelia Small

Robin Smith

Elizabeth Stribling

Barbara and Donald Tober

Fenton Tom

Lynn Troyka

Michael Vega

Andrew and Monica Vogelstein

Danielle and Tom Walker

Emily Walker

Joanne B. Walker

Andrew and Cecilia Weiler

Giulia and Marc Weisman

Susan and Benjamin Winter

Charles and Sandra Wolfe

Kathy Wyer

Dorothy Zeifer

Ellen Zeifer and Peter Funk