Our Vision 

Since opening our doors in 2001, we have helped more than 12,000 children from Pre- K through 5th grade achieve substantial and lasting academic progress. Today, we serve more than 650 children, ages 2-15, and their parents in our programs. 


Reading Team Leadership

Maureen Rover
Chairman and President

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

David Marion
Associate Director of Development and Communications


Reading Team Literacy Mentors


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

The 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. 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 and
President, The Reading Team, Inc.

Funke Akinola, Teacher, retired, The Brearley School

Andrew Auchincloss Attorney, Schlesinger, Lazetera & Auchincloss, LLP

Julia Boland
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker,
The Corcoran Group

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




Geoff Dann
President, Dann Asset Advisors, LLC

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

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

Marianne Johnson
Managing Director, First Republic Bank

Eileen Judell
Learning Specialist, retired, The Chapin School

Helen Pennoyer
Social Worker

Andy Whitehouse
Principal, Copperfield Advisory

Landon Wickham Technology Teacher, Student Activities Advisor, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School