Susannah Allen’s teaching journey began in a Title I school before transitioning to an independent college preparatory institution. Her passion for working with young children, from Pre-K to second grade, stemmed from witnessing the immense joy they experienced when learning to read. Over the past decade, she has held roles as the lower school principal and assistant head of school. Susannah has received accolades such as the Judy Lowery Outstanding Educator Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the GISA.
With 31 years of experience in education, Susannah developed a keen interest in delving deeper into the science of reading and its impact on students and teachers. This curiosity led her to pursue LETRS training and become a certified Reading Horizons facilitator, enabling her to assist teachers in implementing effective reading instruction in the classroom. She has witnessed firsthand the positive effects of using Reading Horizons for educators and students. Susannah firmly believes providing this tool to teachers empowers them to make a significant difference in the lives of their students.
Mary Inman is a devoted educator with a wealth of experience nurturing young minds and supporting fellow educators. Over the course of two decades, she has made a profound impact as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher.
Mary’s role has expanded significantly in her seventh year as a literacy facilitator in Marion School District. As a National Board Certified educator, she has taken on the crucial task of training teachers in the science of reading, a responsibility she approaches with both passion and expertise. Holding positions as a RISE (science of reading training) trainer and district-certified Reading Horizons trainer and coach, Mary adeptly guides colleagues in comprehending the science of reading and applying it effectively in their classrooms.
Mary is a firm believer in the transformative power of Reading Horizons, having witnessed firsthand its positive effects on teaching methods and students’ reading achievements. Her love for assisting teachers and eagerness to explain the logic behind word spellings are evident in her work. With a career characterized by dedication, proficiency, and a genuine passion for her vocation, Mary Inman is an inspiring figure in the field of education.
With 16 years of experience as a second-grade teacher, Susan Lindsey, formerly a substitute teacher and owner of multiple daycare centers, is deeply committed to fostering student growth through effective reading instruction. Having witnessed the remarkable evolution in the science of reading, Susan actively seeks training opportunities and has dedicated the past three and a half years to teaching the Reading Horizons program. Impressed by its multi-sensory approach and alignment to her masters degree studies, Susan passionately advocates for the program. She values how Reading Horizons reaches readers of all levels, ensuring a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of reading.
Kelly Lucero, a former primary literacy coach now working as an education consultant, brings a wealth of knowledge to help learners succeed and address early literacy challenges. With a background in elementary education and a master’s degree in Reading and Literacy, she is passionate about collaborating with students, teachers, and the education community. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Kelly has served as a classroom teacher and instructional support facilitator. Currently, she focuses on professional development as a writer, education blogger, and educational consultant. Kelly holds several Google educator certifications and has conducted numerous classes on strategies and tools for effective Google organization and accessibility to meet the diverse needs of learners. In August 2023, she joined the Reading Horizons team as a certified facilitator and is thrilled to be part of this dedicated group of literacy ambassadors.
Blair Phillips, originally from Eastern North Carolina, began their educational career as a fourth-grade English Language Arts teacher. After transitioning to a neighboring district, Blair broadened her experience, working in both general and special education settings. A subsequent opportunity to become an ELA Instructional Coach prompted Blair to enroll in the Reading Horizons Train the Trainer program, igniting a profound appreciation for Reading Horizons.
A highlight of Blair’s day is overseeing Reading Horizons sessions at her school. She derives great satisfaction from engaging with small groups and witnessing students thrive in literacy using Reading Horizons Discovery® and Reading Horizons Elevate®. Beyond classroom instruction, Blair enjoys facilitating Reading Horizons training in her district, especially savoring those “Aha!” moments experienced by fellow educators.
Ruby Uhart embarked on her teaching journey in 2004, starting in a small rural school where she taught K–6 in multi-age and second-grade classrooms and then later transitioned to virtual education with Nevada Virtual Academy. In 2019, she joined Pearson’s Substitute Services team before taking on the role of a literacy interventionist at Inspire in 2021, a position that serves students in grades K–5.
Inspired by the transformative impact Reading Horizons had on her English Learner students during a test pilot, Ruby advocated for the program’s adoption for literacy intervention students. Her dedication to spreading the word about Reading Horizons stems from the impact she has seen unfold on students’ language, reading, and spelling skills. Ruby is eager to help fellow teachers unlock their students’ potential using our systematic and explicit instructional approach.
Rebecca Willey, an education services coordinator at Liberty Elementary School District, boasts 31 years in education. A National Board Certified Teacher, her journey includes roles such as reading interventionist, instructional coach, district literacy coach, and director of curriculum and instruction. Rebecca’s expertise in the science of reading, bolstered by Reading Horizons training, drives her work. An adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University, she imparts this knowledge to future educators and continues to grow in her practice. Actively involved in organizations like the Reading League and National Board Certified Teachers, Rebecca champions equitable access to high-quality education, particularly in reading. Reading Horizons, for her, is the key to empowering teachers with science-based methodologies. Her commitment to shaping literacy education ensures students thrive as confident readers.