Our staff

Come Read with Me Staff Must…

  • genuinely enjoy adults with developmental disabilities
  • honestly believe our students have the capacity and desire to learn

Come Read with Me Lead Teachers Must…

  • be kind
  • have a college degree
  • have teaching experience

2017 “Fun in the Sun” BBQ

2017 “Fun in the Sun” Bake-Off Day

Staff Members

Staff varies as teachers’ schedules allow and students’ needs arise.

Gillian Edwards

  • Responsibilities: Executive and Lead teacher
  • Courses taught: Reading, Computers
  • Education: BS (Honors) Chemistry, Management City and Guilds Teaching
  • Occupational Background: Training Manager for Residential Disability Care Home in London, England; Basic Skills Teacher for a college in London working with young adults
  • Other interests: I love traveling with my husband and two boys. I’m originally from London, England but I love it here in Texas!

Marilyn Carter

  • Responsibilities: Office Management
  • Courses Taught: Health Education, Gardening
  • Education: Leonard Business School, El Centro College
  • Occupational Background: Professional background in management
  • Other Interests: Decorating, gardening, fishing

Connie Chiaffredo

  • Responsibilities: Office Administration and Tech Support
  • Occupational Background: Bookkeeping, Office Management, Tech Support, Organizing
  • Other Interests: Swimming, watching movies and playing around with my teenage triplets as well as caring for our two cats  and two guinea pigs!

Cindy Harvey

  • Responsibilities: Advisor to the Director; Office Support
  • Occupational Background: Medical offices
  • Other interests: art

Mary Jones

  • Responsibilities: Reading tutoring and assessments, Math, Library
  • Course(s) taught: Reading, Math
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree – SWOSU Weatherford, Okla., M. Ed – UNT – Denton, Texas, Endorsement for the Barton Reading Program, Certified in Preschool through 12th grade
  • Occupational Background: Teacher for twenty-five years in public school, Teacher in private schools also for several years
  • Other interests: Family and Grandchildren, Reading, Crafts, Unique Learning Materials, Sewing, Making jewelry & wooden puzzles

Rod Green

  • Responsibilities: Educational Diagnostician and Lead Teacher
  • Courses taught: Math, Science, Social Skills
  • Education:
    • Bachelor of Science, Psychology & Social Work, Texas Christian University
    • Master of Business Administration, Management Information Systems & Marketing, Texas Christian University
    • Master of Education, Special Education & Educational Diagnostics, University of North Texas
    • Principal Certification, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Texas Educator Certifications:
    • Principal (All Grades)
    • Educational Diagnostician (All Grades)
    • Special Education (All Grades)
    • English as a Second Language (All Grades)
    • Elementary (Grades Pre-K – 6)
    • Secondary Science (Grades 6 – 12)
    • Secondary Mathematics (Grades 6 – 12)
  • Occupational Background:
    • Special Education Teacher & Educational Diagnostician – 21 years
    • US Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman – 24 years
    • Healthcare Administrator – 14 years
  • Other interests: Travel, Cinema, Music, Collegiate sports (TCU and N*) and proud parent of a black & tan Dachshund and a Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy

Joan Pruit

  • Responsibilities: Lead Teacher; Guidance to director
  • Course(s) taught: Reading; Math
  • Education: East Carolina University: Politics major; Graduate School at University of Dallas, Political Philosophy and Literature
  • Occupational Background: Advocate
  • Active volunteer at schools of my teens Cistercian Preparatory School and Ursuline Academy
  • Member of Stewardship Committee at St. Francis
  • Catechist for RCIA and CCD program at same church
  • Ministries–Marriage preparation, Adoration, Holy Communion to nursing home residents, Gabriel’s Angel for expectant mothers
  • Other interests: Born in Asheville, North Carolina. I have 7 children, ages 30-14 yrs. Member of St. Francis Catholic Church, Grapevine. Culture studies, history of ideas, religion, art, politics, theology, special needs of persons with disabilities, culture of life issues–abortion and medical research using moral means. Scripture study, and, of course, READING, POETRY AND WRITING

Barbara Svoboda 

  • Responsibilities: Various accounting duties
  • Education: BSBA Accounting Major/ Drake University/ Des Moines, Iowa; CPA (inactive at this time)
  • Occupational Background: KPMG Public Accounting firm from 1980 – 1995; Senior Manager/Auditing
  • Other interests: Church, family, pets, music and watching a variety of sports

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