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Improving Literacy

The Improving Literacy Research Alliance is focused on improving literacy outcomes for all students in K-12 schools across the six Southeastern states of the REL Southeast region, with an emphasis on prevention and early detection. The alliance is comprised of members from state departments of education, higher education institutions, school district consortia, and local education agencies.

  • Karen Porter
    Coordinator, Alabama Reading Initiative
    Alabama Department of Education
  • Lorie Johnson
    Past President
    Alabama Reading Association
  • Carol Donovan
    Professor of Education
    University of Alabama
  • Richard Myhre
    Executive Director, Just Read, Florida!
    Florida Department of Education
  • Mellissa Alonso
    Supervisor, K-5 Reading Coach Project
    Hillsborough County School District
  • Lynn Dougherty-Underwood
    Director, K-12 Literacy
    Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Linda Gaughan
    Supervisor of Reading Research and Assessment
    Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Juliette Carter
    District Reading Coach
    Putnam County School District
  • Anna-Marie Cote
    Assistant Superintendent
    Seminole County Public Schools
  • Rhonda Clyatt
    Program Development and Training Specialist
    North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC)
  • Caitlin Dooley
    Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
    Georgia Department of Education
  • Stephanie Sanders
    ELA/Literacy Program Manager
    Georgia Department of Education
  • Julie Morrill
    Literacy Program Manager
    Georgia Department of Education
  • Tenette Smith
    Executive Director, Elementary Education and Reading
    Mississippi Department of Education
  • Jill Hoda
    Regional Literacy Coordinator
    Mississippi Department of Education
  • LeighAnn Cheeseman
    Regional Literacy Coordinator
    Mississippi Department of Education
  • Kristen Wells
    Regional Literacy Coordinator
    Mississippi Department of Education
  • Angela Rutherford
    Director, Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction and Associate Professor
    University of Mississippi
  • Tara Galloway
    K-3 Literacy Director
    North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • David Mathis
    Deputy Superintendent
    South Carolina Department of Education
  • Quincie Moore
    Education Associate, Multi-Tiered System of Supports
    South Carolina Department of Education
  • Teresa Broughton
    Team Lead: Read to Succeed
    South Carolina Department of Education
  • Rainey Knight
    Director of Special Projects
    South Carolina Senate Education Oversight Committee
  • Dana Yow
    Director of Public Engagement and Communications
    South Carolina Education Oversight Committee


Laurie LeeLaurie Lee

Laurie Lee is currently the Improving Literacy Research Alliance Manager for REL Southeast. She is the former deputy director of the Just Read, Florida! office at the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) where she provided technical assistance and professional development to school districts throughout Florida for nearly ten years. Prior to joining the FDOE, Ms. Lee was an elementary and middle school teacher in Missouri, Mississippi, and Illinois and served with the Illinois State Board of Education.