Literacy Action Staff
Laura was born and raised in central Arkansas, and now lives in Conway. She began working as a volunteer ESL tutor with Literacy Action in 2018 when she led our St. Joe’s ESL class, and tutored individual students. She has a degree from the University of Central Arkansas in English & TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages).
Laura divides her time as Program Director between the Little Rock and Conway offices, and can assist students and tutors in both areas. She is very passionate about helping students with their literacy needs.
In her free time, Laura loves spending time with her husband Adam, their daughter Allie, and the family dog, Pinky.
Sarah grew up in northwest Arkansas and received a B.A. degree in English from the University of Arkansas. After working in the corporate world, she began tutoring at the Ozark Literacy Council in Fayetteville and went on to work there as an English as a second language (ESL) teacher. Following her family’s move to Little Rock, Sarah spent years working and volunteering with children. She received her M.A. degree in teaching from the University of Central Arkansas, with special training in ESL, in 2013. Before joining Literacy Action, Sarah worked as an instructor in the Intensive English Language Program at UA Little Rock. In her free time, Sarah loves to read, hike, and spend time with her family.
Tonya was raised in Arkansas and loves this state. After a Catholic education, she attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, graduating with a degree in Business Administration. She began working as a claims adjuster before being hired by Merrill Lynch as their first female securities broker in the southeast United States. She trained on Wall Street in New York City with the only two other women, plus 84 men from around the world.
AmeriCorps Member - Arkansas Reads Tutor
Irma has been an AmeriCorps member volunteering at Literacy Action for three years. She tutors both ESL and ABL students. She says it is amazing to see learners increase their literacy level, learn to read, or learn English.
Irma spent almost all of her life in San Diego, California. After she retired, she moved to Little Rock to be near her daughter. She loves the small city atmosphere and doesn’t miss the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Board of Directors 2020-2021
Daveante Jones | President
David Monteith | Vice President
Rose Merry Kirkpatrick | Secretary
Bill Foster | Treasurer
Mary Waldo – Past President