Who We Are

Read Write Spell Advances the Science of Reading.

All of our work is based in the science of reading– how the brain learns to read. Our approach, rooted in brain research, has been proven to be more effective for more children than traditional approaches to reading.

We believe that, with proper instruction, all children can learn to read.

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Our Programs

We leverage the power of community volunteers to provide free, long-term, one-to-one reading instruction to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) students who struggle with literacy skills. 

The K-1 Foundations program provides instruction in phonological and phonemic awareness, listening comprehension, and letter formation to kindergarten and first-grade students in order to prevent literacy struggles in later grades.

Our Staff

Esharan Monroe-Johnson, Executive Director, (336)779-1304, esharan@readws.org
Paula Bennett, Marketing and Development Manager, (336)779-1303, paula@readws.org
Margaret Dickinson,
Program Director, (336)779-1301, margaret@readws.org
Debbie Kelley, ALP Coordinator and Trainer, (336)779-1300 , debbie@readws.org
Melissa Lester, Financial Secretary, (336)723-4391, ext1206, melissa@readws.org
Susan Tague, Administrative Support, (336)779-1300 , susan@readws.org

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Our Advisory Board

Executive Commitee

Pete Hellebush, Chair
Sara Fox, Vice-Chair
Michael Rogers, Past Chair
Kathleen Tatter, Secretary
Holley Winikoff, Treasurer
Kara Yates, Assistant Treasurer


Ann Beery
Alex Bohannon
Woody Clinard
Ida Davis
Brent Hilleary
Ashby Hopkins
Jonathan Kelly
Malinda Kerns
Tony Leonardi
Mona Lovett
Ann Parke Muller
Esharan Monroe-Johnson,
Sharon Ralston
Trish Spencer
Parker Tegeler
Liz Williams

Founding Mothers

Becky Clingman, Voting
Susan Uphoff, Ex-Officio
Trudy Winstead, Ex-Officio

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