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Six educators receive the 2021 Winslow Coyne Reitnouer Award for Excellence in Education from Learning Ally

PRINCETON, New Jersey, August 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Learning Ally, a national non-profit educational solutions organization and publisher of the Learning Ally audiobook solution, has announced six recipients of its 2021 Winslow Coyne Reitnouer Excellence in Education Award.

This award of excellence honors American educators who demonstrate exemplary performance in ensuring “literacy and whole-child learning in a multitude of contexts” for students who have reading problems in the classroom. general and specialized education.

These six winners will receive cash prizes for themselves and their school, and recognition in their educational communities and state.

  • Jeff strieker, Superintendent of Schools, Marisa Community Unit School District # 40, Marisa, IL. A former elementary and middle school teacher and principal, Mr. Strieker recognizes the tremendous efforts of his teaching and support staff, parents and community during the pandemic, as students were challenged to learn in remote environments. Always eager to join his team in reading favorite children’s books, Mr. Strieker excels at putting smiles on children’s faces and joy in their hearts when they hear stories read aloud.
  • Ryan ashley wilson, Grade 7 ELA teacher, Katy ISD Junior High School, Katy texas. Ms. Wilson believes that quality learning, quality teachers, safe schools and community / parent involvement are priorities for all educators. She is a strong supporter of student empowerment and strives to approach all intelligences by relating academic concepts to real life situations.
  • Beth Brod, Teacher, Learning Center for Special Education, Woodmere Elementary School, Portland, Oregon Public schools. Ms. Brod specializes in creating inclusive and supportive learning environments to enable students of diverse ethnic, racial and linguistic backgrounds to identify the strategies and resources they need to develop their basic reading skills and their development. learning confidence. She recently teamed up with The Portland Timbers and their log cutting mascot Joey wood (Joey webber) to meet with the children weekly to check their reading progress.
  • Jennifer voigt, Language arts teacher, Individualized learning center, Rock wood School district, Crève Coeur, Missouri. Among many passions, Ms. Voigt instills the joy of reading in every student and is both a mentor to new teachers in her current position and to teens struggling in their previous teaching engagements.
  • Betsy McGowan, Reading Specialist, Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, District 15, Brooklyn, New York State. Ms. McGowan uses the Learning Ally audiobook solution and the Wilson Reading System to deliver literacy interventions to small groups of students. She carries a sincere passion for caring relationships between teachers and students and always offers abundant creativity and fun activities at the heart of every interaction with students.
  • Dr. Barbara a horner, district literacy coach, Absecon Public schools, Galloway, New Jersey, and assistant professor at Stockton University. Dr. Horner works with K-8 staff to implement literacy programs and foster a symbiotic relationship between teacher and student. Believing that effective teachers are knowledge carriers and that each student can learn effectively as an active participant in their learning process, Dr. Horner plays a key role in creating stimulating and encouraging classroom environments in order to maximize learning potential and love of learning.

Terrie Noland, Vice President of Educator Initiatives at Learning Ally, said, “The past school year has been a tumultuous time for educators, students and their families, and we are especially proud to honor all of the nominees and recipients of this price. These people are amazing champions. literacy. They understand the challenges faced by students who face barriers to reading. With their offering of equitable learning experiences and resources, like Learning Ally’s audiobook solution, more students can overcome their reading barriers and achieve higher and lifelong academic goals. . ”

If you know of an educator, administrator, or school who is making a difference for students with reading disabilities, the Learning Ally nomination process is now open for the Winslow Coyne Reitnouer 2022 Excellence in Education Award. for information or to request a demonstration, visit or call 800-221-1098.

About Learning Ally

Learning Ally is a leading non-profit educational solutions organization dedicated to providing educators with proven solutions that help new and struggling learners reach their potential. Our range of literacy-focused offerings for K-12 students and our professional learning catalog enable us to support more than 1.5 million students and 200,000 educators with our solutions and our community, across the United States. Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is the cornerstone’s award-winning reading resource used in over 18,500 schools to help students with reading deficits succeed. Comprised of high-quality human-readable audiobooks and a suite of educational resources to monitor and support student progress, it is designed to turn struggling readers into engaged learners. For more information visit

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