Earlier this month, Team Read returned to Leschi Elementary to provide one-on-one tutoring support for 18 young readers. “Team Read was a vital part of the educational experience for our 2nd and 3rd graders at Leschi for many years. I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to bring it back,” said Principal Lisa Moland. “The near peer experience for scholars is exciting to see!”

The Moland family has a long history with Team Read. All five of Lisa’s children were either Team Read students or coaches. And her daughter, Lydia, went on to be a Site Coordinator at Thurgood Marshall Elementary school after being a student reader at Madrona Elementary. “I love the fact that high school students are giving of their time and energy to provide explicit and clearly crafted lessons in support of our scholars’ literacy development. The student readers really look up to their teen coaches.”

Principal Moland attended one of the on-site coach training sessions and took the opportunity to speak with the teens. “The personal stories they shared with me and the group around how they became readers gave me the confidence that they could make a difference in the lives of our scholars,” she explained.

We’re excited to be back at Leschi and look forward to watching these young students and teens learn and grow together over the next several months!