FALL 2021

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Harvesting Hope Through Literacy

The Literacy Alliance is starting a busy fall! More classes for our eager students! The Adult Literacy Corps is teaching two new GED classes, two new math classes, a reading class, digital literacy workshops and adding Study Hall to Computer Lab. Our FSCJ intern is providing a reading class at the Cathedral. Volunteers boosted their skills with a Learning Disability/Dyslexia workshop. Also, we will be attending a couple of fall festival outreach events!

Learn About Adult Literacy Corps Here

Welcome Adult Literacy Corps Members


The Literacy Alliance is excited to announce that our AmeriCorps members completed training in August and September and are already teaching reading, math, and GED classes. They also support Study Hall/Computer Lab, digital literacy, and student registration and testing. We are so happy to have them supporting adult literacy and expanding our class schedules!

Welcome to:

Bob Jones

Christine O'Deven

Julie Cull

Lauren Spellman

Shameka Gartrell

Tiffany Lea

They are hard-working individuals who are passionate about helping adult learners achieve their educational goals in northeast Florida.

Bold City Bee Raises Over $26k


The Inaugural Bold City Bee hosted by the creators of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was a hit!

The Literacy Alliance had seven teams participate in an outrageously hilarious spell-off during #AEFLWeek.

Thank you to our incredible teams and captains:

  • The Coker Law Colony (Chelsea Harris)
  • Jax Spellcheckers (Luchandra Bryant)
  • How Many U's to Spell DUUUUUVAAALL (Matt Hartley)
  • Queen Bee Bradshaw (Judy Bradshaw & Ann King)
  • Seely's Super Spellers (Nancy Seely)
  • Team Duval Greene Stingers (Dr. Diana Greene)
  • The Writers' Bloc (Julie Delegal)

Congratulations to The Coker Law Colony for being our first ever winner of the Bold City Bee, and for being the team who raised the most money! Your efforts truly make a difference in northeast Florida.

Together, we raised over $26k toward adult education and literacy. Way to set the bar high for next year!


Literacy Alliance Partners with the Women's Center of Jacksonville (WCJ)

The Women’s Center of Jacksonville (the WCJ) has formed a new partnership with the Literacy Alliance of Northeast Florida to improve the lives of women on the First Coast by sharing services and expertise between the two organizations. The initiative, announced during National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week (Sept. 19-25), will take effect on Jan. 1, 2022. The collaboration seeks to help address adult literacy in Jacksonville where one in five local adults have an elementary school level or below reading level.

“This partnership enhances our mission to improve the lives of women and will help maximize the impact we have on women in the community,” said Teresa Miles, executive director of the Women’s Center. “We envision this partnership allowing both of our organizations to focus, grow and serve more clients, ultimately reaching more people across Northeast Florida in need of our services.”

Through the partnership, the Women’s Center will refer women in need of improving their literacy skills in order to advance their education to the Literacy Alliance. At the same time, the Women’s Center will make their mental health counseling services available to women enrolled in classes and tutoring at the Literacy Alliance. Women’s Center professionals will also provide training and consulting in the areas of trauma-informed support and gender-specific programming to the Literacy Alliance.

“Education is an essential part of improving the lives of women,” said Marcus W. Haile, Chief Executive Officer of the Literacy Alliance. “Improved literacy skills dramatically enhance the physical, mental and emotional health of women, increase their opportunities to improve income and their access to support, and therefore improve lifelong and life wide accomplishments for women.”

Welcome to our New Student Advocate


Welcome to our Student Advocate Intern, Kayla Munsterteiger. She is a senior at UNF and completing her Social Work internship with us. She is getting to know our students and helping them "remove" barriers to accomplish their educational goals. She is here to understand and support our students by providing or connecting them with important resources. Some examples may be: child care, financial hardship, counseling, and completing complex paperwork.

Students may request a meeting by emailing or calling 904-238-9000 for an appointment.

Welcome New Instructors


"My name is Danielle Hamilton, originally from Chicago, IL. I am an intern from Florida State College At Jacksonville (FSCJ), completing my Bachelors in Human Service. I enjoy traveling, spending time with my 3 handsome boys, and cooking. I believe in helping people live out their potential. I am currently employed full time and have my own tax company, and travel business. Sometimes we could always use a little magic – don’t hide the magic within you."


"My name is Lizzie Rowsey and I currently serve as a Literacy Specialist at the Literacy Alliance of North East Florida. Presently, I am a Graduate student at Jacksonville University where I am completing my degree in Instructional Leadership Development and Training. In addition to my studies and work here at the Literacy Alliance, I also serve as an Operations and Admissions Graduate Assistant at JU. My primary goal is making the best better and I plan on fulfilling that goal at LANEFL by providing instructional support to students and staff. Some of my favorite things to do are going to catch some sun at the beach, taking road trips, hanging out with my dog, family, and friends. My favorite quote is "Faith doesn't make things easy, it makes things possible" Luke 1:37 . Although it is easy to lose hope when things get tough, faith gives us unlimited possibilities."

Tutor Events

Volunteer Information Sessions:

  • October 27th, 2021, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • November, 8th, 2021, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • November 30th, 2021, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • December 9th, 2021, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Volunteer Training Session:

  • November 6, 2021, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

(Note: Volunteer Information Sessions are currently online. Tutor Training Sessions are held at the Jessie Ball duPont Center. For more information, call (904) 238-9000)

Welcome New Volunteers:

Anna O'Toole

Brian Rothemich

Caroline Jones

Cecily Fazio

Dan Santinga

Dona Zamolloa

Heidi Burgess

Isabella Wagner

John Morrow

Nyobi Brogdon

Ruth Ann Hepler

Shannon Mette

Susan Lee

Vanessa Rowley


Music Makes you a Better Reader

Did you know songs help develop core reading skills?

Most songs are broken down in a way that individual notes often segment the syllables in the lyrics of the songs, which helps the listener hear the individual parts of words (segmentation and syllabication). Many songs use rhyming words or patterns.

Most songs offer catchy melodies and lyrics that exercises sequencing and auditory memory. Additionally, learning songs helps support recall and develop short-term memory, with the learner using the tune as natural scaffolding.

Read, listen, sing, and enjoy!

Learn More

Literacy Alliance of NEFL * * 904.238.9000

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