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Board of Directors
 

Bianca Fisher, President

Bianca is the Associate Director of the Greeley Downtown Development Authority and joined the Right to Read Board in September 2014. She is excited to contribute to the work of such a great local non-profit that fills a crucial need in the community—creating opportunity for everyone to advance in education regardless of race, income, or social status. Bianca is married and has two amazing kids—James and Mikayla. She loves summertime, learning how things are made, and traveling to new places!

  Jim Martinez, Vice-President
Andrea Wilson, Secretary

Andrea is a crisis counselor with Banner Health and has been in the mental health field for 15 years. She is passionate about people and helping people in the ways that help them achieve the goals they have in life. Andrea is excited to serve on the board for Right to Read since 2014, as it allows a vital service to continue in this community. She adds, "I have two dogs that I adore and take with me in my adventures across the state."

Josh Gutknecht, Treasurer
Megan Bissell

Megan and her family have been living in and loving Greeley for 3 years, and she has been connected to the community nearly as long! She works at the University of Northern Colorado as the Assistant to the Dean of Students and finds fulfillment in helping students reach their goals, both educationally and personally. Providing opportunities to improve literacy and further education opens doors, which is why she has served on the Board of Directors since 2013. Megan is committed to watching Greeley grow and develop and to seeing its residents succeed.

Youssouf Diagana
Jeri Shepherd

Jeri is an attorney.

Colleen Sonnentag

Colleen has served on the Board for Right to Read since August 2014. She works at the University of Northern Colorado and has her master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin. She enjoys R2R because of the opportunity it provides for people to learn, gain confidence in their abilities, and help reach their goals!

     


Staff
 

Lisa Taylor, Executive Director

Lisa has her B.A., M.A., and Ed.S. with specialty in English Education from the University of Northern Colorado. After college she taught high school history and coached basketball for 5 years before returning to UNC to do graduate work in English. She began teaching ESL classes at Right to Read while in graduate school, and after teaching at the collegiate level for 2 years, she returned to Right to Read. Lisa loves teaching and getting to know students of different cultures and backgrounds. She also enjoys reading, traveling, the great outdoors, and spending time with family, including her lab Henry, beagle Stanley, and fish Bill Murray.

Manuela Hernandez-Rodriguez, Administrative Assistant

Manuela earned a B.A. in law, an M.A. in Education, and a Teacher's License while living in Chihuahua, Mexico. She did administrative work for the Chihuahua Supreme Court of Justice and the InterAmerican University of the North. She was also a high school teacher. In 2008 she participated in a nation-wide school reform initiative. Now Manuela lives happily in Greeley with her husband, Manuel; her sons, Maurice and Manny; and her twin daughters, Jennifer and Sophia. Manuela enjoys reading, cooking, and studying English.

Mayra Jaquez, Night Office Assistant

Mayra is a future graduate from the University of Northern Colorado. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Spanish with a double minor in Business Administration and Human Services. Mayra also works as an interpreter for Envision and holds a work-study position at the Department  of Hispanic Studies at UNC. She is very active in the community, has volunteered at Madison Elementary School, Grace Pointe, and Right to Read. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Tony Archer, Civics/Citizenship Instructor

Tony is a native of Colorado and earned a Bachelors degree in Music from the University of Northern Colorado in 1996. He has always had a passion for music and has been playing and writing music as a vocation for over 20 years. He lived in Wyoming for 13 years where he worked teaching and mentoring students through a campus ministry at the University of Wyoming. Since returning to Greeley in 2010, Tony has done some second degree studies in Spanish at the University of Northern Colorado and enjoys investing as much time as he can in learning about and from the immigrant and refugee populations in our area. "Volunteering with ESL and Teaching the Citizenship Class has reminded me just how much I enjoy teaching adult learners. They have such a desire to gain skills that will improve their lives and the lives of those around them. What a privilege it is for me to serve them in this way!"

Karin Bates, ESL Instructor
Kourtney Craig, ESL Instructor

Kourtney has an undergraduate degree in International Relations and a Master's Degree in Communications. After college she worked as a Legislative Aide in the United States Senate in Washington, D.C., living and working on Capitol Hill for about five years. During that time she also taught at George Mason University in the Communications Department. After D.C., she and her husband moved to California where he was in his residency. There she worked and taught at Ventura College. After California, they moved to Oklahoma where they lived for about eight years. They moved to Greeley in 2015. "We are loving it in Greeley! We love being so close to the mountains and love to ski, hike, and just be outside!" She started at Right to Read in August of 2016 and "I've loved every second of it! The staff is so wonderful, and my students make my day every time I walk into my classroom!" 

Teresa Nuñez Curtis, ESL Instructor & Carbon Valley, Hudson, and Ft. Lupton Site Coordinator

Teresa is a 37 year resident of Colorado. She has bachelor’s degrees in English Communications and Art. In addition, she has 20 years of homeschooling experience (teaching her 6 children).  Recently, she went back to school to earn her TESL K-12 and Teaching Adults Abroad certificates. She is currently part of the Right to Read outreach efforts, teaching and managing multi-level English classes at the Carbon Valley, Hudson, & Ft. Lupton libraries. She has also taught R2R Citizenship Classes.  Her creative, hands-on approach, incorporates strategies and techniques which allow her to integrate plenty of cultural, academic and subject content into her lessons. Outside of the classroom, Teresa also works in the recreation field. Her hobbies include running, cycling, and climbing tall mountains.

Pete Denzin, ESL Instructor

Pete earned his B.A., M.A., Ed.S., and school administrator's license from the University of Northern Colorado. He taught English at Windsor High School for 22 years and worked as an administrator in the Weld Re-4 School District office for another 12 years before his retirement. Now Pete enjoys spending more time with his wonderful wife, Colleen, and enjoys his new hobby, playing classical guitar. He loves to read and to play with technology as well. But teaching classes for Right to Read is one of his greatest joys. "What could be better than exploring new learning with such dedicated adult students? I learn much more from them than they do from me." Pete has his ABEA (Adult Basic Education Authorization) license from the Colorado Department of Education.

Julie Garbus, ESL Instructor

Julie attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate and Boston University for law school. She represented refugees, farm workers, and tenants as a lawyer. After receiving a PhD in English at the University of Texas, she taught for a time at the University of Northern Colorado. But she likes teaching ESL best of all, because the students are so committed to mastering English. When Julie’s not at R2R, she’s writing materials for educational publishers, swimming, reading mysteries, and relaxing with her husband and son.  

Keegan Kellogg, ESL Instructor

"I am very excited to be involved with Right to Read.  Language and education are tools needed for empowerment, understanding, and self-efficacy.  I believe that Right to Read is a program that will help lifelong learners adapt, grow, and be successful."  Kellogg graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Dakota.  After graduation he worked as a Kindergarten Teacher in Nashville, Tennessee, where he received his ESL endorsement.  Currently, Kellogg is teaching Kindergarten at Jackson Elementary School and spending time with his wife, their dog, and two cats.  As a lifelong learner he has enjoyed sharing stories, celebrating cultures, and being humbled by the human experience.

  Kathy Langford, ESL Instructor

Kathy thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to be learning with the students at Right to Read. Their enthusiasm and perseverance inspires her. She earned her B.A. in English from James Madison University and her M.A. in Education from West Texas A & M. Kathy began teaching sixth grade language arts in 1998 and has been teaching a variety of elementary grades since moving to Colorado in 2007. She is grateful for every opportunity she gets to be with her husband, sons, their wives, and her grandsons.  

Laura Elena Moreno, ESL Instructor and Instructional Coach

Laura Elena has been with Right to Read since 2015, and she loves our wonderful community! She has a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Long Island University in New York. She's taught many ages and levels in the field of ESL. "I'm so grateful for all I've learned from my students and teachers."

Mary Orange, ESL Instructor

Mary graduated from Hope College, in Holland, Michigan, with Psychology/Sociology & Social Studies majors along with an elementary teaching certificate. She has taught school and directed programs for children ages preschool - middle school.  Over the last few years she has discovered the joy of teaching adults. "Teaching at Right to Read is an incredible privilege! I love the cultural diversity in my classroom. I love encouraging and cheering for my students as they work hard to learn English." Mary enjoys running and biking with her husband, Don.

Rachel Petty, ESL Instructor
     

 

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