Meet our Team

“My work at AR Kids Read has fueled my passion for educational equity in a new and exciting way. Every time I engage with a student we serve or one of our volunteers, I am reminded of the enormous impact one individual can make in a student’s life.”

Dionne Jackson, Ed.D,

Executive Director

“I am honored to take part in building and strengthening a community of tutors who give so freely of their time and talents to make a positive impact on our children’s education.”

Amber D. Jackson, MPS

School Program Consultant

“Every time I sit with our tutors I’m inspired. They genuinely love the kids they serve. They get to know who they are and spur them to love reading. It’s a privilege to be a part of the growth process that is happening with helping Arkansas children achieve grade reading level and I am very thankful for that.”

Joyce O. Ajayi, MPS

School Program Consultant

AR Kids Read allows me to be a part of the community and build connections through a literacy lens. We are developing our future leaders to become better readers, thinkers, and communicators.

Kanesha Adams

Out of School Program Director

“My work at AR Kids Read has fueled my passion for educational equity in a new and exciting way. Every time I engage with a student we serve or one of our volunteers, I am reminded of the enormous impact one individual can make in a student’s life.”

Dionne Jackson, Ed.D,

Executive Director

“I am honored to take part in building and strengthening a community of tutors who give so freely of their time and talents to make a positive impact on our children’s education.”

Amber D. Jackson, MPS

School Program Consultant

“Every time I sit with our tutors I’m inspired. They genuinely love the kids they serve. They get to know who they are and spur them to love reading. It’s a privilege to be a part of the growth process that is happening with helping Arkansas children achieve grade reading level and I am very thankful for that.”

Joyce O. Ajayi, MPS

School Program Consultant

“AR Kids Read allows me to be a part of the community and build connections through a literacy lens. We are developing our future leaders to become better readers, thinkers, and communicators.” 

Kanesha Adams

Out of School Program Director

Taylor Beevers

Program Fellow: Professional Development

“My hope is to provide support and useful resources for our tutors in order to help our students have the best experience with AR Kids Read!”

Nancy Velazquez

Program Fellow: Community Development

“I am most looking forward to continuing my work with the amazing AKR team. I am also excited to strengthen the relationship AKR has with the local community.”

Amy Cabrera

Intern

“AR Kids Read has helped me share my love for literature across my community. Not only is it a mission that I really believe in, but the best team I have ever worked with.”

Chase Swinton

Chase Swinton

Intern

“AR Kids Read promotes reading in a positive, healthy light that deconstructs negative stigmas. I’m super excited to join an organization that uplifts and advocates for the importance of literacy in Arkansas!”

Gigi Powell

Gigi Powell

Intern

“I am working on an honors thesis project centered around public libraries and their relationships within their communities, so I look forward to having some hands-on experience promoting literacy within the Arkansas community with AR Kids Read.”

D'Andre Richardson

D’Andre Richardson

Intern

“I look forward to how my work with AR Kids Read will enhance my ability to stimulate the young minds of children as a teacher this upcoming school year.” 

 

Gigi Powell

Maisha Jones

Intern

“I am working on an honors thesis project centered around public libraries and their relationships within their communities, so I look forward to having some hands-on experience promoting literacy within the Arkansas community with AR Kids Read.”

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