Team Read

Our mission is "Teens tutoring kids to achieve reading success." Our goal is for all our 2nd-3rd grade students to become better, more confident readers and for our teen reading coaches to gain critical life and work skills. Team Read offers a safe environment for students and teens to build on skills taught in the students' classrooms, with the goals of improving test scores, increasing attendance, building extra reading time into the week and inspiring a lifelong passion for reading.

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Address:PO Box 94042
Seattle, WA 98124-9442
Phone Number:206-252-0136
A huge thanks to our SUPER donors Lisa & Norm Bontje and Jay & Sue Fredericksen for helping us raise $10,000 in matching funds for GiveBIG!

Team Read Board of Directors:

Tran L. Huynh, President
Assistant Vice President & Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo
Favorite children's book: "Charlotte's Web" by E. B. White

Brandon Hull, Vice President
Associate, Point B, Inc.
Favorite Children's Book: The "Redwall" Series by Brian Jacques

Bobbie Conti, Secretary
Sr. Program Manager, Microsoft
Favorite children's book: "The Sneetches" by Dr. Seuss

David Gorton, Treasurer
Accountant, Vulcan, Inc.
Favorite Children's Book: "Magic Tree House" Books by Mary Pope Osborne

Kit Bakke
Author and Community Volunteer
Favorite children's book: "Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame

Sondra Batbold
Program Manager, Microsoft
Favorite children's book: "Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business" by Barbara Park

Chris Burns
Human Resource Director, Nordstrom
Favorite children's book: "Go, Dog. Go!" by P.D. Eastman

Brian Cadousteau
Attorney, Stokes Lawrence, P.S.
Favorite children's book: "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" by Dr. Seuss

Josh Daniel
Education Director, Pyramid Communications
Favorite children's book: "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis

Deborah Lynn Frockt
Director of Marketing and Communications, Jewish Family Service
Favorite children's book: "All-of-a-Kind-Family" by Sydney Taylor

Seana Hayden
Community Volunteer
Favorite children's book: "The Little Engine That Could" by Watty Piper

Cheryl Hoffman Herzog
Community Volunteer
Favorite Children's Book: "The Dragon Boy" by Donald Samson

Donna Lou
Community Volunteer
Favorite children's book: "Half Magic" by Edward Eager

Kiersa Sanders
Management Consultant, Deloitte Consulting
Favorite children's book: "Are You My Mother?" by P.D. Eastman

Jonna Ward
CEO, Seattle Public Library Foundation
Favorite children's book: "The Boxcar Children" by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Team Read is a year-round reading tutoring program that pairs carefully trained 8th-12th grade reading coaches with struggling 2nd-3rd grade readers for 1-on-1 reading tutoring sessions. We partner with Seattle Public Schools, Highline Public Schools and Seattle Public Library to deliver the program to over 1,000 2nd and 3rd graders and teens annually.

Team Read operates in elementary schools in Seattle and Highline school districts where assessments show that 2nd and 3rd graders need intensive reading support beyond the classroom. Approximately 90% of our 2nd and 3rd graders are students of color, 90% come from low-income families and 50% are English Language Learners. These students often have the fewest resources outside the classroom and may face the greatest barriers to academic success. Our ultimate goal is for all our 2nd and 3rd grade students to be reading at grade level.

We recruit 8th -12th graders at Seattle and Highline middle and high schools and screen and train them to provide reading support aligned with classroom instruction that builds their students reading comprehension, fluency and vocabulary. Our teen coaches are drawn from the same neighborhoods as their students and are as diverse as their students. The teens report that they gain a sense of accomplishment, patience, responsibility, and appreciation for their teachers-in fact, 30% of the teen coaches report an interest in teaching as a career. Teen coaches can earn service hours, or hourly pay, or save money for college (hourly pay + a 50% match by Team Read).

Since 1998 Team Read has served over 18,000 students.