A Message from Mary Ellen Isaacs, Ph.D., Director of Literacy First

Dear Friends of Literacy First, 

I am writing to share with you that I will be retiring as Director of Literacy First effective March 2022, and to express my deep gratitude to all those who have been a part of this incredible journey. 

When I think back on my 25 years with Literacy First, I cannot imagine a more fulfilling or wonderful career. I’ve been able to work with amazing students, with dedicated teachers and school staff, with our fabulous AmeriCorps members, and with our impressive Literacy First staff. And together, with the support and investment of our community, we have had a tremendous impact, not only in the lives of the children and the tutors that we work with, but in our own lives as well.  

I am truly excited about the future of Literacy First, as we build on a foundation of strength and a wealth of experience. Looking forward, we see that the need for early literacy intervention is only increasing. I know that with our expanding capacity and new ways of growing with districts, Literacy First is capable of doubling our impact and reaching twice as many students in the next five years.  

I first started with Literacy First in 1997, and the growth and change I have witnessed in this organization since then is truly remarkable. I now look forward to bearing witness alongside each of you to the next 25 years, as a steadfast supporter of Literacy First. 

Thank you, 

Mary Ellen Isaacs 

5 Responses to “A Message from Mary Ellen Isaacs, Ph.D., Director of Literacy First”

  1. Katie Mathews

    I have so many emotions reading this! What a huge loss to our community, but also am so happy for you MEI and to see what this next chapter has for you and Literacy First. I owe my entire career in part to you and your investment in Literacy First, and will forever be thankful to you for your work and support over the years. Congratulations, your retirement is well-deserved!

  2. Bryan Murdock

    Congrats, Mary Ellen! The years we worked together on ACEE, were some of the favorite of my career. I truly enjoyed being your colleague and am honored to count you as a friend. We learned so much together and you taught me a lot. We did great things together and served a lot of children and families and I like to think we did some good and made a positive change. I look forward to seeing what’s next for you and Ted, and hope that includes a visit to the area so we can see each other and catch up. Best of luck in this new chapter of your life. With love and admiration,

  3. Imelda Jiménez

    Thank you Dr. Isaacs for all your words of encouragement as I cont. my second year of bilingual literacy tutoring. I am certain you will be sorely missed by call if the staff and tutors at Literacy First. God speed on your next chapter.

  4. Cathy Jones

    All that has been accomplished by you, your staff and your students over the past 25 years is an incredible legacy in Central Texas. What a difference you’ve made, and what a great feeling that must be as you begin your retirement. Wow! And Congratulations!

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