Rosalie is the President of North East Knitting, an important industrial unit of New England. She was born in the Island of Brava, Cabo Verde. At age eleven she began her course of success, humbly supporting the implementation of an important educational institution in her island of origin Escola Materna a school linked to the Catholic Church. Emanating from her travels, first through Europe and later to the United States, she learned to speak fluent English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Cap-Verdean Creole. Knowing the power of education and reading she looks to support and also share her experience.
Mary Klehm is a Special Educator at Chariho Middle School, with 15 years of teaching experience. Mary holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and taught Fifth Grade for 3 years. She earned her master’s Degree in Special Education, with concentration in learning disabilities at Rhode Island College, and provided special education services to students in grades 5-8 for 12 years. Mary obtained her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Rhode Island in 2013. Her work was published in the research journal, Teacher Education, Special Education.
Chantee Lans is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning and Emmy-nominated reporter at WPRI-TV/WNAC-TV (CBS/FOX). She covers overnight breaking news across Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. She has also reported in Greensboro, North Carolina and Jackson, Mississippi. She previously worked behind the scenes at CBS News. Chantee is the president and co-founder of NABJ’s first tri-state chapter called the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists (SNEAB). Through SNEABJ, Chantee helped organize journalism training workshops for Pawtucket inner city youth at Shea High School. She is also a former board member of the Mississippi Children’s Home Services. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he or she dies. The person who never reads lives only once.” -Author George R. R. Martin
Timothy Rudd is a Pawtucket resident, and the Pawtucket City Councilor for the Fairlawn and Woodlawn Neighborhoods. He is a dedicated Providence Police School Resource Officer and an Assistant Coach Cross Country Track and Field at RI College. As a father of three, he knows that reading is the foundation that opens all doors to our future. According to him, our children need us more now than ever. By providing this foundation for them, we will provide the necessary tools in order for them to succeed in this incredibly competitive world. By implementing this program to our children we will undoubtedly witness a foundation that will ultimately transform with time highly capable and successful adults. For these reasons and many others he is proud to be part of the Reading Kingdoms family.
Lorenzo C. Tetreault, Councilman at Large of Pawtucket is a lifelong educator. He is a retired English teacher, and knows first hand that early exposure to reading gives one the potential to uncover ultimate learning opportunities. Reading open doors to innumerable possibilities for a fulfilling life. A child can thrive in a nurturing and stimulating literacy environment.
Peter is the Editor-in-Chief of The Providence American Newspaper. The Providence American newspaper is a 27 year old publication whose primary editorial focus is on the issues of the day that impact poor and minority communities of Rhode Island. The mission is to be the source for news and information important to the communities of color. He has a multitude of Private business consulting for various Rhode Island based organizations including: State Office of Public Defender – Community Outreach & Program Training, Civil Rights Roundtable of RI – Program Consultant & Moderator, Department of Health (Minority Health Program) Program Moderator. Peter has a master’s degree in Education from Antioch University, d//b/a Cambridge College and an undergraduate degree in economics.