About Us

The Reading League Alabama

Our mission is to increase the awareness, understanding, and use of evidence-aligned reading instruction in Alabama. We believe all children deserve to learn to read and all educators can learn to teach them.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Lauren Brannan
Dr. Lauren BrannanChapter President
Associate Professor of Reading Education at the University of South Alabama, LETRS Professional Learning Facilitator, Teacher Preparation Inspection-US Program Inspector
Sonya Yates
Sonya YatesChapter Vice President
Associate Policy Director of Early Literacy for ExcelinEd, President of New Heights Consulting, Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), Certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist (C-SLDS)
Dr. Shelley Vail-Smith
Dr. Shelley Vail-SmithChapter Secretary
School-Improvement Manager for Mass Insight Education & Research, Host of the Alabama Literacy Network podcast, President of the Alabama Committee on Grade Level Reading, Secretary of the Alabama Dyslexia Advisory Council, Board member of the Alabama Literacy Alliance
Janet Kaylor, M.Ed
Janet Kaylor, M.EdChapter Treasurer
LETRS Professional Learning Facilitator (LETRS 3rd Ed. & LETRS Admin); Reading and Leadership,
Independent Consultant; Literacy, Coaching, and Leadership;
Ph.D. student, Auburn University in Educational Leadership
Dr. Tracye Strichik
Dr. Tracye StrichikChapter Officer at Large
Director at the Alabama Expanded Learning Alliance

Reimagine the Future of Reading

Help us bring the science of reading to every educator, parent, and child.