2017-07-13 / Business

READ Association of Saginaw County announces new president/director

Cynthia Pape Cynthia Pape READ Association of Saginaw County Board Chair Jeff McCulloch announces the appointment of Cynthia A. Pape as its president/director. She assumed responsibilities on June 19, and succeeds Janice K. Merriam, interim director, and Carol Lechel, who retired in December after 16.5 years as READ president.

During the past seven months, Merriam has served as the interim director before Pape came on board. She provided a seamless transition by continuing to move the READ Association forward in full capacity, improving and expanding areas of the program along the way. The READ Association is grateful that she was able to serve in this crucial role.

Pape has been an educator for 28 years in the Saginaw Public Schools as well as an adjunct faculty member in the English Department at Saginaw Valley State University for the past three years.

As a reading specialist, she has enjoyed the opportunity to advocate for and assist struggling readers in grades kindergarten - sixth and currently teaches strategic reading at the college level. Pape earned her BA degree in education as well as her MA degree in reading from Saginaw Valley State University.

McCulloch said, “The board was very fortunate to have found someone with the experience with teaching and reading as we did with Cynthia. As a lifelong Saginaw resident, we look for Cynthia to continue to promote and grow the READ Association of Saginaw County.

Pape is eager to embark on this new adventure in literacy.

“The READ Association has a well-established system of helping readers through mentors and family events. I am looking forward to making additional connections, providing further reading opportunities and increasing our mentor base so that more children will benefit from our program. Learning to read leads to reading to learn. We want to contribute to that lifelong skill by providing positive experiences for children to succeed,” she said.

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