The PUP Reading team has a simple goal: to give parents the information, tools, and resources they need to learn more about their children’s developing reading skills today, and to track progress going forward. We aim to enlist, educate, and empower parents– so that they can set their children up to be successful, life-long readers.
Joan started her career as a classroom teacher, and then spent many years raising three children while doing paid and unpaid work related to schools and teaching. After she received her Ed.M in Language & Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in 2005, she taught reading in an elementary school, and then joined the Language Diversity & Literacy Development Research Group at HGSE. For the past decade, Joan has been working on academic vocabulary research, curriculum development, professional development for educators, and strategic literacy planning in school districts across the country. All the while, she has been wondering how best to include parents in the job of setting children up to read well. A graduate of Harvard College (’84), she lives with her husband in Needham, MA.
Prior to PUP Reading, Souhail worked at the intersection of business and education, taking on leadership roles across strategy, operations, finance, and program management at rapidly growing education-technology startups such as GetSmarter (acquired by 2U) and McKinsey Academy. He began his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company where he focused on education and economic development work. He is currently completing his MBA and MIT Sloan, and received his BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In his free time he loves museum hopping, pick-up basketball, putting on Improv shows, and traveling with his family.
Christina has spent the last six years developing end-to-end user experiences as a software developer, user researcher, and product lead. She holds a BA in Psychology from Harvard University and an MS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Sue began her career as a software developer and spent 20 years in the industry, working for large companies and as a consultant, doing database design, software development and project management. After her children were born, she cut back on this work and spent many years volunteering in the classroom and in the community. Now that her two children are grown, she is getting her hands back into systems work helping out with the PUP website. She has a BSBA from Bucknell University (’83) and an MS in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland (’88).
We were fortunate to benefit from the input and expertise of a number of talented people: Elizabeth McClanan, Laura Stickle, Annie Connors, Mary Sprogell, Carolyn Buonanno Chase, Stephanie Jones, Meredith Rowe, Sharon Vaughn, Robin Kane — and all the friends and family members who took part in the earliest beta testing.