About Us


The PUP Reading team has a simple goal: to educate and empower parents, so that they can set their children up to be successful, life-long readers.

Our Story

In 2004, while working on a Master’s degree in Language & Literacy Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, I took a class on reading comprehension. At that point in my life I had taught school and had three young readers of my own at home, so I was pretty sure I knew all about what it took to read successfully. But in class that morning, I heard for the first time that there are three types of skills children need to become strong readers, and that those skills mostly accumulate from birth. And it made me think: how can we expect children to read well if parents (and often teachers) don’t know what the skills are or how to build them?

After graduating, I spent 10 years working in and with schools, using current research to create the kinds of instructional settings that children need in order to become strong readers. Over the years, I witnessed the same instructional problems contributing to low reading outcomes over and over again across the country. And I realized that in every setting, parents were effectively left out of the conversation about learning to read.

At that point, I knew I had to shift my focus to parents. Parents needed–and deserved–to know how children become strong readers, what to do to move their own children forward, and how to advocate for their children’s instructional needs with teachers and caregivers. Parents are the stakeholders who could make sure the learning-to-read process results in strong reading skills: they are the people in children’s lives who are there the most, and care the most, and could help the most, in easy and natural ways. They just need a little help themselves. And that’s why the Parent Uptake Project – PUP Reading – was born.

Meet the Team


Joan G. Kelley, Ed.M.

Joan started her career as a classroom teacher, spent ten years as a stay-at-home mom, then received her Ed.M in Language & Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in 2005. For over a decade, as part of HGSE’s Language Diversity & Literacy Development Research Group, Joan conducted research and consulted with school districts across the county on how to use the science of reading instruction to help all children read successfully. A graduate of Harvard College (’84), she lives with her husband in Needham, MA.

Souhail Salty

Souhail has spent his career at the intersection of business and education, beginning as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and then 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 is currently completing his MBA at MIT Sloan and holds a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Christina Kelley, M.S.

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 and currently lives in Vienna, Austria.

Susan D. Glenn

Sue began her career as a software developer and spent 20 years in the industry, working on database design, software development and project management. She has since spent many years volunteering in the classroom and in the community. She has a BSBA from Bucknell University (’83) and an MS in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland (’88).

We are also fortunate to have benefited from the input and expertise of a number of talented people: Elizabeth McClanan, Laura Stickle, Annie Connors, Mary Sprogell, Carolyn Buonanno Chase, Robin Kane — and all the friends and family members who took part in the earliest beta testing.

Careers at PUP Reading

We are currently looking to grow our team. If you are a software developer, marketer, content writer, or just a smart, motivated person who is interested in what we do, please reach out!

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Contact Us

Want to get in touch? Reach out to us at info@pupreading.com!