Tina Koneazny, JEP Associate Director
Tina began her career in education in Milwaukee, WI where she received her bachelor's degree and taught elementary school in the Milwaukee Public School District for three years. She took a year off from teaching to contribute a year of service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer from 1993-94, working right here at JEP with Weemes Elementary and Foshay Learning Centers, developing literacy intervention programs for struggling students. After her VISTA service, she returned to Milwaukee to continue teaching for two more years. In 1997, when President Clinton introduced the America Reads initiative, she was invited back to JEP as a full-time staff member to direct the newly created USC Readers program. Since her return to JEP thirteen years ago, she has had two children, received her Master's Degree in Education with specialization in Literacy and Learning, and has been promoted to Associate Director of JEP with focus on Administration and Educational Outreach. While directorship of USC ReadersPLUS has been put in the hands of talented graduate students for the past few years, she still consider the program to be "her baby" and remains deeply involved in guiding staff, providing on-going support, and pursuing additional funding.