One afternoon, after a tutoring session with their daughter, Madeline, John and Andrea asked Ms. Mandy, “wouldn’t it be great to start a nonprofit to try to get every student this kind of instruction?” Thus, Love 2 Read, Inc. was established with the mission to provide access to all who need this type of instruction in order to learn to read. The founding board of directors was invited to serve. Mandy and John asked Sarah Lubinski to provide her professional nursing, health education, and early childhood development expertise and communication skills to the organization, especially as we reach out to families throughout our community. Krystle Welch and Lauren Kile agreed to share their knowledge, experience, professional educational relationships, and communication skills which are essential to establishing the instructional standards required to meet our shared mission.
Although 35% of fourth graders in the U.S.A. are reading at or above grade level, research tells us that 95% of students can learn to read when the structured literacy approach to instruction is provided based on the science of reading which Love 2 Read, Inc. is uniquely positioned to serve.
Today, we are reaching out to potential donors and supporters who will join us in the mission to help every child learn to read which will open worlds of opportunity to them, their families, and our entire community. Please join us in helping provide the gift of literacy to our community.
Meet The Team
Mandy Horton Walker
Co-Founder, President, Operations Committee Chair
Mandy Horton Walker is a life-long Floridian whose roots in the Treasure Coast run deep. Upon entering the field of education, Mandy quickly realized her students, who often have dynamic learning profiles and great gifts, required specialized literacy instruction which led her to seek appropriate training. Mandy served as an ESE teacher, interventionist, and as the instructional coach for exceptional student education serving students and their teachers in kindergarten through twelfth grades before retiring from a public school district. Mandy continues to be passionate in answering the call to serve this type of instruction with learners, parents, and colleagues.
In addition to earning a Master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education from Florida Atlantic University, Mandy holds the Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist (SLDS) certificate from the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI), a subsidiary of The International Dyslexia Association. Mandy holds certifications as a Wilson Dyslexia Therapist (WDT) (Wilson Reading System Level II - WRS-II), Strategic Instruction Model Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines Professional Developer (KU-CRL: SIM PD LS & CER), Trainer for the S.P.I.R.E. curriculum, and numerous Florida Professional Educator certifications and endorsements. She has served on other nonprofit boards and is thrilled to help expand educational opportunities throughout our community through Love 2 Read, Inc.
On a personal note, Mandy, who has two grown children, and her husband, Reed, are delighted with beloved grandchildren who bring joy and excitement to everyone. Mandy also enjoys reading, writing, sewing, gardening, floral arts, walking, and visiting with family and friends.
Co-Founder, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, DBA
John Adams has been an educator at the college and university level for over 12 years. He has a passion for nonprofit work. Dr. Adams has worked at various positions in accounting and financial management for nonprofit, government, and corporate entities. He has written published articles on Nonprofit Management, Social Responsibility, and Corporate Ethics. He has been a speaker for several organizations such as FIorida CPA, Florida Human Resource Managers, and the Florida Small Business Development Centers on topics dealing with corporate responsibility and managing people with developmental disabilities. He has a passion for education, and helping people overcome learning differences. He is a husband and a father to three loving children, one of whom happens to be an exceptional little girl with a learning difference. John is a co-founder of Love 2 Read whose expertise in nonprofit organization and inspirational leadership empower our mission.
Krystle Valdes Welch
Director and Education Committee Co-Chair
Krystle completed her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Special Education while attending Mercer University, earned her Master of Science in Inclusive Education from Kennesaw State University, and has earned multiple Endorsements in Reading and Gifted Education.
Krystle has taught in various school settings in public and private as well as served in General Education, Title 1, Special Education, and Gifted programs. She also served as a consultant for special education services while living in Cozumel, Mexico. She says that amongst all her teaching experiences, being able to provide students the ability to read has been her greatest contribution and most rewarding endeavor. After finding much success while working with students using a multisensory, structured literacy learning approach to reading, Krystle continues to build her knowledge and expertise through attaining Dyslexia Certification through the University of Florida Literacy Institute.
In her present role as the Instructional Coach for Exceptional Student Educators, Krystle is also a certified trainer for the S.P.I.R.E. curriculum and provides professional development to educators across Martin County in the implementation of the program and other literacy-based training. She believes that sharing her passion and encouraging teachers allows for a greater opportunity to reach more children with the gift of learning to read.
Krystle enjoys traveling to new places, eating good food, and spending time on the boat with her husband and two little girls in sunny South Florida.
Director and Education Committee Co-Chair
Lauren Kile earned her B.S. in Early Childhood and Special Education from Messiah College in 2014. She began her teaching career and quickly realized that she needed to learn more about the science of reading to be able to help her struggling readers. In 2018, she completed her coursework and practicum through Mayerson Academy (an IDA certified program) and earned her Practitioner Level Certification in Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Structured Reading. Lauren is an ESE Support Facilitator in Martin County, Florida and tutors privately in the evenings. Additionally, Lauren is a trainer for the S.P.I.R.E. curriculum and has her CERI (Center for Effective Reading Instruction) certification as a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist. Lauren is extremely passionate about making explicit, structured, multisensory language instruction available to all students so that EVERYONE can learn to read!
Secretary and Communication Committee Chair
Sarah Lubinski, R.N. graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Health Education and from Florida Atlantic University with a B.S.N. She worked for several years as a Registered Nurse in a NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in a South Florida hospital. She has also worked in an outpatient surgery center. Sarah tutored chemistry while attending UF, has taught preschoolers in a variety of settings, and serves as an adjunct professor at a public college. She is a fifth generation Floridian from the Palm Beach/Treasure Coast area. Sarah and her husband are the parents of four busy children who are active in their Church and in their community. Sarah brings her keen knowledge of and expertise in nursing, science, math, health education, early childhood health, development, and learning to the Board.