Angela Marks M.Ed
Founder, Reading Allowed
Angela graduated from University College, London with a degree in Latin and Greek. She received her Master’s in Education and Pennsylvania Reading Specialist certification from Cabrini University. She is a Wilson Reading System® Dyslexia Practitioner and is a Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist accredited by the International Dyslexia Association. Before founding Reading Allowed, Angela spent 14 years working as a Reading Specialist and a Learning Specialist in Philadelphia.
Chief Operating Officer
Over the past 24 years Kara has served students, teachers, and administrators in the city of Philadelphia, supporting both elementary and middle schools, alternative education settings, as well as adult programming. She strongly believes that education is the door to success and reading is the key. The mission of Reading Allowed is completely aligned with her personal passion - unlocking student social-emotional, academic, and civic potential by improving literacy skills. In addition to identifying as an advocate and an educator, she is also a wife, mom, reader, writer, and nature photographer. She is currently studying the Science of Reading and the Science of Awe. She looks forward to seeing what an important impact Reading Allowed will continue to have on each of the communities and students we serve. She is tremendously thankful for this opportunity.
Katie McShane serves as Reading Allowed's Program Manager. Katie worked for the School District of Philadelphia as a Kindergarten teacher for five years. Katie is pursuing her Master's Degree as a Reading Specialist from Drexel University and is Level 1 certified in the Wilson Reading System.
A lifelong Philly neighbor, Jen is joining Reading Allowed with over 20 years of teaching experience. Growing up in a family of teachers, a love of education and learning was practically genetic and her passion for literacy development led her to pursue a graduate degree in Reading Education and a certification in Wilson Instruction. Jen’s recent position as the Learning Specialist at a local independent school has grown her expertise in supporting teachers with the implementation of literacy curricula and providing instruction for individuals with reading deficits. For the past two years, Jen has followed the journey of Angela Marks and, inspired by the mission and growth of her organization, considers it a privilege to partner with the Reading Allowed team in their work in and around Philadelphia.
Ami has been a tutor with Reading Allowed since 2019. Prior to joining Reading Allowed as a full-time Program Manager, Ami worked for four years as a Wilson Reading System Level I certified Dyslexia Practitioner at the Springfield Township Middle School. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Education in preparation for certification as a Reading Specialist.
Richard brings 15 years of experience in both nonprofit and government work to Reading Allowed. Prior to joining the team, he served as a Volunteer Manager with the Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired and as a Communications Manager with the Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators. In addition, Richard worked as the Assistant Director of Visitor Services within the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Humanities and Social Sciences. Richard has always had a passion for serving others and is excited to work with Reading Allowed on their mission to help every struggling reader obtain the highest quality structured literacy instruction.