Our dedicated tutoring team includes 19 Literacy Specialists, 22 Teen Tutors, and our Executive Director, Rayna Dineen.
Our Tutor team includes;
Top row from the left: Sharon Eklund, Rayna Dineen, Hugo Serrano Castenada and Curtis Mueller
2nd row from the top: Avery Armstrong, Joanne Lewis and Adalyn, eli Feliciano and Ella Rappaport
3rd row from the top: Aram Brown, Faridah Ndiaye, Elaine Merola, Aleda Winget
Bottom Row: Zoe Taylor-Hayden, Tonya Bennett, Gabe Otter, and Arielle Nathan
Not pictured: Jill Bratton, Jill Miyagawa, Gabe Lopez
Rayna Dineen (Executive Director)
Rayna has worked in education for 40 years. She received two master’s degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University, in addition to doctoral work at Colorado State University. Rayna has taught students from preschool to grade 12 and is passionate about literacy, joyful project based learning, inclusive practices, positive classroom management and service learning.
She co-directed the Cariño Community Children’s program for Santa Fe Public Schools and taught children with special needs at New Vistas. In 2000, she founded an EL Education prek-8 school in Santa Fe, NM (Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences) where she served as teacher and principal for 13 years.
Rayna has also worked as an EL Education School Consultant serving Santa Fe Public Schools and schools in Australia, India, New Mexico, Arizona, West Virginia, Utah, Idaho and Colorado. She facilitates national education institutes and works with experiential education organizations both here and overseas. She also consulted for Discover Learning, a Gates Foundation collaboration between Save the Children and UC Berkeley which supports a project based learning program for children ages 10-11 in Tanzania. She has consulted for Harlem Village Academies and two schools in India, Polymath School and Heritage Xperiential Learning School. She founded Hooked on Books and Reading is Magic in 2012 and began Reading Quest in 2015. She believes in the power of young people to change our world and loves supporting children as they discover the joy of reading.