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
Naveen Kanithi (Director of Operations)
Naveen is passionate about education, youth development and community service work. In the past 20+ years, Naveen has worked with nonprofits and government entities across three continents towards creating and cultivating schools and education systems that address individual, community and workforce needs. For the better part of the last decade, he helped to develop and expand an osteopathic medical school network focused on community-based training in rural underserved areas in the Pacific Northwest. Alongside, he worked to help develop primary care medical residency programs based in community health settings across the USA, as well as community-based allied health professional training programs in fields including medical assisting, nursing, physician assisting, clinical psychology, community health worker, naturopathy and others within a team-based care model of comprehensive health care delivery. Previously, Naveen was a founding member of Kingsbridge International High School, a NYC public school formed in conjunction with the Gates Foundation, focused on serving a student body with limited to no English language skills. Prior to this, he worked for The World Bank in India and UNICEF in New York. He received his Masters of Social Sciences in Social Planning and Administration from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and his B.A. in Economics and Social Work from New York University. He believes strongly in the infinite potential of the spirit of a child, and his role simply as a facilitator to help shape the environments conducive to sustainable growth and freedom of expression for this and future generations.
Naveen representing Reading Quest at the Indigenous Community Day. We are honored to partner with Native American Student Services.
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 and the science of reading, 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.