About Us > Mission and Team

We're serious about
getting kids reading.

Over 10 years ago, Ann Fitts, a Reading Specialist, and edupreneur, was frustrated by the sheer amount of time and memorization required by students to learn to read. She and her partner Chris Stephen thought there must be a better way, and Ann began examining every aspect of the reading process and the English language.

Inspired to change the paradigm by addressing the underlying problem common to all readers — the overwhelming inconsistencies and complexities of the English language — they created Readable English and got kids reading, fast.

About Us

Readable English, LLC brings an innovative suite of science-based products and services to the struggle against illiteracy, a condition that diminishes the lives of some 800 million people worldwide. This number includes fully two-thirds of our nation’s K-12 students who are reading “below-proficiency,” a situation that has shown no signs of improvement for nearly 30 years. With patented technology, coaching and professional development services, Readable English helps schools and districts boost measured reading proficiency by offering a cutting edge solution to the underlying causes of reading failure. The mission of this fast-growing company is to accelerate reading proficiency and combat the deeply damaging effects of illiteracy so students attain happier, healthier lives that are more productive, fulfilling and rewarding.

 

Leadership Team

Ann Fitts

Founder & CEO

Ann Fitts

Ann Fitts is a Reading Specialist and Entrepreneur and has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. Before developing Readable English, Ann founded and directed The Reading Clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area (since 1997) where she worked with students with reading, writing, language disorders including dyslexia, hyperlexia and ADHD. Prior to The Reading Clinic, Ann worked at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, where she was trained in multi-sensory teaching techniques for children with phonological processing and language disorders. Ann received her Baccalaureate degree in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University.

Tammy Miller

Chief Academic Officer (CAO)

Tammy Miller

Tammy Miller is a literacy warrior. Her passion to advance student literacy is evident in her 30+ years in education through her roles as teacher, principal, and director of elementary education in the public schools, and also as a nationally sought after consultant brought in to turn around failing schools in highly complex circumstances. Tammy’s combined knowledge of systemic change, instruction, curriculum, and school operations have provided the tools schools need to improve student outcomes. Tammy received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a reading endorsement at Indiana University and Masters in Educational Leadership at Butler University.

Anna Boyle

Research and Product

Anna Boyle

Anna Boyle has been an invaluable part in the development and refinement of the entire Readable English program. Anna has conducted research in schools and with universities investigating the effectiveness of Readable English. She has also conducted extensive research on the theories behind its development. Since joining the Readable English team in 2013, Anna has applied her experience and her degree in psychology to developing content for the Readable English program, training and assessment. Anna is also an amazing singer and songwriter and wrote and recorded all our fun glyph songs. Anna holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons 1) from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

David Haberlah

Director of Product

David Haberlah

David Haberlah is our Sydney based Director of Product combining classroom teaching experience with 10+ years of digital product and service experience. From building innovative literacy solutions from scratch to managing Australia's largest K-12 edtech product with 5M global students. With a diverse background in Science (MSc, PhD), Teaching (MTeach Primary), Business (MBA in progress) & ESL, David loves to combine different spheres of knowledge, tools and skills to work with students and teachers to build better teaching and learning experiences.

Alex Nugent

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Alex Nugent

Alex Nugent is our Santa Fe NM based Chief Technology Officer. He is a general technologist, algorithm developer and problem solver with broad technology experience ranging from mixed-signal circuit design to embedded and scalable web-based software development. Prior to joining Readable English in 2021 Alex advised and ran multi-million dollar technology R&D programs for the US Air Force and Navy Research labs as well the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency. He is concurrently the CEO of Knowm Inc, a company that operates at the intersection of emerging nano-electronic devices and artificial intelligence. Alex has numerous publications and over forty US patents. As part of the Readable English team Alex designs, implements and oversees system architecture and new technology capabilities for bringing Readable English to the masses.

Belinda Basca

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Belinda Basca

Belinda Basca has spent over 30 years in the educational field. She began her career in the classroom and then expanded her knowledge of how students learn as an educational researcher at Harvard's Project Zero. She was a lead author of Science Companion, a hands-on inquiry-based elementary science curriculum, managed the tactical operations of the company, and served as CEO. Belinda is utilizing her expertise in operations, professional development, sales support, and customer support to guide the company as it rapidly expands. Belinda received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and Biology from Penn State University and her Masters of Education from Harvard University.

Emily Wallace

Customer Service

Emily Wallace

Emily Wallace is out Support Specialist with over 10 years experience in customer service and over 5 years providing technical support to customers in both the insurance industry and the K-12 education sector. Emily handles much of the day-to-day managment of student rosters, data collection and answers a variety of teacher questions concerning Readable English. She has extensive experience with the many software products used to implement Readable English efficiently so that every teacher is prepared to help students learn to read.

Coaches and Trainers

Dr. Carol Gardiner

Director

Dr. Carol Gardiner

Dr. Carol Gardiner has an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Masters in Special Education, and Bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education. Carol’s experiences include teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, Title I director, early childhood director, grant specialist and adjunct professor. Mentoring those who are entering the field of education to know and understand best practices in education is Carol’s underlying passion. Her continued work in high education and directing others to know how the reading process can be mastered has been her lifeline after retirement.

Mary Anne Knapp

Project Manager/Coach

Mary Anne Knapp

Mary Anne Knapp joined the Readable English team Summer 2021. She holds a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education, a Master's in Educational Leadership, and a Building Level Administration License. During her educational career, she served as a 2nd grade teacher, 6th grade teacher, K-12 Assistant Principal focused on Curriculum and Professional Development, and Jr-Sr High School Principal. Mary Anne is a lifelong learner and enjoys leading and inspiring others while building relationships and trust with those she works with. She is a passionate educator that is always ready to learn, share and encourage others.

Sophie Weathers Haywood

School Implementation Coordinator

Sophie Weathers Haywood

Sophie Weathers Haywood, Ms. Ed., has worked in education her entire career. Experiences include teaching at the elementary, middle and high school level, Title I Director, Asst. Principal, Principal, Executive Director of an education foundation that supported five rural schools in southwestern Indiana, Associate Director of the Center for P-16 research and Collaboration and Coordinator of Partnerships and Collaborations in the School of Education at Indiana University. Sophie’s personal mission is to use her gifts and talents to positively impact youth and families through relationships and education. She looks forward to continuing this mission working with the Readable English team.

Becky Mungle

Director of Professional Development

Becky Mungle

Becky Mungle is a 25 year veteran of education with an emphasis in research-based interventions and teaching techniques. She spent the first 7 years of her career teaching in both elementary and middle school and has been an elementary principal for the past 18 years. She is currently working as an elementary principal in southern Indiana and serves as a consultant for Readable English. Becky has worked tirelessly to address the literacy problem facing our schools and successfully utilizes Readable English to support struggling readers in her school. She is a current member of IASP and a member of Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society.