Our Team

Literacy. Learning. You. It’s what drives us.

Providing Content Literacy, PreK – Grade 3, Adolescent Literacy, Literacy Planning

Since 2007 we’ve helped thousands of educators improve student literacy skills with literacy professional development that is based on sound research, best practice and delivered by expert teacher trainers. Each year we work with over 50 school districts.

With literacy expertise across all grade levels, we have the know-how to prepare teachers to teach literacy skills to all students in all subjects. We have provided literacy professional development to educators in over 20 states, collaborated with departments of education and literacy organizations, and presented at over 100 state and national literacy conferences.

Joan Sedita, Our Founder

Joan is the founder of Keys to Literacy and author of our professional development routines.  For over 40 years, Joan has been on a mission to help teachers, schools, and districts improve student literacy skills, especially students who struggle with reading and writing. Together with the support of the Keys to Literacy staff, she has built an organization that is recognized as a leader in literacy professional development. Click on Joan’s picture for her bio. 

Joan Sedita

Meet Our Trainers and Leadership Team

In addition to their expertise in literacy and professional development skills, our training staff are former teachers and administrators. They have firsthand experience about what it means to be in your shoes and the difficulties literacy problems create. They also know the joy when student promise is turned into achievement. Our trainers have a passion for literacy, a love of teaching, and a deep commitment to helping schools and districts reach their literacy objectives. Click on their pictures for their bios. 

Tiffany Aden, M. Ed.

Lynn Bailey, M.Ed.

Mary Beth Banios, M.Ed.

Mica Byrum, M.Ed.

Bill Clarke, M.Ed.

Angie Cloninger, M.Ed.

Cindy Cooke, M.Ed

Shauna Cotte, M.Ed.

Mollie Cura, M.Ed.

Janice Daniels, CAGS

Becky DeSmith, M.Ed.

Karen Eades, M. Ed

Noel Foy, M.A.

Elise Frangos, Ed.D.

Catherine Kar, M.S.

Lisa Klein, M.Ed.

Linda Limbach, M.S.

Pearl Martinez, M.A.

Donna Mastrovito, M.Ed.

Lauren Mitsis, M.Ed.

Melissa Powers, B.S.S.

Melisa Rice, M. Ed.

Kanita Sturdivant, M. Ed.

Susan Taft, M.Ed

Zora Warren, M.Ed.

Colleen Yasenchock, M.Ed

Michelle Zampell, M.Ed.


We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the impact on our employees and the schools where we provide professional development.

During this time period when onsite, face-to-face training and coaching is not possible, we offer multiple options for accessing our literacy PD content and instructional practices.

If you are a current or new partner, explore our website or contact us to learn more about: