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Scott to Receive Excellence in Literacy Leadership Award

Dr. Karen Scott, Ozark School District executive director of elementary learning, will be recognized with the 2019 Excellence in Literacy Leadership Award presented by the Reading Recovery teacher leaders.

Each year, Reading Recovery teacher leaders from across the country nominate individuals to receive this prestigious award. Recipients, who are not trained in Reading Recovery, have displayed a strong commitment to expand and maintain its high standards and made significant contributions to implementation beyond the local level.

Completing her 43rd year as an educator, Scott has provided progressive leadership to Missouri school districts and shared her passion for Reading Recovery with literacy professionals across the country. As a classroom teacher, college professor, elementary language arts coordinator, federal programs director, site coordinator, and in other roles, her focus has been on literacy instruction.

Scott has worked to expand the implementation and strengthen the literacy programs in districts across southwest Missouri — first introducing Reading Recovery in Springfield in 1991. Since becoming site coordinator in 2009, she has guided the Ozark School District to become a model of comprehensive literacy, with Reading Recovery-trained professionals sharing their knowledge to benefit the whole school. Her impact is evidenced through mentoring, coaching, conference presentations, advocacy, recognition by her peers, and more — at the local, state and national levels. Scott currently serves on the board of directors and is president-elect of the Reading Recovery Council of North America.

“I cannot think of a person who has a greater love for literacy learning than Karen Scott. Her passion for and support of Reading Recovery is evident to anyone she meets,” said Ozark Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Linda Fugate, who nominated Scott. “Her tireless efforts at the local, state and national level have made a tremendous impact on student learning.”

Scott, along with Mary Grassi, Title I director for Cambridge Public School District in Massachusetts, will receive the award Feb. 10 during the 2019 National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference opening session at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.