The Literacy Council of West Alabama announces Marshae Madison-Pelt as its new Executive Director for the West Alabama region.

In this role, she will not only steer the organization's strategic management and operational directives but also play a pivotal role in fostering relationships and exploring opportunities for community partnerships across Bibb, Fayette, Lamar, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties. Her appointment marks a new chapter in our commitment to eradicating illiteracy and empowering individuals in our community.

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There is an unwavering mission to eradicate illiteracy across the West Alabama region. The LCWA is dedicated to empowering individuals by enhancing their reading and writing skills, significantly improving their quality of life through our dedicated literacy initiatives.

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Madison said the opportunity to help individuals in West Alabama improve their literacy skills and empower them to achieve their goals excites her the most. “Literacy is foundational to many aspects of life, including education, employment, and personal development. Being able to contribute to such a meaningful cause and make a positive impact on people's lives is truly inspiring.”

She has an extensive educational leadership and development background, spanning various school environments, such as rural, urban, and suburban districts. Her professional experience is comprehensive, including roles in teaching, literacy coaching, and administration at both the elementary and secondary levels. In addition, she has held key positions within central office operations, including Literacy Specialist, Student Service Coordinator, and Testing and Accountability Coordinator. Madison has also contributed her expertise as an adjunct professor within Stillman College's College of Education.

Her academic qualifications are distinguished and comprehensive, consisting of a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education obtained from Stillman College and a Master of Science degree from Troy University. Further enhancing her credentials, she earned a Leadership Administration and Supervision Certification from Alabama State University and an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum Management and Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

In addition to her academic achievements, she is accredited as a Certified Instructional Leader and holds a National Board Certification in Literacy and Language Arts. Demonstrating her commitment to professional development and thought leadership within the educational sector, she has delivered presentations at notable conferences organized by the Alabama Reading Association, the Alabama Board of Education, and the Superintendents of Alabama.

One of her immediate goals for LCWA is to assess the current fundraising landscape and identify areas of opportunity to increase our financial resources. Madison said, “This involves analyzing our existing donor base, exploring potential grant opportunities, and developing a comprehensive fundraising strategy.”

Her objectives include fortifying connections with existing supporters and fostering deeper involvement in our mission. By establishing a robust fundraising and fund development framework, I am committed to securing the long-term sustainability and expansion of the Literacy Council West Alabama's initiatives. This strategy aims to drive a more significant impact within the West Alabama community.

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