2015 Champion of Literacy Award

Three years ago the state office for adult education established an award in memory of Sister Marie Damian Schoenlein who was co-foundress of both the Dominican Literacy Center in Detroit and the Adrian Rea Literacy Center. Sister Marie was an advocate for adult literacy programs throughout the state of Michigan.

This year Dianne Duthie, state Director of Education and Career Success surprised Sister Carleen by presenting her with the Champion of Literacy award for her commitment to assist adult learners who seek to improve their lives and the lives of their families through the gift of reading. In a lovely turn of events, the members of Ms. Duthie's staff then presented Dianne with the Champion of Literacy award for her advocacy on behalf of the adult learner her entire career. Dianne plans to retire this year.

Congratulations! (Sister Carleen is pictured on the left and Dianne is on the right).

Sister Carleen Maly is the Director of the Center who has been involved in education as a junior high school English teacher, assistant principal, and has worked in adult literacy.

Brenda Sparkman is the Computer Coordinator who has had extensive experience in working with adult formation programs in bi-cultural communities and is proficient in computer skills.

Sister Kathleen Clausen is the Administrator and has served as principal of an elementary school and taught every grade in elementary and secondary school. She recently returned to the us after working in San Diego, California.

Sister Sarah Cavanaugh is the Administrative Assistant in the Center and a former teacher, principal, and development officer.

Sister Joanne McCauley came to us from Seattle, Washington where she had been a teacher and administrator. Sister Joanne has her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and serves as Grant Writer.

Sister Joan Mary came to us from the Chicago area where she was Director of Aquinas Literacy Center. She serves as our Bilingual Coordinator.