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The Literacy First Leadership Team brings over 125 years of combined experience in Reading, Literacy, and Educational Excellence to the education community and its growing literacy challenges. Beyond the education-dedicated executive team, Literacy First boasts a broad national team of Reading and Change Motivation experts providing face-to-face consultation and on-site implementation services everyday. This nationwide Literacy First team is deeply committed to bringing the highest quality professional educational instructional leadership services to all PreK - 12 schools.

Kevin Blokker — Vice President of Operations

Kevin Blokker

Kevin joined Literacy First in 1999 after earning his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. Since that time, he has dedicated his entire professional career to the operational excellence and quality product behind Literacy First. Prior to Literacy First, Kevin played and coached soccer at the collegiate level. Kevin lives with his wife, Jeannie and two children, in the Seattle area.

Debra Whitfill — Director of School Partnerships and Senior Consultant

Debra Whitfill

Debra joined Literacy First in 2003 after a successful and rewarding career as a classroom educator and site administrator. Debra taught at the Elementary and Junior High levels from 1974 to 1991 in Enid, Oklahoma. From 1991 to 2004 she was an elementary principal in Enid. She earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from Phillips University and Administrative Credential from Oklahoma State University. Debra lives in Enid, Oklahoma with her husband Steve.

John Scroggins, Ed.D. — Director of School Partnerships and Senior Consultant

John Scroggins

John joined Literacy First in 2003 as a consultant, having retired from Ponca City School District in Oklahoma. He began his career as a teacher in 1969 at Mid-Del Public Schools in Midwest City, Oklahoma. From 1974 until 2003 John held various administrative positions including Principal, Director of Elementary Education, Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent in central Oklahoma school districts. He received his Ed.D. in 1990 from the University of Oklahoma. John and his wife, Sharon, live in the Dallas area.

Lee Anne Housley — Director of School Partnerships and Senior Consultant

Lee Anne Housley

Lee Anne comes to Literacy First as a highly experienced and award winning middle school and high school content area teacher with additional background in sales and marketing. Her teaching area of specialization is in Advanced Placement Biology as well as Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology and Biology I and II. She is a contributing writer for the Developing Expert Reader Series and in addition has consulted for Literacy First in schools in Kansas and Washington. Lee Anne was the recipient of Teacher of Today Awards in Oklahoma in 2002 and 2004. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M in 1988. Lee Anne lives in Northeast Oklahoma with her husband Wes and their 8 year-old son W.J.