About Us

Learn to Read of St. Johns County, Inc. is a 501-(c) (3) non-profit organization partially funded by Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach and Serenata, United Way of St. Johns County, individuals, businesses, civic organizations and special events.

Our volunteer-based organization provides free literacy skills assessment and instruction in St. Johns and Putnam Counties to individuals 16 years of age and older. In addition to one-on-one literacy tutoring, Learn to Read has recently expanded its services throughout the counties to help people learn English as a second language (ESOL) through personal tutoring and group conversation courses.

Learn to Read believes literacy skills are vital for people to find work and to participate in their community. We tutor our students to pass the GED, the Adult Basic Education Test (TABE), and to achieve advancement in the workplace. Learn to Read depend on your support to purchase the books and other necessary teaching materials, as well as maintain the facility in which we operate. Your support is paramount to helping decrease barriers to employment and higher education that prevent our students from moving forward.

What We Teach

  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Writing
  • Language Arts
  • Reading Comprehension
  • GED Exam Preparation
  • TABE (Adult Basic Education Test) Preparation
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • US Citizenship Test Preparation
  • Work Skills
  • Health Literacy

History & Methods

Learn to Read was founded in 1986 by local members of the American Association of University Women who recognized the need to teach reading, writing and math skills to adults ages 16 years and older, who lacked those skills. Learn to Read founder Jane Murray, a retired educator, served as the organization’s first Executive Director. This year, we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary.

Learn to Read’s tutoring methods and materials are based on the work of Dr. Frank Charles Laubach (1884-1970), the leading pioneer of the contemporary adult literacy movement. He developed the “Each One Teach One” instructional program.

Learn to Read’s trained volunteer tutors teach students one-on-one in reading, writing, math, language arts, English as a Second Language (ESOL) and preparing students for the GED exam. Several of our tutors teach ESOL classes and assist with citizenship test preparation. Tutoring sessions are held throughout St. Johns County in churches, libraries, coffee shops, businesses, shelters, transitional homes and the Learn to Read office.

A new tutoring program has recently been made available in Putnam County.

Call 904-826-0011 for more information if you would like to tutor or know someone who would benefit from our literacy or ESOL programs.

Board of Directors – Officers

President Edward George, Engineer, E & S Consulting, Inc.
Vice President Sid Ansbacher, Attorney, Upchurch, Bailey & Upchurch
Treasurer Jennifer Sickler, Vice President, Branch Manager, Fidelity Bank
Secretary Ann Breidenstein, Ex-Officio, Executive Director/CEO


Directors

Joseph Cinney, Attorney, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Tutor
Susan Harry, Retired, Business President and Owner, and former Learn to Read Board President
Heidi Eddins Jimmerson, Retired General Counsel, Florida East Coast Railway
Dr. Edward Jordan, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, St. Johns River State College
Gerry Linton, Retired Literacy Professional
Kathy Lobinsky, Store Manager, Publix Super Markets, Retired
Valerie Peischel Mull, Manager, Main Library, St. Augustine
Winnie Wagner, Retired Public Relations Practitioner

Staff


Ann Breidenstein, Executive Director/CEO
Charlotte Ballard, Student/Tutor Coordinator