Lydia Allen

Lydia Allen

Program Director, Montgomery

Lydia graduated from Hollins University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Her training includes Wilson Reading System, Neuhaus Reading Readiness, Neuhaus Written Expression, Handwriting Without Tears, Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor training, and over 30 hours of Orton-Gillingham training from a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham. Lydia volunteered with the Literacy Council of Alabama’s Journey into Dyslexia workshop in 2016. Before joining Read Write in 2016, Lydia Price was a teaching assistant at both the Washington Literacy Center in Washington, D.C. and The Learning Alliance in Vero, FL. Lydia’s favorite part of working at Read Write is working one-on-one with students because she understands what it’s like to learn with dyslexia.  “As a dyslexic, I find that I have a firsthand understanding of both the emotional and the intellectual components of learning to read. In this way, I think my specialty is empathy.” Lydia is excited to expand Read Write's services to Montgomery starting in September 2018!


Jamila Anthony   Jamila Anthony has over 16 years teaching experience. Jamila earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Collaborative Education from Troy University and a Masters in Reading and Instructional Leadership from Auburn University Montgomery. Her extensive training includes Alabama Reading Initiative Coaching Internship, Montgomery Public Schools, Leadership Academy,  Neuhaus Education Center’s Unexpected Underachievement and Barton Reading & Spelling System Tutor Training. In addition to Read Write, Jamila currently serves as a Reading Specialist in Montgomery. Jamila is extremely excited about working Read Write: The Learning Center. Outside of work, Jamila is a member of the Junior League of Montgomery and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Jamila Anthony

Jamila Anthony has over 16 years teaching experience. Jamila earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Collaborative Education from Troy University and a Masters in Reading and Instructional Leadership from Auburn University Montgomery. Her extensive training includes Alabama Reading Initiative Coaching Internship, Montgomery Public Schools, Leadership Academy, Neuhaus Education Center’s Unexpected Underachievement and Barton Reading & Spelling System Tutor Training. In addition to Read Write, Jamila currently serves as a Reading Specialist in Montgomery. Jamila is extremely excited about working Read Write: The Learning Center. Outside of work, Jamila is a member of the Junior League of Montgomery and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Leigh Ann Shouse Blackmon   Leigh Ann graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a Masters’ Degree in Education. She has 24 years of teaching experience with the public-school system and currently teaches children with learning disabilities in a specialized school setting. She served as 504 Coordinator for several years with Montgomery Public Schools overseeing instruction for students with learning disabilities. Her training includes Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor Training and Neuhaus Education Center’s. Unexpected Underachievement. Leigh Ann is a member of First Baptist Church and volunteers as a tutor for their Community Ministries Program. She has a passion for helping students with learning disabilities achieve their academic goals and become confident learners. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, mother and children.

Leigh Ann Shouse Blackmon

Leigh Ann graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a Masters’ Degree in Education. She has 24 years of teaching experience with the public-school system and currently teaches children with learning disabilities in a specialized school setting. She served as 504 Coordinator for several years with Montgomery Public Schools overseeing instruction for students with learning disabilities. Her training includes Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor Training and Neuhaus Education Center’s. Unexpected Underachievement. Leigh Ann is a member of First Baptist Church and volunteers as a tutor for their Community Ministries Program. She has a passion for helping students with learning disabilities achieve their academic goals and become confident learners. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, mother and children.


Cheryl Carstarphen   Cheryl has been an educator for 10 years. She has taught middle and high school English and reading and currently serves as a school counselor. Cheryl graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education language arts. Cheryl has also completed a Master of Arts degree in school counseling, Education Specialist degree in school counseling, and certification in educational leadership. Her training includes Barton Reading & Spelling System Tutor Training and Neuhaus Education Center’s Reading Readiness and Unexpected Underachievement courses. Cheryl’s favorite aspect of working at Read Write is helping students turn their challenges into successes.

Cheryl Carstarphen

Cheryl has been an educator for 10 years. She has taught middle and high school English and reading and currently serves as a school counselor. Cheryl graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education language arts. Cheryl has also completed a Master of Arts degree in school counseling, Education Specialist degree in school counseling, and certification in educational leadership. Her training includes Barton Reading & Spelling System Tutor Training and Neuhaus Education Center’s Reading Readiness and Unexpected Underachievement courses. Cheryl’s favorite aspect of working at Read Write is helping students turn their challenges into successes.