Reading with Mrs. Richardson's mission is to ensure every child has access to literacy support regardless of social or economic status.
How It Came to Be
Meet our Founder
As a journalist, I have a passion for authentic storytelling. I attended Middle Tennessee State University where I majored in Broadcast Journalism. After college, I moved home to Memphis to begin my career but was never fully satisfied with the story pitches in my newsrooms. Positive stories that impacted my urban community were far and few and negative stories and crime became daily "breaking news" headlines. I wanted change. Unsure of how to make my dream a reality, I connected with Soledad O'Brien as a mentee to learn how to craft my art of storytelling.
One Student at a Time
Reading With Mrs. Richardson began as an after-school program at Germantown Middle. We began with a small group of 6 students that met once a week. This was an opportunity for students to gain extra support through tutoring and one-on-one rigorous practice. In 2020, our lessons moved to virtual due to the pandemic allowing us to reach more students. Eighty-seven students tuned in, and the students were fully engaged and interested!
Your Support Goes Far!
With your support, we've been able to...
Our programs have impacted more than 3,000 students across the Mid-South
Memphis Shelby County Schools S.E.E.D Office
Stuart Breakstone, Attorney
Preston Jefferson, Jr Mortician and Police Officer
Stasia Taylor, Federal Government
Cori Smith, Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry
Sharolyn Fields, Educator
Victoria Ragland, Pinnacle Bank Regional DEI Director
Sheri Catron Cooper, COSLA, Principal
Mark Neal, Assistant Superintendent,
Millington Municipal Schools
Timeko Clinton, Educator
Shelby County Schools District Advisor