DR. JOANNE ROSSI

Interim Executive Director

Dr. Rossi has a BA from State University of New York at New Paltz, a Masters in Reading from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and a Doctorate in Administration & Curriculum from George Washington University also in Washington, D.C. She has been a classroom teacher, a reading specialist, an administrator in public schools, lecturer at a number of universities, an Associate Professor of Education at the College of Notre Dame, and most recently served for nine years as Dean of the School of Education & Leadership for Notre Dame de Namur University.

Using her expertise in reading education Dr. Rossi is a consultant to schools, both public and private and school districts, speaker and consultant across the United States on educational assessment, the creator of numerous reading programs in schools and districts, and is the co-author of four books on reading and language arts assessments. For twenty-four years she owned and operated the Foster City Reading & Learning Institute that provided assessments and tutorials, study skills and reading classes, consulting services, as well as many staff development seminars for teachers in the field of education. She also served as an advocate for students who were unsuccessful in regular and special education classes. Additionally, many of the consultations were for Projects Read in the Bay Area that serve adult learners. In addition to the consultations, she did a myriad of assessments for the clients of the Projects and trainings for the tutorial volunteers who worked with the clients. During her long career, she has led a reading program for a prison as well as serving as a tutor at the site.

Dr. Rossi is also active in the community, serving on the Executive Board of the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council, the Board at Synapse School for the Gifted in Menlo Park, the Alternative Governing Board of the Belle Air Elementary School in San Bruno, and is an Associate for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, California Chapter.