TROY faculty member to serve as 'light' for literacy

Posted: Friday, 30 January 2009

MONTGOMERY—Troy University faculty member Jo Anne Bryant will let her light shine in 2009 by working to raise funds to support literacy education.

Bryant, a retired English professor and department chair now working part time for the Montgomery Campus, has been selected to serve as one of the International Reading Association’s “1,000 Lights of Literacy.”

Bryant is one of 1,000 individuals and groups who will work to raise $1,000 each by fall, 2009. Interest generated by the $1 million endowment will fund grants of $10,000 or more for teachers in the literacy field.

Bryant said it is an honor to have been chosen as one of 1,000 “lights” worldwide.

“Classroom teacher grants right now are going to be critically needed because dollars are tight for everyone,” Bryant said.

Bryant is a resident of Prattville. She has been involved in the International Reading Association for more than 25 years and served three elected terms as state coordinator of the Alabama Reading Association. She has also been a member and chair of several international committees and currently serves on the International Reading Association’s Exemplary Reading Program Award committee.

Bryant said she has been an advocate for reading education since college.

“I think that all of us in education are in it to make a difference,” Bryant said. “Reading is so critical for every stage of life. We need to help people become independent learners. That’s our goal.”

For more information on how to make a tax deductable contribution to “1,000 Lights of Literacy,” contact Bryant at