About Us

By empowering educators, we can give every student the opportunity to become a lifelong reader.

A Tribute to Dr. Heggerty

Dr.Heggerty

Michael Heggerty, Ed.D. served as a classroom teacher for 28 years and was the definition of a lifelong learner, earning two master’s degrees and a doctorate. As a first grade classroom teacher, Dr. Heggerty began developing his own phonemic awareness curriculum to help his students, and in 2003, he formed Literacy Resources to publish the original version of his lessons. Sadly, Dr. Heggerty passed away in 2013, but his legacy in elementary education lives on through his curriculum and we are proud to continue that work today.

Dr. Heggerty’s depth of knowledge and his commitment to helping all students learn to read are just two attributes that made him so special. Through the publication of his curricula, educators across the United States and around the world have witnessed the power of systematic phonemic awareness instruction, and its impact on teaching students to read.

Our mission is to equip teachers with effective and engaging products and professional learning opportunities that help prepare and empower all students to become lifelong readers.

We are Passionate

We care about the work that we do and the role that we play in closing the literacy gap. We are passionate about our jobs, and it shows in the products and professional development that we deliver.

We are Accessible

All of our products were created by teachers, and we work hard to ensure that our prices are accessible and our team is approachable. We’re here to do whatever we can to help teachers succeed.

We are Pioneers

Dr. Heggerty was ahead of his time, developing this curriculum before the research caught up with him. We will continue to innovate new curriculum, products, and services that support teachers and help every student in their pursuit of reading.

We are Experts

If you know better, you do better. We are committed to ensuring that our resources are aligned with effective reading instruction, sharing our own research and expertise with the world, and continuing to explore and learn every day.

We are Responsive

The job of a teacher is demanding, and we are dedicated to supporting our schools and educators in any way that we can. We’re a small, yet proactive, team of professionals who pick up the phone, reply to emails, listen to our customers, and respond to their needs.

Team

Alisa VanHekken

Alisa VanHekken

Chief Academic Officer

Hometown: Lombard, Illinois
Favorite Teacher: Dr. Michael Heggerty
Favorite Book: The Dot by Peter Reynolds

Andrew Follett

Andrew Follett

Chief Executive Officer

Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota
Favorite Teacher: Ms. Nordstrom
Favorite Book: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Angela Young

Angela Young

Customer Support Associate

Hometown: Bellwood, IL
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Marvin Wolterstorff
Favorite Book: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Deja Jones

Deja Jones

Order Fulfillment Associate

Hometown: Broadview, IL
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Daniel Zundel
Favorite Book: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Erica Suarez

Erica Suarez

Literacy Specialist

Hometown: Mount Vernon, Washington
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. VanWagoner
Favorite Book: Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Jeremiah Kaye

Jeremiah Kaye

VP of Finance & Accounting

Hometown: Oak Park, Illinois
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Steve Goldberg
Favorite Book: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein

Katherine Coyle

Katherine Coyle

Order Fulfillment Associate

Hometown: Bloomingdale, Illinois
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Debbie Schlunge
Favorite Book: The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

Kelsi Lundvall

Kelsi Lundvall

Literacy Specialist

Hometown: West Chester, PA
Favorite Teacher: Teacher Clint
Favorite Book: The Boy Who Spoke to the Earth by Chris Burkard

Kemi Adeodu

Kemi Adeodu

Learning & Engagement Specialist

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Favorite Teacher: Ms. Judith Boyle
Favorite Book: The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

Laura Castro

Laura Castro

Literacy Specialist

Hometown: Algonquin, IL
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Gullickson
Favorite Book: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Lori Jurjovec

Lori Jurjovec

Literacy Specialist

Hometown: Harmon, IL
Favorite Teacher: Ms. Lamkin
Favorite Book: Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson

Marc Lonergan

Marc Lonergan

Director of Operations

Hometown: Appleton, Wisconsin
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. McGreevey
Favorite Book: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkein

Marjorie Bottari

Marjorie Bottari

Literacy Specialist

Hometown: Elmhurst, Illinois
Favorite Teacher: Ms. Madden
Favorite Book: Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley

Mary Beiser

Mary Beiser

Customer Support Manager

Hometown: Bellevue, Kentucky
Favorite Teacher: Ms. Sally Meng
Favorite Book: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Omero Montalvo

Omero Montalvo

Order Fulfillment Manager

Hometown: Country Club Hills, Illinois
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Gary Shipe
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Pam Cameron

Pam Cameron

Order Fulfillment Manager

Hometown: Country Club Hills, Illinois
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Gary Shipe
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Pateese Terry

Pateese Terry

Customer Support Associate

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Favorite Teacher: Ms. Spooner
Favorite Book: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison 

Ryan Knott

Ryan Knott

Customer Support Associate

Hometown: Neenah, WI
Favorite Teacher: Herr Pfefferle
Favorite Book: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Sarah Albanna

Sarah Albanna

Customer Success Specialist

Hometown: Ferndale, MI
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Vinton
Favorite Book: Corduroy by Don Freeman