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, IL
Favorite Teacher: Dr. Michael Heggerty
Favorite Book: The Dot by Peter Reynolds

 

 

Alper Tuken

Alper Tuken

Chief Financial Officer

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Rayburn
Favorite Book: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

 

 

Andrew Follett

Andrew Follett

Chief Executive Officer

Hometown: Woodbury, MN
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, WA
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. VanWagoner
Favorite Book: Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

 

 

Genesis Tarver

Genesis Tarver

Order Fulfillment Associate

Hometown: Hammond, IN
Favorite Teacher: Ms. Hardy
Favorite Book: Sacred Woman by Queen Afua

 

 

Jonathan Rosa

Jonathan Rosa

Operations Coordinator

Hometown: Elgin, IL
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Struck
Favorite Book: The Outsiders by S.E Hinton

 

 

Girl Reading

Jordan Thornton

Director of People & Culture

Hometown: Coming Soon
Favorite Teacher: Coming Soon
Favorite Book: Coming Soon

 

 

Girl Reading

Kelsey Robinette

Senior Accountant

Hometown: Algonquin, IL
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Scharlau
Favorite Book: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

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

Laura Castro

Laura Castro

Literacy Specialist

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

Lauren Walsh

Lauren Walsh

Literacy Specialist

Hometown: Agoura Hills, CA
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Berke
Favorite Book: Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

 

 

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

 

 

Marjorie Bottari

Marjorie Bottari

Literacy Specialist

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

Mark Shirley

Mark Shirley

Financial Controller

Hometown: Missoula, MT
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Rickman
Favorite Book: Last of the Breed by Louis L'Amour

Mary Beiser

Mary Beiser

Customer Support Manager

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

 

 

Megan Colburn

Megan Colburn

Director of Marketing

Hometown: Churchville, PA
Favorite Teacher: Dr. Ted Connor
Favorite Book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

 

 

Mike Longpre

Mike Longpre

Vice President of Sales

Hometown: Mt. Prospect, IL
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Adams
Favorite Book: The Magus by John Fowles

 

 

Omero Montalvo

Omero Montalvo

Order Fulfillment Associate

Hometown: Maywood, IL
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Robert Moir
Favorite Book: Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

 

 

Pam Cameron

Pam Cameron

Order Fulfillment Manager

Hometown: Country Club Hills, IL
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

Shelly Jamison

Sarah Albanna

Customer Success Specialist

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

Shelly Jamison

Shelly Jamison

Accountant

Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Tuma
Favorite Book: Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl