Dr. Loretta Rudd joins our Board of Directors

Dr. Loretta Rudd, Clinical Associate Professor of Child Development at the University of Memphis, joins the Coaching for Literacy Board of Directors. Dr. Rudd brings extraordinary literacy expertise along with a compelling desire to invest in the lives of students both in Memphis and nationwide.

"I'm delighted to serve on the Coaching for Literacy board!” said Dr. Rudd. “I have spent 30+ years working with parents and educators to enhance the language and literacy skills of young children in an effort to improve their ability to become productive citizens. I look forward to working with the Coaching for Literacy team to continue this work."

“Dr. Rudd’s work and passion for literacy initiatives immediately impressed our staff and board,” said Ryan Viner, Executive Director of Coaching for Literacy. “We strive to utilize donor contributions in the most impactful manner, ensuring that every dollar given is helping a child become more literate. Dr. Rudd’s level of expertise will improve our ability to effectively impact literacy levels nationwide.”

Dr. Rudd earned her PhD in educational psychology from Baylor University and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in communication disorders/deaf education from The University of Texas at Austin. She also received a master's of education in educational administration from Tarleton State University.

Previously, Dr. Rudd was an assistant professor at the University of Utah. While she was an assistant professor at Texas Tech University, she served as the Campus Champion for the Jumpstart for Young Children-Lubbock, an early literacy program that partners college students with children from low income homes. For 12 years, she taught in public education in Texas and California. She taught preschool through high school aged profoundly hearing-impaired children, general education first grade and Pre-K.