Reading ASSIST Welcomes Freer


Reading ASSIST® Institute’s (RAI) Executive Director Marilyn Monahan has announced the addition of Katie Freer as the organization’s new Kent and Sussex County Coordinator. Freer began June 1 in her new role developing relationships with public, government and private entities, recruiting and supporting volunteer teams, and identifying and fostering funding sources.

Katie hopes to be a fresh face for southern Delaware. “I want to help create and support new volunteer teams and support expansion into more southern Delaware school districts as well as overall RAI awareness downstate through community events and social gatherings,” she says.

Originally from Voorhees, New Jersey, Katie has a master’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. She has lived in Lewes, Delaware for six years, teaching preschool and starting her business, “Sprouting Chefs”, which joins her passions for food and teaching in a program to educate children about fresh local fruits and vegetables through cooking classes, summer camps and parties.

Currently, RAI is involved with two schools in the Milford School District, Lulu Ross Elementary and Mispillion Elementary, and looks to continue expanding their services to additional schools in the near future. The Reading ASSIST® Institute is dedicated to improving the literacy skills of children at risk for reading failure. RAI trains volunteer tutors to work with struggling readers in Grades K-3 in schools statewide. RAI also trains area teachers in research-based reading instruction methodologies for individual intervention and whole classroom application.

“The Reading ASSIST program is setting up children for success,” stated Ms. Freer. “The focus on individual and small group instruction instills confidence in the children. They give these children all the resources they need to improve, they will succeed with this program.”

Using the latest research in multi-sensory learning and brain functionality, RAI begins instruction by exploring the speech sound system of our language during which children are led to discover the features of individual speech sounds.  Sessions then proceed with direct, explicit instruction in matching those speech sounds to the letters and letter patterns used to spell them.  Repetition and practice within the framework of the structured lesson plan help these skills reach a level of automaticity needed for fluent reading.

The local Milford branch of the Reading ASSIST Institute is located at 1002 Mattlind Way and can be reached at 302-422-2299 or To find out more about RAI and its Summer “Train With The Experts” speaker series visit

“We will be making our presence stronger and increasing our support system in Southern Delaware,” stated Ms. Freer. “We will be looking to hold more community events and overall, make our office more accessible.”