Kathryn Starke is a national urban literacy coach, author, and founder of Creative Minds Publications, LLC. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Kathryn graduated from Longwood University with a BS degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in Literacy and Culture. She has taught first, second, and third grade and served as a K-5 literacy specialist for over a decade in inner city/Title I schools in Richmond, Virginia. Kathryn travels to schools and organizations throughout the nation presenting workshops for children, parents, teachers, and administrators. She has served as the urban literacy trainer for the VCU AmeriCorps program, a literacy consultant for the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, a literacy advocate/children’s author for the Washington Redskins Reading program, and an educational consultant for Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Her company, CMP ,publishes engaging and educational materials. Her first children’s book, Amy’s Travels, is used on over 20 countries on 6 continents. It is in its second edition and third printing and the selected title for musical performances in Richmond and San Francisco. Tackle Reading is a resource created for parents and teachers to promote reading at home and in school. She created Tackle Reading Across America Day with the support of over 25 NFL teams to promote a love of literacy with a passion for football. She has served on the board for Reach Out and Read Virginia, the Chris Baker 92 Foundation, and the Richmond Area Reading Council. She is a freelance educational writer for a variety of magazines including Education Digest and Huffington Post. Kathryn was named one of the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading in 2012.