Anne-Evan WilliamsEducational Development and Research Advisor
Reading is in my blood. The daughter of a writer and a copy editor, I grew up with a book in my hand and a pencil tucked behind my ear. And then I had that one teacher who changes the way you look at everything. After one year in Susan Miller's classroom, and two years of serving as her teaching assistant, I knew that I belonged in the classroom too. My own educational path took me to Dickinson College, where I studied English and Education, and then on to the University of California, Berkeley, where I met Rick McCallum and earned my Master’s degree in the ARLLP program alongside Paolo Martin and Jessica McLeod. I taught as a reading specialist in public schools in California, Illinois, and Alabama but always kept in touch with Rick and my ARLLP cohort.
It was Rick who introduced me to Richard Capone and brought me into the Let's Go Learn family. While teaching, I spent my summers working for Let's Go Learn, and after two years, Richard brought me on full time as Director of Educational Development and Marketing. During that time, I focused on ensuring that our products met the highest standards for educational assessment. It was with the support of my colleagues at Let's Go Learn that I earned my doctorate from Ohio State University in Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement.
Now, through my role as Educational Development and Research Advisor, I support the efforts of Let's Go Learn to deliver to schools and parents only the most valid, reliable assessment products available, guaranteeing that teachers have the right tools to address their students' diverse learning needs.
What do you like to do on the weekends?
I am still an avid reader. I also enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending as much time as possible with my husband, Jeremiah, and my son, Franklin.
What’s on your nightstand?
A small reading lamp, my Nook, 3-4 paperbacks, and my cell phone charger.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
For a good long time, I wanted to be the first female major league umpire!
What is one surprising fact about you?
I've been to all fifty states. In fact, I did so before my 30th birthday. There were certain rules. If you were driving, you actually had to stop and do something, eating a meal at a minimum. If you were flying, a layover didn't count. You must have left the airport. We live in a pretty gorgeous country, if you get out there and look at it!