About Us

"Literacy could be the ladder out of poverty" -Morgan Freeman

MISSION

  The Literacy Council of White County works to strengthen family literacy through educating adults and families by providing programs and the skills they need to reach their goals, both in their jobs and at home.  

HISTORY

 The Literacy Council of White County was founded in 1978, when it was staffed entirely by volunteers, and incorporated  as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in 1996. It was a small establishment, but the Adult Education Department at Foothills Vo-Tech,  seeing the value of the organization, took it in, and activity increased. When Foothills was assimilated into the Arkansas  State University system, the increased duties of the two part-time coordinators made it difficult to grow the program. LCWC  was then placed under the care of the White County Library System until 2005, when a paid director was hired and the  organization came into its own. A used bookstore was opened to help raise funds for the program and to provide the community  with the valuable resource of a second hand bookstore. 

Board of Directors

Board President: Ann Dixon

  Ann  Dixon is a graduate of Harding University and Texas Woman’s University  where she received her Master of Library Science degree. After teaching  for several years, she served as Library Director at Brackett Library,  Harding University. Since her retirement she has worked with the  Literacy Council primarily with the Imagination Library of White County  which provides free books for children from  birth to 5 years, and in the bookstore.  Believing that reading is fundamental for success, she works with the council to provide access to books for chidren and families to enjoy together.   She joined the Board of Directors in 2017.    

Vice-President: Linda Jenkins

Linda Jenkins is almost a life-long native of White County.  She attended Rosebud, Searcy, Antioch, Floyd and Beebe Public Schools and received a BSE from Arkansas State University and an MAT from Harvard University. She has been married to Thomas for more than 50 years and has two sons and four grandchildren.  After teaching junior high and high school science for 28 years, she worked at ASU Beebe for 7 years as lab coordinator for math and sciences as well as teaching as an adjunct. She serves as financial secretary and  teaches Mother's Day Out Science at First United Methodist Church in Beebe, and is active in White County Master Gardeners, Delta Kappa Gamma and White County Retired Teacher's Association. 


Treasurer: Kristi Bond

Dr.  Kristi Bond is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Harding University.   She specializes in methods of teaching foreign languages.   Dr. Bond  moved to Searcy in 2011 while completing her Ph.D. in  Linguistics at  the University of Kansas. Her passion for languages has  led her to  participate in many overseas trips with students and in  foreign  missions, as well as consulting for non-profit organizations.   She has  served on the board of the Literacy Council since 2012, a  decision that  was prompted by her desire to learn more about the needs   of Searcy  residents and contribute to the well-being of our community. 

Board Member: Misty O'Neal

 

Secretary: Alison Baird

 Alison Baird joined the Board of Directors in 2014. She holds a B.A in  Sociology, an M.Ed in Early Childhood Education, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science. Alison works to promote  literacy daily in her job as Elementary Librarian at White County Central Schools in Judsonia. She and her husband, Jim, are  active in their community, participating in the Boy Scouts   of America and their local church. Alison serves on the Literacy  Council board because she wants all parents and children in   White County to experience the bond that comes from reading together.  She believes that educating parents is vital if we are to   break the cycle of illiteracy in Arkansas.  

Board Member: Logan Russell



Staff

Executive Director: Dixie Evans

  Dixie has a true passion for literacy.  She is a Certified  Dyslexia Interventionist and advocate for children and adults with  dyslexia. She is a member of the Arkansas Dyslexia Support Group and supports many  other groups dedicated to improving literacy in Arkansas. Dixie is constantly learning about the best practices for teaching  literacy skills and supports the use of scientifically researched and  proven methods.Her goal is to give everyone the opportunity to learn to  read and achieve their goals. In her spare time, Dixie enjoys spending time with her husband, Brad, and  their daughter, Natalie. She loves the theatre and cooking. Dixie is an  active volunteer and supporter of many organizations