I Would  Rather Be Reading is a non-profit organization providing students who
have experienced childhood trauma with appropriate academic literacy supports. I Would Rather Be Reading affiliates will serve children enrolled in the Jefferson County Public School system. Research suggests that 1:4 students have experienced childhood trauma which has been associated with negative long-term effects on cognitive outcomes (Enlow, Egeland, Blood, Wright, Wright, 2012). It has been found that students who are not proficient in reading by the end of their 3rd grade year will face discouraging hurdles to success in school and beyond (Center for Public Education, 2015). Our mission is for children who have experienced or are currently experiencing trauma to receive intense, consistent, one-on-one, reading intervention from a trained reading specialist to outweigh the negative effects caused by childhood trauma exposure.

Our Board Members & Employees

Achieving Success


Ashley Dearinger

Social Emotional Learning JCPS Resource Teacher

Ashley has over 10 years experience as a primary teacher. She previously served Jacob Elementary as their literacy specialist, working with the most at risk students in grades K-5 to increase their proficiency and confidence in reading and writing ability. In her current position she serves as a social emotional learning resource teacher to twelve elementary, middle, and high schools. 


Ally Ogle

Reading Recovery Teacher CIM Teacher Byck Elementary

Ally serves as the Reading Recovery teacher at Byck Elementary. She has extensive training in diagnosing literacy obstacles in primary students and designing intensive, differentiated instruction in order to help the most struggling students become readers and writers.


Bradley Atzinger

Attorney licensed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



Anita Overall

AP at Jacob Elementary

Anita comes from a family of educators. As a young child, she knew that she wanted to be a teacher, administrator, and an educational motivator. She received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University, her graduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and her administration certification from Western Kentucky University.

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Brittany Edelen

Senior Financial Associate

Brittany Edelen is a trusted financial advisor who has been helping the Louisville community reach financial goals through investing and fiscal planning. She has been with Foresters Financial Services for 10 years. She provides retirement planning services to the teachers of JCPS.  She is passionate about both teacher and student success.


Andrew Thuita

Owner, Lifetime Portrait Studio

AGT is a film company dedicated to the production of educational documentaries. 

Dr. Jennifer Meredith


Dr. Jennifer Meredith has an extensive background and experience in higher education combined with a doctorate in Leadership and Change Management. Since moving to Louisville in 2013, Dr. Meredith has worked for Galen College of Nursing as the Director of the Office of the Academic President.  In addition, Dr. Meredith is a member of Project Management Institute and has been a member of Phi Beta Psi since 2012.


Carl Lammers

Member at Frost Brown Todd

Carl focuses his practice in counseling employers on the plan design, implementation, administration, and compliance issues affecting all types of employee benefit plans, including defined contribution and defined benefit retirement plans, health and welfare benefit plans, ESOP's, and deferred compensation agreements.