OUR TEAM

Every member of the Literacy Partnership team is dedicated to helping kids become passionate readers.

  • Greg Worrell
    Greg Worrell

    President, Scholastic Education

    GREG WORRELL

    President, Scholastic Education

    Worrell joined Scholastic in 1992, and was responsible for business development and marketing of Classroom Magazines. He also served as General Manager for Quality Education Data (QED), a former division of Scholastic, after Scholastic acquired this educational research and marketing database company in 1999.

    In 2011, Greg oversaw the launch of Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE), a team dedicated to creating programs and partnerships that support literacy anywhere a child encounters a caring adult: in classrooms, at home, in early childhood, after school, during the summer and through mentoring programs. Shortly after the launch of Scholastic FACE, Greg received an Upton Sinclair Award, which recognizes educational leaders who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that children around the globe succeed in life. In 2012, he received the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America for “unselfish service to the youth of America.”


  • KAREN BAICKER

    Publisher, Literacy Initiatives and FACE

    KAREN BAICKER

    Publisher, Literacy Initiatives and FACE

    Baicker is the author of dozens of books for teachers and children. As Publisher for Scholastic Education’s FACE, Baicker develops books, products, and services that reach beyond the classroom to address the needs of students, educators, and families.


    Prior to becoming Publisher, Baicker was the Director of Community Affairs for Scholastic. In that capacity, she focused on helping communities pilot innovative solutions for improving the lives of all children. She has also served as the Editorial Director for Professional Learning for Scholastic Education.


  • DR. ERNEST FLEISHMAN

    Professional Learning Advisor

    DR. ERNEST FLEISHMAN

    Professional Learning Advisor

    Ernie Fleishman has been a longstanding leader at Scholastic and in education more broadly, having formerly served as a school superintendent. During his time at Scholastic, he oversaw strategic initiatives involving schools and districts, major educational organizations, and government and community agencies.


    He was also responsible for business and education partnerships with states, school districts, corporations, and groups such as the Council of Great City Schools and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Ernie was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers Hall of Fame in 2007 in recognition of a lifetime of commitment to education and extraordinary contributions to our industry.


  • KYLE GOOD

    Senior Vice President,
    Corporate Communications and Media Relations

    KYLE GOOD

    Senior Vice President,
    Corporate Communications and Media Relations

    Kyle Good has over 30 years of experience in journalism, children’s advocacy, communications and public relations. She oversees public relations and media strategy for every division of the company, which includes protecting and promoting the Scholastic brand, launching new products and programs, and maintaining consistent messaging across all channels,

    both internationally and domestically. In her thirteen years with Scholastic, Ms. Good has overseen the launch of the 6th and 7th books in the Harry Potter series, created the Kids & Family Reading Report™ and The Teacher/Principal School Report, and expanded the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

    Prior to joining Scholastic, Ms. Good served as Director of Communications for the Children’s Defense Fund-NY. From 1977 to 1994, she was an award-winning producer/director at NBC News and CBS News. She began her career as a 5th and 6th grade teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia.


  • Michael HaGgen

    Chief Academic Officer, Senior Vice President Professional Learning, Scholastic Education

    MICHAEL HAGGEN

    Chief Academic Officer, Senior Vice President Professional Learning, Scholastic Education

    Michael Haggen has over 20 years of academic experience, having served as a teacher, principal, Chief Academic Officer and direct report to superintendents in three school districts, where his hands-on approach led to significant change.


    As Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice President of Professional Learning for Scholastic Education, Michael oversees the creation of customized professional learning models for school leadership and contributes to the development of curriculum.


  • I. YELEE JO

    Director, Research & Validation

    I. YELEE JO

    Director, Research & Validation

    Yelee Jo has over nine years of experience in education as a researcher, curriculum designer, and technology specialist, in formal and informal settings. She also has rich international experience as a Pre-K–8 educator, administrator, and as


    director of an early childhood R&D department at an English immersion academy. Yelee received her Master of Arts in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University, where she explored the educational and motivational advantages of using digital games for learning. As Research Manager, she is responsible for coordinating and overseeing research projects, liaising with districts and other research partners, and supporting new product development through research.


  • KAREN MAPP Ed.D.

    Senior Lecturer at the Harvard
    Graduate School of Education

    KAREN MAPP Ed.D.

    Senior Lecturer at the Harvard
    Graduate School of Education

    Dr. Karen Mapp is a lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the Faculty Director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program.


    Over the past twenty years, Dr. Mapp’s research and practice focus has been on the cultivation of partnerships among families, community members, and educators that support student achievement and school improvement. She has served, alongside Professor Mark Warren, as co-coordinator of the Community Organizing and School Reform Research Project, and as a core faculty member in the Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EDLD) program at HGSE. She is a founding member of the District Leaders Network on Family and Community Engagement, a trustee of the Hyams Foundation in Boston, and serves on the board of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC.


  • ANDREA RIZZO

    Director, Research & Validation

    ANDREA RIZZO

    Director, Research & Validation

    Andrea Rizzo has over 15 years of educational research experience in settings ranging from early childhood classrooms to secondary schools. She also has rich experience in schools as a kindergarten and prekindergarten teacher, and as a provider of technical and

    professional development support to teachers. Andrea received her Ph.D. from Fordham University in Applied Development Psychology and completed her post-graduate work at Harvard Graduate School of Education. As Director of Scholastic’s Research and Validation department, Andrea oversees the research agenda for Scholastic Education, identifying opportunities for research designed to support Scholastic’s existing and upcoming products and services.