Mary Howell is a curriculum coordinator at Genesee Intermediate School District. Dr. Howell teaches Reading
Recovery to veteran and new teachers and works with first grade struggling readers and writers and adolescent
struggling readers. She will also put into action Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for the county. Previously,
Mary worked with elementary and middle school students before becoming an early childhood curriculum
coordinator. She holds a doctorate in reading education from Oakland University and currently teaches parttime
at The University of Michigan-Flint.
Grace Velchansky is a consultant with the Macomb ISD in the areas of language arts, instruction, and
teacher leadership. She has taught special education and Reading Recovery. Grace served as the director of
special education, pre-school, and at-risk programs prior to working at the county level. She holds master’s
and education specialist degrees in leadership and a doctorate in K-12 Studies in Education. She is Past
President of the Michigan Reading Association.
Howell, Mary and Velchansky, Grace
"Message from the President,"
Michigan Reading Journal: Vol. 46:
1, Article 3.