STAIR – Start The Adventure In Reading, is a 12-year old literacy-tutoring program in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.  In May of 2017 we proudly graduated 80 students at nine sites in the city of Annapolis and greater Anne Arundel County. In the fall, we hope to tutor 100 students at ten sites with the support of over 160 volunteers.

Students, selected by their respective school’s reading teacher, in the second grade work with STAIR tutors twice a week for one hour after school at schools and community centers around the City of Annapolis, Crofton and Edgewater to improve their reading fluency and comprehension.

You can help transform a child’s life.  No experience is necessary.  We provide the curriculum and a two-hour training session held on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis at 171 Duke of Gloucester Street.

STAIR wants to make sure that each tutor has the confidence needed to effectively work with these at-risk children. That is accomplished through our focused training sessions and the inclusion of presentations by reading experts like Sarah Bell* and Dessolene Davis**, both of the Anne Arundel County Public School system. (See below for a video of Sarah Bell’s recent presentation.)

The need is great and you can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child!


For more information contact Linda Barbour at executive_director@stairannapolis.org or call (410) 279-6480.

*Sarah Bell began her career as a first grade teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools. She taught first grade for nine years and then made the switch to the Anne Arundel County Public School system and specifically, Tyler Heights Elementary School where she taught second grade for a year and a half. Sarah then became the Reading Specialist at Tyler Heights and stayed for six years.  She also worked with her mother, Coordinator Karla Goodridge, getting STAIR started at Tyler Heights. Sarah moved on to become a countywide resource teacher for two year and then as an Assistant Principal for two years at Rippling Woods Elementary School. Now she works with the Title 1 schools providing professional development for Title 1 Resource Teachers.

**Dessolene Davis is a Reading Teacher Specialist in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Elementary Education and has certification in Reading, Special Education, Early Childhood, ESOL and Education Administration. Dessolene is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Maryland State Department of Education Master Teacher and a PARCC item and test reviewer. Her main job duties include supporting reading in Anne Arundel County through professional development, curriculum writing, and school base support. Dessolene has been in education for 25 years and enjoys learning new strategies for unlocking the Common Core.

Click on the image below to access the video.


STAIR Workshop 2-8-2017 from STAIR Annapolis on Vimeo.


Start The Adventure In Reading!