STAIR – Start The Adventure In Reading, is a 11-year old literacy tutoring program in Annapolis.  In May of 2016 we proudly graduated 64 students at eight sites in the city of Annapolis and Crofton. In the Fall of 2016 STAIR plans to tutor 80 students at nine sites with the support of 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 and Crofton 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 Dessolene Davis* of the Anne Arundel Public Schools. Her recent presentation was extremely well received and gave each tutor much-needed tools.

Click here for a PDF of her presentation

Dessolene Davis

Next training dates:

Keep an eye on our web site for the 2016-2017 training sessions starting in the Fall of 2016.

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

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


* 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.

Start The Adventure In Reading!