On February 4 our long time beloved Advisory Board member, Phyllis C. Hunter, passed away. Phyllis was a warrior for reading and she gave of her knowledge and passion to countless educators throughout the world. Phyllis always gave CORE practical advice designed to ensure that every child became a reader and that every teacher became the best teacher possible.
Phyllis C. Hunter, coined the phrase, “Reading is the new civil right!” while managing the Pre-K-12 Reading Department for Houston I.S.D. As president of Phyllis C. Hunter Consulting, she spoke internationally on the topic, “What does it take to help all kids become successful readers?” Her Scholastic book, It’s Not Complicated! What I know For Sure About Helping Our Kids of Color Become Successful Readers, and the Phyllis C. Hunter Classroom Libraries are best sellers. Phyllis Hunter served students and teachers for 40 plus years as a Reading and Literacy expert, an elementary principal, middle school assistant principal, classroom teacher, speech therapist, district administrator and consultant to President George W. Bush. Helping to close the achievement gap was Mrs. Hunter’s passion! Mrs. Hunter obtained her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and her bachelor’s from Tennessee State University.
Phyllis Hunter is survived by her son Andrew De Leon Hunter II and grandson Andrew DeLeon Hunter III of Brooklyn, NY, and was preceded in death by her late husband Andrew De Leon Hunter Sr.
She will be missed and never forgotten.