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Staff Spotlight: Abigail Shaw

Abigail Shaw

What do you do at Learning Ally?

My name is Abigail, and I’m part of the production staff (specifically literature) at LA. My job responsibilities include a mix of things: I oversee the QA process of our already existing titles--looking for ways to make the books we already have recorded even better, or if they need to be re-recorded--, interfacing with volunteers in the process of narrating and listening to literature titles, and creating conventions and processes surrounding graphic novel image descriptions for blind/visually impaired students.

How long have you worked at Learning Ally?

It's been just over three years that I’ve worked with the organization, splitting my time between production of our audiobooks, as well as coordinating our virtual mentoring program for visually impaired/blind college students in our College Success Program. Actually, if you include the fall semester I worked part-time as a mentor, October will be four years with the organization.

Why did you choose to work at Learning Ally?

Initially, I was just interested in giving back as a mentor for the College Success Program. Opportunities eventually opened up for me to coordinate the mentoring program, as well as to lend my skills with audio production. My bachelors is in music and audio recording, and because of a lot of experience with our College Success Program students, I am now pursuing my masters in social work.

What's something most people at Learning Ally don't know about you?

In March of 2012, I hiked part of the Appalachian Trail with a group of friends and my former guide dog, Alexa. If given the time and money, I would consider doing a through hike.

Any Hobbies?

In my free time, I occasionally pick out popular songs or practice classical music on my upright piano, affectionately dubbed Barb, and I’m a long-distance runner. Currently, I am training for a half marathon in September. 

What do you like most about working at Learning Ally?

Our mission, the volunteers, and my colleagues. Getting to see how all of our work impacts students is incredibly rewarding.

What is your favorite audiobook/book, if you have any?

It's always hard to pick just one! For reading, via braille or synthetic speech, “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” by Aimee Bender, “Jane Eyre,” by Charlotte Bronte, and a commercially produced audiobook I really enjoy is the “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” by Jonathan Safran Foer.

What is your favorite movie or TV series?

Gilmore Girls. The dialogue and cultural references are priceless.

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Volunteer Spotlight - Bernard Strauss TV Interview

Learning Ally volunteer Bernie Strauss appeared on NBC 5 Chicago on an interview about his experience as a volunteer with Learning Ally. It was broadcasted on June 26 and 27.

 

The segment highlights the volunteer as a retired geneticist, who narrates science textbooks for Learning Ally. Bernard has volunteered for more than 9.5 years with us and transitioned from studio to virtual.

 

The segment also mentions Daniela, an LA solution user who is a senior majoring in Microbiology who has used the books recorded by Bernard and other LA volunteers.

 

To watch Learning Ally volunteer Bernie Strauss and Daniela, turn on NBCTV5 last evening click on this link or cut and paste it into your browser

 

TV Segment & Interview - Click here

Update for this week: Our readers increased to 209,928 this week – with 46,256 at frequency.  Pages read increased by 65% over last year for school readers! 

 

I hope you enjoy the video!


Literature Books Completed in May, 2019

The Literature team completed 74 Books in May!  Thank you for the hours of narrating, listening, teamwork and talent that makes this possible!


Staff Spotlight: Kevin Ziegler

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 Introduction

My name is Kevin Ziegler. I am the Digital Audio Coordinator with Learning Ally. In other words, I’ m the “audio guy”. I am in charge of QA (Quality Control). Basically, I handle all the audio as it is completed. In other terms, I strive to clean up and enhance all the audio. Lastly, through this blog, I was hoping to let everyone into my world and explain a bit about what happens in “post.”

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What is “Post- Production”? 

My primary focus is to level all the files across the entire book- which allows them to play smoothly without noticeable volume fluctuations. I also need to remove all the extra noise that can sometimes be introduced from different recording environments. After all of that, I “EQ” each title to best enhance the audio that is there--balancing the sonic frequencies to make it sound “good” to the ear.

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What do I utilize?

I use a program called Izotope RX7, which is an industry-standard audio editing and mastering tool. This program allows me to batch process (work with many titles all at once to save time) and customizes different options for dealing with common recurring audio issues.

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Is every title treated the same way?

Easiest answer is no. Most "classic audio" titles (textbooks and vocational-type books) are handled in the same fashion. As for the Voicetext, I listen to a sample from each book when it’s completed, and make a decision then about how to treat it, pulling from my different “recipes” as needed.

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What are the most common issues we encounter?

Mouse clicks, background noise, plosives (popping sounds on certain letters, esp. P’s and B’s), sibilance (harsh S sounds), electrical noise, & poor recording environments.

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 Setting a Proper Level:

I generally recommend that the light gray area of the Easybooks window be filled up with the level being set.

 

That being said, there isn't a precise min and max level. My suggestion is to always avoid any red in the recording level. Digital audio has a tendency to distort at those high levels. The other side if a level is so low it appears as only a blip in the window, it is more than likely much too low. I sincerely hope all this information makes sense. Also, if something looks or sounds wrong to you, point it out to the project lead.

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Important takeaway: While the tools I use are indeed very powerful and beneficial, I’m sorry to say, it cannot fix everything. This is especially true when we factor in time limitations and volume of titles we produce--all with our efficient-but-small production staff. That is why it is important to have the best possible audio signal at its source. I hope these answers help deepen your understanding of our process. If you have any questions, please email me at: kziegler@learningally.org and I will get back to you. Thanks again, for all your commitment and dedication towards Learning Ally.

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Literature Books Completed in April, 2019

The Literature Community completed 56 Books in April! Thank you all for helping us record these books.


Textbooks Completed in May, 2019!

                                                                             Books Completed in May, 2019 

No: Shelf Number Title   Readers     Checkers TOC Tooler Project Guidelines
1 NB478 Trouble at Silver Pines Inn Ian Thomas Don Sheetz
2 NB587 Exceptional Learners: An Introduction to Special Education, Fourteenth Edition Adam Spohrer, Ed Beck, Jane Loose, Jane Sanford, Ken Klinkner, Mary Blackwell, MaryT Schiavone, Sheila Damens, Heidi Bindhammer Christina Jones, Cindy Strickland, Diane Nawrocki, Donna Lloyd-Jones, Dottie Liston, Juliet Jones, Leslie Gallagher, Linda Tejada, Marcia McDermott, Mary Hays, Mary Lou French, MaryT Schiavone, Michelle Buchecker, Sally Susinno
3 NB134 Cambridge Latin Course Unit 3 Cynthia Shelmerdine David Berkenbilt, Joe Clark, Stacie Court
4 NB840 En avant! Beginning French, Third Edition Mary Braunagel-Brown, Halina Bustin David Berkenbilt, Mary Braunagel-Brown, Halina Bustin, Cathy Jones
5 NA854 Digital Marketing Adam Spohrer, Ben Schmitke, Dave Bebko, David Welp, Greg Young, John Kain, Karen Schindler, Norval Galloway, Stephanie McDaniel, Teresa McPeat, Tom Hammell Barbara Kadlec, Bayard Van Hecke, Diane Nawrocki, Don Sheetz, Donna Lloyd-Jones, Dottie Liston, Harlan Hively, Jeremiah Curran, John Sandlin, Juliet Jones, Leslie Gallagher, Lorraine Laubscher, Lynn Wassenaar, Marion Hopkins, Mary Lou McGee, Michelle Buchecker, Pat Beachamp, Sandi Meier-Western, Suchetas Bokil, T.A. Niles, Vicki Davis Susan Wilson
6 NB698 Northern Lights: The Stories of Minnesota's Past, Revised Second Edition Marsha Poppie Louise Maillett Caren Snook
7 NB472 I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Ashley Amukamara Diane Nawrocki Susan Wilson
8 NB490 Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths, Third Edition Ian Thomas Don Sheetz Jaci Collins Kathy Cummings
9 NA806 Criminal Investigation, 12th Edition Cat Denison, Darrell Blandford, Don Savarese, Ian Thomas, Janet Schoor, Jim Connell, John Kain, John Sandlin, Karen Clayton, Karen Schindler, Keith Nichols, Marsha Poppie, MaryT Schiavone, Norval Galloway, Russell Oliver, Stephanie McDaniel, Thomas Scheurich, fp kouri Amelia Reid, Anna Marshall, Charlotte Gnessin, Cindy Strickland, Diane Nawrocki, Dottie Liston, George Kuhlman, Harlan Hively, Jane Seaton, John Sandlin, Kathi Jensen, Linda Tejada, Mark Wolff, Mary Straub, Michelle Buchecker, Roger Majchrzak, Shirley Nute, Vicki Davis, Yvette Pratdesaba Susan Wilson
10 NB276 NB276: Issues and Life Science, Second Edition Jeff Engel Diane Nawrocki, Nola Bragg, and Al Kendziora Susan Wilson
11 NB264 Everyday Mathematics, Student Math Journal, Vol. 2, gr. 6 Joseph Hurley, Barbara Mavro Martha Takats, Susan Kropiewnicki, Jim Myerberg, Myra Parker
12 NB839 Core Connections Integrated II Marilynn Steffen, David Welp Martha Takats, Janet Cappers, Marilynn Steffen, Valerie Pettiss, Nola Bragg
13 NB750 California National Geographic Reach Grade 1, Level B, Volume 2 Kathy Lee Shelley Cincotta Caren Snook
14 NA719 Exploring Social Psychology, 8th Edition Betty Schreiner, Bill Painter, Bonnie Patterson, Ed Beck, Liz Frechette, Marsha Poppie, Stephanie McDaniel, Susan Nilsson-Weiskott Cindy Strickland, DIane Nawrocki, Diane Nawrocki, Donna Lloyd-Jones, Dottie Liston, Jeremiah Curran, Lynn Wassenaar, Mary Lou McGee, Michelle Skowbo, Shirley Nute, T.A. Niles Susan Wilson
15 NB693 Go Math! Volume 1 Marilynn Steffen, David Welp Janet Cappers, Nola Bragg, Jim Myerberg, Susan Kropiewnicki, Martha Takats Jim Siewert
16 NA711 Interviewing: Principles and Practices, 15th Edition Ben Schmitke, Jenn Ellis, Jennifer Klein, Karen Schindler, Paul Morgan, Thomas Scheurich Cindy Strickland, Clive Morrick, Diane Nawrocki, Donna Lloyd-Jones, Dottie Liston, Earl Goetze, Harlan Hively, Kathi Jensen, Leslie Gallagher, Lorraine Laubscher, Lynn Wassenaar, Shirley Nute, Suchetas Bokil, Virgil Howarth, George Kuhlman Susan Wilson
17 NB493 World History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination Bob Smyk, Bruce Mishkin, David Frens, David McAlary, Diane Martin, Don Savarese, Jim McCullough, John Kain, Paul Morgan, Prudence Breitrose, Russ Oliver, Scott Smith, Sheila Blunt Barbara Kadlec, Christina Jones, Clive Morrick, Diane Nawrocki, Kathy Cummings, Linda Tejada, Mary Lou McGee, MaryT Schiavone, Michelle Buchecker, Michelle Skowbo, Nola Bragg, Olivia Brown, Paul Morgan, Roger Majchrzak Jaci Collins
18 NB089 NCCER Welding, Texas Student Edition, Volume 2 Bonnie Marcus, Cliff d’Autremont, Jeff Engel, Brian Hill, Christian Selden, Don Sheetz, and John Gass. Kathy Cummings, George Kuhlman, John Gass, Zihui Zhu, Bill Lindstrom, Tom Lockhart, Staff, Al Kendziora, Rick Sayers, Don Sheetz, and Brian Hill. Pat Lim
19 NB515 Be My Disciples, Grade Two, School Edition Deirdre Schiefen Sarah Brands Susan Wilson
20 NB588 Introduction to Communication Disorders: A Lifespan Evidence-Based Perspective, Sixth Edition Don Sheetz, Tom Purinton, Teddy Pavlin, David Frens, Marsha Poppie, Brian Hill, Wanda Stitt-Gohdes, and Barbara Goldman Diane Nawrocki, Brian Hill, George Kuhlman, Tisha Keagy, Anna Marshall, Staff, Bill Lindstrom, Amy Grimm, and Shirley Nute Jaci Collins
21 NB263 Everyday Mathematics: Student Math Journal Vol. 1 (gr.6) Myra Parker, Jim Meyerberg Susan Kropiewnicki, NolaBragg Jim Siewert
22 NB560 Educational Psychology, Sixth Edition Adam Spohrer, Adrean Rivers, Ally Bilbray, Betty Schreiner, Don Savarese, Ian Thomas, Jane Loose, Jennifer Canady, Norval Galloway, Prudence Breitrose, Sarah Steele, Sheila Damens, Stephanie McDaniel Charlotte Gnessin, Cindy Strickland, DIane Nawrocki, Diane Nawrocki, Dottie Liston, Jaime Hunt, Jane Sanford, Jeremiah Curran, John Gass, John Sandlin, Kathi Jensen, Lynn Wassenaar, Mark Wolff, Mary Lou McGee, Michelle Skowbo, Suzi Ataei, T.A. Niles, Thomas Scheurich Jaci Collins Susan Wilson
23 NB699 Realizing the American Dream: A Manual for Homebuyers, Fifth Edition Albert Friedman Adele Phelan, Donna Lloyd-Jones, Michelle Skowbo, Natalia Eklund, T.A. Niles Susan Wilson Susan Wilson
24 NB738 Big Ideas Math, Course 2 Jim Myerberg, Barbara Mavro Susan Kropiewnicki, Martha Takats, George Vella-Coleiro, Nola Bragg Jim Siewert
25 NB877 Financial Algebra: Advanced Algebra with Financial Applications David Welp Don Kovar, Janet Cappers, Martha Takats, Juliet Jones Jim Siewert
26 NB385 Women Across Cultures, A Global Perspective, Fourth Edition Betsy Sherer Diane Nawrocki Nova Todd Susan Wilson
27 NA787 The Man in the Iron Mask Richard McCurdy Halina Bustin
28 NB274 Issues and Physical Science, Second Edition Jeff Engel and Bill Painter Nola Bragg, Christina Jones, George Kuhlman, Al Kendziora, and Baynard Van Hecke Susan Wilson
29 NB446 One Perfect Life: The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus Kathy Lee Susan Snookal Jaqui Bradley  

Textbooks Completed in April, 2019!

Books Completed in April, 2019

No: Shelf Number Title Readers Checkers TOC Tooler Project Guidelines
1 NB749 California National Geographic Reach Grade 1, Level B, Volume 1 Maryfran Annesse Vicki Davis Jaqui Bradley
2 NB513 Be My Disciples, Grade One, School Edition Dick Piper Vicki Davis Susan Wilson
3 NB109 Essentials of Comparative Politics, Sixth Edition Betty Schreiner, Bob Ellsworth, David Schnapp, Ellen Arzt, Jane Scott, John Gass, Nila Selvaraj, Pauline Rakich, Sheila Blunt Diane Nawrocki, George Kuhlman, Harlan Hively, Jane Scott, Jeremiah Curran, John Gass, Karen Schindler, Mark Wolff, Paul Kurtz Nova Todd
4 NB594 Computer Service and Repair, Fourth Edition Dave Bebko, Don Kovar, Ev Tate, John Gass, Scott Smith, Steve Holmgren, Tom Lockhart Al Kendziora, Anna Marshall, Bayard Van Hecke, Don Kovar, Earl Goetze, Ev Tate, Joseph Smith, Richard Hunt, Rick Sayers, Susan Kropiewnicki, Paul Deleeuw Jim Siewert
5 NB357 Tourism: The Business of Hospitality and Travel, Sixth Edition Marsha Poppie, Ken Klinkner, Joseph Hurley, Cathy Kimmel, Ed Beck, Betty Schreiner, Bob Ellsworth, John Kain, and Jaime Hunt. Don Sheetz, Diane Nawrocki, Marcia McDermott, Natalia Eklund, Earl Goetz, Mary T. Schiavone, Sarah Bliesath, Staff, and Rick Sayers. Jaci Collins
6 NB011 Introductory Maternity and Pediatric Nursing, Fourth Edition Lois Hofer, Sheila Damens, Heidi Bindhammer, Gina Lento, Donna Vogel, Barbara Stoebenau, Lee Ann Remington, Bob Smyk, Joseph Nimoy, Bill Burke, Teddy Pavlin, Kevin Petty, Jane Sanford, John Gass, Stacie Court, and Marsha Poppie. Diane Nawrocki, Becky McCaskey, Linda Tejada, Mary Lou French, Nola Bragg, Mary T. Schiavone, Kathy Cummings, Barbara Stoebenau, Valerie Pettiss, George Kuhlman, Lee Ann Remington, Sue Green, Pat Beauchamp, John Gass, Earl Goetze, and Marcia McDermott. Jaqui Bradley
7 NA850 : Drugs, Society, and Criminal Justice, Fourth Edition Ashley Willard, David Kleber, David McAlary, David Schnapp, Ian Thomas, Pauline Rakich, Sheila Blunt, Stephanie McDaniel, Lisa Ferreira Amy Grimm, Anh Minh Duong, Cindy Strickland, Diane Nawrocki, Don Sheetz, Dottie Liston, Harlan Hively, Jack Jia, John Sandlin, Joyce Coleman, Leslie Gallagher, Mark Wolff, Mary Straub, Michelle Skowbo, Yvonne Murray Pat Lim Susan Wilson
8 NB125 Go! With Microsoft Office 2016, Vol. 1 Dave Bebko, Ed Beck, Pat Smith, Richard Kozelka, Sarah Klipper, Tom Hammell Al Kendziora, Barbara Kadlec, Don Sheetz, Earl Goetze, Ev Tate, George Kuhlman, Joseph Smith,Tom Hammell
9 NB748 Big Ideas Math Algebra 1 David Welp Martha Takats, Staff Jim Siewert
10 NB837 Core Connections, Integrated I, 2nd Edition David Welp Roger Majchrzak, Martha Takats, Janet Cappers, George Vella-Coleiro, Susan Kropiewnicki, Nola Bragg Jim Siewert Staff
11 NB326 American History: My World Interactive Joseph Hurley, Janet Schoor, Maryfran Annese, Marsha Poppie, Vicki Davis Kathy Cummings, Juliet Jones, Lynn Wassenaar, Michelle Skowbo, Leslie Gallagher, Vicki Davis, David Grosh, M Romma, Mara Roccaforte, Amelia Reid, Linda Tejada, Jeremiah Curran, Dottie Liston, Sarah Bliesath, Thomas Scheurich, Nidhi Mylavarapu, Susan Crawford, Joseph Hurley, Suchetas Bokil, Kevin Valliere, Lauren de Lench, Josie Moretti Pat Lim Staff
12 NB118 Introductory Biological Statistics, Third Edition Cliff d’Autremont, David Welp and Gina Lento. Diane Nawrocki, Janet Cappers, Steven Sitting, George Kuhlman, Al Kendziora, and Myra Parker.
13 NB333 Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction Jeff Engel Joe Clark Susan Wilson
14 NB110 You May Ask Yourself, Fifth Edition Patti Acurio Marcia McDermott and Diane Nawrocki Susan Wilson Susan Wilson
15 NB589 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Twelfth Edition John Hickam Kathy Foster Pat Lim
16 NB474 The Clinical Practice of Educational Therapy: Learning and Functioning with Diversity, Second Edition Ashley Willard, Betty Schreiner, Bonnie Marcus, Jane Scott, Jim McCullough, Margaret Hall, Sheila Blunt, Stephanie McDaniel Adele Phelan, Anna Marshall, Diane Nawrocki, Dottie Liston, Jane Seaton, John Gass, John Sandlin, Joy Posthauer, Kathi Jensen, Kathy Cummings, Linda Tejada, Michelle Skowbo, Nicole Misterly, Shirley Nute, Staff, Suchetas Bokil, T.A. Niles, Tisha Keagy Caren Snook Susan Wilson
17 NB029 The Boys from Little Mexico: A Season Chasing the American Dream Allan Rough Barbara Stoebenau Elizabeth DeLaney Hoffman Staff
18 NB512 Be My Disciples, Grade Six, School Edition Maryfran Annesse Don Sheetz Susan Wilson Staff
19 NB381 Math In Our World David Welp, Barbara Mavro, Jim Myerberg, Marilynn Steffen Susan Kropiewnicki, Roger Majchrzak, George Vella-Coleiro, Martha Takats, Janet Cappers, Myra Parker, Teresa McPeat Jim Siewert
20 NB008 Social Work Practice in Healthcare: Advanced Approaches and Emerging Trends Betty Schreiner, Bill Reda, Bonnie Patterson, Ian Thomas, Jenn Ellis, Liz Frechette, Margaret Hall, Sheila Blunt, Heidi Bindhammer Adele Phelan, Al Kendziora, DIane Nawrocki, Diane Nawrocki, Dottie Liston, Jo-Ann Driscoll, Joe Clark, John Gass, John Sandlin, Kathi Jensen, Kathy Cummings, Mark Wolff, Mary Lou McGee, Mary Straub, Pat Beauchamp, Sally Susinno, Sarah Steele, Susan Lit, Tisha Keagy, Vicki Davis Nova Todd Susan Wilson
21 NA856 Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, 12th Edition Bonnie Marcus, Jeff Engel, Steven Sittig, John Kain, Heidi Bindhammer, Bill Painter, Nikki DiGanci, Steven Holmgren, Paul Morgan, and Adam Spohrer Tom Lockhart, Susan Crawford, Becky McCaskey, Al Kendziora, Tom Hammell, Jim White, Steven Sittig, George Kuhlman, Steven Holmgren, Nola Bragg, Sarah Bliesath, Paul Morgan, John Kain, Tom Lockhart, Diane Nawrocki, Bill Lindstrom, and Brian Hill  

"Log Hours" update! - New volunteer assignment choices

There have been some new updates to the Volunteer Portal. From this week onwards, when you visit the Log Hours page and log on to add your volunteer hours, there will some changes to the list of volunteer assignments. So when you click on [Post your hours] or go to the Time Sheet tab, the drop-down menu that gives options to the question “Which assignment did you serve in?”, will have slightly different assignment names. Please check out these changes below:

 

  1. Listener is now Literature Listener.
  2. Narrator is now Literature Narrator.
  3. QA/Catalog Review is now Literature QA/ Catalog Review.
  4. Checker is now Textbook Checker.
  5. Checker in the VHOC is now Textbook VHOC Checker.
  6. Project Guidelines is now Textbook Pre- Production.
  7. Reader is now Textbook Reader.
  8. TOCTool is now Textbook Pre- Production.
  9. Training Support is now Textbook Training Support.
 

These changes should make it easier to select the correct community and assignment, and we hope this will (in a small way) improve your experience at Learning Ally. If there are any questions or concerns with these changes, please contact Volunteer@LearningAlly.org. As always, we appreciate all the effort that you put into creating Learning Ally audiobooks!
 


Volunteer Spotlight: J.B. Kump Loves Travel!

 

The Kump family travels in childhood were limited to infrequent summer vacations from Missouri to Colorado and weekend trips to his grandparents farm in rural Missouri. It wasn’t until Kump joined the U.S. Air Force in 1968 as a recently married college graduate that the travels really began. Included in the couples travels are multiple islands in the Philippines, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Yugoslavia, The Czech Republic, Hawaii, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Honduras and all but about 6 States in the United States.

 

“As much as I enjoy travel; on planes, autos, RVs, boats, or horseback,” says Kump, “what I really love doing is reading to others. Learning Ally has given me a wonderful outlet for that gift and it has allowed me to help others learn in the process - what could be better than that?!”

 

Kump has used his reading and speaking interest in a variety of other ways over the years. He was an official spokesman for the U.S. Government in a series of overseas postings, during such international events as President Reagan’s visit to Berlin, Germany (see the side-by-side photos of Kump and his wife, Shirley taken at the same spot in Berlin 20 years apart; the first in 1985, in uniform as an Air Force Lt. Col. and the second as a tourist in 2006). Later, Kump served as a news media liaison for two major aerospace corporations during the Space Shuttle program at Kennedy Space Center. He has also served as an emcee for a number of non-profit fund raising gala’s and community events as Chairman of the local Chamber of Commerce. 


That speaking continues to come in handy in his role as Pastor in a local, non-denominational church near the couples home on the Space Coast of Florida.

 

“I can remember during reading time in grade school raising my hand hoping to be called on to read aloud,” said Kump. “It was the first thing I can remember being able to do with any success.” His reading ability caused him to be recruited for the debate team in high school and in competitive speech contests, helping him earn a scholarship to a college.  Later, Kump would use his reading abilities on stage in Summer stock and in college theater productions. 

 

“Reading allows you to travel anywhere in your mind,” says Kump, “And I love being able to take people to far places when I read to them.” When he earned a Masters degree in Education, Kump recognized that in most systems, learning takes place by reading. But not everyone has the same ability or interest in reading. “That’s why Learning Ally is so important,” believes Kump.  “Anyone can play a role in that process too. As much as anything, donors are needed to keep the service operating. Reading the comments from students who have been helped by Learning Ally makes it so rewarding.”