Meet LEP Program Specialist Kelley Lach

This summer the Literate Earth Project (LEP) is thrilled to be joined by three volunteers and Program Specialists who will be supporting and observing our operations in Uganda. We’d like to take some time to introduce you to these individuals and learn about their motivations in joining LEP for the summer.


Kelley Lach graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Kelley taught in Title I elementary schools for four years in North Carolina before moving to Nashville, Tennessee to begin her masters’ degree in International Education Policy and Management at Vanderbilt University. Kelley currently works as an educational research assistant for Vanderbilt focused on first grade students throughout Metro Nashville Public Schools. For the past seven summers Kelley has also worked as a counselor, lifeguard, and director at overnight summer camps. “I love working with groups of people and children!” Kelley says,  “I enjoy being outdoors and hiking whenever I have the chance.”

Kelley learned about the Literate Earth Project after two of her professors informed her cohort about the organization and our mission. When asked about what she is looking forward to while in Uganda, Kelley responded:

“I’m looking forward to collaborating with local teachers, librarians, and administrators with incorporating books in classrooms. I hope to plan and implement effective literacy coaching while developing an awareness of local challenges that may be faced. While I will be observing and coaching teachers in Uganda, I anticipate to learn a considerable amount myself from their practices, daily instruction, and routines.”

Kelley had the following to say about her long-term goals: “After I graduate, I hope to begin a career in nonprofit or development work – or ideally a position that combines the two! I have a passion for education and community, and would love to work for an organization that connects the two.”

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