Kelly Butler is Director of Program Strategy for the Barksdale Reading Institute in Jackson (MS). The Institute's mission is to improve significantly the reading achievement of Kindergarten through third grade students in low performing public schools throughout Mississippi.
She holds a bachelors' degree in special education from the University of Alabama and a master's degree in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Following graduate school, she taught at the secondary level in the Greenwich, Conn., Public Schools and later served as special assistant to the Region IV Secretary of Health Education and Welfare in Atlanta. She has worked extensively with a variety of nonprofit organizations in social service, health care, and education in the areas of program development, support, and evaluation.
Prior to joining the Barksdale Reading Institute, she served as the national executive director of Parents for Public Schools. She lives in Jackson with her husband, Thorne.