Literacy Advisory Board

Literacy Advisory Board

Lauren Benjamin, Literacy Consultant

image002A graduate of Columbia University Teachers’ College, Lauren’s classrooms served as a lab where teachers and administrators view elementary literacy instruction. Lauren conducts workshops for in-service teachers and parents, and has taught graduate level courses in early literacy at Pace University, New York University and Hunter College. Lauren is a respected teacher of teachers who is guiding the innovative work of Pajama Program in schools.

Marva Cappello, Ph.D Associate Professor of Teacher Education


Dr. Cappello teaches courses in literacy methods and assessment as well as qualitative research methods at the credential, masters, and doctoral levels. Ph.D. Education, University of Southern California August 2000, Language, Literacy & Learning, M.S. Education, City University of New York, Hunter College August 1992, New York, Elementary Education, Concentration in Reading.

Marsha Elliott, Support Specialist for the Office of Safety and Youth Development, NYC

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Marsha Elliott’s 23 year career as an administrator, educator and social worker has focused on helping high risk students and their families to build successful lives through the power of education, character development and a supportive community.

Amye Rosenberg, Children’s author and illustrator

ABC_02212013_153Veteran children’s illustrator, author and media content creator, emphasizing fun and learning via interactive books and applications.


Trish Rubin, MA/MGA Consulting Education and Business on the power of Communicating Brand

images-1With more than 25 years in education, Trish Rubin is at the intersection of education and business, brokering relationships that advance learning on multiple platforms, traditional and digital. Her education career features a national consultancy to the US Department of Education’s National Diffusion Network as well as serving as USA TODAY Education’s voice in teaching writing. Author, program developer, college lecturer and podium speaker on building relationships and visibility of brands, Ms. Rubin’s business consulting work sparks visibility for causes, organizations, and services throughout the country. A reading specialist and former school administrator, Ms. Rubin’s belief in educating people as communicators through building mentorships, networks, and partnerships powers her efforts with Pajama Program.

Eric Sheninger, High school principal, speaker, and author

EricDrawing on his profile as a recognized national leader in the effective use of social media in education, Eric’s designs for teen programs promote digital responsibility and citizenship while teaching powerful lessons on digital media literacy, communication, collaborative skills, and creativity. Eric is the principal of New Milford High School in Bergen County, N.J.


Suzanne C. Sousa, MPA, Director of Development & Special Projects, NYC Children’s Services

Souzanne Wright, Vice President, Program Development Strategy for Scholastic Book Clubs & Project Director, Knowledge Quest™

Souzanne A. Wright is a passionate teacher, writer, and curriculum developer dedicated to making a difference in the field of education. She recently joined the Scholastic team as Vice President of Program Development Strategy for Scholastic Book Clubs and the E-Commerce Group. For the last ten years prior Scholastic, she worked on numerous publications for students and teachers regarding language arts and curriculum development. She was asked to contribute to a significant part of the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts concerning the coherent and systematic building of knowledge within and across grade levels. Ms. Wright is a graduate of Emory University, and attended the University of Virginia, where she studied education at the Curry School, and received an MBA at the Darden School of Business.


Judith Campbell, Pajama Program Board Representative

Judy CampbellMS Counseling, former teacher and social worker; Director, Alliance Development, Pfizer Inc. (Retired). Projects included coordination of Patient education/Literacy component of disease management.