Everyday Visionary :: Kathryn Starke – ZerModus

Everyday Visionary :: Kathryn Starke

The Collaborative No. 4

Today we are featuring Everyday Visionary Kathryn Starke, founder of Creative Minds Publications, LLC.

In the United States, over 85% of all juveniles that find themselves in the court system are functionally illiterate.  Studies show that if a child learns to read by 3rd grade, they are far more likely to stay in school. This where Kathryn steps in.

She is an urban literary specialist who collaborates with children,  parents, teachers and administrators to nurture a passion for reading. Her programs use the natural curiosity of children to develop reading skills.

As an educator and author, Kathryn focuses on celebrating diversity. Her work teaches the themes of acceptance, tolerance and global awareness. Her work invites children to connect the text while expanding their world. 

You can follow Creative Minds Publications on social media by clicking these links:

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The Questionnaire

  1. What’s your name?

Kathryn Starke

  1. Where do you currently work?

Creative Minds Publications, LLC

  1. What is your current role?

I'm a national urban literacy specialist, author, and founder of Creative Minds Publications, LLC.

  1. How would you describe to a child what you do for a living?

I write books for readers of all ages and travel to schools across the country to help students and teachers love reading and writing.

  1. What do you hope you have a reputation for as a professional?

I would love  for my professional reputation to be that I inspire teachers and children to love literacy and learning.

  1. What is an accomplishment from your career that meant the world to you?

When elementary schools I work with increase their reading rates and go from a failing to fully accredited school in one to two years, I am most proud of my work.

  1. What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve had to learn the hard way in your career?

Not everyone does what they say they will do, which unfortunately has affected my business in several instances.

  1. What are some of your go-to sources of inspiration and staying on top of emerging trends that impact your field or industry?

My biggest sources of inspiration includes students and teachers and visiting elementary schools across the country on a regular basis.

  1. What is something you need in your work environment in order to thrive in your role?

In order for me to be the most productive, I need organization of materials as well as windows, water, snacks and my planner. 

  1. What do you envision for your customers/clients/stakeholders/ patients/citizens/students, etc.?

I envision a school community that promotes a love for literacy.

  1. What is one of the biggest challenges you are facing or trying to solve right now?

My biggest challenge right now includes raising money and finding the best investor to expand our reach into Edtech, specifically in reading.

  1. What are three of your favorite books?
  • The Giving Tree
  • Jellybeans for Breakfast
  • Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid 
  1. What’s one of your favorite non-profits?

 Read to Them!

  1. If you could collaborate with any group or individual in the world, who would be your top three picks?
  • Leslie Blodgett
  • Kathy Ireland (Kathy Ireland Worldwide)
  • Save the Children leaders and board members
  1. What would you want to collaborate on with the people/groups you just mentioned?

I would love to collaborate on an event, project, or initiative to improve reading education and literacy across the United States of America.

  1. If you were invited to give a TED Talk (or have given one), what would you speak about?

I would love to speak about the importance of literacy in our country and how to inspire and motivate children, parents, teachers, educators, and community leaders to come together for the common goal to Tackle Reading across America!

  1. How do you unwind at the end of a stressful day?

I love dancing and meeting friends/family for dinners out before I lounge on my couch catching up on the shows on my DVR.

  1. What do you think your 80-year-old self would tell you right now?

To not work so much! Also, not to wait too long to make things happen to create the life you want today.

  1. What do you think your 10-year-old self would be most impressed with about your life right now?

I think she'd be impressed that I have written and published three books and focused on living out childhood dreams.

  1. When and where do you get your ideas?

My ideas usually come from filling a need or a dream I had. 

  1. Is there anything particularly compelling that you want us to know that we didn’t ask?

I am currently most excited about our national literacy educational initiative entitled Tackle Reading thanks to partnerships with NFL teams, celebrities, and fellow entrepreneurs, authors, teachers, and reading organizations.

 

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