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Manatee Literacy Council welcomes a new Board Member

The Manatee Literacy Council is thrilled to announce the newest addition to its esteemed Board of Directors, Dr. Christine Joseph Picot. With a distinguished background in education, Dr. Picot brings a wealth of expertise that will significantly contribute to the Council’s mission of empowering adult residents of Manatee County through literacy.

Dr. Christine Joseph Picot is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the College of Education at the University of South Florida, Sarasota.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Childhood Education Literacy Studies and a cognate in Elementary Mathematics Education. Her research interests include disciplinary literacy with a focus on academic vocabulary and mathematics instruction. This disciplinary literacy focus has led to the development of numerous publications, conference presentations, global work, and professional development. Her work with pre-service and in-service teachers includes coaching and mentoring in cross-curricular connections for teaching and learning. 

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Christine Picot to our Board of Directors. Her expertise in literacy education, combined with a passion for community empowerment, will undoubtedly strengthen our efforts to promote literacy in Manatee County,” said Michelle Desveaux McLean, Executive Director of the Manatee Literacy Council.

The Manatee Literacy Council looks forward to leveraging Dr. Picot’s insights and contributions as they continue their mission to foster independence through literacy in Manatee County.