June 29, 2016

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Medina school official to lead literacy nonprofit

MEDINA — Karla Robinson, president of the Medina school board, will become executive director of Project: LEARN of Medina County, a nonprofit literacy organization.

Robinson, who will replace Linda Smalley, will take over the post Aug. 1.

“Karla has demonstrated her commitment to education and to Medina County,” said Chris Jakab, chairman of Project: LEARN’s board of directors. “We’re pleased to have someone with her educational background lead our organization and feel certain she will help us continue our important work to improve adult literacy.”

Karla Robinson

Jakab said the role of the executive director is to manage the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit, manage the curriculum, shape tutor training and promote the organization for potential donors.

Robinson said she believes strongly in Project: LEARN’s mission to improve adult literacy for Medina County residents.

“There’s nothing more important than literacy when it comes to success in life,” she said.

The position is hourly, and pays $17 an hour for 32 hours a week, Robinson said.

“I was really looking to take my career in a new direction,” Robinson said. “This opportunity is really a dream opportunity for me.”

Robinson has served as an adjunct college instructor at the University of Akron Wayne College and online for Michigan State University. The school board position is part time.

She also was an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunication and served as chairwoman of the Telecommunications Advisory Committee for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government in Lexington, Ky.

Robinson earned a bachelor of arts in communication from the Ohio State University and a master of arts and a Ph.D. in communication from Northwestern University.

Project: LEARN offers free literacy tutoring, English as a second language classes for adults, and GED preparation. It also operates used bookstores in Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.