April 19, 2014

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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.

  • Buffalo

    So, let me get this straight: Ms. Robinson, president of the Medina school board, is going to be the executive director of a nonprofit literacy organization. Isn’t this one of the very same board members who couldn’t even READ Randy Stepp’s contract? Wow, that’s funny!

  • Medina retiree

    BA in Communications from a wild-party school and PhD in the same from an “another” Chicago University proves again, that she is good-for-nothing waste of oxygen. And now she will be paid some more for running “GED preparation” non-profit. Residents of Medina should rejoice: more illiterate residents learning for GED instead of AP and Honors classes in high-schools. “Race-to-the-bottom” in its finest.

  • What lurks behind the facade

    ye-ha…make em squeal like a pig Medina Retiree…..and I got learned myself without all them fancy AP classes and party time schools that make you have a 3.8 gpa and 30 A.C.T. to get in. They may have that fancy square here now but we were here first. If my life ain’t good ain’t no one elses life going to be good if I can help it..

  • Beeliever

    She needed to find a new job quickly because there is no way that she’ll be re-elected when her school board term is up. Always looking out for nu00famero uno, not the children of Medina City Schools.