Meet ESLC's New Staff Members

Ellen Bergstrom, Operations Manager

Ellen joins ESLC with experience leading the AmeriCorps VISTA program at the Minnesota Literacy Council. She has a bachelors in elementary education and Spanish.

Contributions:support, teamwork and positive attitude

Super Power:creative problem solving

Why work at ESLC?“Helping young children build their reading skills can make a huge positive impact on the rest of their lives. It really is a foundational skill that opens many doors. The children we serve have great potential, and it’s an incredible opportunity to help them.”

Kathy Cosmano, Site Assistant, St. Paul Music Academy

Kathy previously worked as a preschool literacy teacher at St. Catherine’s Early Childhood Center. She received a bachelors in elementary education.

Contributions: knowledge, best practices & effective instruction

Super Power: learning new things

Why work at ESLC? “Early literacy has always been my passion. Literacy skills impact a child’s ability to grow in all academic domains. Serving children helps them succeed in reading, of course, but also math, science, music— anything they want to pursue!”

Kymberly Miller, Site Coordinator, Bruce F. Vento Elementary

Kymberly has a history of teaching junior high students in special education and language arts. Her bachelor’s degree is in Secondary Education with English Language Arts and Reading endorsements.

Contributions: motivation, positivity, and fresh outlook

Super Power: compassion

Why work at ESLC? “Teaching someone how to read is the greatest gift you can give. Teaching a child to read opens a door for children that leads anywhere in life— to achieve their dreams, conquer their fears, and become whoever they want to be. It excites me to know that I have the ability to help a child meet their full potential.”

Shoua Khang, Site Assistant, John A. Johnson Elementary

Shoua has worked for many years with Hmong children on the East Side and joins us from the YMCA. She earned a B.A. from American Inter-Continental University, Atlanta, GA.

Contributions: confidence, cultural sensitivity and encouragement

Super Power: patience

Why work at ESLC? “I see success stories developing every day at ESLC. Previous staff have told me about alum that have gone on to college and beyond. I want to help our children grow up to be leaders in our community.”