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Passionate About Inspiring Others

Hey!  My name is Shama Thompson and I have a passion for social change and a passion for education!

I know families and communities can develop strong readers by being empowered with resources to support and advocate for their young readers.


There are several statistics that support this theory and YES to the Book provides tools to build strong literacy habits with our youth.


  • Teach for America (TFA) Corps

    • Taught Elementary in Public and Charter schools

  • TFA's Summer Institute

  • Assistant Principal at KIPP: Truth Elementary School

    • Founding Assistant Principal

  • Assistant Professor of Practice at Relay Graduate School of Education in Dallas-Fort Worth

    • Working with Teachers in residence.  


  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    • B.S. in Elementary Education​
  • Columbia University. 
    • M.A. in Public School Building Leadership from Teachers College​

S. Thompson, Director of Education and Programming

Hey! My name is Courtney Thompson and  I have a passion for helping children reach their dreams. 


I believe our CHILDREN are our FUTURE!  It seems so cliche but it is the TRUTH!

I believe families and community members want to assist their youth when there is a need to develop literacy but struggle with the "how".


With YES, we provide the resources needed to support children build strong literacy habits and attack the literacy gap in America.


  • American Public Works Association

    • Program Manager​

  • Hitachi Consulting

    • Organizational Change Management Practitioner

  • Slalom Consulting​

    • Organizational Change Management Practitioner​

    • Project Manager



  • University of Missouri
    • B.S. in Biological Sciences
  • Webster University
    • M.B.A and M.A. in Management and Leadership
  • Project Management Institute
    • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Prosci
    • Change Management Certification​

I am also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

C. Thompson, Executive Director

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