Teens Changing Kids’ Lives

Teens bring energy, creativity, compassion, and commitment to their work as the reading coaches of our 2nd and 3rd graders. As coaches, the teens work one-on-one with the students by:

  • Modeling great reading with read-alouds
  • Growing students’ vocabulary through work on phonics and recognizable “sight words”
  • Asking questions that encourage reading comprehension
  • Playing literacy games
  • Developing fluency through reading “just right” books
  • Building friendships that boost confidence
  • Sharing their love of reading

Former Team Read reading coach Will Hunt said it best, “Team Read is a place where teens are valued because they are teens.”

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Why You Should be a Reading Coach

Our reading coaches tell us that they gain as much from the program as their students do, including:

  • Learning how to teach young children basic reading skills
  • Building job skills, such as communication, patience, responsibility, and the ability to work with all kinds of people
  • Developing patience, self-confidence, and a sense of accomplishment
  • Building their work and college resumes
  • Being considered for promotions — each year we promote outstanding reading coaches to the role of site assistant. Site assistants help our site coordinators manage and supervise the program.
  • Receiving hourly pay (minimum wage) or saving money for college or earning service learning hours

On request, Team Read staff members provide letters of recommendation for scholarship applications, college applications, and job references.

“For 91% of coaches and site assistants, Team Read showed them how to work with different kinds of people and gave them skills they can use in other work now or in the future.”

Team Read Program Evaluation Highlights, 2013-14

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Reading Coach Qualifications

Coaches must possess the following qualifications:

  • Have a strong interest in helping a younger student become a better reader
  • Be a good role model for younger students
  • Communicate and read clearly in English
  • Speaking a language(s) in addition to English is a bonus!
  • Demonstrate a commitment to academics and the importance of reading
  • Student in 8th -12th grade
  • Good attendance record (no more than 7 unexcused absences in the previous school year)
  • Parent permission and 3 references by teachers or other school personnel
  • Commitment to the program twice a week for at least a full semester


Apply to Be a Reading Coach

We are currently accepting applications for the following positions in Seattle this summer:

  • Library Reading Coach
  • Summer Staircase Reading Coach
  • Seattle Public Schools Classroom Assistant

Apply here

Applications are due Friday, April 24.

Note: There will not be a summer program in Highline this year. 

Questions? Seattle: Contact Shaunice Wilson (after-school program) or Rose Nakano (summer program) Highline: Contact Alicia Rodriguez (year-round programming)

Reading Coach Training

All Team Read coaches are required to attend an initial onboarding training. You will be introduced to our curriculum, develop skills/tools for working with young students, and learn how to help your student become a stronger, more confident reader. Second semester training dates are:

Seattle Team Read

  • John Stanford Center: Wednesday, January 22, 5-9 pm
  • John Stanford Center: Saturday, January 25, 10 am-2 pm

Highline Team Read

  • Mount Rainier HS: Tuesday, January 28,  2:50-6:50 pm
  • Evergreen HS: Wednesday, January 29, 2:50-6:50 pm
  • Highline HS: Thursday, January 30, 2:50-6:50 pm

You must successfully complete the initial training in order to be accepted for a reading coach position with Team Read. Following training, teens will be notified via email by January 31 if they have been selected to be placed at a tutoring site.