Our dream is that no one lacks literacy so everyone can access a life of safety, realized goals, and community participation.

Who We Are

Mid-State Literacy Council is a nonprofit organization created in 1971 to bring literacy in all forms to adults in Centre and Clearfield counties. From English as a Second Language students who’ve immigrated to the U.S., to those who grew up here and emerged from our region’s school systems with only rudimentary reading skills, Mid-State’s volunteer tutors have educated and empowered thousands of area adults in its nearly 50-year history.

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Amy Wilson – Executive Director

Amy’s 35-year career in the field of literacy has included 10 years with Mid-State, where she is in charge of the nonprofit’s curriculum design; developing resources and funding for its programs; volunteer recruitment and training; and strategic planning to expand literacy services that meet the evolving needs of the community.

Amy was named the 2017 Outstanding Adult Educator for Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Association of Adult and Continuing Education, and was given the 2018 Spirit Award from Soroptimists International of Centre County.

In her free time, the Bellefonte resident is learning to play the piano, while exploring music from many eras and cultures.

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Tracy Roth – ESL Program Director

As part of Mid-State’s English as a Second Language program, Tracy matches volunteers with students, and manages the delivery of instruction for adult learners whose native language is not English. In this role, she is privileged and excited to see the genuine friendships based on mutual respect and sincerity that form between volunteer tutors and their learners.

She came to Mid-State through AmeriCorps in 2016, and then became ESL Coordinator in October of 2017. When she isn’t helping others learn to read, the lover of languages can often be found buried in a book.

Watch Tracy’s video HERE.

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Jennifer Walter – ESL Coordinator

As ESL Coordinator, Jennifer is excited to work with the Mid-State team of staff members, volunteers, and students.  Her goal is for each person who contacts Mid-State to know they are valued.

Jennifer joined Mid-State in Fall 2020 because she has a passion for education and helping others connect through learning. Over the last eight years, she worked at State College Area School District in the library and special education departments. Additionally, she has volunteered with AFS as a liaison for exchange students and their host families.

Outside of work, Jennifer crafts and enjoys gathering together with her family.

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Erika Reutzel-Bechtel – ESL Specialist

As ESL Specialist, Erika orients and advises ESL students, administers language assessments, designs instructional materials, and mentors volunteer tutors.

Erika joined the Mid-State team in Fall 2019. Previously, she held curriculum-development and teaching positions in Penn State’s English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center (EPPIC) as well as the intensive English programs of Penn State, Pine Manor College, and Harvard University.

Outside of work, Erika enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, and taking walks with her black lab.

Watch Erika’s video HERE.

Mid-State Literacy Council depends on the support of our community.

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