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.
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.
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.
Karen Loerch – Literacy Coordinator
As the coordinator for ABE (Adult Basic Education) students, Karen is the guiding force behind her tutor and student pairs. She trains volunteer tutors; assesses incoming ABE students to establish education plans and create lessons targeted to their goals; leads intake meetings for adult students and their tutors; and assesses students’ progress.
Loerch started with Mid-State in the beginning of 2018. She also volunteers as a reading tutor for children. She has four children, two granddaughters, and a bountiful garden each summer.
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.
Mid-State Literacy Council depends on the support of our community.
Mid-State hosts a handful of special events each year that give the community a chance to celebrate literacy and support our efforts to help the adults in this area who want to realize their literacy goals.