Judy Rye

Director of Adult Education, Martha O’Bryan Center

Martha O’Bryan, 98 percent of the people we serve are living in poverty. The professional development services offered by NPL’s Adult Literacy program are invaluable and have helped me make more informed decisions about what is best for our community of adult learners.

I’m excited to be part of a movement and force that will not only determine what Nashville needs, but will assist the 65,000 adults in Nashville who cannot read or do not have a high school diploma.

I’m so thankful this program came about. It’s so needed. In the past, other educators or organizations would try to coordinate the adult education community and there was simply no traction. Nashville Public Library is a trusted institution that sees education from all angles. It appeals to educators working in churches, for the government – it appeals to everyone no matter their context for teaching. It was so important to have an institution like the library connect and unify Nashville educators to make a difference. Thanks to Megan Godbey and the team at NPL, there is a definite, robust conversation happening among educators that’s helping to focus our efforts and better serve adults in the community. I’m excited to be part of a movement and force that will not only determine what Nashville needs, but will assist the 65,000 adults in Nashville who cannot read or do not have a high school diploma.