Richardson Adult Literacy Center

About us

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Our Program

With more than 19,000 adults in our community who don’t speak English well or at all, our work focuses on training volunteer ESL teachers, recruiting adult students and placing students into appropriate classroom instruction. Students attend classes taught by trained volunteer ESL teachers at various locations in the Richardson/RISD area.

About RALC

Thousands of adults in our community don't speak English well or at all. The Richardson Adult Literacy Center provides English as a Second Language instruction to help these adults improve their lives and the lives of their families.

Our history

Years of Journey

RALC was founded in 1990 through a collaboration between several community organizations. Members of these organizations saw that Richardson’s demographics were changing and that there were gaps within adult ESL services. The organization has succeeded for almost 30 years because of its dedicated volunteers and loyal community support.

team members

RALC Staff

Patricia Thomson, Ph.D. – Executive Director

Dr. Thomson serves as the Executive Director of the Richardson Adult Literacy Center. She brings 25+ years of non profit executive level leadership to the position.  Patricia is inspired by the mission of RALC and the people that are served by its empowering literacy programs.  She works closely with the Board of Directors, dedicated staff and the community at large to enhance awareness and support for RALC.  In her spare time, Patricia enjoys spending time with family, friends and her rescue pups, reading, hiking, gardening and teaching and coaching about healthy nutrition and wellness.

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Carson Childress – Program Coordinator

Carson coordinates RALC’s English as a Second Language programs, including curriculum development, teacher training, student assessment, and teacher support. Her passion is creating engaging, active learning environments where adults can learn. Carson came to RALC after many years as an English Teacher. She lives in Dallas with her beloved rescue dog, Annie.

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Andrea Hamblin – Volunteer Coordinator

Andrea Hamblin coordinates RALC’s volunteers, from recruitment to training to
placement to ongoing support. In 2017, she moved to Richardson and joined RALC as a volunteer teacher. As someone who grew up overseas and spent time learning languages, Andrea understands the struggle and is passionate about helping others overcome cultural and language hurdles. She looks forward to ensuring RALC volunteers can do the same while enjoying their work and feeling supported in their efforts. Andrea lives in Richardson with her husband and their rescue dog Flokati.

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Katelijne Lefevere - Student Success Coach

Kat is a multilingual social worker with a background in workforce placement and medical social work.  She started teaching with RALC as a volunteer in 2017 and fell in love with teaching.  Kat coordinates student outreach and registration and also facilitates RALC’s Career Bridge Program which provides students with job search training and information about career paths.  As a Peace Corps volunteer, Kat lived and worked in rural Ecuador for two years.  She understands how difficult it can be to learn a second language and navigate a new culture.  Kat is passionate about supporting students as they work to improve their language skills and find meaningful employment.  Originally born in Belgium, Kat speaks Dutch, Spanish, English and some French. Kat lives in Richardson with her husband and two sons.

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Jeanette Earles - Communications Specialist

Born and raised in Sweden, Jeanette is an advocate for immigrants and non-native English speakers. She also serves as Vice President of the Dallas chapter of the Swedish Women’s Educational Association. Prior to joining the RALC staff, Jeanette started as an office volunteer in 2020.  She now helps RALC manage their social media, communications, marketing, and PR activities with a focus on content creation and management.

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Board of Directors

  • Cheryl Ann Wong
  • Lori Smeby
  • Robert Grinsfelder
  • George Betz
  • Rane Burress – President
  • Daniel Burdette – Vice President
  • Sherry Daswani – Secretary
  • Ron Poff – Treasurer
    Jared Earles – Finance Chair
  • Bruce Henderson
  • Carolyn Potter
  • Jennifer Davidson
  • Ginger Greenberg
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