Dr. Elly Zimmer is the Associate Director of Foundational Literacy for Reading Reimagined. Prior to joining Reading Reimagined, she was the Director of Curriculum Research and Development for a national network of over 30 charter schools. She has led teams in the development and assessment of new curriculum for grades K-12. Before that, she taught 3rd-grade reading, writing, and social studies. She received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Arizona where she studied child language and reading development. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her family.