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Literacy Talks


Welcome to Literacy Talks, the new podcast series from Reading Horizons, where reading momentum begins. Each episode features our trio of literacy champions: Stacy Hurst, an assistant professor of reading at Southern Utah University and Chief Academic Officer at Reading Horizons; Donell Pons, a dyslexia specialist, educator, presenter and writer, who now works with adults who struggle with reading; Lindsay Kemeny, an innovative, dedicated second-grade teacher who is a CERI certified Structured Literacy Classroom Teacher.

Keep in touch with Stacy, Donell, and Lindsay by emailing them your questions, comments, and thoughts about episode topics at!

Literacy Talks Episodes

Literacy Talks Season 1 Episode 1
Literacy Talks Season 1 Episode 2
Literacy Talks Episode 3
Literacy Talks S1 E4
A Movement Building Momentum: Supporting Our Colleagues in the Science of Reading
Literacy Talks Season 1 Episode 6
Literacy Talks Season 1 Episode 7
Literacy Talks Season 1 Episode 9
Literacy Talks Season 1 Episode 7

Meet Your Literacy Champions

Each episode mixes just the right blend of humor, hope, and humanity. It’s a conversation among friends, always mixed with practical literacy strategies, powerful tips, and a real passion for teachers and students alike.

Listen, laugh, learn with Literacy Talks, brought to educators everywhere from Reading Horizons.

Stacy Hurst

Stacy Hurst


Stacy Hurst has degrees in Sociology and Elementary Education and reading and has Advanced Reading and ESL Endorsements. In over twenty years as an educator, she has been a first-grade teacher, ELL teacher, literacy coach, reading specialist, and now a university professor. Her extensive experience includes teaching reading, coordinating interventions for struggling readers, coaching teachers, implementing blended learning, and training thousands of teachers on effective literacy instruction. Stacy is the Chief Academic Officer at Reading Horizons, is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Southern Utah University, and is the co-author of Reading Horizons Discovery®.

Donell  Pons

Donell Pons


Donell Pons has a husband and two children with dyslexia. She is a dyslexia presenter, consultant, and reading tutor. Ms. Pons received the Teacher of Tomorrow award when she completed a dual MED and MAT in teaching and learning from Westminster College. She was a member of the task force that wrote the Utah Dyslexia Handbook. Ms. Pons also has a special education certification and has taught secondary Language Arts, and worked at a charter school focusing on supporting students on the Autism spectrum. In 2016, Ms. Pons implemented a complete literacy program at a public charter school, the American International School of Utah. Every educator and paraeducator k-5 was trained in the same Structured Literacy reading program. She has had numerous articles published in Language Magazine, The Learning Counsel, ASCD SmartBrief, and Landmark Academy Newsletter regarding blended learning, reading instruction, and appropriate accommodations. She has also produced a nationally recognized three-part webcast series for Reading Horizons on teaching reading and recognizing dyslexia. Ms. Pons is currently teaching adults in the workplace who would like to improve their reading skills.

Lindsay Kemeny

Lindsay Kemeny


Lindsay Kemeny has been teaching elementary school for 11 years and is currently teaching second grade. After her son was diagnosed with dyslexia and depression, she began her deep dive into effective literacy instruction. She is a CERI certified Structured Literacy Classroom Teacher and has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Lindsay has served as a teacher mentor, reading interventionist, and presenter. She has had articles published in The Reading League Journal and Dystinct Magazine. She lives in northern Utah with her husband and four children. You can read about her journey at

Strategies to Improve your Reading Scores in One School Year

The science of reading is a hot topic these days, and it doesn’t seem to be cooling down any time soon. But what do we really know about how it works in our classrooms? Join us as we dive into an interactive workshop that will teach you about our simple method for teaching phonics.

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