Judy Center Director
Charlene is the Director of the Liberty Judy Center, which opened July 1, 2014. The former Director of Early Learning Programs, Birth through Five for Baltimore City Public Schools, Charlene brought a new standard of excellence to the early childhood area by developing curriculum with researchers at Johns Hopkins and Harvard University, training strong teachers to lead their peers in high-quality professional development, and combining general and special education early childhood programs under her, which raised the bar for children with special needs. Charlene, who has served as part-time faculty at Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame University, is a special educator, reading specialist, National Board Certified teacher, and the author of the book, Lift-Off for Early Literacy. She has been an educator for over 20 years and brings extensive experience, expertise, and passion to her work. Charlene is a trained facilitator for Circle of Security and a group leader for the Chicago Parent Program, two programs offered by the Liberty Judy Center.
As Program Lead, Sonali oversees several initiatives and wraparound services that are offered to toddlers, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students and parents. Working closely with the Director and Educational Consultant, she strives for high-quality programs that support early childhood development in the home, childcare, and at school. During her years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Sonali gained extensive experience in math tutoring for all ages and co-planned science fairs for nearby elementary school students. Following her passion for community engagement and working towards universal access to education, Sonali worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Liberty Judy Center, where she oversaw the development of the Pre-K after-school program, Cub Club, and organized a tutoring intervention program for Pre-K students. Today, she works closely with Maryland Public Television to provide additional STEM learning opportunities for toddlers and Pre-K, supervises the Baltimore Hunger Project Weekend Food Pack Program and Raising a Reader Book Exchange, and manages the Liberty Judy Center Database. She also serves as a Pre-K liaison and works closely with the Pre-K teachers to meet their needs and is also a trained group leader for Chicago Parent Program.
Family Services Coordinator
As Family Services Coordinator, Shadia conducts case management for toddler and Pre-K families by connecting families with a variety of resources, ensuring that Liberty's early learners are fully equipped to engage in learning. During her time at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Shadia was a member of the Sherman STEM Teacher Education Scholars Program and The Shriver Center for Civic Engagement. Through these programs, she worked in several Baltimore City Schools as an informal STEM and Literacy educator. As an intern for the Children's Defense Fund's Freedom Schools, Shadia worked with kindergarten and first grade students providing intensive literacy instruction in the context of community engagement. She's worked as an Informal STEM Educator at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and as a Public Programs Educator at the Maryland Science Center. In 2019, Shadia worked as a Pre-K literacy tutor with The Literacy Lab at Liberty. She managed a caseload of several students and conducted daily literacy interventions to ensure kindergarten readiness. She now works with Judy Center partners to provide health services, food assistance, educational resources, baby/toddler supplies, etc. to our families. She is also a trained group leader for Chicago Parent Program.
Anana provides educational consulting and coaching services, ongoing guidance for annual work plan development, and community outreach for the Liberty Judy Center. She created the design and implementation of the Childcare Partner Consortium to provide meaningful dialogue, technical assistance, and classroom support to neighboring feeder childcare homes and centers. As the former owner and director of KEPS Childcare (a small group preparatory center for young learners) for 24 years, she provided early education and parent support services for hundreds of families. She designed and implemented KEPS curriculum for early learners ages 2-5. This curriculum fostered academic, artistic, and social/emotional development through large and small group, structured/informal play-based activities, and experiential learning. Anana has been recognized for her leadership during her 12 year tenure as the National Director for NAACP ACT-SO, an acclaimed youth achievement program servicing 10,000 students annually nationwide. Anana was selected as one of MD’s Top 100 Women and works professionally and as a volunteer providing individuals and organizations with educational/executive coaching, organizational reframing, and strategic planning.