Deploying just a dash of literary license, Coronado resident Betty Mohlenbrock could be considered to be the Marie Curie of reading and literacy programs. Mohlenbrock is the founder of both United Through Reading, which helps military parents and their children stay connected via a reading program while the parents are deployed. And most recently, she has been leading Reading Legacies, an organization which fosters supportive relationships for at-risk teens and children who have incarcerated siblings or parents.

Nicole Vargas

My name is Nicole Vargas. I joined the Reading Legacies team in January 2023. I have a BA in Child Development from Point Loma Nazarene University and 6 years’ experience working with children from ages infancy to adolescence. My role as the Storybook Readers Program Manager is to oversee the programing and implementation of our Youth Readers and Storybook Inspirations programs. As a child development professional, I have firsthand experience seeing the immense impact that reading aloud to children has on their early literacy skills and relationship building within the family and community. One of my favorite children’s books is If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff.