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Jessica Russell, RTL Coordinator

Jessica Russell

A member of the Vegas PBS staff for over two decades, Jessica has helped expand the station’s childhood health and education initiatives. As RTL Coordinator, she oversees and implements all Ready To Learn outreach programs and activities, including the coordination of family workshops focusing on literacy, health and mathematics in the community.

Jessica earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and two master’s degrees in Technology and Literacy Education from UNLV. Her passion for literacy has taken her to places such as Shenzhen, China, where she was one of 15 teachers selected to teach readers/writers workshops at the Rainbow Bridge English Summer Camp. She is also an active member of the Southern Nevada Writing Project (SNWP).

Contact: 702.799.1010 x5413 or via email.

Mayte Heredia, RTL Bilingual Project Facilitator

Mayte has a passion for teaching and working with families in schools and throughout the community. As RTL (Ready to Learn) Bilingual Project Facilitator, Mayte assists in developing and delivering family engagement workshops in both English and Spanish that help parents build literacy, math, technology and leadership skills with their children. In addition to training parents, she also trains teachers, project facilitators and community leaders. 

Prior to joining Vegas PBS, Mayte was a kindergarten teacher, and for more than ten years served as Title I Project Facilitator at the Title I Family Engagement Centers where she helped to connect families to educational and community resources. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from UNLV and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. In her spare time, Mayte loves to cook, volunteer in her community and spend time with her husband and their five beautiful daughters. 

Contact: 702.799.1010 x5414 or via email.

Silvia Heredia, RTL Family Outreach Specialist 

Silvia Heredia

People and stories are at the core of Silvia’s work. For over twenty years, both on the ground and behind the scenes, Silvia has helped to build bilingual outreach and advocacy programs that center patients, youth and families. Over the years, she has worked on patient rights and language access, domestic worker and immigrant rights, writing for justice with incarcerated women and girls, and organizing for comprehensive sex education and better public schools. As RTL (Ready to Learn) Family Outreach Specialist, Silvia supports all education initiatives and programs for families in schools and communities throughout Southern Nevada. 

Silvia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Literature and Anthropology from Columbia College in her native New York City, and a Master of Arts in Spanish from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She enjoys sharing good reads and foreign films, tacos and falafel, and walks with her dogs in Wetlands Park. 

Contact: 702.799.1010 x5425 or via email.

PBS KIDS Writers Contest

2021 Winners | Photos

2021 Vegas PBS KIDS Writers Contest Presented by Janice Allen