It all began on a trip to NYC when I was five. I couldn't read yet, but I wanted to understand every sign and billboard I saw. I began putting letters together and for my birthday a few months later, I was requesting the fourth book in the Harry Potter series. Reading allowed my mind to explore and create stories, and as a young child I began filling them with colorful characters and sharing them with anyone and everyone who would listen. Since then, I’ve progressed quite a bit to formulating longer and more complex stories and eventually completing my first novel, The Uncontrolled.
ZACHARY'S WORK WITH READING IS FUNDAMENTAL ("RIF")
Zachary works with Reading is Fundamental ("RIF") as one of their literacy leaders. RIF is the largest non-profit children's literacy organization in the United States. RIF provides resources such as books, STEM-themed classroom activities, professional development for educators, and parent engagement materials.
Pictured below from left to right:
Zachary with Alicia Levi, RIF's President & CEO.
Zachary at RIF's headquarters in Washington, DC spring 2020.
Zachary filming a commercial for RIF discussing the importance of reading and writing.