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The ITA Foundation Board

Peggy Westlund, M.A.

ITA Foundation President

Peggy Westlund earned her undergraduate degree in communications/Public Relations. After years in business, she completed a master’s degree in instruction to earn an elementary teacher’s license and a second master’s degree in Literacy Education. As a K-12 Reading Teacher, her professional teaching career has focused on helping struggling readers attain proficiency in reading and writing.


Peggy has also been an adjunct Assistant Professor in Saint Mary’s University Master of Arts in Literacy Education, passing onto others her passion for improving the literacy outcomes of struggling readers.

Her research includes follow-up studies of at-risk kindergarten children at high school graduation, and the use of a phonemic alphabet (ITA) to improve phonological awareness, spelling and vocabulary in middle school students.

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