Garrett to Head Adult Programs At Literacy Mid-South

By Kate Simone

Alfred Garrett has been promoted to director of adult programs at Literacy Mid-South. Previously the adult programs manager, Garrett’s new role will include establishing and maintaining program delivery policies, evaluating effectiveness and measuring outcomes for the nonprofit organization’s adult programs.


Hometown: Memphis

Education: Bachelor of Science in human development and learning, the University of Memphis

Work experience: Prior to joining Literacy Mid-South in 2011, I served as a GED instructor with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office – Juveniles in Jail Program for two years. I was an outreach educator and then a grant and contract administrator for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from 2006 to 2010.

Family: Married to Keiya Garrett

Favorite quote: “The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.”

Last book read: “It’s Your Time” by Joel Osteen

Favorite music: Neo-soul

Favorite movie: “What’s Love Got to Do With It”

Sports teams: Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Traveling

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could sing and play an instrument.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? My wife, Keiya

What attracted you to Literacy Mid-South? In all of the challenges facing individuals in the Mid-South, literacy is a big part of the solution. I want to be a part of that solution.

What are your goals as director of adult programs? To continue to change lives by helping adult students overcome illiteracy.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? All that I have been able to accomplish at Literacy Mid-South, first as adult programs manager and now as director of adult programs. I strive to create innovative programs that promote literacy and lifelong learning.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Helping others reach their full potential as parents, community members and employees. In the U.S., an estimated 30 million people older than 16 aren’t able to read better than the average elementary school child, yet the ability to read and write is the basis for all other education. … Literacy is essential if we are to eradicate poverty at home and abroad; improve infant mortality rates; address gender inequality; and create sustainable development. Without literacy skills – the ability to read, write, do math, solve problems and access/use technology – today’s adults will struggle to take part in the world around them and will fail to reach their full potential.


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