Sara Shelton has been Executive Director of WALC since 1990. She is a life-long resident of Wichita Falls and graduated from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and History and a Master’s Degree in English. She attended North Texas State University and Texas Women’s University for post-graduate ESL certification. She supervises staff, writes grants, assesses intakes, and matches tutors with students. Sara collaborates with other agencies, and serves on various local boards advocating literacy agencies. She assists with fundraisers, representing WALC as spokesperson promoting literacy throughout the community.
Sara is married to Steve and has four children and seven grandchildren. Her family also includes two cats – Butchie and Clio, and two dogs – Carmen and Polly. Her hobbies are cooking, reading, and birdwatching. She and Steve enjoy retreating to their Ruidoso mountain Tree House twice each year.
Alys Glaze has been our Program Manager since June 2015. She moved to Wichita Falls in 2010, and began volunteering with WALC as a tutor and trainer. However, she began working with adult literacy programs in 1982. She has tutored while moving among military installations with Army officer husband, John.
Alys holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature from Fayetteville (NC) State University, Diploma with Honors in German from Defense Language Institute (CA), a CELTA (Cambridge English Language Training Assessment) certificate, and a Texas Teaching Certificate in English Language Arts and Reading.
As Program Manager, Alys has two focus areas: provide more in-depth training for tutors working with our extensive English language learners; and create additional tutor training classes to accommodate our volunteers’ schedules. Shortening the in-class training time and using on-line tutorials and seminars will put tutors and students together more efficiently.
While being an avid reader is not one of the job requirements, Alys loves to read and wants to share this skill with our students. Her other hobbies are cooking, travel, choir, and cleaning up after her fur children – three Westies: Oliver, Casey, Fiona, and guinea pig, Cy.
I am the Queen of the Book Room. My husband Brad and I moved here in August of 2001. Brad retired from the Air Force and we decided to stay here. We have two grown children, Megan, in Boston, and Sean in Austin. Besides reading books, my pastime is Cub Scouts. I have been involved in Scouting for twenty years as a Cub-master, Den Leader and a trainer of new leaders.
My band of cohorts and I sort and box up books of all kinds, shapes, and sizes. We are always happy to welcome anyone interested in books to our sorting room. The only skills you need is a love of reading, a need to figure out what genre of book you are holding, and how to make a level flat – and perhaps have the strength to lift boxes.
Carla Smith is the Administrative Assistant in the WALC office. She answers the phone, schedules the tutor room times, and handles miscellaneous office tasks. She s a wonderful resource for recommending reading materials and directing clients to appropriate agencies when they need assistance. She came to us through an Experience Works placement in 2013, and when she finished training in 2016, joined our staff as a permanent member.
Carla’s background and hobbies are varied but the common denominator is BOOKS. She was an Early Childhood educator, Prevention Councilor, and bookstore manager. She is a published author of articles, short stories, and columns. While gardening, you will see an open book on the picnic table; it could be for reference or break time reading! Her other hobbies are genealogy and beading. During the annual WALC Book Fair, Carla is best known as the Book Wizard.
Carla is the mother of two sons and grandmom to Phoebe, a mouse-hunting dachshund.