Founder and Executive Director


Dr. Bailey earned a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Language and Literacy at the University of South Carolina in May of 2013. Tracy seeks to instill in teachers, students, and the community at large the belief that every student can learn and every learner has the responsibility to pass on new knowledge to another.

Dr. Bailey began her career in education as a high school English instructor. After realizing the impact of professional development  and community literacy on her personal and professional growth, she decided to take her work to the streets. Since then her passion for teaching and learning has taken her around the country, and she has had the opportunity to be a part of the success of hundreds of students and teachers.

Dr. Bailey earned her BA from The College of Charleston- majoring in English Education- and a Masters in Secondary Education from Coastal Carolina University. She is married to award-winning writer, Issac J. Bailey, and is the mother of two wonderful children, Kyle and Lyric.

Reach out to Tracy via email at tracy@freedomreaders.org


Board of Directors

Ginny Kintz,  Chairman (Educator)


Gloria Robinson-Cooper, Vice Chairman (Educator
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Carolyn Ellis, Past Chairman (Cliff and Carolyn Ellis Foundation)


Jon Greenlee (Senior Vice President, City Executive with Pinnacle Financial Partners )


Hala Sadek, Esq. (Attorney with Pearce Law Group)


 Dr. Jamia Richmond (Associate Professor at Coastal Carolina University, Special Education)

Vision Statement

The vision of Freedom Readers Inc. is to interrupt the cycle of poverty by providing opportunities for children to develop advanced literacy skills that will improve their academic performance and increase long-term career prospects.

Mission Statement

The mission of Freedom Readers, Inc. is to improve reading skills in low income communities by providing one-to-one literacy tutoring, free books for home libraries, and an inspiring, high-energy learning environment.

Literacy Goals for Young Scholars

Young Scholars who have been involved in our program consistently for at least one year will exhibit the following characteristics of good readers:

  • Read regularly, voluntarily and voraciously
  • Read a wide variety of material with confidence and enjoyment
  • Read for many purposes—
  • To become informed
  • To improve their lives
  • To escape to other worlds
  • To learn about themselves
  • To revel in adventure
  • To understand others who are distant in time, space and culture

Collect books, talk about books, and recommend books to their friends
Have favorite books and favorite authors
Know their tastes and preferences, but are willing to try something new
Remember what they read, reflect on the ideas and experiences they’ve gained from books, and make connections between and among books
Read actively, bringing their imaginations and past experiences to bear on their reading
Read critically, evaluating what they read for objectivity, completeness, authenticity and quality.

Freedom Readers was born of the following beliefs:

  • People and businesses are willing to support the efforts of others who are making strides toward self-improvement.
  • People who have underperformed academically in the past can reach their full potential when supported by the community.
  • By connecting people and providing resources, we can establish mutually beneficial relationships that improve society as a whole.
  • The eradication of illiteracy will alleviate a host of social ills and problems.

Freedom Readers promotes:

  • Empowerment: Freedom Readers meets individuals where they are in their development and encourages people to outgrow themselves.
  • Dignity: Freedom Readers celebrates the best in every participant.
  • Leadership: Freedom Readers develops talents, strengths, and interests for the sake of raising ethical, intelligent, and inspiring leaders who will positively impact others.

Facts and History (Updated January 2017)

Total number of books distributed in 2016: 6600 valued at $19,800.00

Total number of spaces for young scholars for spring 2017 session : 240

Total number of  tutors needed : 240

Number of weeks in spring 2017 session: 14

Number of weeks in summer session: 8

Number of active sites: 12

Age group of young scholars: kindergarten to 5th grade

Number of South Carolina counties served to date: 3

Number of tutor trainings per year: 5

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