ABOUT ME

Liza Raino-Ogden

Reader-in-Chief

I grew up in Lincoln Park in Chicago, and though I've lived in two other states and two other countries, Chicago is home.  I'm very proud of my city. I went to Ohio for college where I majored in Creative Writing and minored in Art at Denison University.  While there, I co-founded and captained the Denison Quidditch League--one of my proudest accomplishments to date. 

 

I spent the spring of my junior year in Bath, England, where I studied Jane Austen, Phillip Pullman, J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, and children's literature.  I fell in love with the British countryside, and found a home amongst all the literary history. 

 

After my graduation from Denison, I spent six months in MaeMoh, Thailand, a tiny town about an hour outside of Chiang Mai, close to Lampang.  I taught 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th grade English to more students than I could count.  I have never felt so welcome and loved, especially when I was "Miss MaeMoh" in the Loy Kratong parade.  I found a home surrounded by the rolling camel hills, surrounded by the nicest people I've ever met, all while eating the most delicious food on the planet. 

Once I returned, I began working at a company where I taught reading and comprehension, where I found happiness for three years.  I spent time as a tutor, as an Office Manager, and as a Consultant.  I learned more in those three years than I ever could have imagined.  It was those three years that pushed me to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where I learned all I could about dyslexia, comprehension, and reading development, so that I could open up The ReadEasy someday soon. 

I have now been back in the Chicagoland area for five years, for the majority of them working with families who have not found success within the school system.  I have students all over the city, and I love watching them grow.  I am not currently accepting new students however, so I'm missing those connections as I'm working towards my dual teaching licensure in elementary and special education. 

In those five years, I have also started running The ReadEasy out of Harmony Community Church, helping the community of North Lawndale.  I have learned so much more about the importance of quality instruction as well as the obstacles facing those children who often need it most.  I have spent countless hours worrying over finding transportation for far away students, ensuring that everyone had a full stomach, and creating a fun and safe environment to help foster relationships with students who may not always be apt to trust.  Even with all these considerations, I have never loved anything more than watching all my students laugh with their favorite tutor and look forward to many more summers of reading.

Fun facts about me:

- An elephant once picked me up with its trunk and lifted me into the air. 

- I have eaten a cricket and a cicada.

- I do not like foam. 

- I love to read.

Feel free to contact me with questions!