Literacy Mid-South's Dean Appointed to State Literacy Coalition

Thursday, Jul 05, 2012

Literacy Mid-South's Dean Appointed to State Literacy Coalition

Literacy Mid-South’s Dean Appointed to State Coalition 
Reprinted with permission from the Memphis Daily News
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
By Kate Simone

Kevin Dean, executive director of Literacy Mid-South, has been appointed to the Tennessee Literacy Coalition’s board of directors. The board unanimously approved Dean’s nomination, and he will serve as a representative from West Tennessee for three years.


Hometown: Memphis

Work Experience: Hope House, director of development, 2008-2011; Volunteer Memphis, director of community services, 2005-2008

Family: Terri and Bill Dean (mom and dad), brother Patrick Dean, nephew Gabe Dean and grandmother Elsie Bloodworth

Favorite quote: “Lead me, follow me or get out of my way.” – Gen. George S. Patton

Favorite movies: “I Heart Huckabees” and “Being John Malkovich”

The sports team(s) you root for: The Memphis Grizzlies, of course!

What’s playing on your stereo right now? I just discovered Songza for my iPhone, so I play it in my car on Bluetooth all the time now.

Activities you enjoy outside of work: I’m a big movie and Playhouse on the Square fan.

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could carry a tune.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? My father taught me to work hard and treat people well. My mother taught me never to give up.

How did you become involved with Literacy Mid-South? Literacy Mid-South has always been dear to my heart. I believe so passionately in the mission of the organization, and I realize how Memphis could more fully succeed if we could create a city actively engaged in continuous learning. I had worked with Literacy Mid-South during my tenure at both Volunteer Memphis and Hope House, and I knew the potential the organization had to change this city.

What are your goals for the Literacy Coalition during your tenure on the board? Literacy isn’t just important in Memphis; it’s critical statewide. By creating partnerships throughout Tennessee, we can create a more cohesive network of literacy organizations that can help one another and serve more people better.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? I really believe my greatest accomplishment has yet to happen. I tell myself that every day so I’ll strive harder and never get complacent.

What do you most enjoy about your work? My work is bigger than me. I have a challenge every day, yet I know the staff and volunteers are changing lives. You can’t give people a bigger gift than teaching them to read.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Choose your mentors well. Don’t expect to get what you don’t work hard to earn. You are as good as anyone else but never better. Give more than you receive.