Wilton resident, selectwoman Kim Healy appointed to Connecticut reading leadership implementation council

Wilton resident, and selectwoman Kim Healy has been appointed by Connecticut state House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora to serve on the Connecticut Reading Leadership Implementation Council.

Council members are charged with providing guidance to The Center for Literacy Research and Reading Success. The Center was established under Senate bill 1202 in June of 2021.

It also focuses on ensuring that Connecticut districts, teacher, and especially families, are equipped with structured support to help all students read on grade level by third grade.

The council is made up of 12 bipartisan members, who were previously appointed by either Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, or legislative leaders.

“Reading is one the most important tools that children must acquire at an early age to become strong and developed individuals,” Healy said after being announced as one of the council’s 12 members. “Being appointed to the Reading Leadership Implementation Council is an honor and I look forward to contributing to its work and the programs it establishes to help our children become strong readers and lifelong learners.”

She said that the council’s commitment to families and “providing resources for them” was a major draw.

“As a parent, I believe that reading is the cornerstone of an effective education for every child,” Healy said. “The creation of this Council could not have come at a more critical time. The learning loss due to the pandemic is significant here in Connecticut.”

Additionally, Healy, and her colleagues will develop a coordinated statewide reading plan for students in kindergarten through the third grade.

That plan will include strategies, publishing annual goals for the center, meeting at least once every two months, and consultation with representatives from public, private, and philanthropic organizations.

Healy and her husband are the parents of four children, all of whom previously attended Wilton Public Schools. She is a 14-year resident of Wilton, and has been a longtime community volunteer for organizations including Minks to Sinks, of which she currently co-chairs; the Wilton Library, of which she was a former treasurer, chair of the finance committee, and member of the executive committee; the Wilton Youth Council, and its current 2022 project.

In November 2021, Healy was elected to the Wilton Board of Selectmen. She previously served on the Wilton Conservation Commission.

Healy is also a volunteer tax preparer for the American Association of Retired Persons, providing necessary assistance to residents with lower incomes and senior citizens.

Professionally, Healy was previously an auditor with the audit, and assurance, consulting and tax services company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

“One of my favorite quotes is by Frederick Douglass: ‘Once you learn to read, you are forever free’,” Healy said.