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About our Program:

A Time 2 Read, using the Arise2Read program, is a partnership of evangelical churches, businesses, and civic clubs with local school districts to strengthen 2nd-grade students and enable them to enter third-grade reading on grade level.

A Time 2 Read takes an active role in the development of children in our public schools through the presence of volunteers focused on literacy. Our volunteers serve for 1 hour a week during the school day supporting two 2nd-grade students, one each for 30 minutes using a simple sight word approach. We also provide books for the students to enhance literacy.

We tutor 2nd-grade students, not just to invest in their reading skills but to impact them for life. These consistent weekly sessions with the same adult provides them with encouragement and support that makes them feel valued and empowered. You can make a lifetime of difference for a child by spending just one hour per week.

Schools we are currently serving:

Meet the Leadership:

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Executive Director Holly McMichael

I was born and raised in Huntsville, graduated from Huntsville High School, and moved to Waco to pursue a degree in Secondary Education with a specialty in English from Baylor University. From there, I accepted a position as a high school English teacher at Mesquite High School in the Dallas area. I have taught high school, junior high, and most recently, before becoming Executive Director of A Time 2 Read, elementary school. 

My husband BJ and I grew up together in our church youth group at University Heights Baptist Church, remained good friends through college, and fell in love when he became one of the student ministers at the church where I was serving in Mesquite. We have been married since 2001, love serving alongside each other in ministry, and have two amazing children, Elijah and Trinity. 

In May 2017, we heard about Arise2Read at a conference in Dallas and were moved to bring the program to Huntsville. I call it my “for such a time as this” moment, (Esther 4:14, NIV), which is why we choose the name A Time 2 Read when we sought out our own 501c3.  I am so incredibly passionate about this ministry that serves students and their families, teachers--my personal heroes, and our community that I decided to leave the classroom to oversee it. God continues to bless this ministry and the hearts and lives of those who serve in it. My whole family is grateful to be part of the mission:

Save a Child. Save a Family. Save a City. 

Meet the Board:

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BJ McMichael


I am honored to serve as our A Time 2 Read board president, as this dream has been one my wife and I have shared since the beginning. I am also on staff at University Heights Baptist Church, where I serve as Minister of Students and Outreach.


I am married to Holly McMichael, our A Time 2 Read Executive Director, and we have two amazing children. I am an avid sports fan (Astros, Cowboys, Rockets/Mavericks, and ALL THINGS Sam Houston State University). However, watching my children's sports teams play is my absolute favorite. I consider it a privilege to be an advocate for children at every age and stage. 

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Karen Owens

Vice President

My name is Karen Owens, and I am a retired Parole Officer. I have lived in Huntsville since 1998 and graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Being a part of A Time 2 Read has been and is one of the greatest accomplishments in my life.


I wholeheartedly believe in the program and see the difference it is making in Huntsville Independent School District.

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Kelsey Townsell


I have served with A Time 2 Read since we first launched the pilot program. I am currently serving as the A2R Secretary and a reading coach at Scott Johnson Elementary. Before moving back to Huntsville in 2016, I founded Blueline After School, a nonprofit organization and program serving students in inner city Chicago.


I have recently joined the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee with the Texas Foster Care Association, as well as the Walker County Child Welfare Collaborative, Currently, I am the Area Director for Conroe and Huntsville at Grace Manor, a foster and adoptive agency. I am passionate about foster care, children's ministry, art, and cooking.

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Lindsey Mudge


Originally from College Station, I obtained my Accounting and Finance degrees from Texas A&M University before earning my Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and working as an audit associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. When my husband Chris joined the basketball program at Sam Houston State University, I began working for Anadarko Petroleum in the Woodlands, serving in both Accounting and Marketing roles. After our third child was born, I accepted a position as an Accounting Lecturer at SHSU.


My family and I love being in Huntsville and continue to look for ways to give back to the community. A Time 2 Read is the perfect organization for us to do our part in supporting the children and schools of the community. 


Jerry Phillips

I am a proud Bearkat. I met my wife Judy while attending Sam Houston State University, and we have been married for forty years.  We have been blessed with two daughters, their husbands, and six wonderful grandkids.  In 2003, I retired after a career in law enforcement when I surrendered to the ministry. 


Until recently, I served on the staff of Covenant Fellowship as an Associated Pastor.  I am honored to be a part of A Time 2 Read.  I truly believe that A Time 2 Read is making a difference in the lives of students and our community.


Karen Hewitt

I was born and raised in Huntsville, attended HISD, and received my Bachelor’s of Science from the University of North Texas.  I am a licensed Private Investigator and have owned and operated Hewitt & Cowden Investigations since 1992 in DFW.  I have been President of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators twice and Chairman of the Board three times.   My husband is a retired attorney, and between us, we have two daughters and two sons.  We moved to Huntsville in 2013 when he retired.  I am a member of First United Methodist Church and have been a Rotarian since 2003, where I serve as Vice President and chairman of the fundraising committee. I am an A Time 2 Read coach and Site Coordinator.

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LaDondra Adams

I moved to Huntsville, Texas over 32 years ago, after marrying my high school sweetheart Reginald. I am currently a retiree from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. I have always had a love for seeing children succeed.


I have been involved with the A Time 2 Read program from the beginning stages, and I have seen the amazing results and blessing this program has been to Huntsville and me. To see a child excited about learning is indescribable.

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Jessica McDonald

I have been married to my husband Nelson for 28 years. We have a daughter and son-in-love Ashton and Aaron and a son Taylor.  We are members at University Heights Baptist Church and serve together in the College Ministry. I have always loved working with children and served as the Children’s Minister at First Baptist Church Center, TX before becoming an educator. I taught for several years at a private school in Nacogdoches, TX before coming to Huntsville ISD.


For 18 years now, I have been at Scott Johnson Elementary as an academic coach, 2nd grade teacher, and now, a 3rd grade math and science teacher. I have been honored to be part of the initial vision and planning team for A Time 2 Read in Huntsville, but I have also experienced the blessings as a 2nd grade teacher who has had students in this program. 


Scottie Ward

Bio coming soon.

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