Ellen Barth went to Stratford High School in West Houston, and now she currently attends The University of Texas in Austin. Ellen explains her relationship with literacy and learning: "It wasn't a struggle for me to learn how to read because I am super competitive. Whenever I saw other kids in my grade learning how to read, that quickly made me want to learn how to read bigger chapter books than they were reading. I also think that encouragement from siblings and family is a big part of it. I grew up with an older brother so being able to keep up with him and be on his level was something that I wanted to do. My parents were also very encouraging; we would take trips to the library as a family."
Ellen believes that part of the problem with literacy in Houston comes from where you live. "Being from Houston, I think there is a big gap between different school districts. I grew up in Spring Branch, and I believe that Spring Branch does a really great job in incorporating literacy into all grades," said Ellen. "Not all school districts are providing this though."