is a dedicated socialpeneur leader with over 30 years of experience in education advocacy. She is the Founder /CEO of the Peaches and Sourcream Children’s Foundation, Inc. (PSCF), a literacy-based foundation formedprimarily for children in PreK-3rd grades. PSCF’s mission is toeradicate the school-to-prison pipeline and to close the invisible achievement gap prevalent in children in foster care. Robin is a native Philadelphian, who currently resides in southern Maryland with her husband. Robin has committed her entire career life working with and on behalf of children. While residing in Philadelphia, Robin worked as a social worker under the auspices of the Department of Human Services (DHS) and taught grades K- 8th in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). In 2007, she received her second Master’s in Library Science & Technology from Drexel University. Before leaving Philadelphia, Robin was promoted to Branch Manager where she supervised the children’s department at the Overbrook Park Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. In 2011, Robin was applauded for her well attended programs and outreach efforts. She was awarded both, the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Customer Service Award, and the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Best Practices Award. In 2013, Robin received the Leeway Arts and Change Grant in which she used to partner with Delta Community Supports (DCS) developing a mentorship and literacy workshop for children and youth in foster care. Again, in 2014, Robin received additional funding from the Philadelphia Activity Fund (PFA) to continue the program. In 2016, movedto the DMV area where she substitutes as a teacher in the Alexandria City Public School System (ACPS). In 2019, Robin decided to join the fight against the school-to-prison pipeline, which is a “practice that disproportionately places students of color into the criminal justice system.” The same year, she established PSCF to encourage children to read for a better future—by spreading the JOY of reading. Under Robin’s leadership and with the support of four board members, PSCF has provided programming to close to 1,000 children, givenaway over 4,500 books, garnered six grants, and with the support of individual donors, raised a total of $60,000.00
Robin M. Engram
Educator and Advocate
Over twenty- five years’ experience providing dynamic services to children and youth, using literacy and social services to help children explore their lives and the world at large. Committed to life- long learning to inspire curiosity and guide learning, using every opportunity to promote quality childhood achievements.
Offered engaging and award winning programs Garnered large program participation
Outreach, Networking and Fundraising abilities Adequate public speaking skills
Professional and strong interpersonal skills Approachable and teachable
Analytical, responsible and well-organized Superior Ratings
Library and Information Science Experience:
Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 2005-2016
With 54 branches, the Free Library of Philadelphia is the 13th largest public library system in the United States. Its mission is to “advance literacy, guide learning and inspire curiosity”
• Library Supervisor 1
In 2014, with emphases on children services, received out of class promotion to Library Supervisor 1. With an in-depth understanding of general library functions and operations, managed dissemination of information and services, supervised and coached eleven subordinates, and established and maintained an effective working relationship with staff and the public at large.
• Children’s Librarian 1 & 2
In 2008 until 2014, advanced promotion to Children’s Librarian 2, continued basic children’s duties with these added functions: reviewed, evaluated, and refined library materials, used discretionary funds to purchase books and electronics ;demonstrated proficient use of current and emerging library systems, databases and technologies; used data bases to retrieve citations and full length text, solicited sponsors for summer reading programs, completed children’s department monthly reports , supervised in absence of branch manager, and cultivated a working relationship with members of the Friends of the Library
• Library Trainee
Full-time library trainee and Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) student on- the- job training. Learned basic circulation duties, Dewey classification and shelving systems, weeding, performed story times and provided reading advisory services
Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, VA 2016-present
Alexandria City Public Schools District comprises 16 schools that educate a population of more than 15,000 children hailing from 125 countries speaking 87 languages. Its mission is to “help every student to succeed, educating life-long learners and inspiring civic responsibility.”
• Substitute Teacher
Responsible for executing lesson plans efficiently and effectively, while demonstrating the ability to maintain classroom management and daily routines.
School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 1998-2005
The School District of Philadelphia by enrollment is the eighth largest public school district in the nation. Its mission is to “deliver on the civil rights of every child in Philadelphia an excellent public school education”
• Teacher of Record
Upon completion of Master’s of Education program (2002-2005), promoted to and assigned as teacher of record; Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies
• Literacy Intern (1999-2002) : worked collaboratively with veteran teacher on literacy instruction to provide fundamental skills using the components of “balanced literacy” to develop a strong foundation in reading • Long Term Substitute Teacher (1998-1999): provided extended coverage for teacher of record.
Human Service Experience:
Philadelphia, PA 1989-1997
The City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) provides adjudicated and dependent children services to prevent negligence, physical, sexual and mental abuse. Its mission is to “strengthen and preserve families while empowering them to make choices that lead to safety, stability and well- being”
• Case Manager
As Case Manager, worked throughout Philadelphia County on behalf of vulnerable children and their families’ located resources such as adequate food, clothing and shelter, assistance with transportation, childcare services, and medical and mental health care; and advocated for family preservation, resettlement, education, housing and job development.
Free Library of Philadelphia, Urban League Leadership Forum Recipient, (2016)
United Way, Non Profit Board Orientation Program (2016)
Published book reviews for online blogs, The Philadelphia Notebook (2016), and the Free Library of Philadelphia, (2015)
Philadelphia Art Sanctuary, Storyteller Honorarium (2013).
Leeway Foundation Arts and Change Grant, Recipient (2012)
Free Library of Philadelphia system-wide recognition: 3rd of 54 branches for high in-house & outreach statistics
Steering committee member, Free Library of Philadelphia Read by 4th! Initiative.
Annual Newsworthy Programs, National Education Association -“Read Across America, celebrated on March2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday.”
Pennsylvania Library Association Best Practices Award (2011).
Free Library of Philadelphia Customer Service Award (2011).
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, Master’s of Library and Information Science 2005-2007
Area of Concentration: Youth Services
Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, Master’s of Education, 1999-2001
Area of Concentration: K-8th Curriculum
Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC, Bachelor’s of Science, Business Administration 1983-1987
Peaches and Sourcream:2017-2019
Peaches and Sourcream Children’s Foundation
Children’s Librarian: 2005-2016
Teacher : 1998-2005
Social Worker: 1989 -1997