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Literacy Forsyth welcomes new leader

NORTH FORSYTH — A local nonprofit specializing in adult education has welcomed a new executive director.  

Literacy Forsyth announced this week that Rebecca Eller would succeed Annaliza Thomas, who left to take a literacy position with the Peace Corps. Eller most recently served as site director at Literacy Action in Atlanta.

“I’m thrilled to be chosen,” Eller said. “I worked with Literacy Forsyth in the past, and I think that it is a wonderful organization. I think it does a lot of good in the community, and I’m happy to be part of that.”

Eller said that she is still getting adjusted to her new role, but hopes the organization can keep making strides.

“I’d like for us to continue to provide classes and access to education in Forsyth County,” she said. “I want us to make education accessible to as many people as we can.”

Literacy Forsyth holds several programs aimed at adults, including beginners English and Spanish classes, as well as GED instruction and an online program.

Thomas said she thinks Eller will excel with the group.

“I think that this is a great fit for Literacy Forsyth and Rebecca,” Thomas said. “She’s got a lot of experience in adult education, and is very passionate about it and the organization is extremely lucky to have her.”

Thomas, a county native, said she was grateful for her time with the organization.

“I worked with Literacy Forsyth for four years. It was a really great chance for me,” she said. “I got to work with my own home community … and use my own particular skill set to help as much as I could.”

As for her new opportunity, Thomas said she has accepted a “position with the Peace Corps to be their literacy program specialist.”

“The Peace Corps operates in over 60 countries worldwide, and of those 60 countries about 20 of them have literacy specific programs that I’ll be providing specialty assistance for,” she said.