About Holly Haggerty

Holly has worked in Education for over two decades. In 1998 she co-founded the Community Learning Center (CLC), a non-profit that provides after-school tutoring to low-income students. Under Holly’s lead, CLC expanded to a statewide organization and was recognized as the top small non-profit in 2014 by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In 2001, Holly co-founded Bright Sky Learning, an Educational Publishing Company. She directed the creation of the research-based Smart Way Reading and Spelling Program. Holly wrote and got approved applications to provide Supplemental Educational Services (tutoring) under the No Child Left Behind Act in 18 states. She oversaw the training and operations of 166 after-school tutoring sites between 2004 and 2013 for both Bright Sky Learning and Community Learning Center in six of these states.

Holly is a second-generation educator. Both of her parents taught at one point in public school in WI. Her mother later became very involved in the homeschool movement and even opened a small private school in MN. Holly grew up in an environment where education, best practices, and innovation were a daily topic of conversation.

Holly is passionate about education. In addition to working in her own organizations, she serves on the Gender Achievement Gap Committee of the Pinellas Education Foundation, the Teachers Education Advisory Committee of the University of Tampa, and the Coalition for Reading Excellence. She is currently assisting in establishing and opening a preschool in Clearwater Florida.