Welcome To NYRF

To further support these educators and their families, we launched The New York Reading Foundation. Our mission is to enrich lives by developing reading skills through our literacy programs. We seek to provide individuals with state-of-the-art technology based reading intervention. We utilize leading methodologies and provide multiple blended programs based on individual needs and literacy profiles. We focus on increasing reading proficiency through systematic assessment, instruction, data monitoring, mentoring and coaching. Our goal is to make a positive, permanent change in individual, family and community literacy rates. We know that reading is essential to achievement!

Our Team

Karolyn Prisciandaro, CEO

Karolyn Prisciandaro started as a licensed speech and language pathologist 26 years ago. Noticing the correlation between speech and literacy, she started Power Learning to better serve her students and greater New York by offering Reading Plus and Maxscholar softwares through her practice, as well as schools throughout New York State. Power Learning has become a leading professional development and reading solution company that works with schools, not-for-profits, community based organizations, and adult & family programs in all boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties. Power Learning assists with staff development and data analysis. After the success of Power Learning, Karolyn launched her own not-for-profit, The New York Reading Foundation, to enrich lives by developing literacy skills through our educational programs. Karolyn is working to equip students with the skills so each student can take control of their destiny.

Raul Rodriguez, Vice President

Born and raised in the Bronx to immigrant parents, Raul Rodriguez understands the hopes and dreams of working people and the power of the American dream. A life-long Bronx resident, he is a successful businessman whose livelihood is dependent upon a continually thriving economy in the community, as he has devoted his life to public service. As a Director for the Office of Community Partnerships of AFSCME, DC37, Raul also has worked as the parent coordinator at Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School, which has allow him to involve himself in educational affairs, parent involvement, and community outreach.

A community activist, Raul is a volunteer for numerous Bronx based organizations, providing him with the forums for developing his natural leadership abilities and further cementing his life-long dedication to public service and his commitment to improving the community in which he lives and raises his family.

Raul is working on a five-point plan to improve our community. The plan includes: education, and equipping our teachers and supporting staff with vast resources to better prepare our students for higher learning; supporting the revitalization of small business programs and opening up special events and entertainment as a way to create more jobs in the Bronx; increasing affordable housing units as well as opening a pathway to homeownership; advocating for senior citizens and immigration, while enacting more laws that protect their rights; and lastly, expanding access to healthcare, helping residents navigate change while also receiving the services they need, through both the private and public sectors.

Raul Rodriguez is working diligently towards providing the best for Bronx residents. As someone who has worked amongst community members, he knows firsthand what the needs are and is working tirelessly to bring back the most basic services. Raul is not only another candidate… he is a beacon of hope for the community.

Claudia Schumann, Secretary

Claudia Schumann graduated from Berkeley College with a Bachelor of Business Administration. While in college, she worked part time with Power Learning as an Office Assistant and in an elementary school as a Teacher’s Aide in a kindergarten classroom. Working in a school showed her the need students have for for reading. After graduating, she continued her work with Power Learning as a full time Office Manager/Administrative Assistant. There she runs the day to day operations and assists the sales reps in all aspects of software sales.

Elena Prisciandaro, Treasurer

Elena Prisciandaro graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Her studies ranged from Music Therapy to Sociology. Soon after graduating, she worked for the State of Louisiana at Bridge City Center For Youth as a Juvenile Justice Specialist. Her time working for the Office of Juvenile Justice pushed her to pursue helping children before they are placed into the judicial system. In May 2016, she made the move to New York and accepted a job as Program Manager at Power Learning where she implements literacy programs in schools to help improve children’s ​fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.

Roni Kramer, Board Member

Roni Kramer is recently retired as the Director of Special Education in the Mamaroneck School District. Ms. Kramer received a BA in Psychology, a MA in Special Education and her 6 year certificate in School Psychology from New York University. She obtained her School District Administrator certification through a program at The College of New Rochelle. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology and is currently the owner and Educational Director of BRIDGE TO SUCCESS LLC, an Educational Testing and Consultation firm. She has been working as a school psychologist and/or special education administrator for the past 30 years. She was responsible for the development of programs, provision of services and supervision of teaching and professional staff.

Her work in Mamaroneck during the changes in federal and state laws and regulations allowed her the opportunity to expand her expertise in core curriculum and the demands on students, particularly those with special needs. Working closely with general education and special education teachers, she provided staff development to teachers to help them make the necessary modifications and provide the additional instruction required to meet the learning needs of a wide and diverse range of students. As an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College she taught the Special Education courses required for general education teachers to obtain their Special Education Extension Certification.

In her ‘retirement’ she provides consultation to school districts on various topics, as well as serve as an Interim Director of Special Education. She also works with parents as an educational consultant.