Who We Are
Literacy Connexus advises and assists in literacy projects throughout the state. We are a growing network of leaders, volunteers, and partners working together to provide support and direction to literacy projects, using resources and manpower from—as much as is possible–the local community.
My name is Taynim Johnson. I moved to Texas in 2011 from Hawaii. I have a fiance and a 3-year-old daughter with a BIG personality. After earning my Bachelor’s in Spanish and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington, I entered the nonprofit world at Literacy ConneXus after connecting with Lester during my TESOL internship. Working with the TEX program at Literacy ConneXus allowed me to explore my passion for both ESL. Literacy ConneXus led me to Fort Worth ISD where I teach ESL in the Adult Education Program allowing me to do what I love full time.
Lester Meriwether has been the Executive Director of Literacy Connexus since May 2004. Literacy Connexus is a not for profit organization that helps churches help persons with literacy needs in Texas and beyond. In this capacity, Meriwether represents and advocates for hundreds of volunteers who each week teach English, basic literacy or conspire to provide beginning home libraries for families with no books. He works with talented volunteers across Texas who serve in a variety of ways to help churches help people with literacy needs.
My name is Jaime and I am the current Americorps VISTA with Literacy Connexus. I am new to Texas and originate from Ohio. I graduated in 2020 with my Bachelors in Child Psychology from Kent State University. I am an alumnus of both Psi Chi and Sigma Delta Tau. I am excited to get my foot in the door of nonprofits with Literacy Connexus and hope to continue having them in my future.