Dr. Lenese Colson is a former teen librarian who, in addition to successfully leading summer reading programs, also has experience with the national summer learning program, Upward Bound. During her time as an AmeriCorps member and Academic Coach with the Play It Smart program had even more involvement working with and teaching underserved youth. She received a Ph.D. in Information and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Florida State University, an M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Norfolk State University.