Watson & Associates Literacy Center

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  • Watson & Associates Literacy Center - Founded 2004
  • Open Monday through Thursday - 3:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Provides one-to-one literacy tutoring
  • Grades Kindergarten through 12
  • Services provided by America Reads tutors trained by University Professors
  • Services support by credentialed Reading Specialist

Literacy Center In The News

September Reading Challenge Winner - Noman Majeed

Noman MajeedCongratulations to first grader, Noman Majeed, from Palm Elementary School who met the Watson and Associates Literacy Center September Reading Challenge. This shy little six year old came to life when he was given his first free book, Wonderful World of Sharks by Disney Book Group. As with most six year olds, sharks are a mysterious fascination! Noman met the first grade reading requirement by reading Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold, A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla, illustrated by Stacey Chuett and Starfish by Edity Thacher Hurd. His mother said that she wanted to instill the love of reading at a young age. Little Noman reads to both parents and his little 6 month old brother.

The Molina Foundation, who is focused on fighting illiteracy, generously donated 1500 books to the Watson and Associates Literacy Center program. For many recipient families, this may be the first book their child receives. We encourage the children to write their name in their book. Noman proudly wrote his name in his new book.

CSUSB partners award nearly 2,000 books to students at two elementary schools

Each of the nearly 90 second-graders at Grand Terrace Elementary School sat in rapt attention as they listened to “Curious George Visits a Toy Store” being read to them. Divided into four groups, the children’s animated expressions, smiles and giggles showed their delight at the little monkey’s latest adventures as four distinguished visitors read to them to celebrate International Literacy Day.

Grand Terrace Elementary School celebrates International Literacy Day

Grand Terrace Elementary School students each received a free children’s book Monday as part of International Literacy Day.

The book giveaway was a collaboration to reduce illiteracy in San Bernardino and Riverside counties by Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Education, the Watson and Associates Literacy Center, which is housed at CSUSB, and The Molina Foundation, which made the initial gift of books to be distributed, valued at more than $15,000. Read more about Grand Terrace Elementary School...

The Molina Foundation Gives A Book to Every Child at Two Elementary Schools to Reduce Illiteracy in the Inland Empire

To help celebrate International Literacy Day this Monday, September 8, The Molina Foundation has partnered with the Watson and Associates Literacy Center of Cal State San Bernardino’s College to provide a free, new children’s book to every student at Grand Terrace Elementary School in Grand Terrace and Hoover Elementary School in Indio.

Hoover Elementary students get free books

Cal State University San Bernardino's Literacy Center on Monday gave free books to students at Hoover Elementary School in Indio. Read more about Hoover Elementary...

Mission Statement

Jim and Judy WatsonThe mission of the Literacy Center is to assist students, grades kindergarten through 12, to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Funded by a generous grant from Watson and Associates, the Center offers interactive tutoring within carefully designed programs.


Founded in 2004, the Watson and Associates Literacy Center is a component of the College of Education at the California State University, San Bernardino. The Literacy Center provides one-to-one and one-to-two literacy tutoring in all four domains of literacy: listening, speaking, writing and reading to children in grades kindergarten through 12 four afternoons each week, Monday – Thursday, 3:00-6:00 pm. The tutoring sessions are one day per week for each tutee, one hour per session, and are provided for eight weeks during the fall, winter, and spring quarters of the University.

The Literacy Center is designed to provide tutoring services to students who have not yet achieved grade-level proficiency in literacy.

Tutoring services are provided by America Reads tutors and volunteer tutors who are enrolled in courses in the College. America Reads tutors successfully complete an ESEC 545 class which provides tutor training for CSUSB students to work with K-12 students to increase their skills in reading and writing. Topics include literacy methods, multicultural issues, learning disabilities and use of educational software.

America Reads and volunteer tutors attend a 15 minute literacy instructional strategies mini-lesson before each tutoring session. Mini-lessons provide instructional techniques that tutors can readily and immediately implement to increase effectiveness of the tutoring session.

Every year that the Center has provided services the tutees have increased in the acquisition and use of literacy skills and strategies. Read more about the Watson & Associates Literacy Center and our services.



  • Catherine Terrell, Ed.D./Director
    (909) 537-2665
  • Cheryl Foerch, Administrative Support Coordinator II
    (909) 537-2665
  • Mary Jo Skillings, Ph.D./Founder
  • Eloise Johnson, M.A./Reading Specialist
  • Andrea Street, M.A./Reading Specialist
  • Michael Ignacio, Tech Support
    (909) 537-3538
  • Joanna Salazar-Andrade, Student Assistant

America Reads Student Assistants - Tutors

  • Alejandra Chavez
  • Selene Fernandez
  • Anylyz Jimenez
  • Brandon Marquez
  • Yain Martinez
  • Maricarmen Martinez-Solano
  • Alejandra Perez
  • Judith Romero
  • Joanna Salazar-Adrade
  • Dorothy Sempasa
  • Robert Silva
  • Sharon Ware
  • Nolan White
  • C'anne Willie

UEC Employees, Tutors

  • Enedina Aguilar
  • Ericka Aguilar
  • Ernie Arvizu
  • Carina Castellanos
  • Giovanni Escalera
  • Ashley Perez
  • Dorothy Sempasa
  • Ana Vidaurrazaga
  • Vanessa Zaldana