Pam Allyn ’84 is an esteemed author, educator, and founder celebrated for her profound contributions to the world of education. Most recently, Pam created Dewey, a startup devoted to providing exceptional products for family learning.

Pam graduated from Amherst College with a degree in English and earned a master’s in deaf and elementary education from Columbia University Teachers College. Since then, Pam has authored many books for educators and parents, including “Every Child a Super Reader” and “Tell Your Story: Teaching Students to Become World-Changing Thinkers and Writers. She has created and scaled major educational programs used around the world, including LitCamp and MathCamp and has created World Read Aloud Day, celebrated in more than 60 countries annually. She is the founder of the nonprofit LitWorld and has served as senior vice president of innovation for Scholastic. 

Pam’s contributions have garnered her numerous accolades, including The Children’s Village Legacy of Service Award, The Columbia University Teachers College Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Kent Williamson Award for Exemplary Leadership Award. 

Q3. What impact do you hope to have through your career?

A. I hope to have made life more joyous and wonderful for children. That is really my hope and dream. I have had some success with this, but there are many children who deserve more. My hope is that my life continues to allow me the privilege of serving this vision and reaching more children, always, with programs and experiences that honor their true selves and afford them happiness and the opportunity to learn.


Work Experience
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Dewey
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