Congratulations to Nancy Cruz, principal of Butts Road Intermediate School! Cruz has been recognized by the Chesapeake Reading Council as the 2018-2019 Literacy Leader Award Recipient. Cruz has helped make significant strides in closing the literacy gap at her school. She is described by her colleagues as someone with a vision for literacy who provides guidance, resources, and support to achieve that vision. She implemented a very successful school-to-home reading program that encourages parents as partners and provides parents literacy workshops and training so they can confidently assist with literacy goals. Prior to this program, she established a literacy garden at Portlock Primary, a pen pal campaign with celebrities at Southwestern Elementary, and a high-interest novel program at G. W. Carver Intermediate. She demonstrates a true commitment to literacy in all facets of her life, and the Chesapeake Reading Council is proud to nominate her for the Virginia State Reading Association’s James D. Mullins Award.