Lymaris Santana

(she, her, hers)

Principal Consultant, Equity & Systems Improvement for Literacy

Lymaris believes that every person has the right to an equitable education and that we must identify and remove barriers created by inequitable systems and empower all students by providing them access to relevant opportunities. She also believes in the power of literacy as an agent for social change and action and is passionate about Education Northwest’s mission to build stronger and inclusive communities. Lymaris is deeply committed to providing appropriate support for teachers, leaders, and partners engaged in this work.

Lymaris began her educational journey more than 20 years ago as a substitute teacher and teacher’s assistant in Paterson, New Jersey. There, she served as an elementary school teacher and reading specialist in her community. She also served as a secondary school teacher, instructional coach, program manager, learning strategist and school and district administrator for Seminole County Schools, and as a state regional literacy director for the state of Florida. She is also an active board member of the Florida Literacy Association, is in collaboration with the Florida Center for Reading Research, and is a Graduate Faculty Scholar with the University of Central Florida.


  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Literacy, University of the Cumberlands
  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership, University of West Florida
  • M.A., Reading, Montclair State University
  • M.Ed., Instruction, The College of New Jersey
  • B.A., English, William Paterson University

A song that always gets me dancing...

Any bachata song...really!

I volunteer with...

Take Stock in Children.

If I was stranded on a deserted island, I would bring...

A knife and insect repellent!

Lymaris Santana

Areas of Expertise

  • Literacy
  • Instructional leadership and coaching
  • Students who are multilingual
  • Content area reading

Blog Posts
Case Briefs & Publications

A Community-Driven Equity Review

Astoria decided to begin by reviewing equity across the district, then use the evidence to prioritize their work on key focus areas. They hired Education Northwest to lead an equity review and uncover opportunities to promote equity for everyone in the district.