Steve is a life-long educator and nonprofit manager. Steve began his career as a classroom educator in the San Francisco Unified School District. As a teacher, he created outdoor and experiential programs for students at-risk of dropping out of school. Steve served as executive director of the Foundation for Youth Investment (now called Youth Outside), where he guided over $13 million in funding to get youth connected to the outdoors, help reduce the barriers that keep kids from going into nature, and worked to change the face of outdoor instruction.
Steve holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a secondary education credential and master's degree in Education from San Francisco State University.
Their son struggled for years to learn how to read until he met Steve Tattum. The Rigos saw the change in their son, and wanted others, especially kids in low-income communities, to overcome their reading struggles. Pascal and Virginie have led the way by starting the LearnUp nonprofit organization, providing in-kind space in La Boulangerie’s corporate offices in San Francisco to host the reading clinic, and by providing financial support to help deserving students learn to read.
Steve has been teaching kids to read for over 40 years. He developed the Tattum Reading Program (also known as F.A.S.T.) and is sharing that proven curriculum with LearnUp to scale his success with more students and schools in the Bay Area.
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