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Jurema N. Gorham

Founder and Executive Director of Burst Into Books

Jurema N. Gorham is the Founder and Executive Director of Burst Into Books. In this role, she helps develop and lead the literacy services offered through the organization. The mission of Burst Into Books is to rebuild our village through the arts, advocacy, educational and family programming. Over 20,000 children have received free books to add to their home libraries since 2018. Jurema has been an educator since 2008 with experience ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade.


In March 2020, Jurema was recognized by WGN-9 as a finalist for the national Nexstar Remarkable Woman Contest. In February 2020, she received the Humanitarian Award from the Far South Community Action Council for her work with families and community outreach. In addition, she was honored by the Drew Barrymore Show as a “Drew Gooder” for their Mother’s Day special. Jurema earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Chicago State University and two Master in Education degrees (Differentiated Instruction and Educational Leadership) from Concordia University Chicago. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at Concordia University Chicago. She is committed to using her experience and education to pour into the communities she serves in.

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