Last November, I answered a phone call from a prospective Adult Education student. After hearing about our program, he was excited to proceed. I suggested that he come in for an intake meeting with me. I asked his name and typed it into my online calendar. I wrote “R.J. Davids- Intake” in the 1:00 time slot on November 22nd. Smiling, I continued my work day. I am always happy when a new student reaches out for reading help.
When I first met Richard in November of 2013, he was homeless and jobless. He did own a car and when he could not find temporary housing, this is where he slept. At times, Richard would need to pawn possessions, like his guitar, to earn gas money so that he could drive himself to meet his tutor. Richard read below the first grade level.
Congratulations to Gina Poore, one of our very dedicated Adult Education students. Gina has been a Literacy Council student since 2007 and she has recently completed all twelve books in the Wilson series. This is a rare accomplishment indeed!
Tutor Travels with her Student to Visit Student’s Family and Home Country
Victoria Rose, a tutor with the Literacy Council, traveled to Mexico over the summer with her student Carmen. Here is what Victoria has to say about her experience.
Elena Zinchenko – Star ESOL Student
Elena Zinchenko is our star ESOL student this year! A 35-year-old woman from southern Russia, she came to us in 2008 as a Low Beginner. In six years she has attended 450 hours of instruction through the Literacy Council – with individual tutors and in small groups- while also attending ESL classes at AB Tech.