“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” –Frederick Douglass.
Since I believe so strongly in the power of literacy to improve lives, I am going back to my teaching beginning, with adult literacy tutoring. Although I am a licensed reading specialist, English teacher, and reading teacher, tutoring adults is different and requires specialized training. I am going to https://literacydupage.org/ tomorrow, and may do the tutor training where I teach in the fall as well. Then I will decide which program I want to actually tutor with.
I feel my life has been enriched because I can read and write rather easily, and I would like to help others grow in skills. I’ve had a wonderful career in teaching (and still teach college part time), and I respect and truly like people. I hope I have a lot to offer those needing help.
Back in the 70s and 80s, I was a volunteer adult literacy tutor, while I worked in business and before I entered teaching. Now that I am “sort of”retired, it’s come full circle and I return to my first teaching experience. It’s interesting how that works! I also remember my students could not believe people were not being paid to be tutors, since in their countries they didn’t find free tutoring. I don’t know about that, as I’ve not been to another country looking for free tutoring.
I think it’s important to give back to causes that one believes in, and I believe in the power of literacy.
Thanks for reading.