I have worked in Adult Literacy for the past eight years. There are challenges and rewards in my job, but the rewards far out weigh the challenges. One of the greatest rewards is watching learners write their own stories. They are so proud to see their words in print! Learners love to share the yearbook with their family and friends. Their confidence grows, as does their academic skills. To be a small part of this incredible journey makes me feel very humble and honored. Enjoy the stories.
Linda Oakley with tutor Gordon Barnes at the Captain William Spry Library Volunteer Week Party. Gordon has been a literacy volunteer for 11 years!
I joined Literacy Program at Keshen Goodman Public Library as the Program Coordinator early February 2008 to fill in the position for the remaining months of the season. I have also been the Coordinator for the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program at Alderney Gate Public Library for the last three years. Even though I never worked for the Literacy Program I knew that my experience in the ESL program will help me in running the program to the best of my abilities.
The key to success in this program is to get to know the tutors and learners as quick as possible. The first day I joined the program, I knew that I have to gain the learners and tutors trust and let them know that I am not going to leave the program soon, as it had happened early this year.