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Commendable Achievements - a learner's story
Thursday, November 29, 2012

A story about Pablo Herrera as told by his tutor, Florence Konvalinka.

This past May, Pablo Herrera, a learner at the Cooper Memorial Library, passed the naturalization test.  Welcome, Citizen Herrera!

Pablo is part of a leadership group at his company. To be ready for the meetings he read part of the book 'What to Say to Get What You Want' in class. I was impressed by his understanding of the ways people can work together to attain a goal and by his presentation of his ideas.

His English has improved to the level that today he is able to do his management plan and other written communication in English.

Florence

Congratulations Pablo and Florence!  Together you achieved so much more than you could have alone.  Thank you for sharing your story with us!


 

Peggy Perrin and Carl Collar Peggy Perrin and Carl Collar
Leesburg Library adult learner and tutor make big strides...
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

A Leesburg learner and tutor celebrate their success! Peggy Perrin began her journey on February 27, 2012 and her first tutoring session was on the 29th! In less than five months she has more than doubled her original PreGED math score. In addition, she has completed the first book in the language arts reading comprehension curriculum and half way through the last one. And if that is not enough, Peggy has completed the social studies and science PreGED workbooks as well! Peggy is a hardworking learner who is well on her way to her GED. And, of course, Carl has been instrumental in her progress with his support, encouragement, and lesson planning skills. Congratulations to both Peggy and Carl!

Lynne Tyler and Matthew Deskins Lynne Tyler and Matthew Deskins
Adult Learner published in Learner Essay Book
Monday, August 06, 2012

Matthew Deskins and his Tavares Library tutor, Lynne Tyler, worked tirelessly on improving his reading and writing skills so that he would be better prepared to take the GED test. Not only did he improve his skills he submitted a story and was selected to be published in the 2012 Florida Literacy Coalition's 8th Annual Learner Essay Book, CROSSROADS.

Students from throughout Florida were invited to submit original short stories, poems, or autobiographical narratives to be included in a published book that was unveiled at the 2012 Florida Literacy Conference in May.

The goal of the Adult Learner Essay Book is to allow adult learners the opportunity to build confidence while also improving their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Organizational representatives can use this book as a way to promote how their programs are having a positive influence within their communities.

Congratulations Matthew on your story, ‘Sea Journey,’ being published!

Read Matthew's story now!

 

Shyam, a volunteer literacy tutor Shyam, a volunteer literacy tutor
Cooper Memorial Library celebrates an anniversary
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Eustis Middle School teacher, Shyam Raghunauth, celebrates three years volunteering with Lake County Adult Literacy Program!  Cooper Memorial Library has the honor of having Shyam donate his time at this location.

In the past three years he has helped adult learners pursue their careers in nursing and the military.  Recently, Shyam taught a PreGed Math class. Teaching this 12 week PreGed Math course, Shyam was able to help adult learners prepare themselves for the GED test.

He has donated over 236 hours tutoring adults and making a difference in the lives of others. Shyam understands the importance of literacy, and demonstrates commitment by ensuring education is raised to a higher level in the community.  We are excited to have him as part of the Adult Literacy Tutor Team!

Jane O'Connor, Howey in the Hills volunteer tutor Jane O'Connor, Howey in the Hills volunteer tutor
A Howey in the Hills learner shares his success story
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

So much was achieved in two years! Mr. R came to the LCLS Adult Literacy Program in 2010 hoping to improve his English skills and make himself understood at work. He achieved his goal and much more! Read outtakes from his final letter to his tutor…

Mr. R was thrilled to begin working with Jane O’Connor, a Howey in the Hills volunteer tutor. He remembers her taking the time to assess his skills and identify that he needed to work on pronunciation, spelling, prepositions, and use of intonation. During the two years working on improving these goals, I confess that she worked hard and used many different methods of teaching – to include: an introduction to the sounds of English, making vowel sounds, word pairs, vocabulary, dialogues, spelling, etc. In the last year of working together we began working on reading comprehension, word building, graphic organizers, matching words, and more vocabulary. These were two years of excellent work, for which I am very grateful to Mrs. O’Connor, because now I can see my progress to communicate with my co-workers!

One day, Mrs. O’Connor kindly told me, R. it’s time to take more advanced classes, which could be in the Lake Technical Center. This is very sad because we are finished with our English classes that met almost every Tuesday. So, I have to go next year, after summer session.

I want to express to Mrs. O’Connor my deep gratitude for your sacrifice, time, patience, perseverance & persistence with my “stiffly” head. Thanks for all those good times we share talking & communicating on life, philosophy, religion, politics, etc. Thanks for the good books such as The Human Phenomenon and books of deep thinking. Thanks …because you are a great spirit of light.

His story shows how much can be achieved – relationships that are built and goals that are attained and exceeded! Thank you Mr. R. and Jane for sharing your story.
 

Marti, a Tavares Volunteer Tutor Marti, a Tavares Volunteer Tutor
A Tavares learner's two-year journey...
Thursday, May 24, 2012

A story that is 2 years in the making… Marti, one of the Tavares Public Library volunteer tutors, shares her journey working with one of the adult learners.

At the age of 70, Mr. K came into the program two years ago after his wife died stating the he wanted to get his GED. He had worked as a security guard and an orderly at a New York City hospital, from which he had retired, and currently worked as a bagger at a local grocery store. He wanted to leave his job but was struggling with completing the applications required for the jobs. As a child he had been absent from school often because of sickness, which resulted in his being held back. He dropped out during the third grade.

We started classes reviewing the alphabet (he could not say his A-B-C’s), learning the names of vowels, consonant and vowel sounds, and advancing to blends and word families. Mr. K struggled with recognizing cursive letters so we began the lessons using only printing. He constantly surprised me as he was able to recognize printed words by sight (like v-e-g-e-t-a-b-l-e-s) yet simpler, short words (b-e-d) were arduous adventures. As a result, we accomplished many activities through dictation. As expected, combining letter recognition, phonics, and manual inscription were seriously complicated and restricting. In some of our final sessions, as I was writing the information requested, he would reach across the table, take the pencil, and inform me “let me do it.” Although, writing a full paragraph remained a teaching goal.

He ultimately could read application forms and understand how to respond. He learned how to access the internet, search for application sites, and read and understand the on-line instructions. He began picking up newspapers to read the want ads. He was never proficient but could manage.

Unfortunately, health issues demanded that he stop meeting with me but he has recently expressed an interest in continuing tutoring.

Marti's story shows us how much someone can achieve if they have the desire, determination, and someone dedicated to helping them navigate the path. Thank you, Marti. Congratulations, Mr. K.

Ron S. submits his story...
Monday, March 26, 2012

Ron and Betty Schwarten, Mount Dora volunteer tutor, wait patiently to hear if Ron's story has been selected from the 2012 Florida Literacy Coalition's 8th Annual Adult Learner Writing Campaign!

Students from throughout Florida are invited to submit original short stories, poems, or autobiographical narratives to be included in a published book that will debut at the 2012 Florida Literacy Conference in May.

The goal of the Adult Learner Essay Book is to allow adult learners the opportunity to build confidence while also improving their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Organizational representatives can use this book as a way to promote how their programs are having a positive influence within their communities.

Read Ron's story now!

Ed with tutor, Alton, and Roberta Rowold, Leesburg Library Literacy Contact/Reference Librarian Ed with tutor, Alton, and Roberta Rowold, Leesburg Library Literacy Contact/Reference Librarian
1 goal leads to many accomplishments
Thursday, December 29, 2011

It is always so exciting to see a volunteer tutor and learner work together to achieve the goals they have developed together.  You never know where it will take you and the learners always inspire me!  Here is a story from the perspective of a Leesburg tutor, Alton.

Ed has always had defined goals from the day I met him and one of his most important was learning to read a newspaper. Ed has progressed through the Laubach book series and is learning how to read newspaper articles, classified ads, the weather, comics and other things that interest him.

Ed is a very dedicated and focused learner. I am very fortunate to be working with him because he has such a wonderful commitment to himself and the literacy program. His other goals include reading fishing magazines and writing letters to a friend.

Ed and Alton are an amazing team making exciting progress!

 

Lynne, Tavares tutor, Lee and Franz enjoying the hard work! Lynne, Tavares tutor, Lee and Franz enjoying the hard work!
Coming closer to their GED goal
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The goal is GED...the path to achieving this goal has so many more rewards...

Lynne raves about Lee and Franz - their dedication and determination.  Her job is made so much easier because they are always eager to learn from her and, more importantly, from each other!  And Lynne admits that they are amazed at how much they already know through life lessons - they just needed someone to help them see their strengths.  Together, they are setting their priorities... "Putting in the big rocks first!" - and achieving their goals!

Natalie, Tavares tutor, and Andrea Natalie, Tavares tutor, and Andrea
The power of a checking account
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Natalie and Andrea, and English Language Learner, worked together to identify exactly what was most important to Andrea as she began her journey to improving her English skills.  Andrea wanted to focus on opening and maintaining a checking account.  They worked together for several weeks and Andrea took the step to opening her first account!  Not a month later a friend, who does not speak English, asked Andrea for help in establishing a checking account.  How empowering that was for her!  Her goal came full circle and she was able to help someone else achieve their goal...

For tutors and literacy staff this is what makes it all worth while...encouraging learners to achieve their goals...seeing them share their knowledge with others.

Tavares tutors and learners talking their way to better English skills Tavares tutors and learners talking their way to better English skills
Talk, talk, talk...
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What could be better than a comfortable, safe, and fun place to practice your speaking skills?  Tavares offers a Conversation Club every Monday from 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am - 11:30 am - join us!

Kandi and Amy, Tavares tutors, are excited to see the amazing progress the learners are making and welcome you to join them!

Pat, Tavares tutor, and Luz Pat, Tavares tutor, and Luz
Tutoring - a feel good volunteer opportunity
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Since Pat started volunteering as a tutor 3 years ago she has worked with over 12 adult learners, each with a different level of needs and very exciting to work with!  She has tutored a man from India, a woman from Egypt, a woman from Columbia, and a man from Jamaica.  In addition,  has completed assessments on many, many learners as they enroll in the program!  One story that sticks out in Pat's mind is a man who came to the literacy program after having been unable to read or write his entire adult life.  He is now reading, writing, and learning phonics!

Volunteering for the Adult Literacy Program is a most worthwhile, fun adventure for anyone who enjoys helping others.

George, Tavares tutor, and Rodelsy George, Tavares tutor, and Rodelsy
More than just a GED goal...
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Teaching English often presents many problems that have little to do with conjugations, but have a lot to do with successful learning. Rodelsy became a devoted pupil. He seems to feel free to ask me anything because he knows I will never laugh at him or scold. When he forgets a word for the third time in a row and is disappointed, I say, “Es normal.”

Rodelsy and I started studying together on Friday, September 10, of 2010. He is steadily improving. The point is, he is talking in English and often I marvel at how much he has learned.

Without Rosa Rosario’s warm encouragement, many potential learners would stay away. I know that if I get stuck, Rosa will help me. And without Erika Greene, I would not be tutoring learners in English at all. Erika manages a complex county-wide program of instruction and teacher preparation that protects and encourages learners and tutors in the safe and neutral setting of public libraries.

I have often been asked how much it costs. “Gratis”is a welcoming sound.

Marti, Tavares tutor, and Laidy Marti, Tavares tutor, and Laidy
Pursuing professional goals
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Marti continues to be one our most flexible tutors at Tavares!  She almost never says 'no' and is excited by the challenges of working with a variety of learners.  A typical day will find her meeting with a man who has never been able to read above a 2nd grade level and is now working on improving his reading skills and 2 woman determined to improve their vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills so that they can obtain a GED and enroll in higher education and training classes.  Their vocabulary is developing exponentially!

Peggy, Tavares tutor, Catarino, and Lizeth Peggy, Tavares tutor, Catarino, and Lizeth
Pre-GED Math classes - a tutor's calling
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Peggy has become the primary PreGED Math tutor for the Tavares Library.   Every Thursday you will find Peggy in the literacy room working with a variety of learners!  She reviews their placement tool, identifies their strengths and areas that need improvement, decides which workbooks are most appropriate and begins tutoring!  But that is not all the learners are responsibleto do as they work to improve their math skills...homework is essential to master each new math concept!  Peggy strives to provide a relaxed envrionment where she can answer all of their questions, as this is her priority. 

Peggy states that she likes math and enjoys teaching it - but what she enjoys the most is when she sees in the learners eyes that they 'got it,'  because she knows that 'getting it' moves them one step closer to their goal - getting their GED.

Shyam and the PreGED Math class celebrate their successes. Shyam and the PreGED Math class celebrate their successes.
Volunteer Making a Difference at Cooper Memorial Library!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shyam Raghunauth, a tutor since 2009 with Lake County Adult Literacy Program, has volunteered over 100 hours in helping learners realize their dreams. Shyam, aside from working as a full time Eustis Middle School teacher, currently tutors a Pre Ged Math class of 10 learners whose goals are to pass the GED. Volunteers like Shyam are making a major difference in the community and people’s lives. Shyam personally has his heart with the community and is always willing to contribute more of his time to help strangers. Shyam is not alone in his efforts in making the Lake County Adult Literacy Program at Cooper a success.

Volunteers are often overlooked for all the sacrifices they make in their personal lives to help others realize their dream. I would like to thank all the Lake County Adult Literacy volunteers at Cooper Memorial for their time and hard work they have gracefully given to the program. I am constantly told of the impact the Adult Literacy Program has made in learners lives. Learners who have been able to find a better occupation, assist their children with homework or read a book are truly grateful to the Adult Literacy program and their volunteers. I would like to extend an invitation for all who are willing to take part and help make a difference. Please contact the Lake County Adult Literacy Program (352-253-6183), so that you too can positively impact others.

Sandra Lara
Cooper Memorial Library
Senior Library Assistant
352-536-2275

Swapna Dutta & Greg Smith, Florida Literacy Coalition President Swapna Dutta & Greg Smith, Florida Literacy Coalition President
Leesburg Learner published!
Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Swapna Dutta with help from her Leesburg tutor, Vivian Rawlins, submitted a story to the Florida Literacy Coaltion's annual 'Collection of Essays by Florida's Adult Learners' publication and was selected to be published in the 2011 volume - "in my words".  We are so very proud of her efforts! 

Please follow this link to read her story!

It is an honor to be included in the Florida Literacy Coalition’s publication.  Established in 1985, The Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) promotes supports and advocates for the effective delivery of quality adult and family literacy services in the state of Florida.  As a statewide umbrella literacy organization and the host of Florida’s State Literacy Resource Center, FLC provides a range of services to support more than 300 adult education, literacy and family literacy providers throughout Florida.

Tavares Tutor and Learner Tavares Tutor and Learner
Citizenship...a goal achieved!
Monday, April 18, 2011

With much dedication and effort, this Tavares tutor and learner achieved their goal...pass the Citizenship test!  Congratulations on a job well done!

All smiles - Tavares team celebrates! All smiles - Tavares team celebrates!
Pre-GED Language Arts class at the Tavares Library graduates!
Monday, April 18, 2011

26 weeks later the tutors and learners celebrate their success!  They have achieved so much...Good luck!

Cooper team working hard and having fun! Cooper team working hard and having fun!
Citizenship Class at Cooper Memorial Library
Monday, April 18, 2011

So much to learn...so much fun and laughter...soon they will be ready to pass the Citizenship interview and test!  Good luck!

Who said learning isn't fun? Who said learning isn't fun?
Pre-GED Language Arts at the Cooper Memorial Library
Monday, April 18, 2011

This is the first Language Arts class to be held at the Cooper Memorial Library -- 2 tutors and 8 adult learners are working hard to achieve their goals.

All smiles at the Cooper Memorial Library All smiles at the Cooper Memorial Library
Pre-GED Math class graduates at Cooper Memorial Library
Monday, April 18, 2011

The first Pre-GED Math class graduates!  12 weeks of intense study results in great success and a lot of smiles!

Cagan Library Literacy Team -- Volunteer tutors and Branch Manager Cagan Library Literacy Team -- Volunteer tutors and Branch Manager
Cagan Crossings Community Library Literacy Team
Monday, April 18, 2011

There is alot going on at the Cagan Crossings Library...new volunteer tutors, adult learners working on a variety of goals, and a new Branch Manager!  We are excited to see the program grow and offer new and innovative literacy options.

Fast Track to Reading graduating class of 2010 - Cooper Memorial Library Fast Track to Reading graduating class of 2010 - Cooper Memorial Library
Phonics Class a HUGE success!
Monday, July 26, 2010

10 adult learners joined 2 volunteer tutors on January 6, 2010 at the Cooper Memorial Library for a 26 week ‘Fast Track to Reading’ class…6 learners and 2 tutors celebrated their success at a graduation party held on June 24, 2010. Through the tears, awards, speeches, and food the literacy team*, and learners reflected on all of their accomplishments!

Everyone felt it was an amazing class and really enjoyed learning phonics in this innovative and ‘fast track’ way. The blending of in-class activities, at-home studying, determined learners, and extremely motivating tutors created a winning combination. This will be the template that future ‘Fast Track to Reading’ classes are built on.

*The literacy team consisted of Sandra Lara, Reference Librarian/Literacy Contact and Paul & Ann Hornberger, tutors extraordinaire!! Thank you for making this such a successful pilot program!

Graduation June 2010 - Cagan Crossings Community Library Graduation June 2010 - Cagan Crossings Community Library
Another Citizenship Class Celebrates!
Monday, July 26, 2010

Volunteer tutor Jim Briggs does it again…facilitates another successful citizenship class at the Cagan Crossings Community Library, that is!!

Six adult learners joined Jim every Saturday for five weeks of intense citizenship study. On the last day they ran through the flash cards one last time and proudly received their completion certificates…ready to take the citizenship class with much more confidence.

Jim remarked that he truly enjoyed working with the learners and was excited to work with individuals who represented a variety of countries to include Cuba, Columbia and Bangiladesh!

Tutoring at the Fruitland Park Library Tutoring at the Fruitland Park Library
Tutor becomes a citizen!
Monday, July 26, 2010

Shirley became a tutor in April 2009 and during her orientation at the Fruitland Park Library she expressed an interest in becoming involved with the upcoming Citizenship Class. We were thrilled! What we didn’t know at that moment was that she would soon be planning to become a citizen! Here’s her story:

I came to the U.S. in 1999 and since I was born in Canada, I really saw no urgency to get my citizenship. Canada was just across the way and the two countries are allies. In 2009, I wanted to get re-involved in literacy and came across a tutoring program offered by the Lake County Library System. I jumped at the chance to tutor again, but this time with adult learners. My first assignment was to co-teach the citizenship class with Myla Thompson and that's when the idea started to come about. While teaching, I could also learn the content for my own citizenship test. The class took about 8 weeks and ended early December 2009.

To be honest, since I went to college in the U.S. and lived here for over 10 years, the recent events were easy to me. The hard part was learning the dates of the different wars. Once I got fingerprinted and the U.S.C.I.S. gave me an audio CD with the 100 questions and answers, I listened to the CD every day in my car for about two weeks, no matter where I was going. I only had to know 10 answers, but which 10, I had no idea! The day of the test, I listened to it one last time and then turned it off. If I didn't know the answers by then, I wouldn't know them at all. I waited and waited and waited until the officer came to get me. He asked me six questions, including what happened on April 15 and I was done!

Shirley continues to volunteer as a tutor and is a great motivator! Congratulations Shirley!

Everyone is ready to get started! Everyone is ready to get started!
Pre-GED classes start at the Tavares Library!
Monday, July 26, 2010

 

Pre-GED classes were launched on July 22, 2010 -- math is the first course being offered!! 6 adult learners joined Peggy Ekberg, tutor, at the Tavares Library for their first class. Over the next 8 weeks they will work together as a class and at home on their own improving their math skills in preparation for their transition to Lake Technical Center’s GED classes. In addition to class and at-home study they will also be able to attend the Learning Lab on Saturday mornings for extra study, one-to-one assistance, and peer support.

Everyone is so very excited to start this process. We are looking forward to hearing the feedback from this first group – what went well and how we can make it even better next round!

Good luck team! We look forward to our first math class graduation in September!

 

Maria Trejo earns her CNA certificate! Maria Trejo earns her CNA certificate!
Tavares Adult Learner Earns CNA
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Maria I. Trejo has worked hard over the past two weeks preparing for the Certified Nurses Aid (CNA) certificate! Not only has she been meeting with Mariana Landivar, a volunteer tutor at the Tavares Library, but she has been attending classes at the Florida Medical Prep program in Tavares. It wasn't easy leaving her family at home as she studied at night -- thankfully they were very cooperative and helpful!

On Thursday, Maria took the CNA Written Clinical Skills Test & the Practical Oral Skills Test and she passed both tests!

Congratulations to both Maria & Mariana! Your Perseverance Made all the Difference...

Volunteer team -- tutors, learners, Friends of the Tavares & Leesburg Libraries, and literacy staff Volunteer team -- tutors, learners, Friends of the Tavares & Leesburg Libraries, and literacy staff
Tutor-Learner Potluck Celebration 2010
Tuesday, February 09, 2010

February 8, 2010 -- Tavares Civic Center -- 5:30 pm...that was when over 70 adult learners, family members, volunteer tutors, Friends of the Tavares & Leesburg Libraries, and literacy staff came together to celebrate all they have accomplished over the past year!

The food -- I find it difficult to express in words the amount and variety of delicious food that everyone brought!  Salads, fruit, appetizers, main dishes, and dessert -- oh the dessert! 

It was a wonderful opporunity to share our appreciation and excitement.  An event to be repeated often, I am sure!

Thank you everyone for making this such an amazing success!

Tavares Conversation Group Tavares Conversation Group
Talk About It...in English
Monday, December 21, 2009

A second conversation group has been formed at the City of Tavares Public Library!  Tutor Jim Canavan and a group of learners are meeting at the library on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  If you are interested in improving your English conversatin skills, they would love to have you join them!

Paul Hornberger, volunteer tutor, welcomes everyone to the celebration. Paul Hornberger, volunteer tutor, welcomes everyone to the celebration.
Cooper Memorial Tutor Team Celebrates
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday evening over 30 adult literacy volunteer tutors, adult learners and their families, and literacy staff came together to celebrate and enjoy a Thanksgiving Holiday potluck!  Thanks to Paul, Ann, his wife and also a volunteer tutor, and Sandra Lara, Cooper Memorial Library Literacy Contact, for coordinating this amazing celebration.  Paul started the evening with a surprise Thanksgiving quiz -- lots of fun and good information -- and then we all converged on a delicious buffet that included a wide variety of food to include some very yummy deserts.  And, of course, laughter and story telling were the highlight of the evening!  Visit the photo gallery for more great pictures.

Jim Briggs and Kitty Adler, Literacy Tutors, celebrate with some of the learners Jim Briggs and Kitty Adler, Literacy Tutors, celebrate with some of the learners
Citizenship class celebrates!
Thursday, August 06, 2009

14 learners, 17 classes, and 2 tutors equal a winning combination at the Cagan Crossings Community Library! It has been an amazing journey that has already resulted in 1 learner passing the citizenship test, others submitting their applications & awaiting their appointments, and the rest preparing to complete their applications over the next few months. Between the efforts of Jim Briggs and Kitty Adler, citizenship tutor team, the support of the other Cagan tutors, and Maria Martino, Literacy Contact, the citizenship class was a great success. The participants were all smiles on their last night but, admittedly, sad that they would no longer be coming together as a group – they have become friends and enjoyed it tremendously! It doesn’t end here, though, they are excitedly awaiting the launch of a conversation group so that they can continue to improve their English skills. Congratulations to all!!

Myla Thompson, Literacy Tutor and Cecilia Farranto (Adult Learner) Myla Thompson, Literacy Tutor and Cecilia Farranto (Adult Learner)
'Green card' issued, driver’s license is next!
Sunday, August 02, 2009

Cecilia Farranto, a learner originally from Lima, Peru, is learning English at an advanced pace at the Fruitland Park Library. With the help of her ESL tutor, Myla Thompson, she has improved her English from a low beginning to high intermediate level in just one year. They meet for several hours weekly where Cecilia practices conversational English, American English grammar, and learns about American customs. They also swap emails giving Cecilia extra practice in both reading and writing English. Cecilia's husband Sal has taken on the task of being Cecilia's at-home study mate. Recently Cecilia was thrilled to find that she was finally issued her official "green card" from immigration services! Although she won't be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship for several more years, she has already begun to study American history in anticipation of taking her citizenship test. Her most current personal goal is to learn to drive a car. She says, "Driving a car in Peru is not necessary. We use taxis and buses in Lima, no need to drive a car." She also added, "Now, in America I must learn to drive." Great job Cecilia!

Mei Chen (Adult Learner) and Myla Thompson, Literacy Tutor Mei Chen (Adult Learner) and Myla Thompson, Literacy Tutor
Preparing for the test…
Sunday, August 02, 2009

Mei Chen, a learner working with Myla Thompson at the Fruitland Park Library, arrived here from China about seven years ago. Soon she found herself owning and managing a local Chinese restaurant in The Villages with her husband. Even though raising three young children and working a full-time job at the restaurant she still finds time to come to the library to study. As her husband already has been made a naturalized U.S. citizenship Mei laments, "I am the only one in my family who is not a citizen of the United States yet." Not wanting to feel left behind, she began studying with her tutor in the spring of 2009 for her U.S. citizenship test and also to improve her English pronunciation. Mei has already completed the first book in the series and is getting ready to begin filling out her citizenship application with the help of her tutor and move on to the next book, "Ready for the Interview". Once she has completed the application and passed the test she plans to continue working with her tutor to improve her English pronunciation so that she may better communicate with her customers at the restaurant and help her children with their English studies… Good luck Mei!

Rosa Rosario, Literacy Contact & Maria Luiza Hall Rosa Rosario, Literacy Contact & Maria Luiza Hall
Great Conversation
Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Maria Luiza Hall joined the Lake County Library System Adult Literacy Program in January 2009 with a goal of improving her conversation skills and passing the Citizenship Interview. During the months of February and March she worked diligently with Connie Elmore, a volunteer tutor at the Tavares Public Library, and in March she relocated to Clermont and joined the Citizenship class facilitated by two volunteer tutors, Jim Briggs and Kitty Adler. In June 2009 she passed the Citizenship Interview! We are all absolutely thrilled by her success. She worked very hard, with the help of the tutors, and is so proud to have achieved this goal. But she hasn’t stopped…she plans on continuing to work with a tutor to improve her conversation skills. Great job, Luiza!!

Dozier Hanberry with German Chocolate cake made from scratch with Tutor Judith Mathes. Dozier Hanberry with German Chocolate cake made from scratch with Tutor Judith Mathes.
The true value of German Chocolate Cake...
Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Dozier Hanberry has been working with his tutor, Judith Mathes, at the Leesburg Public Library since March 2006. There have been many successes and some challenges along the way but he continues to be determined to improve his literacy skills and achieve his goal of using his library card to borrow books he can enjoy at home. But something I bet he never thought he would do with his tutor was make a German Chocolate Cake from scratch! Reading the directions, studying vocabulary involving ingredients, methods, and tools he crafted his way to the final product and as he frosted the last corner he stated "That was a lot of work!" Dozier has worked hard over the past few years and we are sure he will continue to surprise us and himself in the future!

City of Tavares Public Library Learner Mentors Angela Rojas, Rosa Rosario (Literacy Contact)
and Amparo Tejada City of Tavares Public Library Learner Mentors Angela Rojas, Rosa Rosario (Literacy Contact) and Amparo Tejada
Lake County Library System Adult Literacy Program has two new Learner Mentors at the City of Tavares Public Library!
Wednesday, March 04, 2009

We are very excited to welcome 2 new Learner Mentors to the program! We know how hard learners work with their tutors to improve their English language skills and sometimes it is difficult.  The learner mentors are available to answer questions, offer support, make changes, and anything else that will help the adult learners achieve their literacy goals. We hope that this will make the learners experience in the Lake County Library System Adult Literacy Program a better one! We are pleased to welcome Angela Rojas and Amparo Tejada as the new Tavares Learner Mentors. 

My name is Angela Rojas.  I’m from Colombia and moved here with my two teen sons and my husband. In Colombia I worked as a LabTechnician and here I’m working with Orange County School System.  I love working with people and helping others so after taking my English Class in Lake County Library System Adult Literacy Program I decided to encourage others to benefit from this wonderful program.

I’m Amparo Tejada from the Dominican Republic. I have lived in the United States since 1975. I lived in New York 15 years and have been living here in Florida for 17  years.  I bought a house in Astatula and I’m living with my husband and my adorable teen daughter.  I worked at a day care center in Minneola.  I’m an active learner of the Program and love it and think that more people should benefit of such a Program so I sign as a learner mentor to help the learners that are already in the Program and to orient others to join the program.

We are thrilled to include them in the Learner Mentor program. They are already reaching out to learners enrolled in the Tavares literacy program and getting great feedback.

Welcome Aboard Angela and Amparo!

Ron Wood and Sue Terhune, proud to be part of the Leesburg Literacy Team Ron Wood and Sue Terhune, proud to be part of the Leesburg Literacy Team
Leesburg Tutor and Learner Celebrate...I Got It!
Friday, February 06, 2009

"I (Ron) earned my CDL in January 2009. I have been working with Sue for one year. We worked on academics for a long time. I decided to make a career change and we studied for the CDL. It was difficult but the hard work paid off! I couldn’t have done it without my tutor, Sue."

Ron and Sue, congratulations on your success and achievement! They are now checking out driving schools – his next big goal! Good luck!

Hermelinda Espinoza, Adult Learner, pictured next to her artwork showcased at the Marion Baysinger Memorial Library Hermelinda Espinoza, Adult Learner, pictured next to her artwork showcased at the Marion Baysinger Memorial Library
Learner’s paintings displayed at the Groveland Library!
Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hermelinda Espinoza is an excellent learner in the ESL Intermediate class at the Marion Baysinger Library in Groveland.  Originally from Mexico, Hermelinda has spent most of the last 20 years in the U.S.  She learned painting in a community education class in Mexico 4 years ago.  She paints on fabric using special textile paints from Brazil.  With a family of 3 girls, working in a nursery, and studying English, she wishes she had more time for her hobby! Some of Hermelinda's paintings are currently on display at the
Groveland Library.   If you have time, you should take the opportunity to see them, they are amazing!

Roberta Rowold, Leesburg Literacy Contact, and Silvia Carey, Learner Mentor Roberta Rowold, Leesburg Literacy Contact, and Silvia Carey, Learner Mentor
Lake County Library System Adult Literacy Program has a new Learner Mentor at the Leesburg Public Library!
Saturday, December 06, 2008

We are very excited to be offering a new program! We know how hard learners work with their tutors to improve their English language skills and sometimes it is difficult. So, we are pleased to announce that we have created a Learner Mentor program. The learner mentors will be available to answer questions, offer support, make changes, and anything else that will help the adult learners achieve their literacy goals. We hope that this will make the learners experience in the Lake County Library System Adult Literacy Program a better one!

We are pleased to welcome Silvia Truyts Carey as the new Leesburg Learner Mentor. She is 41 years old and was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She came to the United States in 2000 and first lived in Orlando but after meeting her husband, Brian, she moved to Leesburg. She works at the Waterfront Inn in The Villages as the Executive Housekeeper. Not only is Silvia working with a tutor but she is volunteering additional time to help staff and tutors communicate with learners as well as recruit new learners to the program. Silvia has been instrumental in recruiting over 15 new learners in the short time she has been a volunteer Learner Mentor! We are thrilled to have her as part of the literacy team.

Luz Angela Vasquez and Gonzalo Hernandez Luz Angela Vasquez and Gonzalo Hernandez
Tavares Public Library ESL learners are being published!
Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Florida Literacy Coalition recently informed Tavares Public Library ESL students Gonzalo Hernandez, ‘My Adventures with English’, and Luz Angela Vasquez, ‘How I Learn’, that their stories have been selected for inclusion in the 2008 adult learner essay book Opening a New World.  The book will be unveiled at the Florida Literacy Coalition Annual Meeting at the Regal Sun Resort, Orlando on May 8, 12:15pm-1:15pm. 

Since 2006, Gonzalo has been working with George Cooke, a tutor, and Angela joined us in 2007.  Since that time they have been working very hard to achieve their goals.  To have the opportunity to have their stories published in a statewide book is beyond their dreams!  We are so proud to have been able to support their efforts and assist them as they put their stories into words.  They are amazing and represent the dedicated group of adult learners we have the fortune of working with on a weekly basis.

It is an honor to be included in the Florida Literacy Coalition’s publication.  Established in 1985, The Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) promotes supports and advocates for the effective delivery of quality adult and family literacy services in the state of Florida.  As a statewide umbrella literacy organization and the host of Florida’s State Literacy Resource Center, FLC provides a range of services to support more than 300 adult education, literacy and family literacy providers throughout Florida.

Want to read their essay?  Check out Opening A New World in the Adult New Reader Collection today!


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