Lulu and John
Lulu enrolled in Fond du Lac Literacy Services as an English language learner in March 2013 and tested at a low-intermediate level. She was on the waiting list for a tutor for three months and began working with her tutor, John, in June of 2013. John is a retired educator with a positive attitude who appreciated this opportunity to work with an individual at his/her own pace. John shares, “Lulu has a pleasant disposition, is intelligent and possesses good communication skills. She always tries hard and does her best. She expresses herself well verbally and has shown improvement in her written communication. Lula has clean values and cares deeply about her family.”
Since the two have been working together, Lulu has gotten a job as an instructional aide at Eden Elementary School. She feels more confident when communicating with others and is well liked by the students and staff she works with. On a monthly report John shares. “Lulu is gaining so much from her present employment. The responsibilities she has as a teacher’s aide creates new and diverse challenges on a regular basis. There is a lot of academic and social growth taking place.” Additionally, “I am encouraged by Lulu’s ability to write without hesitancy. Her writing is still a work in progress, but she doesn’t lack effort. She will continue to improve.” Lulu’s future goals include staying employed at her current position and helping other people learn to speak Spanish or English more fluently.
Reflecting on the literacy program, John and Lulu share that the program has many strengths. “The student and tutor arrangement offers more than just a learning experience for the student. It also serves as a mentorship program because many of the goals center on ways to improve in the environment the student find themselves. It’s a support system that can’t help but improve self-esteem and confidence. The tutors gain as much from this experience as the students. It helps us see a small part of the world through others. It makes us see that we’re all in this together, and that all of us can work together to make this a better community, state, country, and world.”