How long has this volunteer been involved in your organization?
Monica began volunteering in Sept., 2013.
How did she first become involved with your literacy program?
Monica had just retired from the business world and was looking for a new ministry to be involved in. Her husband knew one of the teachers at Learning-in-Style, Esther, who then invited her to come and see our work with immigrants. Monica came immediately, began volunteering one day a week, and was soon coming every day.
What are this volunteer’s current roles in your program?
Monica has recently filled a need in our school by opening two new classes for students on the waiting list. They meet four mornings a week. She continues to volunteer one afternoon a week, and often subs for teachers in the afternoons.
In what way is this volunteer’s involvement in your program unique, innovative or creative? Please as thorough as possible. Provide examples and other evidence (stories, quotes, student data) whenever possible.
Monica will help students at any level, sometimes without notice. She will go wherever needed very graciously, and do an excellent job. Her fine coaching has empowered students to try, speak, write, or do whatever was the task. Monica has great respect for each student and their needs. They love her!
She affirms them all the time.
What personal characteristics and/or teaching methods make her a successful volunteer? Please provide stories or examples whenever possible.
Monica is a “natural-born teacher”! she worked on skills that helped students advance a level on the CASAS test. She brought in additional materials or experiences to enhance her teaching, like baking a cake after students read the story of “Thunder Cake”. An example: Amina came to our school at a pre-literate level. Monica worked tirelessly to introduce the concept of sound/letter correspondence, and because of this instruction, Amina was able to begin reading by using her decoding skills.
Briefly describe the learners this volunteer has helped, including specific learner accomplishments.
Monica has worked with all levels in our program from 0 to 5+ from many cultural backgrounds. She enjoyed working one-to-one to assist students in whatever they’d like to learn. Monica has been able to open windows of learning on all levels, from writing the alphabet to understanding insurance forms. Because she has used “hands-on” activities, students were able to grasp concepts more easily. She helped with English, math, computer, and citizenship.
Monica is extremely generous, capable, reliable, and gracious. She fits into our staff very well. She relates to the students with respect, patience, and expertise. She adapts her lessons to include important life skills at all levels. She has actively engaged students in conversation in order to help them advance their speaking and listening skills. The students are always happy to see her because she believes in making the world a better place by doing what she does, and she has made our school a better place.
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