A Literacy Educator’s Perspective

Courtney Keating, Education Coordinator

Courtney Keating, Education Coordinator

Continuing the trend of last week, I’m responding to IAACE’s blog post written by one of The Literacy Center’s volunteer tutors, Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw. I have only been lucky enough to know Susanna for the last year and one half, but her history with TLC goes back before I even realized that I wanted to go into education! She has been an incredibly dedicated volunteer for twenty years.

Earlier this week, Susanna wrote about the rewards of tutoring. I can tell you, the rewards are great. Not monetary rewards, because let’s face it, I’ll never have a winter home in Hawaii or fly first class to Dubai, but Susanna and I (and you too!) have so much more than that. For starters, I smile when I walk into work because I know I am going to hang out with some of the most amazing people I have ever met. I get to be creative. I get to make new friends. I get to discuss literature. I get to see the excitement from a student when he/she “gets” it! I suppose I shouldn’t say “I get”, because if you are helping someone improve their literacy, then you get to too! However, it still runs deeper than us. We are changing the world.

Yes, I said changing the world. See, literacy is bigger than us. Susanna mentioned the financial costs of illiteracy on the nation. It’s an undeniable fact that illiteracy costs our economy money; because of healthcare, government assistance, and so many other reasons. We are directly involved in the cause. Sometimes, we focus on those small successes so much that we forget the big picture. Of course we see our immediate achievements, but I want you all to give yourselves a well-deserved round of applause. Why? Because you deserve it! You, one-by-one, are opening the eyes of an individual who is discovering a new world. Because of us, the world she is discovering is a world of better readers.

From one educator to another, Thank you for making the world a better place!

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