From our Tutors

Our tutors get just as much out of each session as our learners, and they love to share their experiences. Read testimonials from a few of our tutors to learn how their volunteer opportunities are impacting not only their communities, but their own lives.

“I saw a notice in my church bulletin suggesting volunteering. Sr. Maryann assured me that the only requirements for tutors are English fluency, dedication, and a love for people. She stressed that the Laubach Method used at the Center has the techniques that make it possible to teach another without knowing the other’s language. She said that people learn when they are respected, when the learning is relevant, based on experience, appeals to all the senses, and meets the individual needs.”

“I’m now in my sixth year at the Center. In those years I have had students who started at zero to those who could speak and think in English from the beginning. Many students now read articles and write expository paragraphs. One student I know returned to his country with books provided by the Center, planning to teach his relatives.”

“Tutors and students alike enjoy coming to the Center. Students and teachers are provided with all the materials they need. One feels a part of a community. It is truly a wonderful feeling to volunteer at the Springs Learning Center!” (A tutor for 12 years)

“Did I ever think that retiring as a nurse after 42 years I would be a tutor for the ESL program at Springs Learning Center? Sr. Maryann and I have the same sister-in-law, so periodically we’re together at family gatherings. The Springs Learning Center had been in existence for approximately a year when Sr. Maryann was doing her sales pitch and recruiting tutors. Since I only had two years of Spanish in High School I was convinced that it would not qualify me as a tutor. But I was wrong! So here I am many years later and still enjoying it. I have developed some great friendships with my students and I find it very rewarding. I often wonder if I missed my calling way back when???” (A tutor for 14 years)