Diane Walsh was a newly retired teacher when she found Oakland Literacy Council online while looking for volunteer opportunities. She signed on as a tutor, completed the training, and has worked diligently with at least eight Oakland Literacy students in both ESL and adult basic education over seven years. Here’s what Diane shares about her role as a volunteer tutor:
“I think the most important qualities a tutor can bring to this experience are careful listening, patience, and respect for the student.”
“From the beginning, I’m patient with a new student. I know it will take time for them to express what their goals are. I approach our relationship carefully. I listen a lot, take notes, and ask the student to read aloud to me. When I listen to them speak and read to me, I get a window into their needs and challenges.”
Diane has learned many new technologies this year, including Burlington English and Barton, a specialized curriculum for adults with learning disabilities. While they can be challenging at first, she loves the structure and innovation they bring to her tutoring sessions.
Diane is so proud of the progress her student, TL, is making. In recent testing, he achieved two levels of educational gains! Congratulations, TL!
All of us at the Council are so grateful for Diane’s commitment! With warmth, empathy, and sincerity, Diane is just one incredible example of the way we see our amazing volunteers bringing out the best in students week after week. Thank you, volunteers!