“Being a part of Americorps through the literacy council has taught me a multitude of lessons, but the most important and heart-pleasing aspect will always be the students. From full classes to small classes the students have been the reason I have come back every day to teach. They are some of the hardest workers I know and it has been a joy to teach them a powerful skill these past few months. Along the way, they have given me glimpses into their lives, from the daily ups and downs to how they miss their family and most importantly their dreams.
For most of my time teaching, I have taught the beginner level class, which has its own challenges and its own rewards. I’ve also spent my entire time teaching the night classes. The work ethic and determination of these beginning night students is a constant reminder of the sacrifice these wonderful people made to be in this country. All of these students have full time jobs, most of them have families, and they still dedicate 2 hours a night multiple times a week to learn a skill to better their lives. This has always and will continue to amaze me, and I thank the students deeply for allowing me to be a part of it.”