Volunteer Spotlight – Rebekah RamirezMarch 28th, 2017
Rebekah is one of our newest ESL tutors with the Literacy Council of Montgomery County! A young professional living in Bethesda and working in DC, she was looking for a way to contribute a couple of hours of free time per week toward helping another person. In just a few short months, she and her student have become great friends. Rebekah even gushed to her book club recently how glad she is she decided to become a tutor with LCMC!
- What motivated or inspired you to become an LCMC volunteer?
I volunteered with the ESL community throughout graduate school and then took a break. When my friend invited me to volunteer for LCMC, I was eager and excited to jump right in. I love to give back to my community in this capacity.
- How long have you been an LCMC volunteer?
I started volunteering at the beginning of February after the January workshops.
- What is some advice you can give to future LCMC volunteer tutors?
Be patient with your student, smile and have fun!
- What is your favorite aspect of tutoring?
My student is so motivated and excited to learn English and about American culture, it’s infectious. She’s radiant and I feel like we became friends even after a few sessions.
- What are some obstacles that you face as a tutor?
Lesson planning has always been a bit troublesome, but often times my student inadvertently creates a lesson because she brings questions and materials that she needs help with understanding.
- How do you manage tutoring while working full time?
I’m lucky enough to be able to totally disconnect from my work on the weekends. My schedule and my student’s schedule line up perfectly for us to be able to meet a full two hours on Saturdays.
- How has being an LCMC tutor impacted your life?
I feel like I’m being a productive member of society on Saturdays rather than sitting at home with a bag of chips and a stack of movies every weekend! I’m a homebody, and tutoring has given me something to look forward to every Saturday morning.
If you are interested in dedicating 2-4 hours a week to helping an adult improve their English literacy, sign up today for one of our April tutor information sessions! Want to help, but don’t have the time? Help us reach more learners by donating today.