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Breathing with Ferdinand

A heartwarming story from Literacy First tutor Isabelle explaining how she’s using The Story of Ferdinand and a stuffed replica of the children’s book character to help her students breathe through a challenging year.

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Rainbow and Candy

By Clara Hart, 2021-2022 Literacy First Tutor I work with a very creative and lively kindergartener named Mateo. For the first few weeks of the school year, Mateo had some trouble sitting down and focusing for his lessons. He seemed to think that our time together was supposed to be all fun, and would become […]

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Tutors Teaching Students; Students Teaching Tutors

By Cody Hervey, 2021-2022 Literacy First Tutor My time serving as an early literacy tutor with Literacy First has been different compared to my first two years of national service. Serving as an AmeriCorps member with other programs was rewarding; however, it has been working with kids where I have come alive. There is something […]

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Student Story: Acalan

By Melody Villarreal, 2021-2022 Literacy First Bilingual Tutor Someone once told me that you don’t know what you don’t know, and through my role as a Literacy First tutor teaching students to read, I can see what he meant clearly. One particular student, Acalan, took his mastery tests and was able to get halfway through, […]

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Former Tutor Spotlight

Katie Van Winkle’s Service Comes Full Circle While working as a professor at Austin Community College (ACC), former Literacy First tutor Katie Van Winkle would interact with high school students participating in the Early College High School program (ECHS), an opportunity to obtain college credit while in high school. During one of her theatre classes, Katie […]

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A Grandparent and a Tutor

By Sylvia Rainey, 2020-2021 Literacy First Tutor The most gratifying statement I heard all year was from one of my second-grade students. “I finally got the hang of reading!” he announced proudly. This is a student who had started the school year struggling to read at 22 words-per-minute, and now he is able to read. […]

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The Very Curious Student

By Tania Bruderer, 2018-2019, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor One of my 1st graders was more on the reserved, shy side when she started with Literacy First. Then, as she gained my trust, she started opening up more and more. She has a bright imagination, and asks many questions and is very curious about the world. […]

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Science with Oscar

By Diana Cabrera, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor I have loved science since I was an elementary school student. It wasn’t until 5th grade, however, that I realized that it was something I was truly interested in and perhaps good at. My science teacher was very passionate about science and shared my love for rocks. She […]

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More than Reading

By Richard Hayes, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Back in August, I knew why I was serving. Well, I was pretty sure. I was confident that helping children learn how to read is an effective use of time. I knew that via the nature of this work, I could learn, grow, and ultimately better myself as […]

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