The only thing he wants to do is improve his English as an enabler to provide a better life here for himself, his wife and three kids. I think he’s representative of lots of other Literacy Network learners. They come of their own accord. No one is forcing them. I find this especially inspirational and am happy to donate to keep the program going.
I look at my relationship with him as not just a tutor but also a mentor. Knowing that I spent 30+ years in industry he loves to talk to me about work and his struggles with management and fellow employees. We talk a lot about his kid’s school so he knows how to be a good parent and keep them on track. We talk a little about finances and health concerns and taxes and insurance and all the other things a family of five faces everyday in Middleton, WI. He likes to talk about current events and seeks to better understand our political landscape.
Don’t get me wrong. I love helping him speak, read and write English better and he sees this as a key to improving the life of his family. But I also love helping him navigate all the other things we all face all the time. He and his whole family are as genuine as they come. I am fortunate to be his tutor, his mentor and his friend.”