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Cracking the Code

By Illan Kunik, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor During Literacy First’s pre-service training for tutors, I remember hearing incredible stories from past tutors and Supervisors about students who, as they described it, “broke the code before their eyes.” What they meant by this is that all of a sudden, whether it be during a lesson or […]

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Finding my Passion

By Rachel Peterson, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Teaching children to read has become a beautiful passion of mine.  I read the other day about passion, and the word had such connotations of suffering attached to it until recently. Now the entirety of us is concerned with finding their passion. So if it means to suffer […]

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A Letter to my Students

By Anna Latimer, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Dear students, During this time, it is good for us to take note of and voice our feelings. I would like to share mine with you. First of all, I am sad. I am sad that I did not get to properly send you off to your spring […]

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A Community that Cares

By Britanny Barcliff, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor I have been working alongside Austin Voices for Education and Youth for the past year and a half, as I started volunteering with them for my community partnership as a Literacy First tutor. I have been able to help as they unloaded trucks full of food pallets from […]

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I can finally read!

By Anna Latimer, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Once upon a time in a faraway land, there lived a magical individual, who every day turned into something different. One day, she was a cat (or so she claimed). She had been about to leave her jacket at my tutor station for the day, but when I […]

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Bittersweet Success

By Diana Cabrera, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor
At the beginning of the school year, one of my kindergarten students, Calvin, came in knowing about 13 letter sounds…

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Reaching a Reluctant Reader

By McKenna May, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor I’m a first-year tutor with Literacy First, and with that comes some unique challenges. I had to figure out how to organize my desk, my role in the workplace dynamic, and how to connect with my students in the pursuit of reading. While I have ample experience with […]

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“Gradulations”

-By Ruby Jockers, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor When a Literacy First student graduated for the first time at our campus earlier this year, it was an exciting day for everyone on our team, as we watched this Kindergarten student proudly walk out the classroom holding her graduation certificate. However, when I went to pick up […]

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A Literacy First Tutor’s Favorite Things

By Rachel Peterson, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor My Team By the end of our Pre-Service Training, I had interacted with as many of the 50+ Literacy First AmeriCorps members as I could. The 2nd/3rd year leaders were stationed around the room with signage to welcome their new crews. My name was called with three members […]

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