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Meet Literacy First Director Claire Hagen Alvarado, Ed.L.D.

For Literacy First Director Claire Hagen Alvarado, Ed.L.D., a lifetime of both personal and professional experiences have converged to inform her passion for bilingualism and literacy, and her dedication to providing students with the environment within which they feel safe taking the risks needed to develop those skills.

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Learning to Learn

Literacy First tutor Sophie and her student Enzo have learned together the many pieces that make up a successful learning environment.

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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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Only the Beginning

By Amelia Baxter, 2021-2022 Literacy First Tutor Today, my kindergarten student finished her 11th lesson and I decided to have her complete the mastery test to move onto the next section. Even though I wasn’t completely sure that she would pass, I decided to give it a try since she was having such a great day. […]

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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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