Tutor Spotlight: Sally Jones And Her Student Shirley

February 21, 2014

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Shirley and (Tutor) Sally Jones

I’m one of the luckiest tutors around!  Meet Shirley Copland, my student.  Shirley sought out the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council in September 2013 because she had a burning desire to obtain her GED.  She comes from a family of 10 children, where, for a variety of reasons, only four were able to complete high school.When she became a mother, one of her goals for her children was that they would understand the importance of a high school education and master the study habits that would help ensure their success.And once you’ve met Shirley, it comes as no surprise that all of her children did succeed in graduating from high school with flying colors. But in recent years, her children lovingly insisted that now was the time to give the same gift to herself, Shirley worked through her fears of admitting to others that she had not obtained her high school degree, and called the AACLC.

Not long before, I had contacted the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council to explore ways in which I could give back to the community. When I was put in touch with AACLC Director Lisa Vernon, Lisa invited me to join the September tutor training even though it was booked to capacity.Now, after tutoring Shirley for almost four and a half months, I have received more than I ever expected.I have had the intense pleasure of seeing Shirley’s eyes light up with each new step she takes. She personifies the meaning of the word “motivation.” I not only know that I am making a difference in the life of another person; I have gained a new friend. Together we share many moments of laughter and fun when we meet at the library three days each week.  I am supported by a committed staff at the Literacy Council, as well as by many seasoned AACLC tutors. I consider myself to be one of the luckiest tutors around!

Sally Jones

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