Student Spotlight: Deborah Bias

September 10, 2017

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Student Deborah Bias with her Laubach Way to Reading 3 Certificate

Each class makes a difference, as Deborah Bias, tutor Jill Mischo’s hardest working pupil, can attest. Bias went 51 years without the ability to read.

 “My friend here taught me how to read and write,” Bias said with a smile as she put her arm around Mischo. “I catch the bus Mondays and Wednesdays to the Lighthouse and I met Jill there. I didn’t know what she looked like, but I saw her smile and I knew that had to be her.”

Bias started with the first Laubach book, learning words like bird and fish. In four months, Mischo guided her through that and onto the second book, and tougher vocabulary including father, skirt, and curtains. Bias uses flashcards to help memorize the terms and takes home stories that are assigned reading.

“Deborah takes the story home, and she’ll read it to her son and to herself,” Jill noted. “I’m thrilled because she works so hard. It’s a joy every session.”

 -Written by Zach Sparks

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