Tutor Spotlight: Pat Baker

September 13, 2019

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Tutor Pat Baker


I lived in New York for many years and most of my working career was in higher education, which focused not only on teaching, but also on program development. Having recently relocated to Maryland as well as newly retired, I was looking for something to do. That something turned out to be the Literacy Council.

It was my husband’s interest in the organization that initially piqued my interest. So, we both went to the tutor training and I was paired with Felita Thompson. As they say, “The rest is history.”

Felita and I have been working together for just about 11 months. Most of our time is focused on reading books and analyzing the storylines and characters. Felita is close to completing her 11th book. She is a remarkable student, and I sometimes “run” to catch up with her reading. As Felita related to me, “Being literate is so important because it gives you independence.” She certainly makes a good point considering Frederick Douglass said something very similar, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

Frederick Douglass quote about reading

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