" “I love the one-on-one interaction. I taught high school and that is large groups. When it is one-on-one, I can see the progress better... The only challenge is finding enough books for her and finding books that will keep her interest.”
Chris Verg
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From left: English students Maria Angel and Ines Baker get instruction from tutor Janet Glime, as Chris Verg tutors Judy VanNorman as part of the Literacy Council of Marinette and Oconto Counties Thursday at the Stephenson Public Library in Marinette. (Color reprints: www.ehextra.com)
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
From left: English students Maria Angel and Ines Baker get instruction from tutor Janet Glime, as Chris Verg tutors Judy VanNorman as part of the Literacy Council of Marinette and Oconto Counties Thursday at the Stephenson Public Library in Marinette. (Color reprints: www.ehextra.com)
MARINETTE — Two years ago, Janet Glime of Coleman sought to start an organization to promote literacy among local adults. Today, she is the head of the Marinette and Oconto Counties Literacy Council which works to tutor adults in reading, comprehension and writing skills.
“We have really made progress and moved ahead with the entire council,” she said.
The council’s website, www.moliteracy.org, states that more than 13 percent of Wisconsin adults have not received a high school diploma or the equivalent and the illiteracy rate in both Marinette and Oconto counties is approximately nine percent.
Maria Angel and Ines Baker have been receiving instruction in reading and writing English as a second language from tutors as a part of the Literacy Council.
“It has been a wonderful experience and I’m getting to know the real culture and understand and write and read it,” Baker said. “They teach you and you learn to survive here. When you face challenges, they are here to back you up. I really appreciate the time and patience they have given us. We are very grateful.”
Angel said deciding to receive tutoring in English was a big decision for her.
“My teacher is a great person and has made me feel comfortable here,” Angel said. “She makes it easy to learn ... It was hard to make the decision to start. I wanted to do something better for myself and for my son.”
Judy VanNorman has also received instruction from a tutor from the Literacy Council. She has been a part of the program since it was started in 2012.
“Having Chris (Verg, her tutor) show me things like how to pronounce better and my writing and my comprehension,” VanNorman said. “Also, Chris has become my friend and she is so easy to work with.”
Verg said being a tutor has been very satisfying for her.
“I love the one-on-one interaction,” Verg said. “I taught high school and that is large groups. When it is one-on-one, I can see the progress better... The only challenge is finding enough books for her and finding books that will keep her interest.”
Glime said the council has a shortage of tutors such as Verg. Glime has begun leading small groups for tutoring because there are not enough tutors to help with one-on-one instruction for every student that is interested.
The Marinette and Oconto Counties Literacy Council will host a tutor training class in September. There are three sessions that will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays for three weeks in September. People who are interested in being a tutor may call 920-897-4422.
For more information about the council or receiving tutoring in reading and writing English, people may call the same number or visit www.moliteracy.org.