Volunteer Stories

Meet Rob Richmond

For the last 11 years, Rob Richmond has taught adult students as a volunteer at the ELM campus.

 

“The adult students are selfless – they want their children to have a better life. At Literacy Achieves, volunteers and staff work together to make lives better.”

Rob Richmond, Literacy Achieves Volunteer Teacher

For the last 11 years, Rob Richmond has taught adult students as a volunteer at the ELM campus. He believes VMLC offers these students the chance for empowerment and independence.

“It’s immediately apparent how appreciative the students are. They are so eager to learn English and excited to be in the classroom together. For me the best part about teaching is this personal experience and the strong connections that form between students and teachers.” Rob said.

Rob enjoys using examples from both his and the students’ lives in the classroom.

“Having the students share a part of their lives with me makes the experience very meaningful, and that is what continues to inspires me to teach,” Rob said.

 

Meet DJ Kassanoff

DJ Kassanoff has taught ESL for five years at the Literacy Achieves campus in West Dallas.

 

“I am amazed at everything that students receive at Literacy Achieves. The children can attend school at the same time as their parents … and the families receive referrals for many services they need.”

DJ Kassanoff has taught ESL for five years at the Literacy Achieves campus in West Dallas. Watching her students grasp new concepts and gain confidence inspires DJ.

“I love what I do,” she smiled, “because I just love to see my students learn.”

“Come and watch us. Sit in on a class,” DJ encourages prospective volunteers. “See for yourself how inspiring connecting with students at Literacy Achieves can be.”

 
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