A Storyteller’s Art

I’m inspired by many different things–but I’m an avid reader, so I’d definitely say that books are a source of inspiration. The story I’m trying to tell is always one of hope – a whimsical, happy story told through images. I’ve know about PRC for years, and their wonderful work in our county. The idea…

Quote: Why I Study

Sometimes our students say things that ring with feeling, ring with a truth that might be hard to hear, and also, wonderful to hear. “Quote:” will be part of an ongoing series that lets our students speak. To begin, we asked our students why they study English. Here are some of their answers: “Because I want…

Thank You, Teacher

I used to be an occupational therapist for special needs kids. I went part time when my grandchildren came along and then the place I worked said, “You have to choose—work full time or retire.” So, I retired. I have a friend who volunteers in the food pantry. I admired her for volunteering, so I…

I Have To Do Something

After the presidential election, like many people, I thought I have to do something. I knew about People’s Resource Center from Girl Scouts and volunteering there. I thought it would be great to work with immigrants. In my work, I was a nurse, I saw lots of immigrants. And I saw how hard they had…

English is Crazy

A friend of mine told me about PRC. I had just retired from teaching after about 100 years, or it felt like a 100 years. I went part time for a while, and then decided I wanted to try volunteering.  I had been a French teacher and, you know, French was easy. The grammar had…

Feelings Without Words

I’m not trained in art, but I taught art in a private school where you teach everything. I enjoy teaching art, and I like working with children. I’ve worked in various locations around DuPage County. PRC gets requests from after-school programs which would like to add art as an activity. That’s what I do. When…

Free for the Taking

My desire to be a Citizenship Tutor starts with my parents.  They came to America in the 1920s to seek opportunity – there was very little opportunity in their small towns in Ireland.  My parents laid down their lives in their beloved Ireland so their children could walk across to a better life. My parents…

Really, We’re All the Same

I love teaching.  There is such joy in seeing people “get something” while they’re studying!  It’s thrilling to see the dawn of an awakening in a student. When I noticed an ad for PRC in a bulletin at mass where I used to be a sign-language interpreter,  I put it in my stack of activities…

Maybe I could help?

My grandparents actually made me want to teach language.  They immigrated in the early 1900’s. My mother was born in the US, but her first language was German. German was all that was spoken at home. My mom’s cousin helped her learn English. When she started at the one-room schoolhouse, they knew  she was an immigrant…

Laugh a lot

“Are you a teacher?” she asked? “No,” I replied. “Are you a nurse?” I shook my head. “No.” The look of dread on my student’s face when she heard my answer was priceless! I’m sure she wondered how I could ever help. She’d requested a tutor to help her pass the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)…

A Major Gain

Good morning! Hope all is well on your end.  I’ve completed and submitted a mound of paperwork and assessments and am now enjoying my time off. In a week, I will begin to get antsy but for now, I love the extra time for shopping, baking and playing games at night with the kids, rather than…

Happy New Year!

May your New Year bloom with peace and happiness! Flowers created by PRC art students.