Written Stories 2006
Our Stories - Cochise College
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Florencia - Family Lit, Mesa
Voy a escribir mi historia. Mi historia es muy triaste por que yo no pude ir a la escuela por que mi papa murió cuando yo era niña. Nos dejo muy chiquitos y sin donde vivir. Mi mama estaba embarazada y a punto de dar a luz. Yo y mis hermanos mayores tuvimos que ayudar a mi mama y no pusimos a trabajar para poder mantener a mis hermanos menores. Poco a poco salimos adelante y por ese no pude ir a la escuela.
Yo me siento muy orgullosa de acudir a esta escuela. Por que para mi es un sueno estar estudiando con mis compañeras. Ellas me apoyan para que yo aprenda a leer y a escribir. Gracias a mis maestras y a mi familia yo ya se leer un poco. Esto me ha ayudado por que yo no sabia como hacer una llamada de larga distancia. Yo leí las instrucciones en mi tarjeta telefónica y lo pude hacer. El estar viniendo a la escuela me ha cambiado la vida para bien.
I am going to write my story. My story is a very sad one because I was unable to attend school. My father passed away when I was just a little girl. We were very small and we had no place to live. My mother was pregnant and just about to give birth. My older siblings and I had to help our mother in some way so we decided to get jobs. Little by little we were able to get what we needed. This is why I couldn’t go to school.
I am very proud to be able to attend school. Coming to school has made a dream come true for me. I come to school with other women that help and give me the support to learn how to read and write. Thanks to my teachers and family I can read a little. This has helped me very much because I didn’t know how to make a long distance call. I read the instructions on my calling card and was able to make the call. Coming to school has had a positive impact on my life.
When I First Began Tutoring
Cindy Bieger - Literacy Volunteer - Tucson
When I first began tutoring, I wasn’t sure how I was going to convey my knowledge to another adult, or if I was even capable. I’m not a teacher and didn’t think I had the experience required to fulfill the needs of an adult struggling to read or write. I realized fairly early that those skills were unnecessary; the only requirements were patience, compassion, and understanding the student’s goals. With that in mind, my concerns about “teaching” disappeared, and I was able to focus on the needs of my student.
Now, every time my student understands a new concept, it impacts me because I am a part of her success, not just academically, but personally, too. That’s a really great feeling! Each success increases her self-confidence and moves her one step closer to a better paying job, which is her goal. We always move forward together, keeping her needs and goals in mind.
Because of my involvement with the Literacy Volunteers of Tucson (LVT), I know I am making a positive contribution in my student’s life and in this world. Thank you LVT for providing me with the opportunity to learn, grow and make a difference.
Rio Stories - Multisensory Lab
LEARNING FOR LIFE Stories
I have ten children.At the moment I’m at a woman’s shelter in South Phoenix.My newly born is with me here at the shelter. With the help of my counselor I found a program that I was looking for. I do not know how to read or write I know that in order to study for my GED I need these basic skills. The Multisensory program in which I am enrolled fits my present need. I want to get my children back from CPS. Learning to read and write is the first step in getting a job. I know I’m on the right path for myself and for my children’s future.
MY GREATEST DESIRE
I have gone to college but found but found it too difficult. All through my grade school and high school years, I passed each year with the help of teachers and attending summer classes. My test scores were always marginal; I never qualified for Special Education Classes. Every year I attended summer school classes, so I could move to the next grade. I have enrolled in a number of different programs, some were very expensive and because my jobs offered me a limited income, I was unable to continue these programs. I have been tutored, attended the Maricopa Literacy Volunteers as well as other programs.
The many tests that I have taken over the years seemed to pin point two areas of weakness, lack of phonetics and basic comprehension skills.
The Multi-Sensory Program seems to meet these two basic needs that will help me achieve the goal of my life, A COLLEGE DEGREE.
Megan Smith - Learn Center, Pima
In the spring of 2005, I went to DES for cash assistance and food stamps. My case manager told me that I had an option: go to school or find a job. I tried finding a job before I came to the LEARN program. The jobs weren’t working out, and my mom wanted me to go to school.
LEARN is teaching me a lot, more than I knew. I like all of the teachers. It is easier than I thought it was going to be. I love working on the computers instead of working from my folder. I like the reading and math programs, and my reading has improved.
A GED will make a big difference to me. It will help me out financially and academically. I want to be a veterinarian when I get my GED. I’ve always wanted to
work with animals and nothing’s going to stop me.
My high school experience sucked. There was a lot of problems that were happening. My mom was on the run, I had a baby at fifteen, and it was really hard. I went back to school for maybe a month. They skipped me up grades. I never finished sixth-grade and I went to ninth. I was lost.
The hardest part of not having a GED is employment. The only jobs I can get are in fast food, and I don’t want to be flipping burgers for the rest of my life. It’s not going to get me far or pay for anything. What’s it going to help, especially when I have two kids? It’s really hard not to have a GED.
Monica Ramirez's Story
My name is Monica Ramirez. I’m 39 years old, and I’m from Mexicali, Mexico. I have a wonderful daughter, Cesia, and she is 11 years old. I have been here in the USA since 1990. I got my GED in 2000, and I obtained a certificate in Computer Literacy this past December. My goal is to get a degree in Business Administration, but I need to feel more confident with English. Cindy Bieger has been a great teacher. Her dedication and patience have been helping me to build my dreams.
I understand English conversations but my desire is to improve my speaking and writing. Cindy is the right person who answers all my questions and addresses my needs. One of the results of her teaching is that two weeks ago, I was selected as a Supervisor Assistant. Now I can communicate better with representatives and customers. It is very fantastic how these classes have impacted my knowledge. I want to thank LVT and Cindy for the contribution of helping me build my vision of writing and speaking fluently.