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ABOUT US

Meet a Volunteer

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Meet a Volunteer

Sacha Pfeiffer

Senior Reporter, WBUR-FM

After a stint of tutoring at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Sacha took the volunteer training at the Community Learning Center and started working one-on-one with Barwaqo Mohamed. Barwaqo came to the U.S. from Somalia with no English, but after working in a coffee shop for a year, she was basically fluent. Because she needed help with reading and writing, however, Barwaqo and Sacha spent a lot of time reading -- simple stories that teach phonics, grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and vowel blends, as well as more advanced books on health care, doctors, and nursing, since Barwaqo wants to become a nurse.

“I believe that helping non-native speakers gain fluency and literacy in English gives them a very powerful tool -- one that can improve their lives socially, intellectually, professionally, and financially. Tutoring is a serious commitment. As Barwaqo's skills improved, I began to put together actual lesson plans and make frequent visits to my local library to hunt for teaching materials appropriate for her reading level. If you really want to help your student rise to another level, you need to be willing to put in the extra effort. In my experience, the results are worth it." — Sacha Pfeiffer

For information on helping adults learn to speak English, improve reading, writing and math skills, or attain a GED or high school diploma at the Community Learning Center, contact Whit Hendon (phone: 617-349-6366 or email: whendon@cambridgema.gov).

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