Spoon River College Seeking Tutors for GED And ESL Classes

“I believe people have a need to be part of a community. Being a volunteer in the GED program at Spoon River College provides me with that feeling of community,” said Tom Pogue of Macomb, a retired registered nurse who has been tutoring GED students in math since 2012.

Cyndi Johnston, adult education program coordinator at Spoon River College, would like to find more community members like Tom Pogue, especially for the classes being held at the SRC Center in Rushville.

“Many of our current volunteers are special education students of Dr. Mary Jenson at Western Illinois University,” Johnston said. “They do an excellent job and we are fortunate to have this partnership, but they are based almost exclusively in Macomb.”

Johnston is also seeking volunteer tutors for her ESL (English as a Second Language) classes that are taught at the Rushville Center.  ESL classes focus on writing, reading, and grammar with a special emphasis on listening and speaking.

The ESL classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – noon, and GED classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m.

“My reward is the student’s success, and I would strongly encourage other retirees that may be looking for a worthwhile way to spend their free time to consider becoming a volunteer in this program,” said Pogue.

For more information about becoming a volunteer tutor for the GED or ESL classes, contact Cyndi Johnston at (309) 833-6038 or email cyndi.johnston@src.edu