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Joanna's Story -
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In 2002, my youngest in diapers, I wanted a driver's license. I couldn't read, but called a phone number on the back of the driver's manual to get help and got my tutor. I studied with her. She knew that I could do more and asked if I had any other goals. I wanted to be able to read to my kids. Soon she convinced me to get a H.S. Diploma. (I dropped out in 11th grade.) Returning to Adult Ed, I took computer program courses in math, social studies and science and a classroom course in English. This took 1 ½ years. My tutor taught me to sound out words, and tricks to deal with my dyslexia: blocking out part of the page so that I could focus on the part I needed to read. That year that I graduated and also got my driver's license!


Once again my tutor was encouraging, this time to think about college! I didn't think I was college material, but she said she'd be there. At her suggestion I waited until my youngest was in all-day Kindergarten. Taking two courses at a time, my learning disability required a slow pace, 5 ½ years later I earned an Associate & Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. I received all As and Bs with a C- in biology.


I'd like to work with the elderly and plan next to get a nurse's assistant license. My sons 14 and 17, are both in high school, involved in cross country, outdoor track and Scouts and active at church. They support me, we each support each other.


I was nervous at first, a single parent with no faith in myself. I know she says it was me, but my tutor gets all the credit; she kept me going, always there the whole time my kids were growing up. She's still in my life. “She's awesome” and my sons think so too.

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