New Volunteer Title!

by lvorc on July 6, 2011

For the 40+ years that Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County has been in existence, we have called our volunteers who work with students “TUTORS”. It is time for an update! Effective immediately, our tutors will now be called, know as, designated—- “Volunteer Adult Literacy Educators.” This title paints a truer picture of the role our volunteers play in helping students learn to read or speak English or improve those skills. I think it also sends a message to the volunteers as to how much we respect and appreciate the skills and expertise they bring to each session with their students.

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Donna Gibson April 4, 2012 at 8:32 am

I am afraid I will still refer to the folks who enroll in our training as “tutors”. Volunteer Adult Literacy Educators is certain too big a mouthful to use on a daily basis. In written materials the title is fine, but don’t expect everyday use.

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Cathy Watrobski April 14, 2012 at 1:43 am

I agree with Donna. Remember people that come to us are learning to read English. It seems to me that replacing one word with four is cumbersome and difficult to remember even for this tutor. I will continue to refer to myself as a tutor.

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