Dr. Sharon Sloan, Director of the CCLC and her student, Marina Trujillo.
We expect our various Literacy Councils to teach folks to read, but did you know that the Carroll County Literacy Council tutors adult students enrolled in college level courses, helps community journalists master audio and video editing software, and facilitates skill building for writers and seniors who want to know the ins and outs of Facebook, YouTube, and internet blogging?
After a career as a college professor in Dallas, Phoenix, and Germany, Dr. Sharon Sloan retired to a cottage along the Kings River in Carroll County and embarked on a second career as a fanatical birdwatcher--and literacy tutor. "Reading is more than fundamental," Sloan said in a recent interview. "It is the key that unlocks doors to employment, income equality, civic participation, and good parenting. As head of the Carroll County Literacy Council, I see myself mostly as a key maker: I prepare people to unlock a lot of doors."
Sloan is Pictured above with Marina Trujillo, a Berryville resident and first shift worker at the Tyson plant in town. After pulling her 5:15 AM shift, Marina heads to the Literacy Council office to improve her English language skills and learn basic typing and keyboard skills. She has been a CCLC student for two years and, according to Sloan, is a typical student.
"Almost all of our ESL students are employed, married, and have families. It is a real testimony to their work ethic and family values that they choose to study and improve themselves even when it isn't always convenient."
"I am happy that the Literacy council is here to help me," Marina said. "It is sometimes hard to convince myself to come to school after working my job because I am tired. But I owe it to myself and my family to improve. So here I am!"
We salute the Carroll County Literacy Council and all of its tutors and Community Supporters for the essential services they provide. For more information, call 870 505 1556.