AL AmeriCorps

September 5, 2008

Hello to the DLC community! I have been introduced to many as “the new Regina,” so in case my name didn’t stick, I wanted to take this time to introduce myself! 🙂 My name is Lark and I officially began my year of service through AmeriCorp Tuesday. Having worked in many different environments, including another non-profit, DLC is a breath of fresh air. It is so wonderful to walk into work and see happy people! People who care! While I have enjoyed other roles I have taken, the environment has never been this welcoming. Regina still has nothing but positive things to say about her experience and I really hope/think my experience will be the same.

So far, my few days here have been great. I have already met with my student once, and her excitement is contagious! Even though I had met her previously during student interviews, I have to admit I was a little nervous sitting down to talk with her at length. Her story, and why she wants to read, is inspiring and beautiful. She said that her grandchildren pester her to read to them, so she finally gathered up the courage to come to us. I have a feeling each of your students have similar stories about why they came to DLC and I’d love to hear them. Having taught before, it is really a motivating factor seeing how much my student wants to be here (versus 18 yr old college freshmen who would rather be anywhere BUT English class!). I just hope I can live up to her expectations of me!

In closing, I know I have some huge shoes to fill, but I look forward to the challenge. I hope to meet all of you in the upcoming days ahead. I know Charlotte (ESOL AmeriCorps) and I are new faces, but I can assure you both of our hearts are in the right place!

Lark

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