Kathy Dunn has been working with Reading Connections, Inc.,
since February of 2008. In that time, our students have grown to rely on her
skills as a kind and helpful teacher, and our staff has found her expertise to
Originally, Kathy worked for over a year,
an adult learner. In 2009, she expressed an interest in teaching small
classes. Together, Kathy and our Volunteer Coordinator developed a
Civics class and a basic-level reading class called FUNdamentals,
which is based on our Phonemic Awareness Toolkit. Kathy completed two
sessions of the FUNdamentals class in 2010. Both have
been met with unequivocally positive reviews by students and staff.
Kathy has always been a hard worker and fantastic tutor, but
her talent as a teacher has really shown in this group setting. Not only does
she spend an incredible amount of time developing meticulous, thoughtful lesson
plans for her students, but she is patient and thorough in her application of
these lessons. Furthermore, she's incredibly humble about her abilities, and
always eager to share her many years' experience with new tutors.
has become a mentor tutor to many new tutors along the way. Whether
they are working in a one on one setting or a small group class, Kathy
takes the time to talk with tutors about their struggles in order to
come up with a plan to ensure a comprehensive and successful lesson. She
also helps at our monthly Tutor Trainings, giving new tutors a chance
to hear from someone who is on the front lines delivering instruction.
Kathy has a
generosity of spirit which has become a trademark of not just her
style, but her personality.
The staff at Reading
Connections knows we can rely on Kathy
to be honest, dependable and, most importantly, an encouraging influence
lives of our students. Whether it's finding the perfect activity to
supplement reading class, explaining the benefits of tactile/kinesthetic
teaching to a new
tutor, or brainstorming her next great class, Kathy is one of the most
outstanding volunteer tutors at Reading Connections. We don't know what
would do without her!