With the school year ending, many Innovations for Learning tutors are visiting the classrooms to meet in person the children whose progress in reading they’ve been guiding long distance, via telephone and computer.
Jacqui Howze, an administrative assistant at the law firm DLA Piper LLP in Chicago’s Loop, remotely tutored a young boy at Fiske Elementary on the city’s South Side. Her office is in a gleaming office tower created by famous architects. At Fiske, 95 percent of the children are classified as low-income.
She visited the classroom the other day for the first time — and loved it so much that she sent this note to the teacher:
Good morning Mrs. House,
I would like to thank you for allowing me and the Innovations For Learning tutors to visit your classroom yesterday. It was the highlight of my day!
I enjoyed meeting Kavin and the other children. You have a wonderful group of students who display a passion for learning and who have respect for you, their fellow students and their school. I am very proud to be a part of it all.
I would like to say Kudos to you for the way you handle your class and for all that you do for those lovely little minds. You too are wonderful!
I look forward to tutoring next year and I would like nothing more than to continue to tutor Kavin, but in the event that I cannot, I know that whomever I tutor will be just as bright and eager as Kavin. Thank you again Mrs. House for having us and I hope to visit your classroom again next year.
Have a wonderful Summer!
The teacher replied:
What a beautiful note! I was very enthusiastic, as were my little ones, to meet you guys as well! With your support, my kindergartners have skyrocketed in their levels of reading and writing. I know because all of the skills that you worked on were revisited by me and I saw the major jumps.
It feels so great to know that all of the hard work is seen because I am working constantly to keep the kindergartners at a higher level than the norms. I am so grateful to TeacherMate/Innovations for Learning and my students were eagerly waiting for your calls/sessions. I watched them go from dependent, curious minds to independent, conscientious thinkers, still curious (smiles).
I, too, agree that you should stick with Kavin and the other tutors should stay with their little ones. You can definitely track the growth by following. Thanks so much and talk to you soon…
— photos of Fiske Elementary by Brian Jackson/Chicago Sun-Times