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Fall 2018  
Nancy Newfield's Niche in Citizenship

Nancy Newfield became a literacy tutor after completing LSNY’s tutor training program in the class of Nov 2015!  At the time, Nancy was a newly retired VP of software marketing for a technology firm anxious to share her new found “extra time” with a literacy student.  She worked with her first student for 18 months, and then took an interest in tutoring potential candidates for US citizenship. By early 2017, Nancy was working with three citizenship students. All passed their citizenship tests. 

Nancy was soon giving one-to-one support to students enrolled in our citizenship classes who had upcoming naturalization interviews scheduled. These students included Jorge P. who came to LSNY having failed his first naturalization test. Nancy agreed to tutor Jorge as his second interview was fast approaching.  (Naturalization candidates have two chances to pass per application.)  We are proud to say Jorge has passed and is a new US citizen! And Nancy is back to working with three more citizenship students.

Nancy tutors students in both the Finkelstein and Nanuet Public Libraries. Her citizenship students arrived in the US from Ecuador, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Syria and Guatemala. In September 2018, the Nanuet Library, Nancy’s hometown library, won first prize for the Ramapo Catskill Library System’s (RCLS) Adult Program of the Year for their collaboration with Literacy Solutions NY (LSNY) by hosting the LSNY Citizenship Tutor Program. 

With nine new US citizens to her credit, Nancy has certainly found her niche. Early in her career, after achieving a Masters in English Education, Nancy taught for a few years before joining the technology firm from which she retired. When asked about her current vocation of tutoring, Nancy says, “It’s has been really fun for me to get back to those roots after decades of high tech.”
Movie Recommendations
for English Language Learners
It's the time of year when the days turn colder and the nights grow longer. What better time to watch a few of your favorite movie classics.

It turns out that the slower pace of dialog in many older, classic movies makes them a great resource for your English Language Learners. A tutor might even use the movie storyline as good content for pronunciation and conversation. Remind students that movies can be borrowed from their local public library with an active library card.. 

Here is our list of movie recommendations for your adult students.
All are family friendly.

  1. Forrest Gump
  2. Castaway
  3. Harry Potter (all films)
  4. Toy Story
  5. Casablanca
  6. Shawshank Redemption
  7. The King's Speech
  8. Pursuit of Happiness
  9. Miracle on 34th Street
  10. It's A Wonderful Life
Erin's Enthusiasm For Making A Difference!

Literacy Tutor, Erin Arduini, is a college student and one of our youngest tutors who is generously giving of her time to an ESL student while juggling coursework and part time jobs. 

“What I like about tutoring is not only being able to help someone with a task that is important to them, but being able to use my knowledge of the English language in a creative way – which is something I enjoy!”  

We are fortunate to have Erin on our tutor team. She brings a wisdom beyond her years in her willingness to serve others at a time when she herself is just beginning to consider her own future. Erin happens to love to write which is an area of need for her student. Both she and her student manage busy lives and have a mutual appreciation for any time they get to spend together in a tutor session. Most noticeably, Erin’s enthusiasm to serve others is contagious!
by first week January 2019

Did you know that we test your students every 30 hours
of tutor time?

Your monthly hour logs are important to help us measure student progress.

Literacy Tutors Enjoy Annual RSVP Luncheon!

Eighteen of our Literacy Tutors are also members of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). This October, RSVP hosted a luncheon that included a photo booth activity. We had great fun staging our photo strip and it earned us a great photo memento of the day.

Pictured left in top photo are LSNY tutor manager, Christina Mandara (holding torch), Eileen Mandel (black mask), and Jane Lemkin (top hat) gathered with tutors (from left to right, middle photo), Allan Rubin, Phyllis Tuttle, Paul Fallon, and Annette Diskin. Not pictured was tutor, Richard Stone, who was also present at the luncheon..
The LSNY Tutor Office will be closed
Dec 22, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019.

We will return on Jan 2, 2019.

Please email if needed
Pictured is Literacy Tutor, Nancy Newfield (left), with Nanuet Adult Reference Librarian, Lori Salotto (right), displaying applications for anyone seeking a citizenship tutor.

Literacy Tutor, Erin Arduini (right),with student, Angelique,
at the Haverstraw Kings Daughter's Library. .