21 Sep Adult Education Program Kicks Off Fall Sessions
Hope’s Adult Education Program kicked off our first session of the school year on Monday, September 16! For the upcoming session, we have enrolled 33 students: eight new and 25 retuning students (five re-enrolled after an extended absence). We are excited to welcome students at all levels, from learning to read to getting ready to take the GED!
Adult learners are just as enthusiastic to greet a new school year as younger students. At any session, you will find them sharpening their pencils, cracking open a new notebook, and greeting each other with hugs and tales of their summer. Our students are getting back into the swing of things like taking their beginning of the year assessments so we can measure their growth over the upcoming year; meeting (or greeting!) their teachers; and getting started in their classes in reading, language arts, math, social studies, writing, organization skills, or test prep.
As for our teachers, they enjoyed their summer too and are ready for another year! We have eight returning instructors, with two planning to re-join us in second session. We’d love to have more people with teaching experience join our volunteer staff, so if you’re a retired teacher looking to keep busy or took a few years off with the kids, this is a great way to get back in the classroom and make a difference.
This August, our Adult Education Program also welcomed a new director. Stephanie King is a former university writing center director and developmental writing instructor. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College and a certificate in TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania. Stephanie lives just down the street in Northern Liberties, where she is very involved in public school advocacy for her neighborhood Title I school that her two children attend.
We look forward to another wonderful year of learning!