Samantha Still

Samantha Still, Literacy Action ESL tutor, graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, where she majored in both English and Spanish. She learned about Literacy Action at a UCA volunteer fair and pursued the opportunity as a means of challenging herself while also helping someone—and because she “knew it was always something” she had been interested in doing.

Sam tutors two English language learners, one from Japan and one from Mexico. From time to time, Sam has also assisted with the English class offered at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Conway.

When asked what has been her most rewarding experience in tutoring so far, Sam said, “It’s just getting to watch my students become more confident. … I love watching their passion to learn and understand grow more each week. They’re finding things in real life that they want to understand and bringing them to class to ask me about them. They’re always doing extra things that I never told them to do, and I just get to be their cheerleader.”

Like many of our tutors, Sam tries to be creative with her lessons, even sometimes accompanying them to see plays, after which they will discuss the play so that she can check comprehension: “The student remembers the acting most and is able to relate gestures and actions to the script. We’ll deconstruct the script into simpler language.”

Sam is passionate about investing in her community, and it shows in her dedication to helping her students reach their goals.

Note: This information is extracted from an interview with Samantha Still provided to Literacy Action by UCA public relations student Rachel White.