Volunteer tutors don’t need teaching credentials or experience to be a successful tutor. But considering that 18 current or retired teachers volunteer as Cluster tutors, they bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge to their one-to-one sessions with students.
In all, these tutors spent a combined 423 years in the classroom, and some are still going strong.
Their teaching experience comes from all parts and all levels of education, from preschools to universities. We have some tutors who were teaching assistants in college and and some who were college professors. They have taught at all grade levels, throughout elementary and high school, at both public and private schools.
And there’s no shortage of different areas of focus: We have tutors who have taught English, math, drama, history, psychology, special education, and English as a second language.
They also have been speech pathologists, principals, and other school administrators. Much of their educational experience has been in the Chicago area, but some have taught in other areas of the country, such as North Carolina.
“Teaching is my passion and part of my profession,” says tutor Amy Stearns, a clinical psychologist.
Here is a list of all tutors with teaching experience. We know we’ve had teachers in previous years, too, and we apologize if we missed any current ones (not everyone is pictured):
Burton Andersen, Stan Birnbaum, Carol Borysowicz, Phyllis Bowen, Sam Bowen, Kathleen Curtin, Susan Fleming, Leslie Hodes, David Ioder, Lois Merrill, Gail Norman, John Rice, Cynthia Robinson, Mary Stapleton, Amy Stearns, Michele Stern, Althelia Strong, and Linda Wax.