January 2017 – Cara Jones
Cara Jones has been a volunteer tutor with Read To Succeed for 9 years. She is presently tutoring two learners for whom she is a teacher, coach and encourager. Cara is very kind and always has a smile on her face. We are so glad that Cara has chosen to volunteer with Read To Succeed in addition to her church.
Mrs. Jones is a member of La Vergne First United Methodist Church, where she is involved in the Community Food Pantry and the knitting/crocheting-for-charity group called Heartwarmers.
Cara and her husband, Mel, have been married for almost 52 years. They have two children and one very special grandson. She has worked as a legal secretary and court reporter, but she was a stay-at-home mom while the kids were growing up. Cara has always done volunteer work of one kind or another.
When Mel and Cara moved to Smyrna nine years ago from Central Florida, She knew that she wanted to become involved with helping people learn to read. She has always loved to read. Some of Mrs. Jones’ fondest childhood memories are of her and her best friend taking the bus to the downtown library. They would often imagine being in those books that they would read about solving crimes or living on the prairie or living in a castle as princesses.
One day Cara saw a notice in the La Vergne Library about Read to Succeed’s tutoring program for adult learners. She immediately signed up for the training and it was not long before she started tutoring. Shortly after that, Read to Succeed started their ESL program, and Mrs. Jones was convinced to teach a class. Mrs. Jones taught ESL for 6 years and is now tutoring one-on-one again.
“Helping others learn to read, learn English, or improve on the skills they already have is extremely rewarding. Every single person I have worked with has been most gracious and appreciative. I hope to keep teaching for a long time and am proud to be a part of Read to Succeed.” says Cara Jones.
Thank you Cara and we hope you will be a part of Read To Succeed for a long time too!
February 2017 – Jennifer and Taylor Brigham
Taylor and Jennifer are originally from middle TN. Their family had moved to Memphis in 2006 but moved back in 2014. Jennifer was a paralegal for a law firm in Memphis, but when her husband was relocated, she decided to become a substitute for Rutherford County Schools to spend more time with family. Taylor attends Central Magnet and enjoys playing for the Middle School soccer and golf teams. She also loves volunteering in-between homework and sports.
Taylor and Jennifer Brigham were chosen as our Shining Stars because of the amazing job they do when volunteering. They first volunteered at our 2016 Literacy Day event, interacting with participants and making their game fun for all. Taylor and her mother Jennifer have also volunteered at Family Literacy events, helping with set up and serving food. They are a great team and wonderful volunteers for Read To Succeed.
Taylor and Jennifer said that they volunteered at Read To Succeed because they wanted to make a difference in Rutherford county. We are glad they chose Read To Succeed, and they ARE making a difference!
March 2017- Tyler Armstrong
Tyler Armstrong has been an intern with Read To Succeed during the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Semesters. Tyler will be receiving a degree in Social Work from MTSU in May. He has been such a blessing at Read To Succeed. He taught ESL classes at the Den, tutored learners, attended community events, assisted with the Family Literacy Nights and the Celebrity Bee. He has a joyful personality and was able to connect with everyone. Tyler has dedicated his life to helping others. We will miss him and we wish him well in the future.