Volunteer Spotlight: Jan Metcalf

November 24th, 2014

Jan Metcalf 3Jan Metcalf has done double-duty as a Literacy Council volunteer! She has volunteered in our office at the reception desk, providing valuable support to our staff and a welcoming presence to visitors. In addition, she tutors two women, one from Mexico and the other from El Salvador. “I like it so much that the time commitment doesn’t seem to be an issue,” Jan says.

Jan began tutoring in 2005, and particularly enjoys working with more than one student at a time. “Although it’s a challenge, the interplay makes it more interesting and fun. It isn’t twice the work, and there’s a greater comfort level for the students when they talk to each other.”

In her spare time, Jan has been studying Spanish, which has helped her understand the complexities of language learning. “I really enjoy thinking about ways to teach and make it interesting. It’s so rewarding to be part of helping people who so much want to learn and helping them fulfill their dreams.”

Jan has had an interesting and varied career. She received a BA in Social Development, but spent fifteen years as a journeyman machinist, repairing machines in a water treatment facility. She was the second woman in the state of Minnesota to receive a journeyman license. Jan also worked for several years as a school secretary in the Montgomery County Public School system, and currently is a part-time dog-walker.

Jan’s advice to tutors: “Don’t be afraid or intimidated by being a teacher. Don’t worry about knowing how to teach. If you speak English, LCMC will give you all of the tools you need!”