Reading teachers badly needed in schools | Local News


MANKATO – Ellie Trelstad knew she had made an impact when a third-grade boy who hated reading returned from winter break and said he “got it.”

Trelstad, a Reading Corps tutor at Rosa Parks Elementary, enjoyed hearing how this student came to love reading.

“He said, ‘I was reading over the winter break and it took me to different places I had never been before. It opened up new worlds for me,” says Trelstad. “It was an eye opener for me, as it helped me realize how much this program helps change students’ perspectives on reading.”

Ellie Trelstad

Ellie Trelstad

Tutors are in greater demand than ever, with the unprecedented educational challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic having a lasting effect. The Reading Corps and Math Corps are looking for 21 reading and 16 math tutors to begin serving in schools in the Mankato area in August.

Overall, Reading and Math Corps recruits 1,700 tutors throughout Minnesota. These tutors are service workstations within AmeriCorps.

“We find that Minnesota has some of the largest educational disparities in the country, and in most cases the pandemic has exacerbated the disparities,” said Reading and Math Corps recruiter Amber Hughes.

“The good news is that we have a solution that works. We have tutors trained in evidence-based strategies that have proven effective in helping students develop their reading and math skills.

No teaching experience is necessary to become a reading or math tutor. Tutors are fully trained and work onsite in schools for 35, 25 or 18 hours per week.

All tutors receive a stipend every two weeks, plus up to $4,500 to pay for tuition or student loans. Guardians aged 55 or over may choose to gift their education award to their child, grandchild, son-in-law, or foster child. Many guardians are also entitled to additional benefits such as free individual health insurance and childcare assistance.

“I’m a tutor because I wanted to make a difference in the community I was going to live in,” Trelstad said. “I was moving to Mankato from Duluth last summer and saw there was an opportunity to tutor with Reading Corps, and thought it was the perfect opportunity to connect with the community .

“Tutors help students deepen their reading skills and bring them up to school level. Many students come down to where they need to be, so we give them the boost they need. »

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