Agueda Rivadeneyra is my student. We started meeting in June 2015. Agueda is a stellar student. She learns quickly and is extremely motivated. Our lessons start with conversation, and we discuss grammar, writing and vocabulary. Homework mostly centers on her interests and includes watching movies and listening to songs in English. Often, Agueda decides to watch an extra movie and to listen to additional songs, in order to accelerate her fluency in English. We meet each week and Agueda takes one or two classes each semester with our faculty at Literacy Volunteers. Because Agueda has a very positive outlook on life, she is a joy to see. She loves her family and friends, and she is a kind, compassionate person.
Agueda moved to the United States from Mexico and plans to become a citizen. She has wide-ranging hobbies, including gardening, cooking, sewing and dancing. I look forward to each meeting with Agueda, she is my friend as well as my student. I learn more from her than she does from me! We also have coffee and lunch with her husband Jesus on occasion. Jesus is also a student at Literacy Volunteers. Agueda and Jesus would like to open a restaurant in the United States once they are fluent in English. Meeting Agueda and Jesus has been the best blessing for a new tutor. My name is Sheila McManus, and I am a Literacy Volunteers tutor.