Othniel Emelo

50 StoriesEnglish Language + Literacy
September 07, 2017

“LearningWorks is more than learning. I’ve had many new experiences as a student and enjoy my teachers and classmates.” – Othniel Emelo

Othniel became a student in our English Language & Literacy Program in September 2016, shortly after arriving in Portland from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  His uncle told him that there was a place nearby where he could learn English for free, and since then, Othniel has dedicated himself to becoming proficient in speaking and comprehending English.  He currently takes classes at LearningWorks twice a week and works with one of our volunteer tutors twice a week.

Othniel’s goals are to attend college, study law enforcement, and ultimately: become a police officer.  “LearningWorks is helping me improve my English which will make it possible for me to go to college. I know that my speaking and writing need to be stronger, and I am improving here!  The teachers do everything possible to make sure we understand and make us feel comfortable when we are speaking.”

Othniel’s English has improved so much since September that he is now employed, working at Burlington Coat Factory! His friendly personality and bright smile have made him a favorite among students, staff and volunteers.

Courtesy – Sofia Aldinio Photo & Video