Julie Faure is an educator with a rich background in bilingual education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). After moving to Maine in 2016, Julie sought opportunities to teach and give back to the community. A quick internet search and conversation with LearningWorks English Language + Literacy Program staff later, and Julie was registered as a volunteer teacher.
When asked about her experience and favorite parts of volunteering at LearningWorks, Julie says, “I love working with an international community again. Our students have such diverse backgrounds and are incredibly interesting people. Underlying all those differences are the similarities and goals we all share. It is very satisfying to help them find the means of expressing their culture, humor, and intelligence. I feel the importance of my work to help my students gain a foothold in this country, access skills and abilities to earn a living, and become part of our community.”
Julie’s remarkable expertise and dedicated support has made a difference, not only in the lives of others, but also her personal life. Julie reflects, “LearningWorks has allowed me to meet some really great people. My students are a constant source of interest, warmth, and fun. I have learned a lot about the world, current events, and other cultures from them. Having been a foreigner in other countries, this is my chance to give back for all the support I have received.”
Photography courtesy of Claire Houston