The following was written by Tarpon Springs Conversation Class Team Teacher?Susan Hamill as an example to her students of how to write an essay for the 2015 LCUP Student Essay Contest. She read her essay in Monday night’s class and talked with students about the rules of the contest and that the deadline for entering this year was August 31, 2015. Susan and co-teacher Mary Frances Kirkpatrick will work with students wanting to try their hand at writing during class meetings Monday evenings at 5:30 pm at the Tarpon Springs Public Library. ?

Becoming Part of a Community of Learning – I am a Conversation Class Teacher

by Susan Hamill


Susan Hamill is seated in the front row, center.

I moved to Florida last November. I did not know anyone here. Because I did not have family or friends in the area I felt lonely and isolated.

My sister reassured me that I?would make friends. She gave me the idea to volunteer with teaching ESL (English as a Second Language). This has been such a great experience.

The students are eager to learn. I help students learn English and they help me to feel like I am a part of this community. Now the students are not just students. They are friends and I now have friends from Mexico, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria and Vietnam.?

I would not have guessed the desire to learn English would lead to so many new friends.