In the Adult Learning Center I see a wide range of educational attainment and ability. We have people that can barely read at a 3rd grade level and then we also have people with a bachelor’s degree. At times, trying to meet the educational needs of such a wide range of abilities can feel a bit overwhelming. Recently I came across a quote that has helped put things in perspective for me.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” William Butler Yeats
This couldn’t be truer for the adults in our learning center. The absolute best moments of my job happen when someone suddenly “gets it”. Sometimes it is a sudden understanding of fractions and other times it is simply a belief that “I can do this”! Regardless, a fire has been lit and that person feels just a little bit more empowered to accomplish their goals. I am so grateful to be a tiny part of the monumental changes that people make every day.
Vickie Gregorio, Learning Center Director, Open Door Mission.