An area resident brings her experience in literacy and teaching to Sauk Valley Community College’s literacy program, Project VITAL (Volunteers in Teaching Adult Literacy).
Zully Vock, former Project VITAL assistant, brings four years of experience volunteering and working for Project VITAL, and has experience working with people from different cultural backgrounds. She has lived in Mexico and Germany and is fluent in Spanish and German. She says her passion for literacy and interest in other cultures runs in her family. Her mother taught English in Mexico for several years and her father does research for a well known Mexican University, the Universidad Autonoma de Chapingo, near Mexico City. In fact, Vock is continuing to expand her cultural horizons by learning the Macedonian language.
Vock earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Ashford University, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education, also from Ashford University.
“I hope that Project VITAL can serve more students and that we can recruit more tutors,” said Vock, who explained that there has been a big increase in area ESL students. “We would like to develop a program targeting the area’s ESL population and work together with Sauk’s Adult Education department to improve adult basic education and ESL services.”
Vock became a volunteer tutor in 2005 to help members of the Dixon Hispanic community improve their reading and writing skills. At that time, the demand for bilingual tutors was so high that she tutored several students simultaneously. She credits her valuable contributions to VITAL to her bilingual skills and ability to relate well to students.
Tutoring adults is not Vock’s only passion. She has also taught Spanish in the Polo Community School District.
Vock plans to organize a tutor training workshop for volunteers in February. Vock says anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer literacy tutor may call her at 815-835-6241. Project VITAL offers free tutoring services for resident of the Sauk Valley Area over the age of 16 who read below the 9th grade level and are no longer in school.