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Sonia Lewis

 

“If you think you can, you can…If you think you can’t, you can’t…Either way you are right.”  – Sonia Lewis

 

When Sonia Lewis, first year year academic coach at Peirce College decided to volunteer with the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy (MCOL) as a tutor, she never imagined how rewarding it would be to invest in someone else’s future.

“I would often have adult learners tell me what an inspiration I was to them, but having the opportunity to work with them was more rewarding than they could imagine,” said Lewis.

Sonia was referred to MCOL through the GED® Ministry at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. She completed MCOL’s free tutor training in February of 2015, and started tutoring with Ready Willing, and Able  in July. She has always been passionate about adult learning and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Adult Education at Walden University.

In her position at Peirce College, Sonia is responsible for providing academic advising and guidance to first-year students and students enrolled in the Year Up program.  She uses those transferrable skills to facilitate a class at Ready, Willing and Able (RWA), every Monday with five adult learners.  RWA is an organization committed to breaking the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism by providing paid transitional work, occupational training, housing, and comprehensive support services to homeless individuals.

“I believe that education is key to success. I believe education can remove stigmas and barriers and increase opportunity and wealth. When adults are empowered and have access to education, everyone wins; the community and the learner,” Lewis added.

Sonia says she can see the difference in one student in particular who has been in her class since the beginning.

“He has a new glow about him from when we first met each other. He is always the first student to come to class and eager to sit in the front of our session. I can always count on him to have his homework done and he looks for further challenges. He is actually the group leader of the current class I have this semester.”

Sonia hopes to instill confidence in each learner. Her adopted motto is, “If you think you can, you can…If you think you can’t, you can’t…Either way you are right.”

Sonia plans to continue to infuse enthusiasm into reading for her learners, so they understand why reading is fundamental for practical uses in life. In the last few classes, she has been able to relate literacy to something they’ve experienced in life, and they are able to make the connection as to why reading is fundamental.

 

 

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