Reading and Math Tutors Sworn In, More are Needed

Baihly Warfield
Updated: August 05, 2019 06:54 PM

Not everyone is excited about the 2019-2020 school year inching closer, but 23 Reading Corps and Math Corps tutors are. 

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They were sworn in Monday afternoon, led by state Rep. Jen Schultz (DFL-Duluth).

They will serve pre-K, elementary and middle school students in Duluth and the surrounding area. 

"It's so rewarding and so fulfilling to see those light bulbs go off when the kids understand," Jodie White, a reading tutor, said. 

White is entering her third school year serving with the Minnesota Reading Corps. She'll be working with pre-K students in Carlton for the second year in a row. 

"We are embedded into the daily program. So we are all day with the preschoolers, working on their pre-literacy skills," White said, "and that is getting their ears ready for listening for rhyming, for alliteration."

She said she will never forget what happened with a couple kids at the end of last year.

"They were the very first kids that got my little rhyming puzzle at the end of the year when I would say, 'I'm thinking of a word that rhymes with rat that starts with b.' And they said, 'Bat!'" she remembered. "The looks on their faces, smiles, hugs, that's the best." 

Across Minnesota, around 35,000 kids will get help from the reading and math tutors. There are still 16 open positions in the Duluth area. 

The Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps offer living stipends and tuition or loan repayment. Health insurance is provided for those who serve full-time. 

If you are interested in applying to work with the Math Corps, click here, and the Reading Corps, click here.


Baihly Warfield

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