The Airport Authority is a strong advocate for literacy in the San Diego community. Authority employees have contributed money over the years toward improving literacy through their annual United Way donations. Former Authority Board member Bill Lynch helped match those contributions during his tenure. And Jeff Woodson, our Vice President of Administration, currently sits on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Council on Literacy.
Several Authority employees have volunteered their personal time to work toward a more literate San Diego by serving as tutors for the Laubach Literacy Council of San Diego County. Laubach focuses on teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and this May is celebrating its 50th year of service here in San Diego. Founded by Dr. Frank Laubach, the motto of “Each One Teach One” still flourishes through the organization’s free one-on-one and small group tutoring programs. There are 15 centers throughout San Diego County serving the individual needs of diverse students, who not only come from our communities but from around the globe: Mexico to Iran to South Korea and beyond.
Suzanne Olinzock, an employee in our Office of the Chief Auditor, has volunteered at Laubach’s Clairemont Literacy Center for the past five years. She recently handed over her duties as the Center’s director to pursue a professional certification in ESL at UCSD. She continues to co-direct as well as tutor at Clairemont. Suzanne finds the work truly enriching and says, “It’s very gratifying to watch students gain confidence in speaking and writing English in both their personal and professional lives.” She has also made a lot of wonderful friends over the years.
There are many ways to contribute to our San Diego community, but if literacy is a passion of yours and you would like to tutor speakers of other languages, then Laubach could be for you. Volunteers are always welcome. Laubach prepares its volunteers through tutor training. Check out their website for a Laubach Literacy Center near you at: http://www.laubachsandiego.org/ or feel free to contact Suzanne directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.