Learner Spotlight: Meet Jeanne


Jeanne devotes more hours learning with us each month than many of our learners do in a year. Dedicated is an understatement. After taking two buses and traveling one and a half hours each direction to come to class, Jeanne stays hours after class working on the computer to increase her skills through self-study.  She takes advantage of every extra opportunity to learn that we offer, frequenting Conversation Clubs in both West Nashville and Antioch.

I told myself I will keep going to classes until I hear what people say when they talk to me.  My friends say I’m stupid.  Stupid or not…I will go to school.

Jeanne came to the United States almost two years ago from Haiti where she was a schoolteacher. Though she had learned some English before coming to the United States, she realized the English she learned in the past and the English native people speak are completely different.  This was really surprising to her, but was very motivating as she continues to improve her skills.

Joey King, her first teacher at NALC, describes her as studious and committed.  “She never missed a class.  I wish all my students were as dedicated as Jeanne.”

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