“As an older student, I needed to learn how to learn again – to slow down, focus more and really listen.” These words come from Eida M. Berrios, a 55-year-old native of Puerto Rico, who has lived and worked as a nurse in Milwaukee for the past 20 years. Because of her job and family, especially her granddaughter, she wanted to improve her verbal and writing skills in English.
Hearing about Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services from one of her patients, Berrios decided to take the time to be a student, again. For three semesters she’s been studying with Sister Rita Clare Swenarski, SSND.
For Berrios, the tutor’s caring from the heart and generous sharing of time is very motivating.
“I appreciate the high expectations and standards that Sister Rita Clare has for me. I am much happier and more secure because of the support I receive at Milwaukee Achiever.”
Berrios’ grown daughter and son are very proud of their Mom for going to Milwaukee Achiever. Annabel, her 4-year-old granddaughter, inspires Berrios to want to keep learning the correct pronunciation of words!
About Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services
After ministering for 53 years in Catholic education – 21 years as a principal and 32 years as a teacher – Sister Rita Clare transitioned from educating youngsters to a new role as a volunteer tutor of adults. She is one of more than 200 dedicated tutors. Seven SSNDs are tutors and three are board members. The Sisters believe they are transforming the world through education.
Milwaukee Achiever was founded 30 years ago by Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University and Mount Mary College, which are sponsored by the School Sisters of St. Francis, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi and the School Sisters of Notre Dame, respectively. Learn more at www.milwaukeeachiever.org.
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~ Story and photos by Mary Conarchy