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All Posts by Bronwen Jurado

Susan’s journey to success

“Dumb.” “Stupid.” “Slow.” These words, hurled by teachers, strangers and even family members, became the building blocks of Susan’s self-image. She faced the brutality of growing up in the 60s and 70s as a kid with an undiagnosed learning disability. At the time, such differences were not widely understood and

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Falling more in love with the power of words

Volunteer Michael Monarrez Puckett, who teaches an adult literacy class at Orange County Corrections on the mens side, shares his thoughts on teaching, vulnerability and the power of words. As I write this, the day before Valentine’s Day, I reflect on an invigorated love for the power of words to

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Dr. Jose, ALL Student & Instructor

By Amanda Cypriano, Community Engagement Specialist Imagine going through seven years of extensive schooling, establishing yourself as an accredited cardiologist, practicing medicine for over 30 years and then, one day, you are faced with an ultimatum: choose between your hard-won career and your children’s future. This is the decision that ALL

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Freynaldo Adrian Ochoa, ALL Student

“We [immigrants] come to the United States and we think everything will be similar to our country…and that is not correct,” Freynaldo said. Freynaldo was quickly hit with this harsh realization as political issues ushered him out of his home country of Venezuela in 2016. Although he was a licensed attorney back

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Pat King, ALL Tutor

When student Gladys was matched with volunteer tutor Pat, she could not read. Gladys, a 65-year-old woman, could speak English perfectly, yet she couldn’t venture too far from home by car because she couldn’t read road signs. She always had to have one of her kids read her bills for

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