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Mother, 49, Becomes Literate to Read to Her Son

Denise O'Neal, adult literacy student

Denise O’Neal hid behind a secret for most of her life until one day her 3-year-old son asked her to read a Dr. Seuss book to him. She couldn’t do it. The 49-year-old mother could not read. Denise did everything that she could to get by and make it through school. Always sitting in the back of class to avoid being called upon, she hid her secret and implemented her workarounds all throughout grade school.


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Lifelong Educator Teaches English at 87

Adult literacy tutor and student


When Joyce Hartman was 21 years old and attending San Diego State University, she traveled to Japan to teach English to local teens. That was the beginning of her quest to continue helping people and teaching English as a second language to adult immigrants in the U.S. And she continues her quest today, at age 87.


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Their First Teacher, Their Mother
Their First Teacher, Their Mother

A mother is a strong and devoted woman who empowers her children and guides them throughout life to find happiness, fulfillment, and success. She is their first and number one teacher.

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Learner Journey: From the Darkest Time of Her Life to Airline Captain

Courtney Schoch in adult literacy

Although her profession is being a pilot, Courtney’s passion is her nonprofit. Through Runucate, she raises awareness and funds for organizations that fight illiteracy, by running marathons all over the world. There are a lot of incredible words to describe Captain Courtney Schoch — pilot, marathon runner, mom, wife, non-profit founder, world traveler, TEFL instructor, philanthropist. But it wasn’t always that way.

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Student Story: Laubach, Literacy, and a Big Comfy Chair

Adult literacy blog


Judy Vest was born and raised in Virginia’s Montgomery County and has lived there her whole life.  She raised a daughter and took care of her home, but she was never able to learn to read.

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