Meet the Staff: Patty Swartzbaugh

Patty Swartzbaugh started working with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 2009 as a volunteer tutor in the One-on-One Program. She worked with an English learner for two years and loved introducing her learner to American customs. During this time, Patty started working part time helping the NALC staff enroll learners in English classes around Nashville. In 2011, … Continue reading

Meet the Staff: Julie Kramer

Julie Kramer started volunteering with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 2003. As an English tutor in the One-on-One Program, she felt like she had discovered her true passion in life. She grew to admire the learners she worked with and loved helping them achieve their goals. After several years, she decided to change her focus and volunteered … Continue reading

Meet the Staff: Sarah Coode

Sarah Coode began volunteering with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 1996. After having volunteered with a Knoxville literacy program during college, she was happy to be tutoring in this capacity once again. Sarah volunteered for five years, until she was hired as Literacy Specialist in 2001. As Literacy Specialist, Sarah is responsible for enrolling each of the … Continue reading

Meet the Staff: Crystal Gimesh

Crystal Gimesh started as a volunteer in 2009 fulfilling an internship requirement with Belmont University. Prior to volunteering, she had no idea that anything like this program existed. Crystal enjoyed volunteering in the Start Now Program so much that she continued to volunteer after her internship ended. There were innumerable days where she would arrive for … Continue reading

Meet the Staff: Ann Bardone

Ann Bardone first started with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council as a volunteer in the One-on-One Program in 2004. When her learner moved, she came on as a staff member, working in the office and teaching an English class. Tutoring and teaching were very rewarding experiences, and Ann enjoyed helping others better understand life in … Continue reading

Meet the Staff: Meg Nugent

Executive Director Meg Nugent began working with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council as a volunteer in 1990. In addition to tutoring in the One-on-One program, she volunteered to train new tutors. After volunteering in this capacity for ten years, Meg took on the role of Executive Director at the NALC in 2000. Along with overseeing general … Continue reading

Yelp Helps: Party With A Purpose

Yelp Help’s ‘Party with a Purpose’ is set for October 22 at Rocketown, and the Nashville Adult Literacy Council is proud to be a part of it!  Your FREE admission to this fun event will include: Lively music + entertainment Tasty morsels + small bites + sweet treats Refreshing adult beverages + refreshment The opportunity to … Continue reading

Volunteer Spotlight: Alys Venable

Alys Venable has been a dedicated tutor to eight learners over the course of her eight years volunteering here at the Nashville Adult Literacy Council.  She has worked with both literacy learners and English language learners in our One-on-One program and Start Now program.  She initially tutored our learners at Davidson County Drug Court, a … Continue reading

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