If you’ve ever visited MAM Literacy Advance during the daytime, you’ve likely caught glimpses of tutor Jim McCubbin leading class. After 25 years as a wealth management advisor, Jim retired and sought out ways to fill his free time in between his travels. He decided to try something completely new: ESL tutoring!
Since 2014, Jim has been bringing cheer and positive energy to every class he leads. With more than 300 hours of tutoring under his belt, Jim has inspired many moments of learning and smiles in his students.
We look forward to seeing Jim again when he returns to MAM Literacy Advance from his latest journey!
What originally brought you to MAM Literacy Advance?
I had retired after 25 years with Smith Barney as a wealth management advisor and vice president and was bored. I had volunteered at an art workshop at the City Service Center on Gray Street for handicapped adults for several years. I have also volunteered for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo for the past 9 years.
What do you most enjoy about volunteering?
The obvious success of my students and their enthusiasm.
What strategies do you use in the classroom?
I stress phonics, the sounds of letters and thus the spelling of words.
What would you say to other people thinking about volunteering?
If you have time without sacrificing anything you feel you need to do… Why not help others? You will actually feel rewarded in your heart.
Thank you, Jim!
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