Congratulations to Veronica Baumgartner for being chosen as Good Learning Anywhere’s Learner of the Month for November. Veronica is working hard towards completing her high school diploma. She relied completely on her computer reading program to do any reading. However, over the past two years, she has gained more confidence in trying new things, and, with encouragement from her mentor, to challenge herself to read and write on her own. In the beginning, we would start her lessons at the exact same place we had ended at the last lesson, but in the last few months, she is coming in with the next lesson already completed! She recently completed a Milestone – without the aid of her reading program. There was a look of delight on her face as she completed the Milestone and realized that she had read the words on her own and answered the questions correctly! Veronica has started to talk about jobs she could work towards training or applying for. We are all so very proud of your accomplishments Veronica!
Nominated by Anita (Mentor, Sioux Lookout Learning Centre)
How did you first hear about Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council?
I was speaking with someone at the Health Centre in the hospital and they suggested I come to the Learning Centre for help with my reading and grammar.
Did you have any struggles with your learning? If so, how did you overcome them?
I think the only struggles I had was with the High School course I was doing. (English). It was a worldwide website that offered HS diplomas for many countries. They didn’t explain enough. When I got locked out of it one time, Anita (my instructor) encouraged me to switch to the local HS Independent Learning courses instead. It is easier to understand (but sometimes they make mistakes!).
What advice do you have for someone thinking about starting to improve their skills?
You should have someone double-check your work. They may be able to help you see mistakes and patterns of mistakes, and help you realize and prevent them from happening again.
What is your greatest achievement? Or what accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m proud that I do not use my computer reading program as much as I used to, to read for me. I am able to scan and read words, and understand the material on my own, better than I used to.
What are your goals for the future?
My short-term goal is to finish up my English course. That will give me my HS diploma. Then I was thinking of maybe graphic design. In this course, I had to design a brochure and I found I really liked it, and I got good feedback from people about my work. Or – I have always had in my mind to write stories. Stories that could become movies. That I would love to have happen! Or maybe sometime in the future start my own vegan restaurant. Working on this course, with the help I have gotten from SHLC and others, has definitely opened up my eyes to possibilities!
Is there anyone you would like to thank for supporting you on this journey?
I would definitely say Anita, my instructor. And Jonathan and David at SHLC, for their help. And my family for their support and encouragement.
Is there anything else you would like to share with people about winning this award?
I would just say that it was a surprise that I won it. I think there are lots of learners out there that I would like to have received this award. This award existing is a good thing, so people could be encouraged in their own learning, and receive a gift card to reward themselves.