Wang (left) and Peterson
Wang (left) and Peterson

Honor: Tutor/Student of the Month for September

Name: Student: Xue Rong (Sharon) Wang; Tutor: Judy Peterson

Group: Marinette & Oconto Counties Literacy Council Inc.

Why honored: Wang, who was born and raised in China, immigrated to the U.S., with her husband, in 2007. They, along with their two young children, settled in the Oconto area in 2014 and became owners of the Happy Garden Chinese Buffett, where Wang helps out. Even though she studied English in college, Wang spoke mainly Mandarin Chinese and so was paired with Peterson in 2015 to begin tutoring sessions. Peterson, a registered nurse, also runs a dairy farm in Lena and volunteered to tutor because of her desire to help others and to enhance her environment by making the area a better place to live. Wang and Peterson have formed a positive relationship and their sessions are both educational and fun as Peterson has employed a variety of methods and practices to help Wang improve her English and become more proficient with her communication skills so that she may attain her wish of being employed in an office setting.