Meredith Osborne Joins LVAby Literacy Volunteers and Advocates on 09/21/12
"Literacy impacts every aspect of life,: insists LVA's new instructor, Meredith Osborne, who will be teaching reading classes at Wardman Court this fall.
Meredith asserts that being able to read and write matters whether you are taking the Metro, cooking a new recipe, or filling out a job application. She knows from experience the difficulties many people have in being able to read well.
Growing up, Meredith had difficulty reading. She remembers spending hours being tutored and wondering why something that came easily to many of her classmates was so difficult for her.
"But I aways loved stories," recalls Meredith. "That made me determined to learn. I was aware of the worlds that could be unlocked through reading."
Now, thanks to her perseverance, Meredith is a much better reader, so much so that she can now teach others how to overcome their own difficulties. She says her work with LVA is a learning experience in itself.
"People learn in many different ways. I have been trying to accommodate that," explains Meredith.
Meredith has a passion for education. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University, she spent time working as a preschool and after-school teacher. That experience sparked her interest in education which was furthered by an internship at the Supreme Court of the United States working under the curator. She led tours and conducted courtroom lectures.
Later, she worked as a museum educator at the Children's Museum in Cleveland. Now, Meredith is studying for a Master's of Arts in the Museum Education Program at George Washington University. That has led her to LVA where learners and staff alike feel fortunate to have her apply her knowledge and understanding of reading difficulties to help learners to fulfill their true potential.