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Miles College in partnership with the Fairfield Board of Education

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Miles College in partnership with the Fairfield Board of Education

Miles College in partnership with the Fairfield Board of Education providing tutoring to EL students.


Miles College Division of Humanities and Education is in collaboration with the Fairfield Board of Education with the purpose of providing tutoring services to Fairfield English learner students.  The program was initiated by Ms. Hives, Spanish Instructor in Fall 2012.  Tutoring is provided by Spanish club members, volunteers from Spanish classes and volunteers from Dr. A. Mohan's classes. The program is housed at C.J. Donald Elementary.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank Dr. A. Adadevoh and Dr. Richardson for their contribution to the program. 


This is what our students are saying about their experience at C.J. Donald Elementary

From: Joe Benson

Subject: Thank you!!!Hi Miss Hives

  I could not write about the tutoring program without giving you and your Spanish class all the credit. I had a wonderful time in your class and learned a lot. Not only about Spanish, but about myself. This was the first time I participated in something like this and I know it will not be the last. I feel like a changed person knowing that we made a difference in so many young lives. I have truly been  honored to participate in the tutoring program and taking your class has been a great pleasure.

Thank you so much for everything you have done and I will see you soon.


Joe Benson


May 17 2013

Wow! It has been a very eventful semester at Miles College. One of the most life changing events was Miss Hives' Spanish class. I enrolled in the class because I needed an elective to graduate. I could have picked anything. Not knowing what I was getting myself into, I picked Spanish. At first, it wasn’t easy to catch on, so I struggled. When Miss Hives asked for volunteers to tutor elementary school students’ at Fairfield Elementary School in order to receive extra credit, I jumped at the chance. I had no idea how much of an impact it would have on me. I was tasked with working with a little Hispanic boy named Eric. Eric was something else, but now he is my friend. He was having trouble in all of his classes and he didn’t want to cooperate with any of the tutors. He was a challenge. I made a pact with Eric from the beginning. If he cooperated with me and did what he was supposed to, I would bring him candy. Needless to say, Eric’s grades improved dramatically. He not only worked with me, but after that he would cooperate with the other tutors as well.

Celebrating one student efforts by awarding him candy, in a class of six or seven students could only last so long. Before I knew it I was bringing candy for all the students. Six or seven students became 10, then 15, then 20. It was a fun experience. The best thing about helping the students with their school work, was watching their grades improve. Some students entered the program barely passing or even failing a class. By the end of the semester, most had improved their grades by two or three letter grades. Watching their grades go from a C to an A in math or reading was the best feeling I experienced all semester.

I graduated from Miles this past weekend; however, I plan to continue tutoring in Fairfield Elementary School - Miles College tutoring program. Not only did the program help the elementary school students improve their grades, but it also taught me some things about myself.

Thank you for all you have done.


Joseph Benson



To:  Maritza Munoz Hives

Friday, May 10, 2013 10:24 AM

I would like to say that my experience with the tutoring program at C J Donald was very exciting and enlightening. I went there with the idea that I was going to help some kids with their homework but to my surprise the kids ended up helping me as well. I found out how much I actually enjoy tutoring and how inspiring this kind of work can be.



Cornelius Harris



Carol Robinson

May 22, 2013


My name is Carol Robinson and I’ve been tutoring at C.J. Donald for the past two semesters. I wanted to write on behalf of the Spanish Club at Miles College, thanking C.J. Donald, Fairfield Board of Education, parents, and students for giving us the opportunity to give back to our community. I feel as though I have not only helped your students but they have helped me as well. They helped me grow as a person. Communicating with many different types of people, especially in their age group, helped me grow with patience and reiterated the value of hard work, dedication, and the importance of an education. Your students showed me you must always take pride in everything you do, not just the big project with big accomplishments but the smaller ones as well because without those you truly wouldn’t be able to reach your full potential educationally, socially, and in all other aspects of your life.



Carol Robinson



If you would like to be a part of this program please contact Ms.  Hives at mhives@miles.edu  or Dr. amohan@miles.edu

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