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JU student reading tutors highlighted in Florida Times-Union

The Florida Times-Union featured a full-length Metro section article Nov. 15 on the superlative work being done by JU Professor Tammy Ryan and her Education students as they tutor local youngsters in the School of Education’s new reading lab. Jacksonville.com included a video of the lab as well, see below:

The facility brings JU students together with youths from the Woodland Acres Boys & Girls Club, who are shuttled to JU for free tutoring. In recent years the lab was run at the JU library in various rooms, but now it’s been given it own free-standing space on campus.

JU's Dr. Tammy Ryan

Ryan told the paper the lab is a “win-win for the elementary school children and the JU students, who are aspiring teachers or reading instruction specialists.”

“Traditional instruction from a textbook is OK, but there’s more with this,” she told the Times-Union. “The students learn that it isn’t always as easy as it reads in the textbook.”

JU senior Camilya Clark, 22, was also highlighted, helping children pronounce compound words.

Stay tuned for more on the pioneering lab and its cutting-edge work as Dr. Ryan and her students appear on WJCT’s “First Coast Connect” radio show Dec. 6.