ABOUT US
NEW START was founded in 1985 and is a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to helping adults better their lives and their communities by improving their reading, writing, math, and problem-solving skills.
 
The NEW START program serves adults who live in lower New Castle County, Delaware.  
The main office is located at the Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library in Odessa.
 
The program is funded through the State of Delaware Department of Education, corporate and individual contributions
and in-kind services of local libraries and churches.
 
NEW START is a member organization of ProLiteracy, the largest volunteer-based literacy provider in the United States. 
It is one of many family programs sponsored by the Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library.
Our Team
  1. Office Staff
    Office Staff
    Sarah Koon - Director Susan Trzonkowski - Administrative Assistant Marie Neaves - Bookkeeper Eleanor Schauer - Volunteer
  2. Instructors
    Instructors
    Ann Grewel JoAnn Koon Sarah Koon Susan Menei
  3. Volunteer Tutors
    Volunteer Tutors
    Helen Jackson Ronald Martin Sandra Martine Holly Novak Paula Orazietti Marleene Perez Ann Marie Ryan Doris Walton

Become A Volunteer Tutor

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer tutor and joining our team?
Contact Us!
 
NEW START tutors help adults acquire basic reading and writing skills and use those skills to meet self-identified goals.  All tutors are required to complete a pre-service training.  They will learn about the characteristics and needs of adult learners, materials and methods to use, and reporting requirements.  In-service training opportunities are offered several times throughout the year.
 
One-to-one tutoring occurs in libraries, churches or other public locations in the community.  Volunteers and students meet twice weekly for 1.5 to 2 hours.  Lessons are separated by at least one day.  
 
Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one year of service after training.  Certain expenses (e.g. mileage) may be tax deductible.
Our students need tutors who can:
  • Provide encouragement & support
  • Meet regularly and punctually
  • Prepare individualized or group lessons
  • Involve students in decision-making
  • Keep records of student progress
  • Send reports twice a month to the Main Office
Tutors should have the following qualities:
  • Dependable
  • Interested in other people
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Flexible
  • Friendly
  • Patient
  • Optimistic