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 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
    Ann Grewel JoAnn Koon Sarah Koon Susan Menei
  3. Volunteer Tutors
    Volunteer Tutors
    Shana Cera-Proulx Nichole Fusca Steven Giwa Helen Jackson Ronald Martin Holly Novak Paula Orazietti Joan Phillips Ann Marie Ryan Ms. Ty Twyman Doris Walton Callie Zimmerman

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