Judy Halverson

12:03 PM, Apr 16, 2008   |    comments
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"Be tough!"

Judy Halverson takes a strict approach to her volunteering effort. For the past 10 years she's been tutoring immigrants at the English Learning Center. Some of her students can speak English, but they can't read or write it. Others can read it, but can't speak it. Judy works with them one-on-one to become more proficient.

Judy also tutors at Andersen elementary school and Franklin Learning Center. In all, she devotes 60 hours each week to her students. One lesson they all learn right off the bat is that Judy means business. Judy says any student that fails to adhere to her basic principle is let go in order to make room for people who are willing to do the work.

"I'm not here for the scenery or the social life. I'm here to trade one hour of my time for one hour of your work."

A former student, Tan Nguyen, nominated Judy. He could barely speak English when he arrived in the United States. Tan credits Judy with helping him improve his language skills. Today, he owns a mortgage company and a restaurant.

Judy's advice to others: "Make your hours count!"

SPECIAL CHARITY: Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

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