Essay Example from Tarpon Springs Conversation Team Teacher

The following was written by Tarpon Springs Conversation Class Team Teacher Susan Hamill as an example to her students of how to write an essay for the 2015 LCUP Student Essay Contest. She read her essay in Monday night’s class and talked with students about the rules of the contest and that the deadline for entering this year was August 31, 2015. Susan and co-teacher Mary Frances Kirkpatrick will work with students wanting to try their hand at writing during class meetings Monday evenings at 5:30 pm at the Tarpon Springs Public Library.  

Becoming Part of a Community of Learning – I am a Conversation Class Teacher

by Susan Hamill


Susan Hamill is seated in the front row, center.

I moved to Florida last November. I did not know anyone here. Because I did not have family or friends in the area I felt lonely and isolated.

My sister reassured me that I would make friends. She gave me the idea to volunteer with teaching ESL (English as a Second Language). This has been such a great experience.

The students are eager to learn. I help students learn English and they help me to feel like I am a part of this community. Now the students are not just students. They are friends and I now have friends from Mexico, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria and Vietnam. 

I would not have guessed the desire to learn English would lead to so many new friends.


Tarpon Springs Conversation Class New Time In July

Starting Monday, July 6, the Tarpon Springs Conversation Class, meeting at the Tarpon Springs Public Library, will meet from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Children are welcome and child care will be provided. Healthy snacks, donated by Publix supermarkets, will also be on hand. A big thank you to the staff and administration at Tarpon Springs Public Library for being so welcoming and cordial to LCUP students and staffTS Library

6th Annual Student Essay Contest: Submit by Aug. 31, 2015

Theme:  Any. Some suggested topics:

My Literacy Journey               An Encounter That Changed My Life

My Favorite English Word       My Favorite Day

Life in My Home Country        My Favorite Place

Essays: One entry per student of not more than 500 words

Deadline: August 31, 2015

Prizes:     1st $100      2nd $50       3rd $50

Assistance: Your tutor will help you with grammar and punctuation!

Submission: Please submit essays and application forms electronically to beaglemamaongulf@gmail.com. You may use library computers for this.

Judging: A panel of three judges will determine winning essays.

Publication: Winning essays will be published on the LCUP web site and many also be included in the Florida Literacy Coalition’s annual publication of student essays.

Celebration: All students entering essays will be invited to participate in the Volunteer Celebration Even scheduled for September 26, 2015 at Honeymoon Island State Park. Winners will be announced and essays shared at the celebration.