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Janice Tejeda

Janice is a masters level student at Fordham University studying counselling.  She has restarted the HiSET program at the Laclede County Detention Center.  She meets with inmates weekly to help them study for their HiSET exams and earn that high school equivalency. She then follows those students after release to assure they finish the exam and become career ready members of our community.  Janice also works with writing students in preparation for all types of situations.  You have a need Janice will find a way to  help you.

Janice has lived in the area her whole life and is married to John, a retired soldier. They have one daughter Ariana, who will be graduating in May. In fact Ariana and Janice will both earn degrees this spring. What an amazing family.   

Daisy Burkart

Daisy is a great tutor who specializes in  our upper level math and does a fantastic job.  If you have a financial literacy person she is our go to tutor.  She has also been accepted in the LPN program at OTC and is studying hard to become a nurse.  Thanks for the hours and hours you spend with us each day.  

Carol Barsby

Dr Carol Barsby is the executive director of the Literacy Council and says this is the best retirement job she could ever have. AS a retired teacher, she believes in education and the ability of everyone to learn. She has taught reading at every grade level Kindergarten through 12 grade. After retirement she began training teachers in the art of teaching reading and writing. As a national presenter she trained teachers in more than 20 different states and loved the travel. When travelling became less pleasant after 9/11, she looked for ways to stay closer to home. She trained teachers in many districts in MIssouri including Lebanon, Waynesville, and Camdenton. One day she saw the advertisement for the Literacy Council and since then she has been at the council sharing the pleasure of learning with all. Carol loves teaching and training tutors, but best of all is the graduation nights we have twice a year, when adults earn the high school equivalency certificate.  

Careen Barsby

My name is Careen Barsby, I am 41 years old. I own a farm in Crocker raising goats. I have a Masters Degree in special education and a under graduate in elementary education. I recently started at LLC and I enjoy every moment of it. My favorite part of being a Americorps member is being able to help others who want to better themselves.   She is best at teaching the reading, social studies and science sections of the exam and can bring history to life for you too.                                                                           

Dorothy Carter

Dorothy is a patient and meticulous tutor who works with our younger students and is great at beginning literacy.  If you have a need Dorothy is your woman.  Dorothy also works with Meals on Wheels and at the Hughes Center.  Dorothy works at Joel E Barber as a tutor for very young readers. 

Reina Godinez

SSL teacher