One to One Learning, Inc. is a not-for profit, incorporated, outreach organization, founded by the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary, Sparkill, New York.
Our mission is to provide English classes and other supportive services for immigrants to empower them to reach their full potential and to lead meaningful lives in the communities in which they live and work ...
At day and evening designated sites, the volunteer teachers and director take a holistic approach in assisting students to achieve their individual objectives through small learning groups. This format encourages interaction that leads to building bridges of understanding between persons of different cultures.
The organization serves Latino, Haitian and other immigrants of RocklandCounty and its environs in many ways that improve the general welfare of individuals as well as the community.
In 1993, the Education Committee of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill researched educational needs that did not fit within the traditional classroom setting. In 1994, a pilot program for teaching English was initiated to determine need. This included English instruction of our Haitian employees in Dominican Convent. Outreach in the local Latino community was established to develop a spirit of trust.
One to One Learning began operating in February 1997. Dominican Sisters of Sparkill supported it through a ministry grant for the director, Sr. Cecilia La Pietra and a special project grant for start-up funds.
As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary year 2016-2017, we have served over 6000 students during these years. Registration in the 2015-2016 school year was 378 students in 34 learning groups ranging from beginner, intermediate, and advanced English, pre-GED (high school equivalency, citizenship, literacy, and pre-literacy. We also have computer classes providing 12 classes, taking students through basic computer, internet, word processing, Excel and keyboarding.
Personnel and Volunteers: We have been blessed with over 60 volunteer teachers each year, including Dominican Sisters, students from St. ThomasAquinasCollege, Nyack College, Nyack, Clarkstown, Tappan Zee, Pearl River, and Albertus Magnus High Schools, and members of local communities and parishes. Without their dedication, the program could not exist as it does.
Constituency and their impact on Rockland County:
Our students come from Sparkill, Piermont, Tappan, Nyack, Spring Valley, and other Rockland locations. Some come from Northvale and Norwood, New Jersey. Their countries of origin are El Salvador, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, other Central and South American countries, Haiti, and a few from Eastern Europe and Asia.
Their ability to speak English leads to their advancement which impacts on the economy of Rockland County providing competent workers in landscaping, construction, culinary and staff in restaurants, health care, child-care, housekeeping, laundering and various occupations in factories. They provide a growing purchasing power and add tax dollars to Rockland. The census of 2010 showed a major increase in the population of Rockland County; the Spanish speaking group with a marked increase. As more immigrants gain residency and citizenship, this will also impact the political scene.
There is a bumper sticker that says, “Expect a Miracle”. The fact that we have come so far in the past twenty years is a miracle in progress. Our presence in Marydell for the past ten years has heped us to grow. We have the ability to register more students in the English classes. Our new location has enhanced the children's program because it now takes place in a separate building with many volunteers and a coordinator who plans creative activities. Our computer lab is available for classes as well as use by our English teachers with their students. One to One Learning has its office space on the property at Gate 2. It provides a space for our administrative tasks, as well as a place for guests to come to learn more about us. You are most welcome to come to visit. Training classes for new teachers and workshops take place there as well.
We have laid the foundation during these past twenty years with the assistance of Dominican Sisters of Sparkill and so many other benefactors. We are grateful to all and we continue to build on what we have started.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Sr. Joan Beairsto, Ms. Dorothy Cox, Sr. Susan Dunn, Ms. Minette Duran, Mr. David Englander, Dr. Theresa Lewis, Mr. Ira Lipson, Ms. Kathleen McAuliffe, Sr. Veronica Mendez, Mr. Stephen Papas, Ms. Grace Marino Ranallo, Sr. Anne Schwartz, Ms. Andrea Dolce Singer, Mr. Michael Smith
TRUSTEES: Sr. Irene Ellis, Sr. Eileen Gannon, Sr. Grace Anne Hogan, Sr. Mary Murray, Sr. Margaret Palliser
One to One Learning, Inc., 640 N. Midland Ave., Nyack, NY 10960 845-512-8176 www.one2one-learning.org Be a fan on Facebook