Become a Tutor

Spending just an hour or two per week to help strengthen someone’s literacy skills is a simple act that makes a profound difference in another’s life. We rely on nearly 200 volunteers to help us provide English as a Second Language and basic literacy instruction to more than 250 adults in Centre and Clearfield counties every year.

Volunteers work as private tutors and small group leaders to teach adult learners the literacy skills they need to keep their families healthy, get jobs, earn degrees, become U.S. citizens, gain confidence and give back to their community. Volunteering with Mid-State is a labor of love that personally enriches the tutor almost as much as the student. No prior experience is necessary, and training is provided for all volunteers.
Additionally, if you’d like to get involved with Mid-State but don’t wish to be a tutor, we can always use more help with events and other important tasks.

Email us at or call (814) 238-1809 to join our amazing team!

Tutor Forms

Pair Form (one-on-one tutoring) (Word Document)

Pair Form (one-on-one tutoring) (PDF Document)

Group Form (classes) (Word Document)

Group Form (classes) (PDF Document)

Please fill out the appropriate form and send it to or Mid-State Literacy Council, 248 E. Calder Way, Suite 307, State College, PA 16801.

Fall Classes 2019

Beginner Classes

Beginner English
Victoria Baumgartner
Wednesday 12:30pm – 2:30 pm
September 11 – November 20

Beginning Conversation
Margie Gaffron
Wednesday 10:00am – 11:30am
September 18 – TBD

English for Doctor Visits
PSU Teaching Assistants
Tuesday & Thursday 12:45pm – 2:30pm
September 17 – November 21

High Beginner / Low Intermediate

High Beginner English
Nataliya Perkhalyuk & Lina Chung
Tuesday & Thursday 10:30am – 12:00pm
September 10 – November 21

Oral English
Ke Sun
Tuesday 10:00am – 11:30am
September 10 – November 19

Robert Leach
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30am – 10:30am
September 10 – December 5

English for Doctor Visits
PSU Teaching Assistants
Tuesday & Thursday 12:45pm – 2:30pm
September 17 – November 21


Culture & Conversation
Robert Leach
Tuesday & Thursday 10:45am – 12:30pm
September 10 – December 5

English Conversation
Ranjana Mathur
Wednesday & Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm
September 11 – November 20

English for Doctor Visits
PSU Teaching Assistants
Tuesday & Thursday 12:45pm – 2:30pm
September 17 – November 21

Conversational English
Caroline Condon-Lewis
Thursday 5:45pm – 7:30pm
September 12 – December 12
at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe

Intermediate Listening
Qian Ma
Monday 10:30am – 12:00pm
September 9 – November 18

Workplace English
Dolph Hoehling
Tuesday 4:00pm – 5:30pm
September 17 – November 19

High Intermediate – Advanced

Advanced Composition Writing
Alan Kim
Thursday 3:00pm – 5:00pm
September 12 – November 14

American Short Stories
Tom Hettmansperger
Thursday 12:30pm – 2:00pm
September 12 – December 12

Conversation Skills
Ashley Rea
Monday & Wednesday 9:00am – 10:00am
September 9 – November 20

Current Events
Chaarvi Modi
Friday 10:00am – 11:30am
September 13 – November 15

Grammar & Vocabulary
Carol Pollard
Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm
September 11 – December 4

Multi Level

Computer Skills
To be announced

Margie Gaffron
Thursday 10:00am – 11:30am
September 18 – TBD

TOEFL Program

A fee of $395 covers TOEFL classes, book, 3 other MSLC classes and tutoring.

Victoria Lupascu
Monday & Wednesday
3:00pm – 5:00pm
(dates to be announced)

TOEFL Listening
Yichen Yu
Tuesday 9:00am – 11:00am
September 17 – November 19

TOEFL Reading
Yingxue Liu
Monday 10:30am – 12:00pm
September 9 – November 18

TOEFL Speaking
Linyi Bao & Sarah Read
Monday 1:00pm – 2:45pm
September 16 – November 18

Mid-State Literacy Council depends on the support of our community.


Upcoming Events

Mid-State hosts a handful of special events each year that give the community a chance to celebrate literacy and support our efforts to help the adults in this area who want to realize their literacy goals.