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.

Spring Classes 2019

Beginner Classes

Beginner English
PSU Teaching Assistants
Monday 10:00am – 12:00pm
January 21 – April 15

Beginner English Conversation
Margie Gaffron
Wednesday 10:00am – 11:30am
January 23 – May 15

English for Doctor Visits
Low Beginner
PSU Teaching Assistants
Tuesday / Thursday 11:00am – 1:00pm
January 29 – April 11

High Beginner / Low Intermediate

Low Intermediate English
Brenna Lamson & Lina Chung
Monday / Friday 10:00am – 11:30am
January 25 – April 12

English for Doctor Visits
High Beginner & Intermediate
PSU Teaching Assistants
Tuesday / Thursday 11:30am – 1:00pm
January 29 – April 11

Low Intermediate Grammar
Zull-kifuly Moumouni
Tuesday / Thursday 10:00am – 11:30am
January 22 – April 18


Culture & Conversation
Robert Leach
Tuesday / Thursday 10:30am – 12:00pm
January 22 – April 18

English Conversation
Ranjana Mathur
Wednesday / Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm
January 23 – April 26

English for Doctor Visits
High Beginner & Intermediate

PSU Teaching Assistants
Tuesday / Thursday 11:30am – 1:00pm
January 29 – April 11

Evening English Conversation
Caroline Condon-Lewis
Wednesday 5:30pm – 7:30pm
January 23 – April 17

Women’s Health
Kassidy Deibler
Monday 11:00am – 12:30pm
January 28 – April 8

Writing, Reading & Discussion
Margie Gaffron
Wednesday 1:00pm – 2:30pm
January 23 – May 15

High Intermediate – Advanced

Advanced Conversation Skills
Zull-kifuly Moumouni
Tuesday / Friday 1:00pm – 2:30pm
January 22 – April 19

Grammar & Vocabulary
Carol Pollard
Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm
January 23 – April 17

American Short Stories
Tom Hettmansperger
Thursday 12:30pm – 2:00pm
January 24 – April 18

Multi Level

Evening English Conversation
PSU Teaching Assistants
Tuesday 5:30pm – 7:30pm
at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe
January 29 – April 16

TOEFL Program

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

Tracy Roth & Kaelyn Gwynne / Scott LaPaglia
Monday / Wednesday 12:30pm – 2:30pm
January 21 – April 17

TOEFL Reading
Yingxue Liu
Monday / Wednesday 10:30am – 11:45am
January 23 – April 10

TOEFL Speaking
Lexi Basciano
Friday 2:00pm – 3:30pm
January 25 – April 5

TOEFL Writing
Mikaela Axman
Tuesday 2:00pm – 3:30pm
January 29 – April 9

TOEFL Listening
Yichen Shang / Yichen Yu
Thursday 9:00am – 10:30am
January 29 – February 28 / March 14 – April 11

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.