During my sophomore year at Franklin High School, my friend told me about Team Read and how we could earn money towards our education by tutoring kids in reading. Tutoring elementary kids at Van Asselt Elementary School helped me learn to be patient with people. Everyone learns at a different pace. Team Read taught me to be more flexible based on each students’ needs. I also found that I love teaching, but more one-on-one rather than a big classroom. I was able to apply what I’ve experienced during Team Read into the coaching sessions with my staff at the bank on a daily basis.
Tam has continued to stay involved with Team Read, participating in our Alumni Book Drive, alumni focus group, and the upcoming reading coach workshops.
Former reading coach Amber Ladd is a Data Registrar at Aki Kurose Middle School and has worked for Seattle Public Schools for eight years. She tutored for Team Read during middle school at Rainier View Elementary.
I loved being a reading coach with Team Read. It made me feel responsible. I knew that my student depended on me to be there and to help them grow in their reading. Having that sense of responsibility at such a young age helped me grow as a person. It prepared me for my first job as a teenager. I also think of it as my first experience as a mentor. I currently mentor 6th-8th grade African-American females through My Sister’s Keeper. Team Read helped me see the value in mentorship.
When I meet students who are interested in Team Read, I let them know that it’s a commitment. It’s not something they can play around with. The younger students are looking up to them. Literacy is so important. It is such an imperative part of our everyday lives. I am so thankful for programs like Team Read.
Team Read Experience
2004-2006: Reading coach at Whitworth and Beacon Hill Elementary Schools
Tagoipah is a second generation Cham (Southeast Asian minority ethnic group indigenous to Vietnam) Muslim American from refugee parents who fled to the U.S. during the Vietnam War. Tagoipah Mathno goes by she/her pronouns. She is a first generation college graduate in her family and a Seattle native. She is also a Franklin High School alum and has both her bachelors and masters degree from the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Tagoipah has a passion in supporting communities of color with a focus on immigrants and refugees. Her career path has led her to the non-profit sector in King County in various line of work such as: a youth mental health counselor, operating youth ethnic support groups, coalition builder, event planner and higher education preparatory work.
Her background expanded from working with first generation high school/college students to advocating for basic rights for those most marginalized through grassroots efforts. For the past six years Tagoipah was part of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) Seattle’s working board which focuses on issues concerning the intersection of gender and Asian identity. She currently is working for International Community Health Services (ICHS) Foundation as the Foundation Development Specialist in helping raise funds for uncompensated care.
In her first year with Team Read, Tagoipah received a John Stanford Excellence in Tutoring scholarship for $1500, which was previously awarded to deserving and talented reading coaches to help make it possible for them to attend college. The scholarship from Team Read was one of the first financial resources to help fund Tagoipah’s social justice career. “It reinforced that higher education was not a dream, but a goal to accomplish.” she says. “I thank Team Read for investing in and seeing my potential.”
Education: Whitman College, B.A. in Psychology & B.A. in Sociology, 2017
Team Read Experience: 2013 Reading Coach, Broadview Thomson
My passion for reading began at a young age, when I was often found biking home from the library with a backpack full of series paperbacks. Though I have since moved on to titles such as The Circle by Dave Eggers and Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, the speed at which I devour books has not.
Prior to Team Read, I took for granted my ability to read such books and at such a fast pace. Working at Team Read inspired me to share my passion for reading with others. In my current job I am passionate about bringing to others the same access to books that I received as a child. Reading and literacy are fundamental skills, and I will never forget seeing my Second Grade Team Read buddy read a book all by himself.
Team Read experience:
2010-15: Teen Coach, Team Read Ambassador
2015-17: Event Volunteer
2018: Summer Office Staff
I loved being a reading coach at Team Read! It was really rewarding to see students improve and move up book levels, and they never failed to make me smile.
Team read was my first job ever. I learned patience, and how to guide a reader toward understanding without giving them the answer. I’m now a tutor for STEM classes – including Chemistry, Biology, and Math. The skills I developed as a Teen Coach help me be effective with fellow college students.
Team Read experience:
2015-16: Teen Coach
2016-17: Site Assistant
I was a Team Read coach during my sophomore year in high school and looked forward to working with my student each week. During our tutoring sessions I learned about the importance of comprehension: not only to make sure my student could say the word, but also that she knew what it meant.
By talking to other tutors, I also learned that every kid learns at a different pace, and with a different attention span. When I became a Site Assistant, these insights helped me give tips to other tutors about how to work with their students effectively. As a liaison between different groups of people, I learned communication and organizational skills that helped me develop professionally.