Team Read Alumna Shirley Xu

School/major: Columbia University BS in Chemical Engineering, expected 2019

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.