Chanh Phan – 2017 Lifelong Learner Award Recipient
Chanh Phan came to the United States 10 years ago, with her husband. When her husband became ill with cancer, Chanh took on the responsibilities of caring for her husband and finding a job to support her family. Her husband succumbed to cancer one year ago.
While Chanh has always had the desire to become proficient in English, she is now especially motivated as a single parent. She wants to get a better job to help support her three school-age children. Chanh believes learning English would increase both hers and her children’s chances for a better future.
Chanh has been a real pleasure to have in class. She is a kind lady who, despite her obstacles, is always upbeat. Although Chanh’s grades may not be the highest in the class, she keeps coming back with that same determination and focus she had when first walking into the class last September.
Chanh’s teacher, Rebecca Spohr, is “impressed with her drive to succeed and to learn English despite all the challenges she faces.” We have no doubt Chanh will continue to thrive in ESL and beyond!