VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

  Anthony Brandy

I’m a Naples native, born and raised. I started learning Spanish when I was 14 because I wanted to communicate better with the people I worked with at my job. I eventually found a deep love for teaching around age 16. 

A customer at my job, named Don, came in one day, advertising the Pelican Community Center’s free English class. Excited for the opportunity to try out my calling, I accepted his invitation and tested the waters. Still having to go to university to complete my degree in Linguistics and Spanish, I have only been able to help out at the English classes when I’m in town during the summer. 

Teaching at the English classes has helped me confirm that teaching is what I want to do with my life. Additionally, I’ve been able to fellowship with some of the kindest people I’ve ever met before: the students who come to the classes. It’s also been an immensely useful tool for understanding applied linguistics, my main field of study. 

Every week, I am overwhelmed with both the successes and the challenges in the classrooms. Nevertheless, this trial and error of human relations and figuring out what works in the classroom and what doesn’t keep me motivated to return to class when I’m in town.