Hi! My name is Leslie Thompson, and I’m one of the ESL (English as a Second Language) volunteers at the Pelican Community Center.
I joined the team in 2016, after meeting Pastor Mark at a Mardi Gras dinner at the Grace Lutheran Church. Pastor Mark was new to the area and shared his visions for a new mission church right here in Naples, Florida! Soon after there was a call for volunteers to help people learn English, and I was in! At the time, I was a snowbird, living between New Jersey and Florida.
Any fears I had over not being an actual teacher quickly disappeared once I met the students. Nice people from every walk of life who had one thing in common – wanting to learn English in their new country! What an awesome opportunity to meet people from all over the world! And the main requirement was knowing the English language.
Over the years, I have supported the Pelican along with other volunteers, in different ways; leading English classes, coordinating all of the volunteers with their continually changing schedules, selecting curriculums, welcoming students, and shopping for and setting up refreshments.
In 2018 my husband and I have retired and become full-time residents of Naples. Its a welcomed change from my many years working in Banking, most recently on Wall Street in NYC.
I would love to meet you and answer any questions you might have about the ESL program. Please come to the Pelican Community Center any Thursday morning to meet me!