Three Men and an Adult Literacy Program Employee

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Somebody who currently works at the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program once worked with famous American actors Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, and Steve Guttenberg in the immortal cinematic 1987 comedy classic Three Men and a Baby. The little boy in the red shirt on the right is him 27 years ago. Guess who it is in the Comments Section – and the first person to guess correctly will win these:

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 If you’re not familiar with the film Three Men and  a Baby, here’s a trailer:

 

 

An Author In Our Midst

The name you see on the lower right hand corner of the above book belongs to one of our teachers here at the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program. Mary Staub, teacher of daytime classes 3A and 3P, recently published a biking guide to NYC.

From Amazon.com:

Best Bike Rides New York City describes more than 40 of the greatest recreational rides in New York City. Road rides, rail trails, bike paths, and single-track mountain bike rides all get included. Most rides are in the 5 to 30 mile range, allowing for great afternoon outings and family adventures.

About the Author:

Mary Staub is a freelance journalist and passionate cyclist who has been exploring the New York City metro area by bike for more than ten years. Biking is part of who she is and always has been. Whether for commuting or for leisure, whether in sub-freezing temperatures or on sultry summer days, whether where she lives or where she travels, biking is what she has always done. Inherently inquisitive, her interests have led her into various journalistic territories including travel writing, community reporting, mainstream news, and dance writing. Publications she’s written for include Travel + Leisure, the New York Sun, Basler Zeitung, dance journals including Ballet Tanz and Dancer Magazine, the technology news site Tech Media Network. She lives in Brooklyn.

To buy Mary’s book, click here.

Au Revoir, Elsie

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Another teacher will also not be returning this September: Elsie Choi. Elsie has been with the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program for 11 years – she started when she was 19 years old, according to her. Elsie is a veteran teacher who has decided to take some time off – right now, she’s on a cruise ship somewhere in the Northern Atlantic. Always camera shy, we don’t have any good videos of Elsie, but below you can read something she wrote about her classes a couple years ago. We’ll miss you, Elsie!

My Year with 1A & 1B

By Elsie Choi

August 29, 2012 was Orientation Day already after a long summer of relaxation.  It was time to meet a whole new group of students and get the show ready for the road. I was a little nervous. First impressions are very important. What should I wear for the day? I am sure that my students feel the same way. They were there to check me out, and at the same time, wondering what is in store for them for the coming year.

A few students come in way before class time but the majority can barely make it. There is a tendency that people come in later and later as the year goes on. Of course they have tons of excuses… my children, my dog, my watch….”See, my watch says 9…”

Students gradually become friends and chat. Think that they do not know enough English to do so? No problem. Their native language kicks in naturally. Or, a mixture of languages will do. “I did my homework la. (Chinese)”, “Is this good ma? (Chinese)”,“Michael is outside ah! (Chinese)”.  ALL ENGLISH! …..ALL ENGLISH!

Oh! No! Test again?! Eyes are wandering around. Some just want to get that 100 percent in the test. Believe it or not, a few people know they are right but still glance at their neighbor’s paper to see if the other person is doing it correctly. What a busybody!

Homework is usually done by most students but it is like pulling teeth for some. To enforce this requirement, it causes more work for the teacher to follow up and make sure that make-up homework is done the next day. A threat using Michael’s name is useful, sometimes.

Well, the year is going by swiftly despite the heartache and headache we have had. We have shared tears and laughter with personal happenings and have grown together. Let’s celebrate. Food is the number one choice. Students feed the teacher, me, all year long. I thank you all by showing you my forever growing “muffin top.”

Adios, Cliff

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One of our longtime teachers here are the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program has left us for greener pastures. His name is Cliff Prisament, and he taught here from 2010 to 2014. We’ve collected some old material about Cliff as a way of commemorating his time with us, a video interview with him and a little something he wrote about his main hobby:

If you look carefully at my wrist while I’m teaching, you might notice I wear a different watch almost every day.  Since 2005, I have been collecting and fixing watches as an amateur horologist (someone who fixes watches and clocks).

In 2005, I moved to Shanghai, China to teach children English.  While I was there, I found several markets that sold very cheap, antique watches (watches that are very old).  I fell in love with watches and it became my favorite hobby.  I would sometimes buy 2 watches a week!  In 2007, I owned almost 40 watches!  Now, I only own about 15 watches.

My oldest watch is a Mickey Mouse watch made in 1933!  It’s half a century older than me!

Most people just buy a watch because they think it’s beautiful or fashionable.  When I buy a watch, I buy it because of its movement.

There are three types of watch movements.  They are quartz, automatic and manual-wind.

1. Quartz watches are the most popular.  Your watch is probably a quartz watch.  Quartz watches have a small, round, silver battery that powers the watch hands.  Quartz watches are the most accurate. 

2. Automatic watches do not have a battery.  They have a rotor, which winds a mainspring that moves the hands.  So if you wear an automatic watch every day, you never need to change a battery.

3. Manual-wind watches only have a mainspring and no rotor or battery.  You have to wind them every day or they will stop moving!

Any questions about watches?  Let me know!