By: Nate Sommer//
Tell me a bit about yourself!
Sally was born in London, but has lived in Chicago for over 27 years. She is an
English Language Professor at UIC specializing in English as a Second Language.
She has been teaching for many years! She lives in Evanston with her husband,
two daughters, and her dog, Coco.
What experience did you have with volunteering prior to FORA?
Sally has taught English to adults before, but this is her first time teaching
elementary school students. She has also volunteered in other ways, such as
helping out in food pantries and cooking meals for families and individuals who are
How did you learn about FORA and what made you commit to it?
Sally read a wonderful article about FORA in the Chicago Tribune and really
wanted to get involved in helping students with their school studies.
Why does refugee education matter to you?
“It matters because everyone deserves the chance to have an education. Having
some extra help and encouragement can really make a difference in young
people’s academic success, and overall confidence. I am happy to help in any way I
What has been a highlight of your FORA experience, or a favorite memory with your student?
Sally loves the positive and encouraging atmosphere at FORA. She has been
working with a student on a regular basis since she started in the Fall of 2021 and
she has loved watching him grow in confidence as well as improving his math and
reading skills. He is curious and funny, and they like to laugh and share stories
about what happened during their week.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Sally loves traveling to different places, trying new foods and cuisines, reading and
spending time in her garden.