|L. Anson, 2010's Outstanding Tutor, presenting award to Bill|
Bill Campbell grew up in East Brady (Clarion Co) Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State with a BS in Accounting in 1973. Shortly after graduation he began his 28 years of employment in Pittsburgh; he held positions in a variety of accounting, treasury, financial and analytical functions and earned his MBA from Duquesne University.
In the fall of 2000, Bill answered a recruitment ad in the Pennysaver for volunteer ESL (English as a Second Language) tutors for the Greater Pittsburgh
Literacy Council (GPLC). Bill had been looking for volunteer opportunities and he thought teaching ESL sounded interesting. He took GPLC’s tutor training and was assigned his first student, a man from Egypt, in September 2000.
The unexpected end of his career in 2001 left him with a new found freedom that allowed him to jump into ESL tutoring feet first. Over the years, nearly 150 students from around the world have attended his group and one-on-one sessions. Bill often takes his students on field trips, edits their work and utilizes authentic community resources to truly contextualize his instruction. At GPLC, he is a Mentor Tutor, recipient of the Excel Service Award and serves on the committee for the annual recognition event. In 2002, he was recognized as a Community Champion by the Jefferson Awards for Public Service and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for exceptional volunteer service to the community as an ESL tutor with GPLC.