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January 11, 2002 Issue

Sister chosen a community quarterback

Work on Literacy Council brings high-five from the Packers

By Joanne Flemming
Compass Correspondent

The Green Bay Packers and the National Football League have selected Sr. Carlotta Ullmer, a Sister of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, Bay Settlement, as one of two runners-up for its 2001 Community Quarterback Awards.

The award recognizes her volunteer work with the Literacy Council of Brown County, where she teaches immigrants and refugees to speak, read and write English.

As a runner-up, Sr. Ullmer received $2,500 for the Literacy Council. Earlier, as one of 10 finalists for the award, she received $1,000, also for the Literacy Council. The money will be used to train new reading tutors.

Tori Rader, Literacy Council executive director, and Kathy Cornell, program director, in their letters nominating Sr. Ullmer for the award, both said that she spent more than 5,560 hours in the last 15 years tutoring 28 adult learners from several countries, including Laos, Thailand, Somalia and Mexico.

Fall through spring, she works 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. five days a week in the Council's Learning Center. During the summer, she works two days a week.

The letters said she always has six students, each of whom she sees individually twice a week.

Cornell said, "She reviews, reminds, explains, corrects and demonstrates the complexities of our language to these determined adults. I can recall the time I encountered her jumping and hopping and jogging in place ... to physically demonstrate the meaning of those verbs."

Rader said: "She is a tremendous advocate for her students, helping them to understand documents, procedures and policies that affect their lives."

Sr. Ullmer, a retired elementary teacher and principal, received the Literacy Council's Gold Tutor Award in 1992 and was a co-recipient of its Volunteer of the Year award in 1996.

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