In this occasional feature, we’ll be sharing profiles of some of our outstanding tutors. 

The first thing you notice about Margie Speer is that she sparkles.

As she shares enthusiastic stories about her work in education and her family, it’s easy to see that she’s high energy, 

It’s easy to hear how her experiences shaped her passion for math.

And it’s easy to see why she would inspire students to love learning.

She’s made that difference as a tutor for Back to Basics since 2011.

Speer’s background is not the traditional path for an educator. Her degree is in mechanical

Celebrate your freedom to read! Banned Books Week is September 30 through October 6!

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read! During this week, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by creating displays of challenged books and hosting events.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to a variety of books. In fact, over 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982! And, according to the American Library Association (ALA), there were at least 326 in 2011 alone.

For more information on Banned Books Week, click here

High School tutors needed in Delaware for following subjects: Physics, English. Integrated Math and Study Skills

Tutors needed at the High School level in the following subjects: Physics, English, Integrated Math and Study Skills.

Minimum of bachelor’s degree and 2 years teaching experience exclusive of student teaching, practicum and substituting required.


CLICK HERE to review our employment application and instructions. If you are called for an interview to become a tutor for Back to Learning Dynamics, you must bring COPIES of all the following items, as we will not be making copies here:

•             3 names and phone numbers for professional references

•             Copy of Criminal Background check

•             Praxis score (if you took …

Know an outstanding volunteer or volunteer group in Delaware? Nominate them for the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award!

Do you know an outstanding volunteer or volunteer group?  The State Office of Volunteerism is currently accepting nominations for the 2012 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards.   The Office has recently revamped the nomination form and process to make it even easier to nominate your favorite volunteer or group!

If you have any questions, please visit the FAQ page or contact Deborah Vandiver at 255-9878 or

Nominations must be received by August 20, 2012 for consideration.  Or have your nomination reviewed before submission — simply email it to Catherine Fox,

Christopher K. Smith Memorial Scholarship for future teachers in Delaware; Deadline is March 28

Delaware’s professional educators – the 12,000 members of the Delaware State Education Association – are offering a $1,000 cash scholarship in order to help a future teacher enter today’s most rewarding, critical, and challenging profession.

The members of DSEA invite all Delaware high school seniors graduating from a public school, who intend to pursue a career in teaching, to apply for this DSEA scholarship.

The recipient is expected to pursue a four-year college degree leading to a Delaware teacher certificate and teach in a public school, preferably in Delaware, for at least one year. Recipient must be employed for one …