A teacher who couldn’t read speaks out

Published 8:53 pm Thursday, March 6, 2014

From Literacy Volunteers of Beaufort County

“The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read” author John Corcoran will share his story of reading at the second-grade level until he was 48 years old at Beaufort County Community College this month. On March 25, Corcoran will tell about how he managed to graduate from high school and college and to work as a high-school teacher and real-estate developer without being discovered.

The free event is co-sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Washington and Literacy Volunteers of Beaufort County. Corcoran has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, Tavis Smiley Show and has become a national spokesperson for adult literacy. In 1997, he started his own foundation, The John Corcoran Foundation, to provide a way for anyone to learn to read. He has also written and published another book “A Bridge to Literacy.” He will also be appearing in Raleigh, New Bern and several other North Carolina cities while on this tour. Please bring your friends and join us in the BCCC Auditorium at 11 a.m. on March 25 for this inspiring program.

Further information, please contact Pat Lurvey, Literacy Volunteers at plurvey@suddenlink.net; Virginia Jenks, First Presbyterian Church; or newhopeliteracy.org who are arranging his schedule. You can read more about Corcoran’s life and experiences at www.johncorcoran.org.