Our Story

In 1998, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious Region X – St. Louis, led by Sister Carleen Reck, SSND, Sister Susan Borgel, CPPS, and Sister Peggy Moore, OSU, created the English Tutoring Project to fill a need for English tutoring services created by an influx of immigrants/refugees arriving in St. Louis South City Catholic schools.

Sister Marilynn Wittenauer, RSM, administrator and tutor, and Sister Jean Greenwald, SSND, tutor, began the program working out of a mobile RV they drove to the schools, as well as classrooms in three schools (St. Pius V, St. Cecilia, Notre Dame Elementary). Resurrection was later added.

As part of the growing need for services, Sister Rosemary Russell, CPPS, joined the program as tutor in 2001. ETP added services at St. Mary Magdalen and St. John the Baptist, as well as a second RV.

IMG_0049From 2003-2006, several elementary schools were closed or consolidated, which affected those schools at which ETP served. St. Pius V and Notre Dame Elementary were consolidated to form St. Frances Cabrini Academy. Resurrection was closed, and St. Mary Magdalen School was consolidated with another school, no longer needing ETP services. ETP discontinued the use of one RV and continued providing services in one mobile RV unit and a classroom in one school. In 2008-2009, ETP added services at Immaculate Heart of Mary. Use of the RV was eliminated in 2009 in favor of established classrooms at each school, providing cost savings to ETP that could be directed toward more services for students.

IMG_0045In the fall of 2015 we implemented the first of a three year plan for expansion. As a result we now have 7 tutors providing on-site tutoring to more than 150 students from at least 12 different countries of origin.

We serve students in 7 schools in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County. They are: Holy Trinity, St. Ann, MO; Marian Middle School, St. Cecilia Catholic school and academy, St. Frances Cabrini Academy, St. Joan of Arc, St. Stephen Protomartyr, all in St. Louis City; and St. Charles Borromeo, St. Charles, MO.

ETP’s steady growth in enrollment since its inception shows the ongoing need for its services, and the commitment of our supporters and grantors allows us to continue providing essential services that are helping our students grow and thrive.