by Michall Jeffers
Both Michael Martinez and Aaron Gold have lived in Chappaqua nearly their whole lives. They’ve taken advantage of our wonderful school system, and benefitted from our excellent library. Now, both of these extraordinary young men have chosen to give back to the community.
They’re the tutors this year for the library’s free Individual Internet and Computer Help program, and boy, are they terrific.
I’m a smart person who’s feeble minded when it comes to computers. Working with Michael, a 17 year old Senior at Greeley, has helped me to learn how to operate a laptop, and to navigate Windows 7. I’d heard, before we had our first session, that he was an extremely intelligent individual; but ever since, I’ve been knocked out by his patience and his intuitive knowledge of what I need to understand.
“Everyone has a different learning process,” Martinez explains. “This is very interactive. I like having the chance to help people. It’s rare that students our age get a chance to teach; it’s great to be able to pass on to others what we know.
The people taking the lessons know so much more about most things than we do! Aaron and I have been exposed to computers since first grade, so we’ve had years of experience.
The skills come with time,” he
Gold,16, and a Junior, is equally dedicated. “Sometimes people are afraid of technology, but the truth is, in 20 years everything will be computerized. I’m not great in math, so I can relate to people who are struggling to learn. I really enjoy getting to see people open up as they
begin to comprehend. They
teach us, too.”
Both young men agree that it’s good for their students to bring in specific questions to their 45 minute sessions. Both understand the value of good communication. They are serious, sensitive to the needs of others, and very hard working. And they’re enthusiastic about what they teach.
“Try something new,” proclaims Gold. “Computers are cool!” Martinez nods in agreement, then smilingly greets his next student, ready for the work to begin.
Visit or call the Chappaqua Library, 238-4779, ext.2,
to schedule a session.
Michall Jeffers is a well respected Cultural Journalist. She and her husband, John Warner, are longtime Chappaqua residents.