Jon Reynolds, ESL Coordinator for Kenton County Adult Education at Gateway Community & Technical College, has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Kenton County Public Library Foundation’s Mary Ann Mongan Literacy Award. Since 2009, the Mary Ann Mongan Award recognizes an individual or organization that has shown outstanding service in literacy in Kenton County. The award is named after former Kenton County Public Library director Mary Ann Mongan, who served as Library Director for over 40 years. Jon was given the award at a surprise ceremony prior to his Monday night class.
In his role, Jon has and continues to provide opportunities to countless ESL students in Northern Kentucky. In addition to teaching English and literacy skills, he is also responsible for the organization that keeps the grant funded to be able to provide students with free access to classes. Jon also continues to seek and add services for his students. In addition to ESL classes, students may now take citizenship classes, English conversation and the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Additionally, he has given students advice on job hunting, continuing education and helps them navigate their new communities. Jon has impacted countless lives through his work.
“He is tireless in his efforts to continue to support those that may otherwise feel marginalized in their education and career opportunities,” stated nominator Terribeth Smith. “Jon wears many hats and touches countless lives, often without receiving the recognition for his passion and dedication.”
“Jon works so hard to make the lives of so many people rich and more rewarding,” stated Kym Grillot, social studies teacher at Highlands High School and one of many people who nominated Jon for this award. “I cannot think of a more perfect recipient of this award.”