Daily Point of Light # 2158 May 13, 2002

A charter volunteer with Experience Corps at Scott Montgomery Elementary School in the District of Columbia, Doris E. McCannon started her work as a tutor and classroom helper in the fall of 1999. The DC Experience Corps creates volunteer opportunities in schools for senior citizens. She enthusiastically jumped in to her work, recruiting other volunteers to work with the students as well. By the fall of 2000, in addition to tutoring her own students, she became a site coordinator, leading 25 literacy and reading tutors who worked with 50 children at the school. She has continued that work through the 2001-2002 school year, making a real impact on the students at Scott Montgomery and the other volunteer tutors.

Doris, the volunteer AARP DC Executive Council Member for Community Service, has also served AARP as the Secretary of the AARP DC Community Council, a volunteer referral specialist in the National AARP volunteer center, and as President of AARP National Chapter 100. She has also served in leadership roles with several community organizations, including the Northwest Boundary Civic Association, Ward 4 Democrats, St. Gabriel Catholic Church and the Armstrong High School Alumni Association.

McCannon is a retired high school social studies teacher. She has also worked as the Assistant Director of the Emery Teen Center, a graduate instructor of sociology at Coppin State College, and a unit supervisor at the Central Intelligence Agency. She received a bachelor’s degree from Dunbarton College of Holy Cross and a Masters degree in Sociology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She completed advanced coursework at Howard University, DC Teachers College and Goucher College.