First Teachers @ Home, an initiative of RUSH, is a grass roots, community-driven, non-profit organization. First Teachers @ Home programs are in Jefferson, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Pickens, and Hale counties.
First Teachers @ Home has a number of paid and volunteer parent coaches who work with families in their homes or at centers weekly to demonstrate to the parents how to teach their kids the skills they need to succeed in school.
Our incredible staff establishes strong bonds with the families and makes a significant contribution to changing the understanding of the families about what they need to teach their kids.
This program depends upon a broad array of volunteers to make our program soar. We are so grateful for the efforts of so many.
Special thanks to Gary Tramontina, our photographer, who has donatated his time and incredible talents to capture the beautiful and moving images on this website. Click here to contact him.
Susan Swartz, President
Susan has significant experience in a variety of community programs and as a volunteer for a number of organizations. Susan has a business background and was employed as a social worker in New York city and a teacher in Philadelphia. She was the Childcare Resources Children's Advocate winner in 2010 and a member of the Leadership Birmgham class of 2005. Susan contributes her work with RUSH as a volunteer.
Tammy Goodwin, Administrator
Tammy has worked in health care for a number of years and specializes in special needs children.
Lynn Lando, Director and Head of Outreach and Training, Jefferson County
Lynn started with First Teachers @ Home as a parent participant at a Tarrant school class. She offered to volunteer and was immediately recognized as someone with enormous talent. She began working part-time as a parent coach and was promoted several times. This year, she assumed her current position. Lynn has over 20 years of experience managing low-income housing.
Jeff Hurn, Executive Director, First Teachers @ Home Tuscaloosa
Jeff began working part-time to help organize First Teachers @ Home Tuscaloosa in January 2012. He was promoted to his current position in the summer of 2012. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Alabama and worked as a pre-school teacher at Calvary Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa. He has volunteered in various capacities since high school; following the devastating tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa in 2011. Jeff helped coordinate volunteers who pitched in to help numerous families affected by the storm.