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Pam Tullous Teaches Popular Series of Computer Classes at SGIUMCPam Tullous Teaches Popular Series of Computer Classes at SGIUMC

Not every church is lucky enough to count an experienced IT trainer as a member, much less an expert willing to share such valuable knowledge for free. SGIUMC is blessed on both counts. Before beginning a very busy retirement, Pam Tullous was the Lead IT Training Specialist for Patton Boggs LLP. Since moving to St. George Island, she has used her extensive technical know-how to benefit the citizens of Franklin County in a number of ways, including by serving as a volunteer at the library, where she helped citizens of all ages access and use the free computers effectively. While some people may want to check social media or simply keep up with the news, other people need computers and internet access to apply for necessities like housing or jobs. Seeing a need in her community for more computer training, Pam offered a series of computer classes at SGIUMC during February and March to offer training on Windows 10, Excel, and Facebook. In addition to the group classes, she also scheduled one-on-one time with students who had specific issues for which they needed help. We greatly appreciate Pam’s willingness to use her talents and abilities to help others.