For many years Aubrey Hopkins has worked in professions that help families and children. Now, he is in his third year teaching literacy classes for inmates in the Berrien County jail.
The 54-year-old Berrien Springs resident grew up in Macon, Ga., attended Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., and has a background in social work. He worked in the alternative education program at Coloma schools and in the Benton Harbor school system. In addition to teaching literacy in the jail, Hopkins is an examiner for the General Educational Development program, which allows people to get the equivalent of a high school diploma. The literacy and GED programs have no connection.
Herald-Palladium Staff Writer Scott Aiken recently talked with Hopkins about his work in the jail.