PAUL KITAGAKI JR./pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Barbara Elwell, left, tutors student Greer Alston, 14, in algebra last week in San Anselmo. Elwell has earned a nursing degree but hasn't been able to find work in Northern California. She's applied out of state, but had no luck there, either. So she is tutoring kids in math and science until something turns up.

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