Tutor/Student Pair Highlight: Risala and Beatrice

December 6th, 2017

“I am one of the survivors.” That’s what Risala quietly says when asked where she is originally from. “I am from South Sudan, Darfur,” she says first. Normally, the “where” question is followed up with the question of what brought one of our ESL learners to the United States. But in this case, asking someone

ESL Tutor and Student Spotlight: Mamadou and Leslie

November 27th, 2017

ESL Tutor and Student Spotlight on Mamadou and Leslie If this story inspires you to support the work of LCMC and students like Mamadou, please consider making a Giving Tuesday donation here.  “Our community is better for having Mamadou in it.” Leslie, a Literacy Council of Montgomery County volunteer tutor, does not mince words. “I

Winter 2018 Class Schedule

November 1st, 2017

Our Winter 2018 ESL Class schedule is now set. Please see this flyer for a list of locations, times, and days of the week different classes are held to identify which works best for your schedule. Several levels of instruction will be held at each site dependent upon the levels of learners who test at

Volunteer Spotlight: Marisa Fried

October 30th, 2017

November 2017’s LCMC Volunteer Spotlight is on Marisa Fried! “I believe literacy education is the best way to a better life,” says Marisa Fried, who began tutoring with LCMC in January 2017. She remarks on how adult literacy education not only directly helps the adult learners, but helps children learn to read as well. “Children who

Student/Tutor Spotlight: Caiqing and Stevie

October 18th, 2017

This month’s student/tutor spotlight features ESL learner Caiqing and her volunteer tutor, Stevie.  “My son is 12 years old. He always makes fun of me. He plays tricks on me,” says Caiqing, an ESL learner in LCMC’s tutoring program. She is acting exasperated, but she also cannot hide her amusement. “I ask him to write

Pair Spotlight: Sarah and Harry

September 30th, 2017

The first thing that sticks out about volunteer tutor, Harry, and his ESL student, Sarah, is how easy laughter comes to them. Harry’s self-deprecating sense of humor, and Sarah’s enjoyment of good-natured teasing, make it clear this pair’s lessons are far from the chore many of us remember taking classes as being. “Why do I

Staff Take: What Adult Education and Family Literacy Mean to Me #AEFLWeek

September 26th, 2017

This week, September 24-30, 2017, we are celebrating Adult Education & Family Literacy Week, which raises public awareness about the need for and value of adult education and family literacy. Its goal is to leverage resources that support access to basic education programs for the 36 million U.S. adults with low literacy skills. Advocates across the country

Support Adult Education this Back to School Season

August 30th, 2017

Dear LCMC family, It’s late summer, a time when our stores have “back to school” items for sale, and children are anticipating what their teachers and classes will be like. However, at the Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC), as our classes begin again, we know it’s not just children headed back to school after summer

Introducing our New Executive Director, Gabriel Martinez Cabrera

August 28th, 2017

We’re thrilled to introduce you to the Literacy Council of Montgomery County’s new Executive Director and fearless leader, Gabriel Martinez Cabrera! Gabriel Martinez Cabrera, aka. Gabe, has worked in underserved communities in New York, Boston, and San Francisco. Over the years, his work evolved into workforce development, where he was in charge of a federally funded

Volunteer Spotlight: Temp Johnson

August 25th, 2017

This month LCMC is thrilled to introduce you to one of our superstar newer volunteer tutors, Temp Johnson. A former meteorology professional who has worked for NASA and NOAA, Temp is now retired and finds that volunteering to work with people learning English provides him not only a way to give back to his community, but admits