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

LCMC Statement on Recent National Events

August 21st, 2017

The tragic ethnically-motivated incident in Charlottesville last weekend and the ensuing reaction demonstrate the continuing need for appreciation and support in our country for people of all races, religions, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and languages. For more than 50 years, the Literacy Council of Montgomery County has proudly served the English language needs of students regardless

Student Spotlight – Adelrose

August 10th, 2017

Adelrose takes to reading and writing like a duck to water. It’s raining hard this Monday morning in early August, but that doesn’t stop LCMC student Adelrose from meeting her tutor, Lisa, at the Long Branch Library in Silver Spring for their weekly English tutoring session. The two settle in to Tutor Room #2 at

Volunteer Spotlight – Barbara Rosing

July 31st, 2017

August 2017 Volunteer Spotlight – Barbara Rosing, ESL Tutor In November 2016, the Literacy Council of Montgomery County, like many nonprofits across the country, saw an uptick in inquiries about how members of the community could volunteer and help with the organization’s mission. Barbara Rosing was one step ahead. On Saturday November 5, 2016, she

Volunteer Spotlight: Sharon Levy

June 22nd, 2017

What motivated or inspired you to become an LCMC volunteer? I had lived in Brazil and had to learn to speak, read, and write in Portuguese. I had sympathy for the people that were in that position coming here. I had been a speech and language pathologist for Montgomery County Public Schools and did bi-lingual