Student Spotlight: Ryan, an LCMC GED Learner

November 8th, 2018

“People compliment me all the time on my writing, because I do free-style writing. I read books well, so people compliment me on vocabulary, they ask me, ‘are you in somebody’s school, did you graduate?’ I say no. So I felt compelled… to come here.” Ryan is a Silver Spring resident who is taking part

Notes from the Bald Man – October 2018

October 8th, 2018

When I was in college, I read a book by a famous poet. It was an odd book–at least I thought so at the time–about the power of naming a thing. The basic premise of the book was that if you were trying to make something from nothing, you had to put a name to

Spotlight on LCMC’s ESL Classroom Program

October 8th, 2018

LCMC’s ESL Classroom program might be less familiar to the vast majority of LCMC’s volunteers, as it relies heavily on our TESOL-certified teaching staff. However, it serves almost 1,100 adult learners from over 100 different countries each year. Volunteers may recognize Ahu Moser, our Assistant Director of Programs, if they have volunteered to help at

Notes from the Bald Man – September 2018

September 5th, 2018

Two Changes, One Apology, and a Couple Other Thoughts to Spare Dear Community Builders, This month, I want to speak to two changes occurring within LCMC that are very different in nature from what I usually write about. To begin: Hours of operation and how we (the full-time staff) do business. For the past year,

Notes from the Bald Man – August 2018

August 1st, 2018

Dear Community Builders, Last week a few non-profit leaders from the county were invited by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to go look at agencies in New York that have done good work around youth homelessness—by youth, we are talking 18-25 year olds. DHHS plans to open a center in East County

Student Spotlight: Darnell

August 1st, 2018

Work in adult education long enough, and one inevitably meets some of the most inspiring and determined parents there are. Darnell, a Basic Literacy student with LCMC, and father to a son, is one of them. “I always wanted to help him with reading,” says Darnell. “I always wanted to pick up a book and

Notes from the Bald Man – July 2018

July 6th, 2018

Dear Community Builder, I hope this finds you all well and not too warm. Summer is a pretty great time, as we all know. Time to be outside and enjoy the sun. For us, staff at LCMC, as is true for most educators, summer is also a time to reset and prepare for the year

Student Spotlight: Moshtaar, ESL Classroom Student

June 22nd, 2018

Moshtaar is a young man from Afghanistan to whom family is particularly important. After many years apart, he recently became reunited with his mother and sister by moving to Montgomery County less than a year ago. As Moshtaar adjusts to his new life in America, he makes progress in his goals – to perfect his

Notes from the Bald Man – June 2018

June 4th, 2018

Dear Tutors, Let’s talk data. As some of you know, we have been making some serious changes to our Tutoring Program, which will allow us to be better and to grow. With Fidel doing our day-to-day operations, Alexandra has been working tirelessly to get our new curricula ready for ESOL and BL students. On the

LCMC Annual Meeting on May 24, 2018

May 10th, 2018

Please join us at 6:30pm at the Rockville Memorial Library, on the 3rd floor in Suite 331, the conference room for the Office of Human Rights, for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Literacy Council of Montgomery County. We will hear from LCMC’s Board of Directors on the current State of LCMC with a review