Staff Spotlight: Ahu Moser Chosen as Member of APC

May 1st, 2018

Our very own Assistant Director of Programs (Classroom), Ahu Moser, joined LCMC in July of 2015. Many of our teachers and students recognize Ahu as our former Intake and Assessment Specialist, but her extensive leadership has been so valuable to LCMC that she is now in charge of the ESL Classroom program. Ahu was recently

Notes from the Bald Man – May 2018

May 1st, 2018

May 2018 Dear Community Builders, I hope you all are enjoying the lovely weather we are getting this week. If you are reading these words, I hope you are doing so under a tree while you sip from a drink; iced coffee is my preference. Over the next couple of newsletters, I want to share

Notes from the Bald Man – April 2018

March 30th, 2018

In a new addition to the LCMC website, we’re bringing you monthly updates from our Executive Director, Gabriel Martinez Cabrera (aka “the Bald Man”). Below is his April 2018 monthly update. Dear LCMC Community, March is almost gone and spring is here. The warm weather and longer days are exciting, and they make me think

Pair Spotlight: Kit and Maama

March 30th, 2018

As Maama settles into the tutoring room at Silver Spring Library next to her tutor, Kit, she explains that she is originally from Guinea. There, many languages are spoken among different cultures within the country. “I speak only three languages,” she first says, citing the Fula language of her mother’s culture, the Mandinka language of

Pair Spotlight: Janice and Mary

February 28th, 2018

Janice and Mary are wasting no time. The long time tutor and student pair crowd close over Mary’s composition journal, where she has written out sentences and Janice examines closely to check her grammar and spelling. Today Janice is breaking down the structure of sentences for Mary, helping Mary understand how to conjugate a verb

Notes from the Bald Man – March 2018

February 28th, 2018

In a new addition to the LCMC website, we’re bringing you monthly updates from our Executive Director, Gabriel Martinez Cabrera (aka “the Bald Man”). Below is his inaugural monthly update, from March 2018. My Dear Community Builders, With the new year, and with me coming up on six months of being here, I thought I

Tutor Pair Spotlight: Sabrina and Dee

January 24th, 2018

“I told my husband, Howard, that I’m going to be interviewed. He says, ‘why?!’ I said, ‘Because I am a good student!’” It’s mid-morning at the Gaithersburg Library and LCMC student Sabrina and her tutor Dee have met for their weekly tutoring lesson. Sabrina’s husband, Howard, is also an LCMC student, with a different tutor.

2018 ESL Legacy Scholarship Applications Open!

January 10th, 2018

We are pleased to announce the continuation of the ESL Legacy Scholarship. Thanks to the generosity of a donor, and in partnership with The Community Foundation and Future Link, the ESL Legacy Scholarship provides financial support to children whose parents studied English as a Second Language (ESL) through the classroom or tutoring programs at LCMC.

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