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

Gabriel Martinez Cabrera – Executive Director

August 28th, 2017

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 program that helped young returning citizens find family sustaining employment. More recently, he worked for a research firm called Digital

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

Fall 2017 ESL Classes

June 20th, 2017

UPDATED: 10/18/2017 We are offering a limited number of classes for Session II of Fall 2017. Please see the schedule of available classes here for information on how to register. We are also still finalizing our schedule of Winter 2017-2018 classes. If you would like to be notified when Winter registration dates are available in

Volunteer Spotlight – Katie Sheils

May 25th, 2017

Meet Katie! If you have ever called or stopped by the LCMC office on a Wednesday morning, you have likely been greeted by the friendly face or voice of Katie Sheils, one of our dedicated and cheerful front desk volunteers who help us manage the flow of calls and visitors, whether from prospective students, current