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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Student Profiles – January 2015

December 1st, 2014

Jan Metcalf currently tutors two students, Elva and Sandra.  She “interviewed” Elva and Sandra for this month’s Student Profile feature (a great way to practice speaking skills)!  If you would like to submit your student interview, email info@literacycouncilmcmd.org.   Elva came to the United States from El Salvador seven years ago, where she worked as