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

Volunteer Spotlight: Marisa Fried

October 30th, 2017

November 2017’s LCMC Volunteer Spotlight is on Marisa Fried! “I believe literacy education is the best way to a better life,” says Marisa Fried, who began tutoring with LCMC in January 2017. She remarks on how adult literacy education not only directly helps the adult learners, but helps children learn to read as well. “Children who

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

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

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

Volunteer Spotlight – Rebekah Ramirez

March 28th, 2017

Rebekah is one of our newest ESL tutors with the Literacy Council of Montgomery County! A young professional living in Bethesda and working in DC, she was looking for a way to contribute a couple of hours of free time per week toward helping another person. In just a few short months, she and her

Volunteer Spotlight – Joan Iceland

February 23rd, 2017

Meet Joan! A longtime tutor for the Literacy Council of Montgomery County, she has found that by volunteering to teach others, she has learned quite a bit herself! She tells us more as our February 2017 Volunteer of the Month. What motivated or inspired you to become an LCMC volunteer? I was motivated to become

Volunteer Spotlight – King Stablein

December 29th, 2016

Meet King, one of LCMC’s dedicated volunteer ESL tutors! What motivated or inspired you to become an LCMC tutor? My wife, Kathryn Winsberg, has been an LCMC tutor for several years, and I saw the satisfaction she was deriving from tutoring her first student, who passed her citizenship exam after working with Kathryn for a

Volunteer Spotlight – Mickey

November 24th, 2016

Mickey has dedicated over five years of service to LCMC as an office volunteer. She keeps our Tutor Library in order every Tuesday, and is a familiar face around the office to the staff and many of the tutors and students who meet in our Tutor Rooms. She is a great help around the office and