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Severna Park Voice Editor Zach Sparks with Mary Anne and Bob Stoner


Two of our dedicated AACLC volunteers have been named Severna Park Volunteers of the Month! Here’s the scoop: ​From Chris Fincham’s Severna Park Voice article:


…Bob and Mary Anne Stoner are active tutors, trainers, and advisors within the AACLC. They teach English language learners – English as a Second Language or ESL – as well as basic literacy for area residents.

“The literacy council lets you help each person with whatever their goal is,” Mary Anne said. “Our program is a one-on-one program, so you really are building a bond and trusting relationship with ​your student​ and you can see them grow.”

“You can see from the first day with some students, that they’re not confident – head down, little eye contact. And now they come in happy and ‘Hey how’s it going?’” said Ma​r​y Anne.

Helping members of the community become more fluent and literate can help with seemingly minor interactions that most people take for granted. “They’ll tell us ‘I went in and I talked to my son’s teacher today’, for example,” said Mary Anne.​

“I’ve been lucky to have a student for three and a half years, and she just bought her first house,” Bob said. “Buying a car, signing a lease, buying a home – it’s life skills.”

The program provides all the materials and plans but also allows volunteers a lot of flexibility, which enables them to cater to each student. “For some, it’s related to work,” Mary Anne said, “but other people want to be able to follow recipes, help kids with homework, or read notes from teachers”.

“It shouldn’t be a stigma that you don’t know how to read – it’s just another skill you need to learn,” said Mary Anne.

Read the rest of the Severna Park Voice article.

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February 8, 2020 Tutor Class


Please celebrate AACLC’s excellent new tutor class from the February 8 training! They are now matched with literacy, math, ESL, and GED students and will be providing free and individualized tutoring throughout Anne Arundel County at convenient days and times for their students.

If you’d like to be a volunteer literacy or math tutor, email or call the office at 410-269-4419 to register for the next training.

Follow-On Training March 14

February 13, 2020

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All tutors!

Are you new to tutoring and need a little feedback?

Do you need some strategies to overcome a tutoring challenge?

Join us Saturday, March 14th, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Wood’s Memorial Church in Severna Park, Room 152.

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You don’t want to miss AACLC’s Annual Student and Tutor Appreciation Dinner on April 30 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm! Seating is limited to 200 and fills rapidly, so email Jane Seiss at now to register and reserve your seat.

Oprah Winfrey inspirational quote for AACLC

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Magic happens when an AACLC tutor shares their passion for reading, writing, or math with their student. Lasting friendships are formed, personal goals are achieved, and entire families benefit from the experience. You will enjoy “meeting” several of AACLC’s inspirational students and tutors in the articles on our website.

Please pass this message forward to anyone who would like to become a literacy or math tutor, and make plans to attend the March 14 Follow On workshop and AACLC’s April 30 Appreciation Dinner.

Warm regards,

AACLC Executive Director Lisa VernonLisa Vernon, Executive Director
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council
301-523-6750 (cell)


Happy Valentine's Day from AACLC

Levar Burton inspirational quote about reading

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Tutor Rosemary Council and Student Ana Leveron


Ana began her journey as a Level 1 ESL student in December 2017. Since that time, she has progressed to Level 4! Ana’s desire to advance to a managerial position, to better communicate with her children’s teachers, and to help her youngest child with his homework serve as incentives to improve her English skills. She manages to attend her weekly two-hour tutoring sessions and complete all homework assignments while working full-time and being a dedicated wife and mother of two. [click to continue…]

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Student Maria Pineda and Tutor Karen Calhoun


Maria is a hard-working small business owner and mother of three who came from El Salvador with her parents when she was young. Her brother Marcos helped her get started with the Literacy Council two years ago, and I was the lucky tutor who began meeting with her in January 2018. Initially, her goals focused on reading to her children and becoming more involved in their education. [click to continue…]

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Above: Fall 2019 AACLC Tutor Class


Great opportunity!

Our next tutor training is scheduled for

Saturday February 8th

  8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church

Severna Park, MD

and will include basic literacy, math, and English Language Learner (ELL) instruction.

We have a class size limit of 35. If you, or someone you know, would like to become a literacy or math tutor, please email Lisa Vernon at or call 410-269-4419 as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

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As Nelson Mandela says, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Education is the key to eliminating gender inequality, to reducing poverty, to creating a sustainable planet, to preventing needless deaths and illness, and to fostering peace.”

This past year, 254 AACLC adult students improved their lives through education and achieved personal goals of jobs, better-paying jobs, GEDs, and improved their quality of life. This included 109 Basic Literacy students, 71 HSE/GED Prep students, and 74 ESL/ELL students. [click to continue…]

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Writing the Professional Way:
Techniques and Tips for Teaching

A Collaborative Workshop Led by Natalie Canavor

February 1st, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church
Fellowship Hall

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about strategic writing from Natalie Canavor! Seating is limited and this workshop will fill quickly. To reserve a seat for Natalie’s February 1st interactive workshop, you must email Lisa Vernon at or call the office at 410-269-4419.

This practical hands-on workshop will demonstrate professional techniques and handy shortcuts to high-impact writing. The presenter, Natalie Canavor, developed a system to teach writing based on her decades as a national magazine editor-in-chief, executive director of communications, and award-winning journalist for publications including the New York Times, Newsday, Communication World, and a number of professional and business publications. [click to continue…]