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Left to right: (not seen) Charity Passalacqua, Shirley Theimer, Janet Labella, Jill Mischo, Kathy Lang, Desiree Smith-Daugherty, Dan Milleville, and Michael Green.

Tutor Training Coordinator Jill Mischo led a very productive workshop on February 10th on ways to support our Jennifer Rd. Detention Center tutors. What a dedicated and inspirational group of women and men!

Benefits of Tutoring

April 2, 2018

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Featured below is a recent AACLC tutor review from

“Working as a tutor with AACLC has been an extremely rewarding experience and one of the most worthwhile projects I have ever undertaken. Things that someone who reads takes for granted are difficult if not impossible for an adult non-reader — applying for a job or even qualifying for most jobs, getting a driver license, finding items at a grocery store, reading the directions for your prescription medicines, paying bills, voting, reading notices children bring home from school, staying in touch with family and friends by texting or email or Facebook, etc.

The student I have been tutoring for the past six months is a 44-year old mother of six who dropped out of school when she was sixteen, with minimal reading skills. She sought out AACLC because her children were growing up and were not going to be around much longer to help her with things that required reading.

She and I were both nervous when we met and unsure about what this experience was going to be like, but we quickly found a comfortable routine. We meet at the library twice a week for two-hour tutoring sessions and her reading and writing skills improve with every session. Working at her own pace and with the undivided attention of a tutor are the reasons that she is learning how to read now, something she was never able to do when she was in school.

In addition to seeing a rapid increase in her reading ability, I have seen her whole appearance, personality and demeanor change from quiet and reserved to outgoing, smiling, and confident. She now has a part-time job, her first job in many years, and she looks forward to having access to a wider range of job opportunities as her reading and writing skills continue to grow. This is a strong woman who has a lot to offer our community, and AACLC is the reason she will be able to do that.

None of us could be effective tutors without the training, support, and educational materials provided by AACLC. Few adult non-readers would participate in literacy training without the warm, respectful, and supportive outreach that AACLC provides to them. Everyone in our community benefits when an adult non-reader learns to read. We are fortunate that AACLC is a well-run organization that is working to meet this need.”

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~ Spring 2018  Tutor Training Class ~

Despite the weather challenges we experienced on Day 2, thirty-five new literacy and math tutors were trained and matched with students on March 3rd.

A tremendous “Thank you!” goes out to tutor training coordinator Jill Mischo and presenters Bob and Mary Anne Stoner, Anita Ewing, Susann Felton, Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi, Emily Clement, Jan Booth, Bob Mondor, JoAnn Cook, and Jane Seiss. This is an excellent tutor class and it will be fun to watch these tutor/student matches progress over the coming months.

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Teaching Geometry Workshop

May 19, 9:00 – 1:00 p.m., Room 208

Circles, spheres, and cubes. Oh, my! Let’s explore the various 2D and 3D geometric concepts that students will face in the Mathematical Reasoning GED test. We will start with understanding lines and graphs before moving on to shapes. In addition to the basics, tutors can learn different approaches to teaching that may help if your student is having a particularly difficult time as well as how to input information into the TI-30XS calculator.

Note: This will be an accelerated course. Tutors should come prepared with a basic understanding of reading graphs (x and y coordinates). A formula sheet will be provided for all relevant geometry formulas.

Teaching Fractions and use of the TI-30XS calculator Workshop

April 28, 9:00 – 1:00 p.m., Room 208

Are fractions your student’s math nemesis? Does the sight of a 4/7 + 3/8 give your student the heebeejeebees? Come join us for an accelerated look into the world of fractions. We will cover the basics, learn to use the TI-30XS, and offer up some various approaches to common barriers students may encounter.

NOTE: Due to the accelerated nature of this workshop, tutors should have some experience with fractions.

If interested in one or both of these workshops, you must either pre-register with Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi at or call the office to leave a message at 410-269-4419.

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Students, Tutors, and Assessors

Save the Date

Literacy Council Annual Appreciation Dinner

Date: Thursday, April 26th

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Place: Woods Memorial Church

Severna Park

A fabulous buffet dinner will be followed by a short but exciting program to celebrate our volunteers, students, and our 41st anniversary serving Anne Arundel County.

Please make plans to attend and bring your family/friends with you for a night of fun and celebration!



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Make your donation go further! AmazonSmile will triple your donation when you make your first eligible AamazonSmile purchase from March 12 – 31.

Simply go to then type in Anne Arundel County Literacy Council as your organization of choice — or click the AmazonSmile banner at the top of our sidebar to the left. When you shop at AmazonSmile they will then donate to Anne Arundel County Literacy Council.

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Tutors! Are you new to tutoring and need a little feedback? Do you have some successful strategies to share? Do you need some strategies to overcome a tutoring challenge?

Tutor Follow-On Workshop

April 7th
9:00 a.m. – noon
Woods Memorial Church, Room 208

Come to our Follow-On Training and Tutor Round-Up Saturday morning, April 7, 9amnoon at Wood’s Memorial Church in Severna Park.

Share how your first sessions are going and how we can help. Learn how to incorporate writing into your lessons and how to use some graphic organizers that can help your student organize her thoughts. Learn where to find informative videos to help you tutor. Our basic tutoring simply can’t cover all the strategies and resources that will make you a successful tutor. Even experienced tutors can use a few refreshing strategies to boost their tutoring skills!

Set your calendars and RSVP to Jane Seiss at

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Please grab your calendars and make plans to attend our April 26th Appreciation Dinner. You do not want to miss this event!

A fabulous buffet dinner will be followed by a short but exciting program to celebrate volunteers, students, and our 41st anniversary serving Anne Arundel County. We will have engaging speakers and student awards will be presented.

Make plans to attend and bring your family/friends with you for a night of fun and celebration! Last year’s event was our biggest ever – over 200 people attended.

Also, take note of the following important math and literacy  training opportunities:

  • April 7 Follow-On Workshop for all tutors
  • April 14 Mini tutor training for teachers who missed the spring tutor training
  • April 28 Teaching fractions and how to input information into the TI-30XS calculator
  • May 19 Teaching geometry

Kind regards,

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

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


Teachers Light The Way

March 15, 2018

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“For every one of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn’t always necessarily have to be in your family; for me, it was teachers and school.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

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Our Executive Director, Lisa Vernon, was a guest recently on the “Volunteer Voice” show at WNAV. She did a fabulous job of explaining what we do at AACLC and how someone can use our free services. She personalized the dialog for the potential student or volunteer who might be listening. Click the arrow on the audio player below to listen: