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#GivingTuesday gives us a chance each year to compete for prizes. Starting November 15th through November 27th, a very generous AACLC donor will also DOUBLE your donations up to $2,500 with a matching gift!

So if you have not sent in your membership donation, you can do so online through our #GivingTuesday AACLC mightycause webpage, double your donation, and save a stamp.

PLEASE NOTE: You will have the choice to opt-out of covering a 5% platform fee during your check-out process. If you elect NOT to cover the platform fee for AACLC, Mightycause WILL cover the fee so that AACLC is guaranteed to receive every penny of each donation.

Thank you Mightycause!

AACLC Staff Late Fall 2018

November 1, 2018

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From left to right: tutor coordinator Jane Seiss, student coordinator JoAnn Cook, assessor coordinator Emily Clement, database assistant Patti Durst, director Lisa Vernon, tutor training coordinator Jill Mischo, and GED/math coordinator Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi. Not pictured: Database managers Bruce Phillips and Dan Milleville, Treasurer Megan Jackson, TABE coordinator Barb Colacicco, student coordinator assistant Judy Smallwood, and GED math coordinator Susann Felton.


The Literacy Council is fortunate to have a dedicated team working behind the scenes supporting our tutors and students! They generously share their time, talents, and abilities so we can fulfill our mission and provide free reading, writing, math, and English instruction to low-income, interested Anne Arundel County adults.

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Left to right: ESL tutor and class leader Joan Spring, student Marina, and ESL tutor Jane Felsentreger

We have great news to share! Thanks to Joan Spring, an experienced ESL conversation class tutor who has joined our team, as well as requests from our community of tutors, we are launching a free Drop-In ESL Conversation Group in Crofton this fall. Matched students, as well as students on our waiting list, are invited to attend.
The next class will be he on
Wednesday evening, November 7th
at 7 pm Wegman’s Cafeteria, Crofton
– no books required –
– the teacher will use “News for You” newspapers –
and other materials as needed
– tutors do not need to attend –
(although you may want to come the first time your student attends)
Please RSVP to Jane:
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Tutor Training Coordinator Jill Mischo and GED math trainer Deena Fujimoto


Current and future GED- math tutors, you don’t want to miss this great opportunity! GED-math tutor trainer Deena Fujimoto will give an overview of the math GED test, including the use of the TI 30-XS calculator, as well as a brief introduction to the Common Core Math style which is taught in schools.

Come to our math workshop on Saturday, November 17th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Room 208. (go down the stairs located on the left – hand side of the lobby. At the bottom of the stairs turn left and walk through the swinging doors. Room 208 is a large classroom on the right.)

Please RSVP to Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi at if you will be attending this training so we can have an accurate number of handouts.

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UPDATE: This event was originally scheduled for Nov. 9, 2018, and has been moved to Nov. 10, 2018, same time, same place. 

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?

Come to our Follow-On workshop Saturday morning, November 10th, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at Wood’s Memorial Church in Severna Park, Room 150. (go down the stairs located on the left – hand side of the lobby. At the bottom of the stairs turn right. Room 150 is the first classroom on the left.)

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

Student Success: Mulku

October 31, 2018

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Tutor Cindy Dommisse and Mulku


A heartwarming testimony from Mulku’s daughter:

“Before we moved to Maryland, my mother was told she was not ready for an ESL class and needed a one-on-one tutor which the county was unable to provide. Fortunately, after moving to Annapolis, MD, we found the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. At that time my mother was not communicating in English at all.

Luckily, the Staff was so welcoming and helpful, and quickly placed her on the list for ESL tutoring . They were absolutely professional and linked us to Ms. Cindy, who is very gifted in delivering information to my mother. Ms. Cindy is talented, compassionate, and put in successful ideas and tailored the lessons to mother’s needs. Whenever Ms. Cindy was not available, my mother worked with Ms. Susan, a very nice lady who did a great job in covering the sessions. I cannot thank them enough!

My mother, who had never understood nor written a letter in any language, has come a long way and in less than a year she can now communicate in English with very little help. And this is all because of Ms. Cindy’s dedication to what she does. I find Ms. Cindy to be the catalyst for this achievement. She answered any question or concern, and Mother is now looking forward to learning more English.

Even when we moved to a different county Ms. Cindy gave us directions that helped her to get situated in Prince George County Literacy Council, where the staff here are super helpful. Today my mother is well prepared to be in a classroom to continue her education.

Thank you Anne Arundel County Literacy Council and your committed tutors !”


Congratulations, LaToya!

October 31, 2018

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“Excellent student, highly motivated, and a self-starter” are words AACLC tutor Susann Felton enthusiastically uses to describe her student LaToya Saunders.

LaToya had to take one break in her work and also held three jobs to pay the rent and get ahead, but she persevered. We are proud to share that LaToya successfully completed the NEDP program in September of this year and earned her high school diploma! LaToya’s graduation ceremony was held at AACC on October 17, 2018.

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You will want to grab your calendar and check out our upcoming tutor workshops and new ESL conversation class! If interested in any of these opportunities, be sure to set your calendar and RSVP.

Be sure to read about LaToya and Mulku, two of our inspirational students. These stories remind us of the value of our free reading, writing, math and English instruction for low-income, interested Anne Arundel County adults and why we do what we do.

Kind regards,

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

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Thanks to our incredible sponsors Koons Toyota of Annapolis, Sandy Spring Bank of Annapolis, Deale Quality Automotive, and our walkers nearly $9,000 was raised from this year’s walkathon!

A tremendous thanks also goes out to the following businesses for donating snacks and prizes for the walkers and dogs: Franklin Toys, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Dunkin Donuts, Weis Supermarket, Family Veterinary Clinic in Gambrills, and Debby Turner’s homemade dog biscuits.

Food for Thought

October 29, 2018

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“The decline in adult literacy is not merely a decline in the capacity to read and write, but a decline in the impulse to puzzle out, brood upon, look up in the dictionary, mutter over, argue about, turn inside-out in verbal euphoria, the “incomparable medium” of language.”

~Adrienne Rich