Student Success: Sonia Kaur

February 15, 2019

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Tutor Suzy Ochs and Sonia Kaur


Congratulations to Sonia Kaur for successfully earning her high school diploma in January! Tutors Phil Tawes and Suzy Ochs have worked with Sonia since 2014 to help her achieve her GED and gain her CNA and LPN certifications. During this time, Sonia worked 2 to 3 jobs while also raising her three young children. She has passed the Nursing Assistant and the Medicine Aid class at Anne Arundel Community College, and now works as a patient technician at Crofton Rehabilitation and privately as a caregiver.

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Please join us for a night of fun and celebration!

Date: Thursday, April 25th
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM
Place: Woods Memorial Church
Severna Park, MD

A fabulous buffet dinner will be followed by a short but exciting program to celebrate our 247 student/tutor matches and our 42nd anniversary serving Anne Arundel County County Executive Steuart Pittman will be our keynote speaker.

Please RSVP below as soon as possible and also print out the invitation to give to your student.


Student Invitation

Will You Be Our Valentine?

February 13, 2019

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Will you be our Valentine?

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Great opportunity!

Our next tutor training is scheduled for

Saturday March 16th, 2019
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in
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 be interested in attending this training, please email Lisa Vernon at or call 410-269-4419 as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

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Left to right: ELL tutor Joan Spring, student Marina, and ELL tutor Jane Felsentreger


March 20th 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Woods Memorial Church
Severna Park

This workshop is designed for tutors who work with English Language Learners (ELL) and would like to help them improve their spoken American English pronunciation. This interactive workshop will improve their ability to understand the place, manner, and voicing of articulation for many of the speech sounds of spoken American English, both consonants and vowels.

An explanation will be given of the differences between a letter, and the sounds represented by that letter. Hand mirrors (provided) will be used to provide a visual of the appearance of parts of the mouth when producing speech sounds, and we will practice. Handouts of worksheets for some commonly mispronounced sounds will be provided, as well as a handout of useful websites to use with our students.

Tutor Joan Spring, a speech pathologist, will lead this valuable workshop. Please be sure to RSVP to Jane Seiss at or call our office at 410-269-4419 to leave a detailed message.

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Happy Valentines Day!

Please take a moment to read peruse our website to learn about extraordinary AACLC students and “meet” some of our new AACLC literacy and math students as well as some tutors.

You will also want to grab your calendar and make note of several upcoming events. Our Annual Appreciation dinner will be held on April 25th and County Executive Steuart Pittman will be our keynote speaker! We have a firm cap of 200 attendees this year so tutors, students, and assessors please RSVP as soon as possible to guarantee seating.

We also have an upcoming workshop for our English Language Learner (ELL) tutors on March 20th, and our spring 2019 AACLC tutor training date has been set for March 16th. If you know of anyone who would like to be a literacy or math tutor for us, please forward this newsletter and encourage them to contact me.

Kind regards,

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director


Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council
301-523-6750 (cell)
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By Thomas Sticht, International Consultant in Adult Education

“With hundreds of billions of federal dollars invested in Early Head Start, Head Start, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school special reading programs, over the last 40 years, we have consistently witnessed failures to improve the average reading scores of 17-year-olds who are on the cusp of adulthood and, for millions of them, on the brink of parenthood. Meanwhile, expenditures for adult literacy education have been and still are trivial.”

“Based on extensive research showing that investments in adult education could result in improved reading scores for both parents and their children (Sticht, 2010; 2011), I argued that perhaps with massive injections of adult literacy education in the Adult Education and Literacy System (AELS) of the United States, it might be possible to finally improve reading scores of children from their entry into school all the way up through their graduation from high school….”

“…We must remember that the real head start for children, starts with the heads of their parents!”

To read the entire article, click here:

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Thanks to your support, $11,073 was raised through GivingTuesday to improve adult literacy in Anne Arundel County! Out of 547 “small” nonprofits competing nationally through MightyCause, Anne Arundel County Literacy Council ranked #8 for most donations raised on November 27th.

You are providing free books, tutoring, and assessments for interested, low-income adults. Goals achieved include GEDs, jobs, better-paying jobs, and an improved quality of life for our students and their families. You are changing lives through literacy with your donations. Thank you!

Please take a moment to “meet” students elsewhere on this website to share in their joy at achieving their reading and math goals. Also, our spring 2019 literacy tutor training date has been set for March 16th. CLICK HERE for details. If you, or someone you know, would like to take this training, please call 410-269-4419 or as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

Kind regards,

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

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

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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.