Archive for September, 2012

Need Training?

If you are interested in teaching or tutoring, consider our Volunteer Orientation and Teacher/Tutor Training. Volunteer Orientation will be held on September 27th from 7-8:30pm. Teacher/Tutor Training will be held October 13 th and 20th from 9:30-3:00pm. All events will be held at the Loudoun Literacy Council office and will include topics such as: lesson planning, what to expect as a teacher/tutor, and teaching techniques. Contact Claudia at 703-777-2205 or cwood@loudounliteracy.org if you would like to attend.

Volunteer This Fall!

With the Fall Session starting the first week of October, we have several opportunities to volunteer. Our volunteers are what make our organization function! Without you, we would not have the impact that we do! Thank you for all of your time and energy!

Registration Volunteers:

Help with registration. We sign up our students at open registrations and we need help from volunteers to organize, test, and take payment. Interpreters are welcome to help! If you are interested, please contact Carrie and Susan at tutor@loudounliteracy.org. We need help at our registration event Wednesday, September 26th from 6-8p.m. at:

Guilford Elementary
606 West Poplar Road
Sterling, VA 20164

Assistant Teachers:

We need Assistant Teachers at most of our locations beginning the first week of October!  Please contact Carrie and Susan at tutor@loudounliteracy.org if you would like to assistant teach for the Fall 2012 session.


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Loudoun Literacy Council Press Release
Change lives! Teach English!
Please join us for our Volunteer Orientation and Training Dates! 

Leesburg, VA – 
The Loudoun Literacy Council welcomes volunteers to
an orientation to learn to teach English language learners from around the world!
Our orientation session will be on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM to introduce potential volunteers to our adult literacy program as well as a two-session training course to prepare volunteers to teach English language learners in the classroom or as one-on-one tutors.
Orientation to LLC Adult Literacy Programs

Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
LLC Office
17 Royal Street SW
Leesburg, VA 20175
Volunteer Training (Session 1 of 2)
Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 9:30 AM-3:00 PM 
Adult Literacy Introduction and Best Practices

Volunteer Training (Session 2 of 2)
Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 9:30 AM-3:00 PM
Classroom Preparation and Lesson Planning

There is a $35 fee to cover the cost of training and materials. Lunch is provided. All training sessions will be held at Loudoun Literacy Council.
Loudoun Literacy Council
17 Royal Street SW
Leesburg, VA 20175
Phone: 703-777-2205
For More Information or To Register for Orientation and/or Training Contact:
Claudia Wood
About Loudoun Literacy Council
The Loudoun Literacy Council is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving literacy in Loudoun County. We are the only community-based literacy organization in the county and have been serving Loudoun since 1980.


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Susan (left) and Carrie (right)

Hi everyone! This is Carrie Robinson and Susan Pilley. We wanted to officially introduce ourselves to all of our volunteers, students, and friends in the community as the new AmeriCorps Members for the 2012-2013 year! It has been a time of transition as Janna Starr and Megan Dieter have moved on servicing the community of Loudoun County elsewhere. We are excited to immerse ourselves in the positivity that Loudoun Literacy, and more specifically, the Adult Literacy Program showcases to the ELL community-at-large.

Our primary duties, as AmeriCorps Members, are to teach ELL classes, train our wonderful volunteers, and help keep the Adult Literacy Program running smoothly. We have just begun our year of service last week. Our first week involved meetings with the other AmeriCorps members from the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and BEACON for Adult Literacy as well as attending strenuous Saturday trainings. We are eager to share some things about ourselves so you all could get a little bit more acquainted with us.

Carrie Robinson:

As a Leesburg native, I am really excited to work in the community that I grew up in, allowing me to have a fresh perspective on Loudoun County’s residents as a teacher and a trainer of local volunteers. I just recently graduated from James Madison University (Go Dukes!) in May of this year. I studied Interpersonal Communications and Women and Gender Studies. My past work experience has centered on non-profit work and advocacy.

As an undergrad, I was heavily involved in the Women and Gender Studies Program as an Executive Editor of a literary magazine, and I was able to do a summer internship at the Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice/Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. As a Communications major, I interned at the Office on Children and Youth in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where I created lesson plans for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for 7th grade students across the city, updated the program’s website, and was a contributing blog writer for the Strong Families Great Youth Coalition Organization, which focused it’s attention on promoting healthy decisions for pre-teens and teenagers alike. This past summer, I was able to volunteer at LCSJ/LAWS as a pre-school assistant for the Nurturing Parent Program. Teaching nine pre-school age children was both exhausting and exciting! I am looking forward to continue my passion in the non-profit realm, and I am eager to teach adult English speakers of other languages!

On most weekends, I am usually scavenging book stores to add to my forever growing “to read” book pile and shopping for the best prices for the season’s fashion trends.

 Susan Pilley:

I have recently moved to the Northern Virginia area, and I am excited to learn more about the local community through serving as an AmeriCorps Member this year at Loudoun Literacy Council.

I graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in History with minors in International Studies and French.  I then continued my studies at North Carolina State University, and received a Master’s degree in International Studies focusing on International Education and Southeast Asia.  In the past few years, I have had opportunities to help international students adjust to living in the United States through volunteer, internship, and work experiences including an internship experience in Vietnam.  My last volunteer experience involved helping international students practice their English speaking skills. I am looking forward to teaching English as a Second Language, and to help our students succeed in reaching their goals this year!

In my free time, I enjoy going on traveling adventures to find good food specifically good BBQ!

Stay tuned for future posts!

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