Archive for September, 2013


SUMC Beginner 8

As September winds to a close, the Adult Literacy Program staff is pleased to see the arrival of our fall 2013 term classes.  Our ESL classes now include an amazing 167 students from 33 countries and speaking 27 different native languages!  It’s exciting to see the program continue to grow in overall size and to meet students from such a diverse range of backgrounds.  Classes are now underway at ten sites across the county, including libraries, elementary schools, Douglass Community Center, and Sterling United Methodist Church.

With the start of a new academic year, my beginner class is focusing on the fundamentals of everyday conversation and classroom-related vocabulary.  Working with a full classroom of English students for the first time was a daunting task, but the teacher training program and the lesson planning resources here were tremendously helpful.  I’m greatly looking forward to working with my students on locations, types of businesses and occupations, and how to provide personal information in the coming weeks.

We would also like to extend a welcome to the thirteen new volunteers who completed our teacher/tutor training on the 14th and 21st of September.  It was great to meet some of the people who are going to be helping our program in the future, and interesting for me personally to try to absorb as much valuable teaching insight as possible from Claudia, Carrie, and Susan while also setting up materials as needed.  Congratulations to Becky, Ceil, Deborah, Keith, Laurie, Leena, Manuel, Margie, Marlene, Mary Jane, Sandra, Sherry, and Shirley for completing the training!

-Stephen Ours

AmeriCorps Member 2013-2014


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Stephen Ours 2013-2014

This month we are fortunate to introduce a new AmeriCorps member, Stephen Ours, to the LLC team for the 2013-2014 service year! Stephen will be working with the Adult Literacy Program, teaching both ESOL and GED classes. Carrie and Claudia are so excited to have him on board as we begin a new year!


Stephen Ours joined Loudoun Literacy council as an AmeriCorps member for the 2013-2014 year in September.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from George Mason University.  He has recent experience working with middle and high school students in mathematics and reading at Huntington Learning Center.  Stephen is looking forward to the opportunity to work with a different segment of the Loudoun population and hopes to help enable members of the community to effectively share information and ideas.


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