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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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Over the past couple of weeks, the Adult Literacy Program Staff has been blown away by 130 ESOL students registering and taking part in our ESOL class instruction! The week of January 14th, the ALP staff registered students at five different site locations in Loudoun County with the help of 12 of our wonderful volunteers. We’d like to send a huge “thank you” to our community partners: Douglass Community Center, Sterling Community Center, Ashburn Library, Guilford Elementary School, and Frederick Douglass Elementary School for allowing us to utilize their space and resources.

We are so excited that our ESOL student population has increased and we, as a program, have the ability and the resources to cater to the overwhelming need for English classes. Our students come into the classroom with differing academic backgrounds; we have students with advanced degrees, university degrees, high school diplomas, and students with little to no education. Our youngest student is 19 and are eldest student is 76 years of age. Our
students come from 27 different countries and represent a multitude of nationalities and cultural backgrounds! Sixty-four percent of our students are taking our Beginning Level ESOL courses, with an equal percentage of students taking our Intermediate and Advanced Level ESOL courses. With such diversity in culture, as well as English proficiency, we are fortunate to have volunteers who are able to teach students with varying academic abilities and cultural nuances.

Additionally, for the Winter 2013 term we were able to expand our classroom instruction, establishing another class at Rust Library as well as a new class at Frederick Douglass Elementary School. Currently, the Loudoun Literacy Council offers 12 adult ESOL classes in eight site locations including Douglass Community Center, Rust Library, Ashburn Library, Cascades Library, Galilee United Methodist Church, Sterling United Methodist Church, Guilford Elementary School, and Frederick Douglass Elementary School. The passion that we hold for providing English classes to our students is evident with our community partners as well. Their dedication fuels our dedication to keep improving and making positive changes towards the ELL community as well as the community at large in Loudoun County.

The determination of our students to learn and understand the complexities of the English language is very inspiring. As registration came to a close, and classes began this past week, we were again reminded of the challenges the students face on a day-to-day basis. It is part of our responsibility, as ESOL instructors, to help our students take a firmer grasp on the English language as well as take a second look and do something constructive when we witness the injustices non-native English speakers face in this society.

If you would like to be a part of “changing lives through learning”, please contact the Loudoun Literacy Council at (703)777-2205 or e-mail us at tutor@loudounliteracy.org.


Carrie Robinson, AmeriCorps Instructor 2012-2013

Loudoun Literacy Council

17 Royal St., SW Leesburg, VA 20175


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