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Welcome to Our First Executive Director 

The Literacy Council of Frederick County welcomes Laurie Fisher as the organization’s first Executive Director. The new part-time position is the result of the Council’s recent growth and efforts to expand community outreach, recruit more volunteer tutors and meet the county’s growing need for literacy services. Since 2011, the number of students reached by the Literacy Council has increased by 68% and the number of volunteer tutors by 56%. “I am impressed by the incredible work that is being accomplished, thanks to many dedicated and experienced community volunteers” said Laurie Fisher. “I am honored to join this organization and help serve the Frederick County community.”

“Our selection of Laurie concludes a search that yielded many very qualified candidates.  We are delighted to have her join our organization to lead us forward in serving more county residents,” said Caroline Gaver, President of the Board of Directors.

Laurie brings a wide range of professional experience to the position having most recently managed national training and education programs for educators, adults and young people at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, DC. In that capacity she worked directly with volunteers, community organizations, schools, community colleges and four-year institutions throughout the country, including Frederick and Montgomery Counties.  

We all look forward to working with Laurie to increase the impact of the Council in Frederick County.  Please stop by to say hello and welcome her to LCFC.

Upcoming Tutor Training 

The next tutor training workshops are scheduled for September 20 and 27 in Frederick and October 11 and 18 in Hagerstown, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. each day.  Both days are required for certification. No teaching or foreign language experience is required.  It is permissible to attend on September 20 and October 18.  The training prepares new tutors to teach both basic reading and English as a Second Language.  Preregistration is required.  To register online, use the Volunteer Registration form.  For questions or to register by phone, call 301-600-2066.

Saturday Office Hours 

The office is now open on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon.  We hope this will be helpful to tutors and students who cannot visit the office during our normal weekday hours.  As always, it is a good idea to call before coming in, 301-600-2066, just in case there is an emergency situation that prevents the volunteer from opening the office that day.

Do you know...

An estimated 14% of the U.S. population and 11% of Marylanders do not read well enough to understand a newspaper or fill out a job application?

6252 people, 34% of the foreign-born population of Frederick County, have trouble speaking English?

Explore this site to discover ways that you can make a difference.

...What we do

For 50 years we have offered free one-to-one tutoring in basic reading, writing, and spelling to English speaking adults. We also provide similar services and small group instruction in conversational English, reading, writing, and spelling to non-English speaking adults.

We teach approximately 175 adults each year and have approximately 30 students waiting for tutors!

Tutor In-service Sessions Scheduled

Upcoming monthly sessions have been scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, June 25 - POSTPONED - please check back for future date -  How to use GED materials and how to apply for and study for U.S. Citizenship.

Please contact the office at 301-600-2066 or for more information and to RSVP if you plan to attend.

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