Tribute to Glen Borden-Somers

May 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Glen Borden-Somers (far right) and two students. Picture from 1997-98 program year.

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of a dear and dedicated volunteer, Glen Borden-Somers. Glen started donating to the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia in the mid-1990s, and like many of our family members, as she learned more about the learners and mission, increased her involvement. In 1997, she started her volunteer service as a teacher’s aide in an adult ESOL class at Mark Center Club in Alexandria, and then quickly moved into the teaching role. Glen recruited her husband, Dick Somers to teach as well. The pair served as ESOL teachers at Mark Center Club for nine years, teaching hundreds of adults basic literacy and beginning English grammar skills, as well as American culture, life skills, and computer literacy. Glen and Dick also started an afternoon conversation class for ESOL students, which they particularly loved. I remember Glen telling me that she learned so much from LCNV students, “They have such fascinating backgrounds and stories to tell,” she would say. “I love the conversation class for the variety of topics we cover, and how much Dick and I learn from them!”

Glen was certainly loved by the adults she taught, because her classes were always filled with smiling students. Graduates hated to leave even when their English skills had advanced beyond LCNV’s instruction level.

Glen also served as a Literacy Council Board Member from 2003 – 2005, and she and Dick  were nominated by their students and recognized at LCNV’s Annual Recognition Award Ceremony three years in a row with Outstanding Teacher Awards. Both Dick and Glen gave 100% to LCNV as long as physically possible. Dick passed away in March 2012. They changed the lives of hundreds of adult learners through their dedicated service. The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is truly grateful for their long-time service.

To learn more about Glen’s life, please see this article in The Washington Post: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-04-19/local/38669454_1_borden-jr-volunteer-work-literacy-council

Patricia M. Donnelly, Executive Director
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

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