“My Dream for My Future”

August 16, 2017 at 8:38 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

IMG_5208As we gear up for our new school year here at LCNV, it’s important to consider the many different reasons that our learners want to improve their English. So many of our learners study English to support their family, get a new job, or advance their education. One LCNV learner, Margoth, encapsulates her desires perfectly in her 2015 essay, “My Hopes and Dreams.” Read it below and consider what you can do to help more learners like Margoth make steps towards achieving their hopes and dreams!

  1. “My hope is learning English and can talk with other people, not to feel shy or embarrassed.
  2. My dream for my future is: To get my own business. I would like to get the license of the state of VA for childcare and to be a realtor.
  3. Someday I hope to: Travel to my country to see and hug my mom, my sister and my brothers.
  4. My dream is to have a better future for my son and my husband and to help my family in my country, Bolivia.” – Margoth, LCNV Learner

Happy National Book Lovers Day!

August 9, 2017 at 10:11 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy National Book Lovers Day! Here at LCNV, all of us care deeply about books. Our LCNV library is filled with great books for our learners, and there is nothing more exciting than seeing a learner connect with English through the power of written word.

In honor of the occasion, read LCNV learner Tyler’s essay from 2017’s Learning Gives Me Power essay book. His words illustrate the power of books, and how his life – and his community – has changed through English literacy:

“After I learned to read, I enjoyed reading library books and magazines. By reading magazines, I learned about how to fix up an old home.

Learning to read helped me to understand the community. It helped me to understand the homeless. The church asked my Sunday school class to help build some walls at the place where they were building apartments for the homeless.” – Tyler, LCNV Learner

LCNV Welcomes New Executive Director Roopal Mehta Saran

August 8, 2017 at 9:53 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dear LCNV Community,

As you may know, Patti Donnelly, Executive Director of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, is retiring after 15 years of leadership. Patti’s unwavering commitment and dedication to adult literacy is truly inspiring, and her positive impact on the Literacy Council cannot be overstated. During her tenure the Literacy Council has grown to serve roughly 1,500 learners yearly throughout its 400 square mile service area. Under her leadership LCNV introduced its revolutionary new program model which provides the highest quality program to best serve the needs of the beginning-level English language learner. With LCNV’s new program model in place and a wonderfully talented staff, Patti leaves the Literacy Council poised for further growth and success under its new Executive Director, Roopal Mehta Saran.

All of us on the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia’s Board of Directors are thrilled to welcome Roopal. We came to this decision after an extensive process led by the executive search firm The McCormick Group. In the end, the Board-appointed search committee unanimously chose Roopal to take the reins at LCNV. She has the intellect, creativity, and understanding of the Literacy Council’s mission to take this organization to the next level.

Roopal most recently managed public-private partnerships with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play to the daily lives of all kids. Prior to KaBOOM!, she worked as Senior Director of Community Development at First Book, a national non-profit literacy organization. She received her BA in English and MA in Education from Stanford University, and her JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Roopal knows that excellence and collaboration are hallmarks of successful non-profit management. This, along with her background in education and passion for literacy and service make her the perfect fit to continue guiding LCNV’s growth and advance its reputation as a national leader in beginning-level adult education.

Roopal begins as Executive Director at LCNV on August 28. On behalf of everyone at LCNV, we look forward to welcoming her to our family, and to all that we can accomplish together.

Cheers,

Anne Spear
President, Board of Directors
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia

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