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Friday, June 19, 2015


Building Capacity and Quality ESOL Programming a Top Priority

Rockville, MD – June 18 – Continuing the county’s commitment to literacy and capacity building, the Montgomery Coalition for Adult Literacy (MCAEL) today announced Sherry Lyons as the newest addition to the MCAEL team of ESOL experts. Lyons joins MCAEL as ESOL Program and Instructional Coordinator.

“English language instructors need support to continue effective and quality ESOL programming in Montgomery County. Our goal is to strengthen the countywide adult English literacy network with resources, training and professional collaborations. As ESOL Program and Instructional Coordinator, Sherry will work with Charlotte van Londen, ESOL Program and Instructional Manager, to implement MCAEL programs to a roster of 70+ providers,” said Ms. Stevens.

MCAEL’s mission is to strengthen the countywide adult English literacy network to support a thriving community and effective workforce; currently there are over 40% of adults for whom English is a second language (ESL).

Prior to joining MCAEL, Sherry was an ESOL instructor and teacher trainer with the English Language Institute on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).  In this capacity, she worked with international students in both intensive and academic English programs.  Most recently, she worked as a co-teacher trainer for the Education Department in UMBC’s MATESOL Program. Sherry currently serves on the Executive Board of the Maryland TESOL organization.

“Sherry’s expertise and leadership experience will help MCAEL continue to build capacity for quality ESOL instruction practices and robust programming. There are over 700 English language instructors in our coalition network, and Sherry’s experience will ensure these professionals have the resources to achieve success for the adult learners,” added Ms. Stevens.

MCAEL produces two major programs.  First, it provides literacy instructors, professional development trainings using national best practices, it maintains a library of teaching materials, and administers County and private grant funds to adult English literacy programs. In addition, MCAEL collects data and publishes reports, and creates awareness about literacy issues facing Montgomery County.

"Literacy will empower adults to reach their potential and enable parents to empower their children.  Education is power!"
Marcia Mindel
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