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People of MCAEL - Meet Ana Packer

1 week 14 hours 52 min 35 sec ago

It’s MCAEL’s 15 year anniversary, and we’re celebrating with a “People of MCAEL '' series featuring first person insights and photos from some of the wonderful people involved in English language learning in Montgomery County, MD. You’ll find stories here and on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter; please share and use our hashtag #MCAEL15. We know this coalition thrives because of committed people like you; thank you!

Today we’re introducing our seventh profile: Ana Packer.

“I tell my students how I felt when I started learning English: it was like wearing high heels, I wanted to take them off right away and be comfortable. Some of my students want to switch right back to Spanish. I understand, but they need to stick with it, practice. It’s a long journey, not months, or one year. They’ll get it! 
I can see how Montgomery County had evolved as a more diverse and inclusive society. As an immigrant who came 30 years ago, people were not always patient when I was learning. My first English words were useful ones: please, help, and I don’t know. If I see someone struggling to communicate in a store, I always offer to help. I remember. 

The teachers were not well paid in Peru, so I chose to study economics. Then I switched to Sacred Heart University and heard from the different professionals there and thought, I want to be a teacher, that is my path. 

In America I opened a home childcare; I also got my Master’s in Special Education from Towson University. Right after I finished I was wondering what was next, and four new children enrolled. One was my miracle baby with Joubert syndrome who learned to walk at age 3. I knew I was supposed to be there. 

Cecilia Rojas wanted me to teach English to adults at the Community Reach LOP program. I said I would volunteer and I really liked it—there was such a nice community there. After a year I said yes to a position and then COVID hit less than a month later. It was so hard during COVID; many people lost family members. We went to Zoom and I was unsure, I’m not so tech savvy. But then we went to a MCAEL workshop and you realize everyone is in the same position, we are all learning. Now we can all use it, and I can connect with family in Peru over Zoom! I’m on a MCAEL advisory group now.

After Spanish mass the church members gather and bring food, like tamales, pupusas and dishes from their home countries. We don’t have tortillas in Peru—if I’m bringing something it might be causa rellena, a traditional Peruvian dish that’s layers of potatoes and chicken salad. I have a prayer group with some members from Brazil, so I understand some Portuguese now.  

While the adult learners are trying to learn English, the little ones at childcare want to learn Spanish. They ask me ‘Miss Ana how do you say this in Spanish?’ One of their favorite words is gracias.”

As told to Kristin O'Keefe

Why I Teach A MCAEL Community Learning Group

3 weeks 14 hours 52 min 35 sec ago

My journey as an ESOL instructor began in 2015 with tutoring citizenship students at Montgomery College where I also discovered the TESOL certification program. During the certification process, I quickly learned about MCAEL and subsequently found my first teaching position on the MCAEL job board and began teaching citizenship and advanced conversation at Briggs Center for Faith & Action for a couple years, including online during the pandemic.

In March 2022, I volunteered to facilitate a MCAEL Community Learning Group (or CLG) at a local landscape company.  MCAEL conducted the initial assessment of the employees and then provided the books/curriculum (Intercambio “Confidence and Connections”), along with teacher support for me since I had not ever taught at the “basic” level. 

This is one example of how MCAEL-sponsored CLGs can work in many different settings, including in the work place. Workplace ESOL classes empower the individual employees and benefit the company as a whole.  And workplace classes are an excellent opportunity to reach adult learners who otherwise would not have the time for language learning. As the owner of the landscape company put it: “it wasn’t going to work to find a church or community center close to them because they work sometimes 8-12 hours a day doing landscaping.”

And this CLG has turned the employer’s “vision into a reality.”  As the landscape owner/employer stated: “I wanted to be able to offer opportunities for my guys to learn English. I am so grateful to be able to pay each of them for three hours a week to sit in the office and learn English with such an amazing teacher as Stacy. She has been so generous with her time and the guys absolutely love her! I am beyond grateful to MCAEL and it gives me great joy to be a part of this process.”

As for the landscape employees/students in our CLG, they are quickly progressing through the “Introduction” book. In fact, the six men who attend class every Friday afternoon recently celebrated their 9 week milestone with great fanfare and discussion (using an interpreter to obtain feedback about the CLG):

Hector: “I’m remembering the English I learned 15 years ago more quickly with the classes.”
Geraldo: “I’m learning new vocabulary and how to say things correctly with the right sounds."
Santos:  “Class has encouraged me to start using Duolingo again." 
Will: “I’m learning lots of new words."
Daniel: “I’m learning how to enunciate words correctly that I didn’t even know I was saying wrong.”
Joel:  “Before I came, I couldn’t even tell people where I was from; now I can say my name, my age, where I am from and so much more!”

I’m not sure who is more grateful for this CLG experience…the employer, the employees or me!  But this CLG exemplifies the people, the power and the potential of MCAEL: propelling a community workforce to succeed through communication and learning together.  

- Stacy Parkinson
Chair, MCAEL Board of Directors

People of MCAEL - Meet Claudia Ramos

4 weeks 14 hours 52 min 35 sec ago

It’s MCAEL’s 15 year anniversary, and we’re celebrating with a “People of MCAEL '' series featuring first person insights and photos from some of the wonderful people involved in English language learning in Montgomery County, MD. You’ll find stories here and on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter; please share and use our hashtag #MCAEL15. We know this coalition thrives because of committed people like you; thank you!

Today we’re introducing our seventh profile: Claudia Ramos.

“When I first came from El Salvador, I lived in Texas. Then my best friend from childhood invited me to visit her in Maryland. I came in February, and it was snowing; I loved it! She asked me to work at her childcare business and I moved here in 2008. I’ve been here ever since; now I have my own family.

Without English, you can’t express yourself here. I remember the early days when I would buy something that didn’t work or fit, but I didn’t know what to say at the return counter, so I’d have to keep it.

At first, I used to translate phrases from English to Spanish literally. For example, I thought ‘homesick’ was ‘being at home sick.’ The word we would use in Spanish is more like ‘nostalgia.’ My mother is a retired teacher in El Salvador; we connect over phone calls. I haven’t been able to visit since I left. The word ‘homesick’ describes how I feel about missing my family and childhood home.

My ESL teacher at the Ana Brito Foundation pushes us to do our best. I was about to give up because of my schedule—work, parenting and classes were a lot. She said that I was a good student, and she would help me. I like that she doesn’t go easy on us. She understands her students; she was an ESL student herself in 2003 and attended Montgomery College—she’s a good example for us. I also take conversation classes at the Gilchrist Center. Now I can review my daughter’s work and talk at the teacher’s conferences and doctor’s appointments.

My daughter is 7 years old. I didn’t want tech for her, I wanted books. When she was little, we would go to all the free story hours at the libraries near us—Damascus, Gaithersburg and Germantown. She likes stories about animals and is very caring; she wants to be a nurse or a veterinarian. She also loves dance; I practice my lessons in the car while she is in class.

When things feel hard, I remember that she is my purpose. I always wanted to be a successful woman—it’s important to take advantage of opportunities. Being a part of MCAEL’s learning panel was a truly great experience, and it was my ESL teacher who recommended me. Even though I'm always doubting myself, she is the one that encourages me to go further.

My daughter and I, we are both learning at the same time."

Claudia’s story is part of MCAEL’S 15th Anniversary celebration; every month we’ll highlight some of the wonderful people at the heart of our coalition. Learn more about MCAEL and its mission here: https://mcael.org/.

MCAEL Advisory Group Spotlight: Andy Lawrence

4 weeks 1 day 14 hours 52 min ago

Tell us a little about yourself and what was your entry point into Adult ESOL.
In the late 1980s, as I was about to enter my third year as an ESOL volunteer for the Montgomery County Department of Adult Education, the Program Director accosted me and pleaded: “I just had a teacher quit.  How would you like to teach a class?”  I swallowed hard, said “yes,” and was handed a teacher’s guide, a textbook, and a room full of eager students to teach.  Oh, how I wish that MCAEL’s Foundations for Adult ESOL Instruction Course existed back then.  Hopefully, my enthusiasm for teaching made up for what I lacked in skill in those early days.

Where are you now teaching (or working as an ESOL provider) (at what levels and for which organizations)?
At present, I am teaching a morning and afternoon beginning level class via Zoom for Montgomery College’s Refugee Training Center.  The majority of my students are from Afghanistan, and I admire their courage as they adapt to living in our area, including trying to master English, after their abrupt departure from their homeland.

What unexpected successes or previously unknow capabilities have you and the learners you serve experienced during the pandemic?
The desire to learn can easily negotiate around the disruption caused by moving from in-person classes to virtual ones.  For various reasons, nearly all of my Zoom students keep their cameras off, so I find that I need to be more systematic in ensuring that all students participate equally in class.  I make a special point to draw out shy students hiding behind blank screens and muted microphones, and I am gratified when I see these students make real improvements in listening, speaking and reading.

What role do you play in MAG [committees, roles]?
I am working with the Learner Leadership Advisory Group that is trying to institutionalize input of student voices into the MCAEL planning process.  Since students are our ultimate customers, it is very important that MCAEL take their views into consideration into course design and assessment methods.  It is far better to hear directly from students than it is to assume what their needs are.

What do you find most rewarding about your work?
To me, there is no greater reward than creating a safe, collaborative classroom and watching students overcome their fear of making mistakes and gain confidence in their abilities to communicate successfully.  Many students are intimidated by classmates who seem to “outshine” them in their command of English, and I feel fulfilled when I see steady improvement from those who needed a little push before they hit their stride as learners.

What brings you joy outside of your professional life?
The joy that my wife and I get from travelling has largely been on hold during the pandemic.  While we went on a wonderful tour of Greece in May, we both tested positive for COVID upon our return to the Athens airport and had to quarantine for an additional week.  However, we are planning to spend the Christmas holidays on several of the Hawaiian Islands with both our sons and our older son’s wife.  

People of MCAEL - Meet Rachel Peric

1 month 3 weeks 14 hours 52 min ago

It’s MCAEL’s 15 year anniversary, and we’re celebrating with a “People of MCAEL '' series featuring first person insights and photos from some of the wonderful people involved in English language learning in Montgomery County, MD. You’ll find stories here and on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter; please share and use our hashtag #MCAEL15. We know this coalition thrives because of committed people like you; thank you!

Today we’re introducing our sixth profile: Rachel Peric.


“My grandparents were Holocaust survivors and refugees; community building and social justice have been part of my DNA for a long time. I was lucky to grow up in Montgomery County, where those values were communicated all around me. I was even luckier to attend the Spanish immersion program at Rock Creek Forest Elementary School, where multilingualism and interculturalism were valued as skills. We just applied there for our five-year-old but she’s 188 on the waiting list, which speaks to the unmet demand for multilingualism here in the county.

My people are the ones working to expand who belongs. I was running the Montgomery County United Way campaign when I heard about MCAEL. It was a time of major demographic shifts for the county, and serving as the first Executive Director of MCAEL was the job of a lifetime. I saw that English language learning was at the core of people’s ability to participate in the broader community, to be involved in their kids’ education, to thrive. And beyond the English language aspect there’s the communal experience offered by many of MCAEL’s member programs: being in a space where you encounter your neighbors, exchange ideas, and learn to survive together.

Montgomery County could have taken a singular approach and chose to fund one organization to provide all English language learning programming, but leaders recognized the importance of meeting people where they are and offering programming designed for a wide ranging diversity of residents—with this connective tissue of a coalition binding it all together. The early design of MCAEL set up a beautiful, democratic space for people to engage and collaborate. There’s a really vibrant community of learners, teachers and providers here. They reflect the multiracial, multiethnic character of the County, and by working together on a shared challenge, reinforce our solidarity while also tackling the cause of disparities head on.

Welcoming America, my current organization, focuses on the same kinds of things but at a more macro level. It’s connecting the people and organizations that are rowing together towards a world that is more just, where people can belong and thrive in the place we call home—no matter where we come from.

We don’t have to all be the same, but in a world on the move, we do need to figure out how to be neighbors.”

Learn more about MCAEL and our partner organizations here.

Meet Rivka Yerushalmi and Maimouna Ima - People of MCAEL

1 month 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago

It’s MCAEL’s 15 year anniversary, and we’re celebrating with a “People of MCAEL '' series featuring first person insights and photos from some of the wonderful people involved in English language learning in Montgomery County, MD. You’ll find stories here and on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter; please share and use our hashtag #MCAEL15. We know this coalition thrives because of committed people like you; thank you!

Today we’re introducing our fourth profile: Rivka Yerushalmi and Maimouna Ima!


Rivka: I have a full-time job with NIH; I also volunteer and teach ESL. I met Maimouna teaching ESL through the Literacy Council of Montgomery County. Then the pandemic hit, and in-person classes were canceled. There is a saying “Each one, teach one” by Frank Laubach, a founder of the ESL movement, that is a real guide for me. I offered to get together virtually with my students whenever they wanted to practice. Maimouna was the one who showed up, and we kept meeting online throughout the pandemic.

Maimouna: I felt very happy arriving in Montgomery County in 2020 and getting together with my husband, going to school … I met a wonderful, very nice teacher who is Ms. Rivka. But I was also sad missing my family from my native country, Burkina Faso. Then the pandemic hit. It was difficult for me staying at home all the time. The English classes and practice with Ms. Rivka helped me very much, it was nice to have a routine. I fully understand what she teaches me and the ways she explains the lessons. There are English idioms I found funny like: “Got a heart of gold” and “play it by ear.”

Rivka: The time I will never forget was when Maimouna sent me a message that she couldn’t meet that week—she never missed class. When I asked why, it was such a surprise!

Maimouna: The classes were online and Ms. Rivka did not know that I was pregnant. We stayed together 9 months in my journey of pregnancy. And then I sent her an email to let know that I just had a baby, so she was surprised.

Rivka: She only missed a week or two. That is how dedicated a student Maimouna is. She also got her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification and is waiting for the Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) exam. The secret to success in ESL is showing up and engaging in class and doing the homework, and Maimouna exemplifies that. This year she also came to the MCAEL Spelling Bee with me.

Maimouna: My son Amine is 19 months old now, he is walking and running around. My husband and I speak sometimes English and sometimes French to Amine. The baby is curious about the computer and my school books… I have to put the books where he cannot reach them. Rivka bought books herself to send me. She also sends me the Easy English news each month. She is a very nice teacher--she’s got a heart of gold.

Learn more about MCAEL and its mission here: https://mcael.org/ #MCAEL15

As told to Kristin O'Keefe

Meet Halima - People of MCAEL

2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago

It’s MCAEL’s 15 year anniversary, and we’re celebrating with a “People of MCAEL '' series featuring first person insights and photos from some of the wonderful people involved in English language learning in Montgomery County, MD. You’ll find stories here and on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter; please share and use our hashtag #MCAEL15. We know this coalition thrives because of committed people like you; thank you!

Today we’re introducing our fourth profile: Halima Ahmed!

Halima at Montgomery College
“I can speak four languages; when I talk to my mother we navigate in Somali, Hindi/Urdu, and English. English was the first language where I was literate in reading, writing and speaking; Somali and Hindi are the languages where I best understand myself and the world around me. The first English word I learned was thumb; the first big word was scrutinize. Learning—especially learning a language—never ends. I’m studying Arabic now.

As a former ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) student, I would tell new learners not to be shy about learning English, don’t deliberately try to change your accent. Embrace who you are and recognize that English is just another language.

I’ve lived on four continents. People think of home as a place where you have native ties. For me that is Somalia. But because of the war, we left when I was about three. We moved around the horn of Africa, lived in Kenya, and then were in India for about ten years before coming to America. The concept of home is strange for me because it transcends locality.

As children, our education was frequently interrupted; the focus was on how to survive from this moment to the next. My continuous learning journey really happened when I came to Montgomery County and enrolled at Montgomery College fifteen years ago. I went on to graduate with an associate degree in international studies. MC has a special place in my heart: it’s where my education was most consistent—and I got to explore different paths, learn with amazing professors and work with phenomenal staff who were of incredible support in navigating MC’s many options.

I completed a bachelor’s degree at Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree at SOAS University of London. Now I work at MCAEL as the assistant director of programs. MCAEL is a capacity building organization and hub for literacy organizations in Montgomery County serving adult ESOL learners. We understand people cannot learn if they are sick, hungry, or worrying over a problem. So it’s not just ESOL we’re doing; we also hold network meetings to connect people to key resources, like help with taxes, jobs, immigration, food, and essential services.

I’m privileged in my life right now, but I’ve experienced extreme highs and lows. From my mother I saw that if you have something you need to pass it on—not just money but also how to navigate systems and identify help.

Because of my upbringing and moving a lot when I was younger, that need for community and relationship building was instilled in me at a very young age. That’s how we survived, that’s how we thrived—building community wherever we were. I find community here through MCAEL, as co-Chair of the African Affairs Advisory Group to the County Executive, and with my family in Germantown, MD and across the world.

As a black Muslim traveling, I tend to attract attention at airports. Once I was in the Mumbai airport with my family. My younger brother had a Tanzanian passport, my uncle had a Danish passport, my grandfather had a Somali passport, and I had an American passport. With the exception of my grandfather, we all speak English, but with different accents.

The security staff kept asking, “How are you a family?” I explained in Hindi that while we had to split off to different geographical places, we were still very much a family. Interestingly, it ended up being a positive experience when I spoke Hindi to the staff, as we were talking in a shared language which lessened the barriers and suspicions.

When I look at my family, it really shows me the world in a sense, all these different nationalities, cultures, and languages. These differences do not divide us; they make our bond that much more beautiful.

You can see Montgomery County through a similar lens—the light that is here in this county because of the different languages, cultures, and nationalities. As a student at Montgomery College, one of my favorite things was to watch the people get off the bus to go to class—here they were from all over the world, arriving in this one place for one common purpose: to learn. That’s beautiful.”

Halima’s story is part of MCAEL’S 15th Anniversary celebration; every month we’ll highlight some of the wonderful people at the heart of our coalition. Learn more about MCAEL and its mission here: https://mcael.org. #MCAEL15

Meet Sylv - People of MCAEL

3 months 1 day 14 hours 52 min ago

The People at the Heart of MOCO’s English Language Learning - Meet Sylvia Granados-Maready 

It’s MCAEL’s 15 year anniversary, and we’re celebrating with a “People of MCAEL” series featuring first person insights and photos from some of the wonderful people involved in English language learning in Montgomery County, MD. You’ll find stories here and on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter; please share and use our hashtag #MCAEL15. We know this coalition thrives because of committed people like you; thank you!

Today we’re introducing our third profile: Sylvia Granados-Maready!

Meet Sylv"My parents emigrated here from El Salvador. My dad learned English at work; my mom was one of the first students in a new program at Community Ministries of Rockville (Now Community Reach of Montgomery County). She could take English classes and enroll me in their early childcare program. My mom loves learning and she instilled that in me—missing school was a punishment for me as a kid. My son feels the same! Today my mother is the site coordinator in Community Reach’s Language Outreach Program, my sister is a child tutor, and I teach adult English conversation classes. 

I’m also a MCPS high school teacher—Honors English 12 and theater. I know if I want my students to have the fervor to learn, I need to offer them community at school. My favorite production we’ve done was In the Heights. My students felt seen and heard and represented with that show, with the music, and so did I. We recently put on Macbeth, the first Shakespeare production in 20 years at our school and the first in-person in a while. I was so proud of the students. I’m going to cry when my seniors graduate. 

I love what I do, and it’s because of my immigrant parents—their desire to learn English and keep learning, their work ethic. It’s also the teachers who had a calling, the people who created programs like MCEAL and Community Reach. The director and assistant director there have known me my whole life; they’re like family. All of this, it's what’s beautiful about Montgomery County. I tell my English language students, and would tell everyone in the county, we are all human, no one is better than anyone else. We should encourage people to try new things, make mistakes and help them grow—we’re in this life together.”

Sylvia’s story is part of MCAEL’S 15th Anniversary celebration; every month we’ll highlight some of the wonderful people at the heart of our coalition. Learn more about MCAEL and its mission here: https://mcael.org. #MCAEL15

As told to Kristin O’Keefe

MCAEL Advisory Group Spotlight: Roza Beyene

3 months 3 days 14 hours 52 min ago


Tell us a little about yourself and what was your entry point into Adult ESOL.

My name is Roza Beyene. I was born and raised in Tigray, Ethiopia. Currently, I am working as an Adult Education and Workforce Programs Manager at the Ethiopian Community Center. Before I moved to the US, I was an instructor of English Courses at a University level. I enjoyed my journey as an instructor then and also when I taught ESOL to Adult learners in the US. Right now, I got the opportunity to continue with my passion in the field by planning and implementing the program to help Adult ESOL learners.

Where are you now teaching (or working as an ESOL provider) (at what levels and for which organizations)?
As an Adult Education and Workforce Manager at the Ethiopian Community Center, I oversea the ESOL classes and the Workforce development programs. I do the planning, recruitment, curriculum evaluating and reporting of the programs. I work closely with the ESOL instructors, site coordinators and students to make the programs successful. 

What unexpected successes or previously unknow capabilities have you and the learners you serve experienced during the pandemic?
When the pandemic happened, I thought that was the end to most of our programs as it required in person interactions. My coworkers and I did some research on a virtual platform and decided to use Zoom for our ESOL classes even though we were not sure if it was going to work out. Surprisingly, the students and the teachers adopted the virtual platform quickly and the number of students enrolled increased. When I conducted a survey for the students’ preference, I found out more than 95% of them still prefers virtual classes.

What role do you play in MAG?
I served on the Conference Planning Committee, supported the planning, development, and delivery of MCAEL’s March 2022 hybrid conference. Currently, I am serving as the Learner Leadership Advisory Group Committee, being a voice to adult ESOL learners in the planning and implementation of MCAEL network activities.

What do you find most rewarding about your work?
The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the impact of the Ethiopian Community Center in improving the lives of African Immigrants in the DMV area. When I see prior students getting a better paying career or continuing their education, it makes me to be creative to better serve my community. 

What brings you joy outside of your professional life?
Spending time with my family brings joy to me. 
 

Meet Aryani - People of MCAEL

3 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago

The People at the Heart of MOCO’s English Language Learning - Meet Aryani Ong

It’s MCAEL’s 15 year anniversary, and we’re celebrating with a “People of MCAEL” series featuring first person insights and photos from some of the wonderful people involved in English language learning in Montgomery County, MD. You’ll find stories here and on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter; please share and use our hashtag #MCAEL15. We know this coalition thrives because of committed people like you; thank you!

Today we’re introducing our second profile: Aryani Ong!


“My husband and I moved here in 1995 from the Bay Area. It was my turn to go to law school and I wanted to be near the emblems of democracy, near government and politics. I became a civil rights attorney and worked in national advocacy spaces, so I understood ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) from a policy perspective.

I also very early on in my own life had a connection to English language learning. My parents had emigrated from Indonesia, and I was going to school in southern California. Between my mother’s serviceable English—she mixed some Indonesian words in with English—and my truncated answers to a vague essay question, I was put in an ESOL class. Even at the age of 6, I felt that it was remedial, and I know many second-generation immigrants who have had a similar experience. It’s something for teachers to keep in mind as they evaluate and look at placements, though I’m sure it’s much different now.

Montgomery County is a special place; it’s home to people who are committed to diversity and inclusion, who work hard to make this a welcoming place for all residents, regardless of immigration status. This county forges public-private partnerships to improve the lives of everyone. As a board member in the early days of MCAEL, I was impressed with the mission and vision to support people to be their full selves, to help them reach their dreams.

I find community in civic life, with vibrant people from all walks of life, people from around the world. One of my volunteer roles is with a group called CUAH (Communities United Against Hate). I’m a founding member and I’ve also served as a grants review panelist for a CUAH youth program called Youth Creating Change, where we hear students pitch diversity and inclusion projects for grant funding. I was at one of these panels right after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburg. Hearing those students and their vision for a brighter future brought me from the depths of despair to hope.

My daughter went to a Quaker school and I like how they talk about people holding the light inside them. When my husband and I married, we both lit a unity candle. If you transpose that into community, it’s about everyone bringing their inner lights into a communal large candle. It’s the coming together that salves our wounds whenever acts of hate or bigotry threaten to tear our community.”

Learn more about MCAEL here and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on the latest MCAEL news and stories like Aryani's. 

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