Summer | 2022

Providing Adults with the English Language Skills they Need to thrive in our community

Summer Newsletter

LVGW Teachers

Summer Term Teachers

"My Teachers are the best!” -ESOL student

Alex Wade, Intermediate Conversation

Faith Landrine, Beginner English for Work

Hossam Elsayyad, Survival English, Int. Conversation

Maureen Kenefick, Beginner Conversation

Robert Peters, Survival English

Alyssa Lavoe, Beginner English for Parents & Caregiver

Janet Szymanski, Beginner Reading

Ben Gowdy-Chase, Survival English

Susan Palis, Intermediate Listening & Speaking

Luis Santos, Int. Professional English & Digital Skills

BJ Hill, Int. Civics & Citizenship.


Summer Classes

From June 6th to August 10th 

Our summer classes started on July 1st, and many students have already joined our Survival English, Beginner English for Parents and Caregivers, Beginner Conversation, Beginner Reading & Writing, Beginner English for Work, Intermediate Civics & Citizenship, Intermediate Reading & Writing, Intermediate Conversation, & Intermediate Professional English & Digital Skills. Classes are held in-person and over Zoom, and we are also offering several extra-curricular activities such as Workshops, Conversation Circles, and more!

Upcoming Activities & Events - June / July


Interviewing Skills


Mondays June 6, & 13.

5:30 pm -6:30 pm

Mode: In Person

Madison Place Building

Ed Fanjoy


English Learner

Book Club

Book/Movie: WONDER

June 9 @ 6:30 pm (Zoom)

June 16 @6:30 pm (Zoom)

Mode: Remote

@On zoom

Raquel Mota-Hays

Zoom Comunity

Conversation Circle

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

@6:30pm - 7:30pm

Mode: Remote

@On zoom

Ben Gowdy-Chase




Tuesday, July 12, 2022

@6:30pm - 7:30pm

Mode: Remote

@On zoom

Raquel Mota-Hays

Zoom Comunity

Conversation Circle

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

@6:00pm - 7:00pm

Mode: Remote

@On zoom

Ben Gowdy-Chase

Welcome New Teachers & Tutors!

We want to welcome our new teachers and tutors who continue to join the LVGW team!

New Teachers

  • Ben Gowdy-Chase
  • Raquel Mota-Hays

New Tutors

  • Mark Andrews
  • Asuncion (Shonee) Austriaco
  • Elaine Barrus
  • Nora Leifer
  • Lesa McWalters
  • Susanna Meyer
  • Maithili (Millie) Rao
  • Kristina Bogosh
  • Michael Shell
  • Mariem Afnouch
  • Doug Johnson

Important Announcements

We have the unfortunate task to inform you that our Program Manager, Lena Webb is going to pursue other career opportunities and will be leaving Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester in late July. Lena joined the organization four years ago and has made a important impact on the program’s operations including the volunteer tutor program. She wanted to share her thoughts with you:

"It has been a joy getting to know, working with, and learning from students, tutors, teachers, and staff at Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester these past four years. I truly value and appreciate the time spent with all of you and am continually inspired by all your hard work, dedication, and creativity. As I move on to new things I will always remember the people I've had the privilege of knowing and all that I've learned during my time at LVGW.

Thank you and I wish you all the best!"

During the month of July , Redemption Rock Brewing company in Worcester is donating their taproom tips to LVGW. Please encourage all of your friends, family and colleagues to visit Redemption Rock taproom during the month of July!

Here’s the RR announcement and website:

Radio Interview with the LVGW Executive director Jill Lagana about LVGW program will be aired for a second time this Sunday, July 10th around 10:30pm directly following the national Closer Look presentation on 107.3 K-LOVE in Boston and 99.9 K-LOVE in Athol/Worcester!

This will not be streaming online - just the radio. Don't miss out :)

LVGW will be holding a Survival Level Intersession Class during August in collaboration with 7 Hills Foundation. This in-person class will have limited spots!

6 Class Meetings: August 15th - Sept 2nd

Teacher: Ben Gowdy-Chase

Class Assistant: 7 Hills Staff


As of July 1, 2022 our new mission statement is:

To provide social and economic empowerment through culturally compassionate English language education.


LVGW Resource Center

Helpful web resources for English learners

Are you new to Zoom? Check out these tutorials for using Zoom on a computer or smartphone. The videos are in English with subtitles available in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

Cynthia recommends Write & Improve to practice writing skills. Write & Improve is a free tool that helps every learner to improve their English writing. Learners can choose between beginner, intermediate, and advance levels. It's also a great resource for teachers.

Thank you

For your generous donations!



Donate Today!

We are so grateful to the corporations, foundations, and individuals who continue to support our mission of providing English language literacy skills to the Greater Worcester community:

  • Fred Harris Daniels Foundation
  • Stoddard Charitable Trust
  • George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation
  • Fidelity/Pabreza Giving Fund
  • Robert Treat Paine Association
  • Mifflin Memorial Foundation
  • Anonymous LVGW Tutors and Students
  • Current & Former, LVGW Board of Directors

Donate to LVGW
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester
3 Salem Square, Suite 332
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 754-8056
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