It’s hard to believe that our full school year of virtual tutoring is coming to an end!  
This is the last week of ATC’s regular tutoring year (even though ACPS school ends June 23). Most of the 153 Book Buddy students have had six months or more of one-on-one virtual tutoring. That means ATC staff are starting to receive end-of-year reading level data and the outlook is exciting – we are seeing so much progress. 
Jefferson-Houston tutors gather this week to celebrate a job well done.
THANK YOU TUTORS, without whom this progress wouldn’t be possible. We are hearing many anecdotes about how tutors and parents can see the impact of ATC tutoring, how students are reporting they know they’re becoming better readers, and how teachers are noticing huge learning leaps among Book Buddy students.

For example, this year’s new ATC program at Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School successfully served eight first graders. Students have made significant gains and Ms. Dischner, the principal, has asked ATC to return next year. Of course, we will gladly do so!
And, Year Two of ATC's Summer Tutoring is ready to launch. Staff and tutors are ready to go; summer tutoring begins next week, per the ATC Board of Directors’ approval to continue this new initiative. You may recall due to demand, the ATC Board approved a first-ever summer program last year. We are excited to continue this successful programming through June and July.
Right now, ATC has 126 students enrolled in summer tutoring. We extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the tutors who have agreed to continue tutoring either their own students and/or other students who need help.   

ATC still has two students enrolled in summer tutoring who need a tutor.  If you know someone to refer, or if you are interested, contact Executive Director Lisa Jacobs at
This year's summer tutoring program is possible due to two key funding streams: a $10,000 Community Foundation for Northern Virginia grant from the Community Investment Fund and a highly successful Spring2ACTion campaign. ATC raised $50,835 through Spring2ACTion, funding summer tutoring and putting us on track for next year (and surpassing last year’s $42,000). THANK YOU to the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and to everyone who donated to ATC this spring!
ATC’S SUMMER STAFF IS GEARING UP for another successful program – reviewing student data, writing lesson plans, and matching tutors with students. Here’s the ATC lineup of summer coordinators:
Maria Pike (a 4th grade classroom teacher in Fairfax County during the school year) will oversee the Barrett and Tucker school programs;
Max Nikoolkan (currently a 1st grade English Language teacher in Loudoun County) will oversee the Polk and Patrick Henry school programs;
Molly Hall will continue serving as coordinator for Ramsay and John Adams schools;
Courtney Lombardi will continue as coordinator for Jefferson-Houston and will oversee the Cora Kelly program;
Stephanie Harris will continue as coordinator for the Lyles-Crouch and Ferdinand Day summer programs and will oversee the Maury (soon to be Naomi Brooks) school program.
We welcome Max and Maria as summer coordinators, and thank Molly, Courtney, and Stephanie for continuing to serve ATC students through the summer.

Four ATC school-year coordinators are taking the summer off. The ATC board extends its appreciation to Katharine Smeallie, Debbie Glenn, Leah Wilson and Jessica Klein for their outstanding and dedicated work this past year.
The ATC Board has appointed a new committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Board member Linda Thoms is chairwoman. The board will share initiatives, strategies and developments as they occur. 
Questions? Contact Lisa Jacobs at
323 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-549-6670 x119
Fax: 703-549-9425

Lisa Jacobs, Executive Director