LITERACy council of middle tennessee


literacy: [lit-er-uh-see]

1. the quality or state of being literate, especially the ability to read and write.

2. possession of an education.




What We Do

The Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee (LCMT) works with adults and children who need assistance with basic education skills (reading, writing and math), who are preparing for the High School Equivalency Test, or who need assistance in learning English as a second language.  The primary goal of the LCMT is to reduce the number of Middle Tennessee adults who do not have the basic skills and education that are increasingly required in today's economic environment.  As reported by Gov. Bill Haslam, by 2025, 55% of Tennessee's jobs will require some form of post-high school education.  

LCMT students work with volunteer tutors of varying backgrounds.  Because of the generosity of our volunteer tutors, the LCMT is able to provide our services free of charge.


Our Programs


basic education

Adults and children requesting assistance with basic education skills are assessed and then matched with an appropriate volunteer tutor.  

HiSet Prep

LCMT tutors have helped many students prepare for and pass the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). 


Tutors and Students in the above programs work together on a one-to-one basis, typically meeting weekly in a classroom at the LCMT office.


community offered volunteer education resources (cover)

COVER tutors go into local elementary schools to provide extra attention to hundreds of area Kindergarten and First grade students with specific teacher-identified needs.  By focusing on early education needs, COVER aims to strengthen the academic foundation of these students and increase the likelihood of success in school. 



LCMT partners with the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville to provide ESL services to our community's non-native speakers.



For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right ... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.

-Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations


Who we are

Founded in 1983 as the Literacy Council of Sumner County, the LCMT has helped thousands of individuals improve their basic reading and math skills, achieve High School equivalency, and improve English Skills. The Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  We provide our services through the efforts of a small staff, a volunteer Board of Directors, and dedicated volunteer Tutors and Office Support Staff.




jason stewart, m.p.a. - chief executive officer

Prior to becoming the CEO of the Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee, Jason held leadership positions in a wide variety of organizations, most recently serving as COO of Maria C. Stewart, Attorney at Law.  He currently also serves as a faculty member in the Political Science Department at Western Kentucky University.  Jason is a native Middle Tennessean.  Growing up, he attended schools considered among the most diverse in the country.  Having neighbors from a wide variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds shaped Jason’s desire to serve and improve his community.  Jason earned his Associate of Science from Volunteer State Community College, then went on to Western Kentucky University to earn his Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Master of Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration.                                                                   



sandy lovett - program manager

Sandy earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Austin Peay State University, with a double major in Biology and Health and Physical Education.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Arts degree in Administration and Supervision from Trevecca University.  Before joining LCMT in May of 2015, Sandy had retired from a long career in Education, in which she held the positions of teacher, Vice-Principal, and Principal.       




Board of Directors

Jeff Coker
Coker, Wolfe, and Associates, Inc

Paul Singleton
Attorney, Manier and Herod

Mark Ross
Area Representative, 
National Office with Live On Stage

Jane Wheatcraft
Retired Judge

Chris O'Dell
First Liberty Financial Mortgage

Cecily Cole Galanopoulos, President

Paula Russell, Secretary

Bryan Jones, Treasurer
CPA, CPA Consulting Group PLLC

Nick Ivey
Executive Vice President, Direct Sales and Marketing

Jennifer Anderson
Chief Marketing Officer, The Farmers Bank

Taylor A. Walker
Vice President, Wilson Bank & Trust





Volunteers at the COVER training session at Union University.  Pictured also: Jason Stewart, Sandy Lovett.                                    8/18/16

Volunteers at the COVER training session at Union University.  Pictured also: Jason Stewart, Sandy Lovett.                                    8/18/16

Carole Klein receiving thanks from Jason Stewart after leading HiSET training.

Carole Klein receiving thanks from Jason Stewart after leading HiSET training.


our students


Yolanda in front of LCMT

Yolanda in front of LCMT

Yolanda came to the Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee for help to get her GED, a desire of her heart of many years.  While in High School, Yolanda was a track star with scholarship offers from colleges, when she found out she was pregnant.  At age 16, she chose to have her baby, and at age 17 she moved out of her mother’s home to be with her child’s father, who always wanted her to stay in school and graduate.  Tragically, her plans changed when he was murdered that same year, leaving Yolanda a young teenage mother totally on her own.

In spite of grief, no self-confidence, no outside financial help or encouragement, and a huge fear of failure, Yolanda worked countless jobs to provide for herself and her child. Her family helped all they could, but many tough years still passed. Yolanda continued holding on to her dream of someday proving to herself, her daughter, and her family that she could earn her diploma.

After trying unsuccessfully on her own to get her GED, Yolanda came to the Literacy Council and is now steadily moving toward her long awaited goal.  She shared that her tutor, Shirley, is giving her confidence and encouragement and is helping her to learn.  She is very grateful for the time and tremendous help she is receiving through the Literacy Council, and Yolanda is working very hard. She feels she has the support, instruction, and tools to move forward toward reaching her long desired goal of proudly achieving her High School Diploma.




Brandon (in green), with tutor Michael Fox, at LCMT working towards HiSet

Brandon (in green), with tutor Michael Fox, at LCMT working towards HiSet






COVER Students

Mrs. Polly Scutt with COVER students she tutored during the 2015-2016 school year. 

support lcmt


The Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee is volunteer-driven.  Without the help of members of the Middle Tennessee community, the LCMT could not do what we do!  LCMT is always in need of volunteers to serve as one-on-one tutors for our Basic Education and HiSET students, as COVER tutors, and as office support. Please contact us at 615-822-8112 or if you are able to help.  


As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, the LCMT is completely community funded.  We receive no federal or state tax dollars for support.  In addition to periodic fundraisers, donations are welcomed and gratefully accepted at any time.  


Our office

108 Nokes Drive

Hendersonville, TN 37075

(615) 822-8112


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