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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 reading and math skills that are increasingly required in today's economic environment.  

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 assist students in preparing for and taking the High School Equivalency Test.

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)

Our COVER tutors assist teachers in local elementary schools and provide extra attention to hundreds of area kindergarten and first grade students.  By focusing on early education, the Literacy Council aims to strengthen the academic foundation of these students and increase the likelihood of success in school. 

 

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

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

 

 

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 and achieve a High School Equivalency Diploma.

The Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee is a 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.

Staff

 

 
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jason stewart - 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 serves as a faculty member in the Political Science Department at Western Kentucky University. 
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.
 jason.stewart@literacymidtn.org

 

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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, Sandy had a career in education, in which she held the positions of teacher, Vice-Principal, and Principal.               
sandy.lovett@literacymidtn.org

 

 

Board of Directors

Jeff Coker
jeffcoker@cokerwolfe.com
Coker, Wolfe, and Associates, Inc

Paul Singleton
psingleton@manierherod.com
Attorney, Manier and Herod

Mark Ross
mark@liveonstage.biz
Area Representative, 
National Office with Live On Stage

Jane Wheatcraft
janewheatcraft@att.net
Retired Judge

Chris O'Dell
codell820@yahoo.com
First Liberty Financial Mortgage

Cecily Cole Galanopoulos, President
cecily.cole@yahoo.com

Paula Russell, Secretary
paulakrussell@yahoo.com

Bryan Jones, Treasurer
bryan@cpacg.com
CPA, CPA Consulting Group PLLC

Nick Ivey
ncivey@hotmail.com
Executive Vice President, Direct Sales and Marketing

Jennifer Anderson
JAnderson@thefarmersbank.net
Chief Marketing Officer, The Farmers Bank

Taylor A. Walker
twalker@wilsonbank.com
Vice President, Wilson Bank & Trust

 

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our students

Yolanda

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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

Brandon (in green) with tutor Michael Fox

Brandon (in green) with tutor Michael Fox

     

 

 

 


support lcmt

Volunteer

The Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee is volunteer-driven.  Without the help of our community,
the LCMT could not continue!  We are 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 our office if you would like additional information.

Donate

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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