Literacy Council of Fort Bend County Student Named Adult Learner of the Year

Yanle “Lele” Liu.

Yanle “Lele” Liu.

Literacy Council of Fort Bend County English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED student Yanle “Lele” Liu was recently named Adult Learner of the Year by Literacy Texas, a statewide literacy coalition supporting community-based service providers through training, networking and advocacy. Each year, providers are able to nominate an adult learner deserving of special recognition at the state level.

Liu was chosen for this prestigious award because of her hard work and commitment to learning. In 2012, Liu enrolled with the Literacy Council and began ESL classes. She worked diligently, meeting in group ESL classes with volunteer tutors each week. After improving her verbal and written English proficiency, Liu began studying for her GED exam. Her GED classes emphasized math, English language arts, social studies and science instruction. After completing GED classes, Liu was matched with a 1 x 1 volunteer tutor to refine her skills before completing her exam. In 2015, after three years of hard work, Liu passed all sections of her GED exam!

In May, Liu received the Jan Schiff Memorial Scholarship. She opted to donate her scholarship back to the Literacy Council, contributing to the success of future programs. Since obtaining her GED, Liu enrolled in Wharton County Junior College but continues to be a resource to new Literacy Council students through mentorship and translation. She now volunteers to help new Literacy Council students register for classes and feel comfortable in their new learning environment. Liu will be presented with an award at the Literacy Texas Annual Conference in San Marcos, Texas on August 2nd.

The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County and Fort Bend Focus Magazine congratulate Liu for her outstanding work!