Our course facilitators are experts not only in their content areas but in best practices in online course facilitation. Learn more about each of them.
Jody is a Program Specialist for the Ohio Professional Development Network, at Ohio State University with over 25 years of experience in adult education. She has worked as a reading specialist, instructor, coordinator and program director in the context of correctional cducation, ABE/GED, workplace education, volunteer literacy, vocational evaluation and assessment, and professional development. Currently, she provides program support and training in the areas of CCR Standards implementation, program improvement and consultation plans, National Leadership Excellence Academy, and assessment. Previously, as the Director of the NW Ohio ABLE Resource center, Jody provided oversight for the National Career Awareness Project in Ohio, as well as statewide training and support to the field in the areas of assessment, leadership, and transitions. Jody holds a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Toledo, and a M.Ed. in Education Administration and Supervision from Bowling Green State University.
Melissa Braaten has been a math instructor in adult education for over five years. She currently teaches at St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center in Dorchester, MA and works as a Curriculum and Training Consultant for the SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy, designing and facilitating professional development offerings.
Sandy is the Director of Career Pathways at World Education. Sandy’s expertise is in college readiness and career pathways initiatives. She designs and facilitates e-learning and blended professional development and develops training for new trainers and facilitators. Sandy leads the statewide capacity building component of the Massachusetts Career Readiness Initiative, assisting adult education programs, career centers, and community colleges to incorporate blended learning approaches using ACT’s Career Ready 101 system. Sandy designed and managed Transition to College and Careers, an initiative implemented at six sites piloting the use of online occupational-focused courses embedded into face-to-face college transition programming. She holds a Masters in Public Administration.
Sherry Lehane has worked in adult ESOL, ABE/ASE for over 20 years as a teacher and program coordinator. She currently teaches at the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) and works as a consultant for the SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy, designing and facilitating professional development offerings.
A former high school math teacher, Pam has taught math in adult basic education settings for over 25 years. She is currently Senior Professional Development Specialist at the Adult Numeracy Center at TERC. She is also the secretary and membership chair for the Adult Numeracy Network and led the NCSALL Practitioner Research and Dissemination Network (PDRN) for Maine. She received the Maine Adult Education Teacher of the Year award. Pam is a trainer for OCTAE’s Adult Numeracy Instruction (ANI) project. Pam is co-author of the Math for All Learners series from Walch Publishers. She holds a B.S. in secondary education with a mathematics major from the University of Southern Maine.
Algebra: Introducing Algebraic Reasoning
Data: Helping Students Interpret Statistical Representations
Mathematizing ESOL I: Integrating Whole Number Operations
Mathematizing ESOL II: Integrating Benchmark Percentages and Decimals
Mathematizing ESOL III: Integrating Ratio Reasoning
Number Sense: Teaching About Parts and Wholes
Cynthia is the editor of The Change Agent, a social justice magazine for adult learners that teaches basic skills in the context of issues that are relevant to adults. Her expertise includes writing, editing, developing content and lesson plans, and providing professional development (both in person and via webinar) on a wide range of topics. Cynthia has taught ABE, ESOL, Bridge to College, and GED Science and Social Studies. She worked with the book publisher, South End Press, for 13 years and as a freelance editor and writer for over 15 years. She is a long-time community activist, currently focused on housing and youth justice work via City Life/Vida Urbana and The City School, respectively. She has traveled widely in Central America and speaks conversational Spanish. She graduated from UMASS/Amherst in 1982 with a degree in Social Thought and Political Economy.
Leah is the Assistant Director of the EdTech Center where she manages E-Learning PD, a collection of online courses that provide opportunities for adult education professionals to explore topics that they are facing in their programs, exchange ideas with one another, and get feedback from experts in the field. She also coordinates the IDEAL Consortium, and is the co-founder and editor for the Tech Tips blog. Leah is the Communication Coordinator for World Education/U.S. and supports the NELRC publication, The Change Agent. Leah is currently working toward her M.Ed in E-Learning and Instructional Design at Northeastern University.
Wendy Quiñones has taught adult basic education for over 20 years at the intermediate, high school, and pre-college levels. Wendy has developed and facilitated many professional development workshops both in person and online. She participated in “Improving Reading Instruction for Adult Intermediate Readers,” a study by the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) and was a teacher-researcher in another NCSALL project, the Adult Multiple Intelligences (AMI) Study. She was also a teacher-researcher in the student persistence study conducted by the New England Literacy Resource Center and World Education. Wendy is a LINCS National Trainer and holds the Massachusetts ABE Professional Level license.
Diana Satin has a Masters in Intercultural Relations with a specialization in teaching ESOL. She has worked in the field of adult basic education since 1994 as a classroom teacher, staff development coordinator, curriculum developer, and published author. She is currently a distance-learning instructor for several ESOL programs and an educational consultant.
Blended and Project-Based Learning
Blended Learning for English Language Learners
IDEAL 101: Foundations of Distance Education and Blended Learning
Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE and ESOL Classroom
Priyanka Sharma is Coordinator of the National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc. Her areas of expertise include transition to postsecondary education and training for non-traditional students, professional development for educators, and technical assistance for program development on best practices and strategies around college and career readiness.
Christopher Stanyer is the Transition Coordinator and Support Team Manager for NexStep Alliance. NexStep is a unique partnership between Goodwill Industries, Wichita Area Technical College, and the Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas. A native of the Wichita, Kansas area, Chris began his adult education career by designing and facilitating a computer literacy workshop program through the Workforce Centers. Chris then served as the adult education liaison between the Workforce Centers and 5 ABE programs in South Central Kansas. Now a part of the NexStep Alliance leadership team, Chris continues to serve adult learners transitioning into post-secondary education as well as serving on the WIOA state planning sub-committee for Kansas.
Jen Vanek is Director of the IDEAL Consortium at the EdTech Center. She received her PhD in Curriculum & Instruction/Second Language Education at the University of Minnesota. She’s been working in the field of adult literacy since receiving her MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1995. Her recent work centers on creating online content for Adult Basic Education (ABE) learners and supporting the professional development of ESL and ABE teachers in the area of digital literacy, distance learning, and adult career pathways.
Amy Vickers earned a M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of Minnesota and has a current Minnesota ABE teaching license. She taught various ABE classes during her 8 years with Minneapolis Adult Education; since 2011 she has specialized in numeracy. Amy has served on the Advisory Team for the Minnesota Numeracy Initiative (MNI) since its inception in 2011, and from 2012 -2014 she led Minnesota ABE’s professional development initiative to prepare for the 2014 GED® test. Currently she is teaching numeracy-focused online professional development classes, coordinating a series of numeracy webinars, and working on related consulting projects.
Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy
Algebra: Introducing Algebraic Reasoning
Data: Helping Students Interpret Numeric Information
Geometry: Teaching About Shapes and their Measures
Number Sense: Teaching About Parts and Wholes
Teaching Reasoning and Problem-Solving Strategies