Meet the Instructors

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Jody Angelone

Jody has served in Adult Education for over 22 years and is currently a Program Specialist for the Ohio Professional Development Network, at The Ohio State University. She has worked as a reading specialist, instructor, coordinator and program director in the context of Correctional Education, ABLE/GED, Workplace Education, Volunteer Literacy, Vocational Evaluation & Assessment and Professional Development. She has served on various boards, committees and task forces at the local, regional, state and national levels supporting adult education and community services. 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. She is currently the Region 4 Representative for the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) national board and the Advocacy Chair for the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education (OAACE). 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.

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Melissa Braaten

Melissa Braaten

Melissa Braaten has been a math instructor in adult education for the past 5 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.

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Sandy Goodman

Sandy is the Director of Career Pathways at the National College Transition Network. Her work includes designing and leading college transition and career pathways initiatives. She provides technical assistance and professional development to individual programs and state adult education systems on national, state, and local initiatives. Recent projects include: designing professional development for Accelerating Opportunity; directing the SABES Center for Education and Career Planning in Massachusetts; developing and delivering online and face-to-face training for college and career navigators; and strengthening of Prior Learning Assessment policies and their broader implementation as a postsecondary acceleration strategy for adult learners. Sandy has 30 years of experience as a community educator and trainer and has worked in community based and statewide human service agencies prior to joining the field of adult education.

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 Barbara Goodridge

Barbara Goodridge

Barbara has over 20 years of experience in adult education. Currently she is an ABE Teacher at Lowell Adult Education Center in Lowell, MA; an Educational Consultant for SABES (System for Adult Basic Education Support)/World Education in Boston, for which she has developed and facilitated numerous workshops for GED and basic math teachers; a participant in UMASS/ACLSMathematics Test Development Group; and a Practitioner Leader on the Massachusetts Math Initiative. Barbara also has extensive experience developing materials for math instruction, including co-authoring GED Math. Barbara is certified as a Teacher of Mathematics in Massachusetts and taught Algebra and General Math for over ten years.

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 Ellen Hewett

Ellen Hewett

Ellen is the Director of the National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc.  She is responsible for guiding all of the NCTN team’s efforts to strengthen policy and practice related to college and career readiness of adult learners.  Skilled in organizational development and facilitation, she focuses on building partnerships and leadership capacity in the technical assistance she provides to national, state, and local initiatives. Ellen manages the NCTN’s role as a partner in the Accelerating Opportunity: A Breaking Through Initiative (AO), which includes serving on the AO Leadership Team and leading the design and implementation of the initiative’s professional development plan. Prior to joining NCTN in 2008, Ellen worked for over 25 years with nontraditional college students as an administrator and faculty member at Springfield College, where she created administrative, curricular and support services aimed at promoting an adult-centered institutional culture, and formed partnerships with state and local stakeholders.

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Sherry Lehane

Sherry Lehane

Sherry Lehane has worked in adult ESOL, ABE/ASE for 20 years as a teacher and program coordinator. She currently teaches at the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative and works as a consultant for the SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy, designing and facilitating professional development offerings.

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Jody Maloney

Jody Maloney

Jody is currently a Professional Academic Advisor at Ferris State University in the Retention and Student Success department. She advises first and second-year students who are adapting to the rigors of college, and teaches several sections of Ferris’ freshman seminar course. Before Ferris, Jody was director of Finlandia University’s TRiO Student Support Services. In the past, she’s also served as an Even Start family literacy director for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, for which she provided administration of family literacy services, GED Instruction, and Adult Basic Education programs. Jody has long been committed to keeping students on a purposeful educational path that so that at-risk individuals and family have greater access to success, and more agency in society. Jody has a bachelor of arts in English literature and French from Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a master of arts in education from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

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Pam Meader

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.

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 Cynthia Peters

Cynthia Peters

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 taught ABE, ESOL, and Bridge to College at the Worker Education Program, a Labor/Management program affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). She also taught a Science and Social Studies GED class at the Notre Dame Educational Center in South Boston. 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.

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Steve Quann

Steve Quann has over 30 years of experience in the field of education. He started out as a high school teacher and counselor, then worked in a popular education center in Latin America and later taught for over a decade at community-based adult English language programs as well as a community college. Steve has co-authored books on technology integration and gives workshops on the topic in the United States and internationally. Steve is the Senior Advisor for Technology in Education at World Education, where he leads e-learning and mobile learning projects and facilitates educational technology workshops both nationally and internationally.

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 Wendy Quinones

Wendy Quiñones

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.

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 Diana Satin

Diana Satin

Diana Satin has a Masters in Intercultural Relations with a specialization in teaching ESOL. She has worked with 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.

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Priyanka Sharma

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.

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 Chris Stanyer

Christopher Stanyer

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.

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Rebecca Strom

Rebecca Strom

Since 2007, Rebecca Strom has been a College-Prep/ABE Math Instructor with Mankato Adult Basic Education ISD77 in Minnesota. She has taught basic math/pre-algebra through college-level math. Rebecca has also taught math for the Minnesota Talented Youth Math Project and Bethany Lutheran College.

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Amy Vickers

Amy Vickers

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.

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