LINCS Adult Education Trainers

LINCS deploys trainers with subject matter expertise across the 16 content areas of LINCS that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE), Division of Adult Education and Literacy to facilitate OCTAE approved trainings across the country.

LINCS Trainers

Brad Agee
Brad Agee is an instructor and trainer who has taught high school mathematics, adult education, and technology courses for more than 20 years. Brad is currently employed at Sandusky High School in Ohio and teaches for the Sandusky Career Center. At the national level, he has participated in the Open Education Resources (OER) STEM training for adult education as a guest facilitator for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s OER STEM project pilot course managed by the American Institutes for Research; he was also a presenter in the webinar to support OER STEM resources and lesson development for adult educators. Brad continues to teach various adult education classes including ABLE/GED, mathematics, and technology and has provided on-site training for instructors in technology and OER. He is an annual participant at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus, Ohio.
Topic Area(s): Math and Numeracy (OER STEM), Technology and Learning (OER STEM)

Jody Angelone
Jody Angelone is a program specialist for the Ohio Professional Development Network at the Ohio State University. For over 23 years, she has worked in adult education as a reading specialist, instructor, coordinator, and program director in the context of correctional education, ABLE/GED, workplace education, volunteer literacy, vocational evaluation and assessment, and professional development. She currently provides program support and training in the areas of College and Career Readiness Standards implementation, program improvement and consultation plans, and assessment, and is a trainer for the National Leadership Excellence Academy. Jody is 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).
Topic area(s): Assessment, Career Pathways, Program Management

Dianna Baycich, Ph.D.
Dianna Baycich is the literacy projects coordinator for the Ohio Literacy Resource Center at Kent State University. She has worked in adult literacy for over 20 years in various capacities including instructor in urban and rural adult education sites and site coordinator for a workplace literacy program. Dianna currently provides support, training, and resources to adult educators around the country.
Topic area(s): Reading, Writing

Kaye Beall
Kaye Beall directs the LINCS Professional Development Center, which partners with states to provide evidence-based professional development and training and provides technical assistance to state offices in meeting the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirements of establishing and operating a high-quality professional development system. Ms. Beall also coordinates World Education’s online professional development initiative. She has worked in adult literacy since 1980, serving in various roles: instructor, local adult education program director, consultant, program development director, training coordinator, and state outreach coordinator. She holds a Master’s degree in library science from Indiana University.
Topic Area(s): Disabilities (Learning to Achieve), Math and Numeracy (Adult Numeracy Initiative; TEAL Math), OER STEM, Program Management, Reading

Cynthia Bell
Cynthia Bell is a math coach and a professional development associate at the Literacy Assistance Center (LAC) in New York City, where she is a curriculum developer and trainer with a specialty in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics. Cynthia conducts numeracy workshops for adult basic education instructors and trainings in implementing the CCSS for mathematics for high school equivalency (HSE) instructors. She has presented at national, state, and regional conferences, and is an active member of the Adult Numeracy Network (ANN) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Additionally, she co-facilitates the LAC’s HSE prep certificate program. Throughout her career, she has taught both urban youth and adults, with the mindset that everyone can learn to think mathematically and build numeracy skills.
Topic Area(s): Math and Numeracy

Gayle Box
Before her retirement in 2017, Gayle Box served as a senior associate for college and career readiness with Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE) Skills U. Prior to joining KYAE in 2007, she spent five years as the lead adult education instructor in Perry County, Kentucky. Throughout her tenure at KYAE, Gayle’s work focused on standards-based instruction in the adult education classroom. She served as the state lead on the College and Career Readiness Standards-in-Action (SIA) project, as a mathematics panel member for the College and Career Readiness Standards, and as a contributor to the Handbook for Sustaining Standards-Based Education in Adult Education. She led KYAE’s efforts to implement standards-based instruction through professional development and was instrumental in the creation of the KYAE Skills U Lesson Bank.
Topic Area(s): College and Career Readiness Standards in Action

Marie Cora
Marie Cora teaches online courses and provides technical assistance in professional development for a variety of clients nationally. She is a presenter at workshops and conferences on issues including classroom assessment, data use, English language literacy, and classroom management. Marie’s experience includes work as a classroom teacher, program director, professional developer, and project manager for local and nationwide initiatives. She has worked with the LINCS project since 2004 in various capacities and is presently a LINCS trainer and Resource Collection reviewer.
Topic Area(s): Adult English Language Learners, Assessment, Program Management

Mary Ann Corley, Ph.D.
Mary Ann Corley is a principal researcher with the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC, where she serves as director of the Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) project. Her experience includes serving as the lead professional development specialist for the National Reporting System (NRS) for nearly ten years. With a career spanning more than 35 years of teaching in and supervising adult literacy programs, she has served on the boards of directors of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), the National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs (NAASLN), the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE), the Professional Advisory Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), the GED Testing Service National Advisory Committee, and the National Committee of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education. She specializes in designing and facilitating professional learning through face-to-face workshops and online courses and webinars for adult education teachers and administrators.
Topic Area(s): Writing (TEAL Writing)

Tonya Creamer
Tonya Creamer is an experienced ESL instructor, program manager, and professional development specialist currently working for the South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Adult Education. She has delivered training on a variety of topics related to ESL including barriers facing the ESL student population, accessing prior knowledge, increasing student to student interaction, offering authentic listening and speaking opportunities, formative assessment, student groupings, learner persistence, and building vocabulary.
Topic Area(s): Adult English Language Learners

Kathie Daviau
Kathie Daviau is a 38-year veteran in adult basic education; she is a certified mathematics instructor.  Kathie is employed by Billings Public Schools in Billings, Montana. She is a nationally trained instructor for the American Federation of Teachers in Developing Effective Professional Development, Thinking Math 1, and Thinking Math 2. She has conducted workshops to teach other teachers the Thinking Math skills and principles. Kathie was involved in OCTAE’s Standards in Action (SIA) training as a state team leader and has trained numerous teachers following the SIA model.
Topic Area(s): Math and Numeracy (Adult Numeracy Initiative, TEAL Math)

Nell Eckersley
Nell Eckersley works at the Literacy Assistance Center (LAC) in New York City where she is the director of Instructional Technology & Communications and a trainer for LINCS. She began her career in adult education in 1998 as an English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) teacher and then program director for an ESOL program in Brooklyn, New York. She is on the board of the National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs (NAASLN) and the Technology Chair for the Commission of Adult Basic Education (COABE).
Topic Area(s): Technology and Learning

Rachel Etienne
Rachel Etienne is an English language arts/literacy and professional development specialist for Student Achievement Partners and Standards Works. She has created and curated online curriculum resources for educators, led professional development in literacy for instructional leaders, and coordinated teams of researchers and teachers to disseminate best practices in literacy instruction in both K-12 and adult education. She provides professional development services in schools, districts, states, and professional organizations to improve teachers’ and instructors’ content knowledge and classroom effectiveness while implementing the college and career readiness standards. In addition, Ms. Etienne creates and reviews exemplar curriculum materials aligned to the CCSS. She has partnered with numerous state departments of education, the Council of the Great City Schools, the GE Foundation, America Achieves, and many other organizations to provide comprehensive communication, support, and training in all areas of CCSS implementation, including professional development, curriculum development, assessment, and publishing. Before joining Student Achievement Partners, Ms. Etienne was a classroom teacher for the New York City Department of Education and served as a premier literacy coach for the department as well as the Archdiocese of New York and several nationally recognized charter school organizations. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and elementary education from Eastern Michigan University.
Topic Areas(s): College and Career Readiness Standards in Action

Susan Finn Miller, Ph.D.
Susan Finn Miller is a teacher and teacher educator with over 21 years of experience in adult literacy education. She currently serves as the English as a second language (ESL) content expert in Pennsylvania where she strives to provide high-quality professional development to teachers. At the national level, she has presented at conferences and served on the project team for OCTAE’s English Language Learner University (ELL-U) project, developing and facilitating study circles, and training events on various topics. Susan has also delivered training on contextualized instruction as part of the Adult Career Pathways project and on evidence-based reading instruction for the STAR initiative. She continues to teach a wide range of adult education classes including ABE, GED, academic English, work prep, citizenship, and transition classes, which helps keep her grounded in the daily reality of teaching adult learners. Susan is the current LINCS Community moderator for the Adult English Language Learner, Assessment, and College and Career Standards groups.
Topic Area(s): Adult English Language Learners, Assessment

Kaye Forgione, Ed.D
Kaye Forgione is an educational consultant and formerly served as Senior Adviser, Mathematics with Achieve, Inc. for more than a decade. She provided mathematics content expertise and instructional leadership to a range of projects including: aligning K-12 lessons and units to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) using the EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) Quality Review Rubric and training others to use the rubric; aligning tasks for a variety of career clusters to the CCSS and teaching local educators how to develop such tasks; serving on a work team to set college and career readiness standards as a precursor to the grade-level CCSS; and leading Achieve’s work with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Australian Council for Educational Research to develop the Mathematics Framework for the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment. Much of her work at Achieve focused on issues related to alignment (e.g., the degree to which the GED content specifications aligned with the CCSS and National Assessment of Educational Progress) and building the capacity of local educators to align their work with college and career readiness expectations. Prior to her work at Achieve, Dr. Forgione served in a variety of roles at the national, state, district, and classroom levels. She worked in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, at the Council for Basic Education as Director of Academic Standards Programs, as a curriculum supervisor in the Christina School District in Newark, DE, and as a team leader and education associate at the Delaware Department of Education in the area of assessment. At the classroom level, she has a range of experience, having taught high school mathematics, adult education and GED courses in mathematics in U.S. Armed Forces-contracted schools, and college courses in mathematics for European military programs. She has a BA in Mathematics/Education from the University of Delaware, an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware.
Topic Area(s): College and Career Readiness Standards in Action

Mary Gaston, Ed.D.
Dr. Mary Gaston is the Director of Adult Education for the School District of Pickens County in South Carolina. She directs the districts' adult learning activities including community collaboration, program development, training and staff development, and reporting. Dr. Gaston began her career as a classroom middle and high school teacher and has also coordinated parent education/family literacy programs. She is currently an Adjunct Professor with the College of Charleston teaching both GED classes and Integrating Technology into the Adult Education classroom.
Topic Area: Career Pathways, Technology and Learning

Lynda Ginsburg, Ph.D.
Lynda Ginsburg is the senior research associate for mathematics education at the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education at Rutgers University. She has taught mathematics for many years to adult basic education (ABE/HSE), high school and community college students; taught graduate courses in mathematics education; and worked with parents who are simultaneously learning math for themselves and helping their own school-aged children. She designs and delivers professional development on teaching math for adult, K-12, and community college educators. She has written extensively about adult numeracy and is a founding member and past president of the Adult Numeracy Network (ANN).
Topic Area(s): Math and Numeracy (Adult Numeracy Initiative)

Sandy Goodman
Sandy Goodman is the director of career pathways for the National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc. Her expertise includes designing adult education program models, student support services, and curriculum that promote college and career readiness. She designs and leads college transition and career pathways initiatives and provides technical assistance and professional development to individual programs and adult education systems at the national, state, and local levels. Sandy is the lead author of NCTN’s College Transition and Aspirations Toolkits and edited the Integrating Career Awareness curriculum. She has also developed, written, and facilitated several of NCTN’s online professional courses and is a national trainer on topics related to college and career readiness.
Topic Area(s): Career Pathways, Postsecondary Completion, Program Management

Jeri Gue
Jeri Gue is the curriculum coordinator for adult and prison education for the Delaware Department of Education. Throughout her 20 years in education, she has taught students at various levels of school – elementary, special education, high school, postsecondary, and corrections. Jeri spent six years in the field of adult education teaching adult basic education (ABE), GED, English as a second language (ESL), and college classes within a correctional setting. As a curriculum coordinator for the past two years she has worked to develop high school courses that align with the Common Core State Standards and College and Career Readiness Standards.  As a state staff member, she is responsible for professional development for ABE, GED, ESL, and selected high school teachers.
Topic Area(s): Disabilities (Learning to Achieve), Reading (STAR)

KayLynn Hamilton
KayLynn Hamilton is the workforce development liaison at the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State. In this role, KayLynn provides leadership in aligning workforce development programming through technical assistance, communication, and collaborative strategic planning within the Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Adult Education system to build capacity to address the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA) Title II performance goals and function effectively as a partner in Pennsylvania's workforce development system. KayLynn is also responsible for leading the Division’s Career Pathways Initiative to more fully align adult education with workforce development partners, health and human services agencies, and postsecondary education and training, with particular emphasis on career awareness, career coaching, and local labor market information. She is a current member of the Pennsylvania Central Workforce Investment Board representing Title II providers and is also a 2014 Marano Fellow with Aspen Institute’s Sector Strategies Academy.
Topic Area(s): Career Pathways, Program Management

Cindy Heimbach
Cindy Heimbach began her career in adult education in 1989 as a literacy volunteer, later becoming an adult basic education (ABE), GED, and English as a second language (ESL) instructor. She continues to teach and is currently the director of the Grenada Adult Education Center in Grenada, Mississippi. She was honored as the 2007 ABE Director of the Year for the Northern Region in Mississippi. Cindy provides professional development to ABE instructors throughout her state in reading, writing, and ESL. She became a state STAR trainer in 2009 and coordinates the STAR and TEAL (Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy) projects in Mississippi. She continues to provide technical support to the Mississippi STAR programs and is also a national and state level ESL trainer for the Mississippi and North American Mission Board.
Topic Area(s): Reading (STAR), Writing (TEAL Writing)

Kathy Houghton
Kathy Houghton is the director of program services for Literacy New York, providing training, advocacy, support, and technical assistance to a network of volunteer literacy programs serving thousands of adult learners across the state. Kathy’s 20 years of experience in adult and higher education include extensive teaching and training experience in reading, writing, learning disabilities, program management, assessment, English as a second language, and volunteer management. Her knowledge of on-the-ground adult education issues is a plus when training, and allows her to connect with participants in looking for ways to improve teaching and learning.
Topic Area(s): Disabilities (Learning to Achieve), Evidence-based Professional Development, Reading, Writing (TEAL Writing)

Brooke Istas
Brooke Istas is the instructional coordinator for the Cowley College Adult Basic Education Program. She is state and nationally recognized for her knowledge of mathematical concepts and continued dedication to supporting adults with their educational goals. She has presented at state and national conferences on enhancing mathematical instruction, understanding higher level mathematical content, and online instruction. In addition to her responsibilities, she is an adjunct mathematics instructor at Cowley College teaching math courses from Pre-Algebra to Business Calculus. Brooke is also the moderator for the Math and Numeracy, Financial Literacy, and Correctional Education groups in the LINCS Community and a reviewer for the Math and Numeracy resource collection. She is a member of Mathematics Association of America, American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, Leadership in Mathematics Education, Association for Women in Mathematics, American Mathematical Society, and Commission on Adult Basic Education.
Topic Area(s): Math and Numeracy (Adult Numeracy Initiative, TEAL Math), OER STEM, Science

Christie Knighton
Christie Knighton is an ABE/ESL/I-BEST faculty member at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington. She develops lesson plans based on best practices in research to teach reading and writing to adult learners. She collaborates with content instructors to develop curriculum for I-BEST classes and infuses Reading Apprenticeship routines in instruction in all classes.
Topic Areas: Reading and Writing

Sherry Lehane
Sheryl Lehane is a 20-year veteran adult education instructor with extensive training in adult numeracy, supporting adults with learning disabilities, implementing differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences, and teaching phonics and pronunciation. She has facilitated workshops, trainings, and practitioner shares on various numeracy topics including teaching math to English language learners. She is a strong advocate for continued numeracy training for adult educators. In addition to her work with adult numeracy, she developed curriculum for teaching computer skills and digital literacy for ESOL learners.
Topic Areas: Adult English Language Learners, Technology and Learning

Chonda Long, PhD
Chonda Long is a mathematics educator with expertise in designing and developing professional development opportunities for educators. She has over 15 years’ experience as an educator with extensive knowledge of mathematics teaching and learning. She served as a coach for OCTAE’s Standards in Action project, reviewing and contributing to the development of workshops and providing guidance and support to two state teams. Dr. Long is currently the Director of Professional Development with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She began her career with nine years in the classroom as a high school math teacher, teaching geometry and algebra 2.
Topic Area(s): College and Career Readiness Standards in Action

Hilary Major
Since 2006, Hillary Major has been a specialist at the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center, Virginia's provider of professional development tailored to the needs of adult educators. She has a background in creative writing and has taught college-level writing and composition courses. An experienced trainer, she has developed and delivered trainings in online and face-to-face settings. Hilary served as Virginia’s state coordinator for the two-year pilot of the Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) initiative and has presented at national conferences on writing and reading instruction for adult learners.
Topic Area(s): Writing (TEAL Writing)

Peggy McGuire
Peggy McGuire is an adult basic education and college and career readiness consultant and training specialist. From 1984-1999, Peggy worked as an adult education/literacy teacher and program director in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 1999, she has been planning and delivering both face-to-face and online standards-based professional development activities for adult education teachers and programs in the areas of writing and contextualized work readiness to support instructors in preparing their adult students to effectively function in their roles as citizens and family members, and for subsequent career and technical education and work. Her recent activities have focused on implementing the Common Core-based College and Career Readiness Writing Standards in adult education instruction in order to assist adult learners toward achievement of their postsecondary and career transition- related goals. Peggy is also teaches Writing at Harrisburg Area Community College in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and she authors numerous writing instruction resources.
Topic Area(s): Writing (TEAL Writing)

Julie McKinney
Julie McKinney has worked as a consultant on a variety of health literacy projects for the past 18 years. She has done extensive work for World Education, Inc., LINCS, the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA), and other health and literacy organizations. She moderated the LINCS online community of practice in its various forms from 2004-2015, and currently moderates the IHA Health Literacy Discussion List. Her focus is on networking and resources for teachers and health educators, and enhancing collaboration between the fields of adult literacy and health care. She developed and maintained the LINCS Health & Literacy Special Collection website, co-wrote the Culture, Health and Literacy and Family Health and Literacy resource guides, and has developed a variety of health literacy curricula for different audiences. She has also planned and implemented teacher trainings, as well as learner focus groups and evaluation surveys.
Topic Area(s): Health Literacy

Pamela Meader
Pam Meader, a former high school math teacher, has taught math in adult education for over 25 years. She recently joined the Technical Education Research Centers (TERC) as co-director of the SABES (System for Adult Basic Education Support) Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy professional development initiative. Most recently, she helped co-develop Adults Reaching Algebra Readiness (AR)2 with Donna Curry. She is a national trainer for LINCS and ANI (Adult Numeracy Instruction) and is secretary and past president of the Adult Numeracy Network (ANN). Pam enjoys sharing techniques for teaching math conceptually from basic math through algebra and has co-authored the Hands On Math series for Walch Publishing in Portland, Maine.
Topic Area(s): Math and Numeracy (Adult Numeracy Initiative, TEAL Math)

Jane Meyer
Jane Meyer began her work at Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) in 1990 as a volunteer tutor and served as a family literacy teacher and Even Start facilitator. She is currently the ABLE Coordinator for Canton City Schools in Ohio. Under her direction, the Canton ABLE program has earned several state and national awards. She was a member of the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) Reading Research Working Group and was a member of NIFL’s design team to develop reading training for family literacy programs based on scientifically-based reading research and Equipped for the Future. Ms. Meyer has served the STAR (Student Achievement in Reading) project in many roles, including as a member of the national STAR planning team, STAR Tool Kit developer, trainer, technical assistance coach, and administrator of a local STAR pilot program. Jane served as an English language arts expert panel member for the Promoting College- and Career-Ready Standards in Adult Basic Education (ABE) project and is currently a reviewer for the LINCS Resource Collection.
Topic Area(s): Reading (STAR)

Eric Morrison
Eric Morrison is a department chair for academic skills over developmental reading, writing and English as a second language at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Eric's primary teaching area is developmental reading. He has a strong background in disability studies, assistive technology, and grant development. Eric is currently serving as a co-chair at the largest campus' strategic planning committee.
Topic Area(s): Reading, Writing (TEAL Writing)

Judy Mortrude
Judy Mortrude has more than three decades of adult education experience including as a local program instructor and administrator, as state staff in Minnesota’s Adult Career Pathway initiative, and as the director of CLASP’s Alliance for Quality Career Pathways. Judy’s career pathway technical assistance focuses on Integrated Education and Training coupled with sector strategies and support services. Currently, Judy is a Senior Technical Advisor at World Education and the LINCS Professional Development Center Director.
Topic Area: Career Pathways

Andy Nash
Andy Nash is the Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC), where she coordinates projects that emerge from collaboration among the policy-makers, professional developers, and practitioners in the six New England states. She is also a professional development specialist at World Education, Inc., where she facilitates a diverse set of professional development projects at the local, state, and national levels. Andy specializes in the development and implementation of learning standards, English for speakers of other languages, learner persistence, workplace education, and the integration of adult education with civic engagement. Her current work includes two federal initiatives:  the National Teacher Effectiveness in Adult Education project, in partnership with American Institutes for Research (AIR), and the Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative. She also consults with the National College Transitions Network on various efforts that involve job-embedded professional development, system-wide change, training of trainers, and resource development.
Topic Area(s): Adult English Language Learners, Evidence-based Professional Development

Donna Parrish
Donna Parrish is currently an instructor in the adult basic skills department of Rogue Community College and she serves as a trainer for the Oregon Math Learning Standards. She has more than 30 years of experience in education, with many of those years in middle school teaching and administration as well as in the community college. Donna has led many staff development activities including topics such as professional development plans, teacher evaluation, effective teaching strategies (for math, science, and adult learners), team building, and analyzing test data to inform instruction.
Topic Area(s): Math and Numeracy (TEAL Math), OER STEM

Wendy Quiñones
Wendy Quiñones is an adult educator with over 20 years in the field, teaching reading and writing primarily to students working toward their GEDs, in transition-to-college courses, and in community college. She has developed and facilitated numerous professional development activities and courses, both locally, face to face in New England, and nationwide online, with an emphasis on differentiated instruction and multiple intelligences. She is also producing online non-facilitated courses to align with the Lesson Planning Resource Guide, produced by the Massachusetts’s System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) and the Adult and Community Learning Services division of the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. To date, Wendy has completed modules on learning objectives and assessment. The courses are offered to teachers statewide by SABES.
Topic Area(s): Evidence-based Professional Development, Writing (TEAL Writing)

Connie Rivera
Connie Rivera has taught basic skills and prepared adults for high school equivalency in a variety of settings since 2002. She also works as a math consultant, providing support to programs implementing the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education. Connie is proud to serve as the current president-elect of the Adult Numeracy Network (ANN).
Topic Area(s): Math and Numeracy

Susan Roberts
Susan Roberts is an educator whose experience ranges from elementary through post-secondary schools in the areas of instruction, curriculum design, standards-based education/lesson planning, employability skills-infused lesson planning, and grant writing. In the area of adult instruction and ABE curriculum design, she offers a vast array of knowledge in standards writing and implementation, soft skills-infused lesson training, forward-thinking teaching strategies, lesson design and coaching, and organization of learner-centered lessons. Her expertise in soft skill integration translates into customized coaching at the K-12 and adult program levels.
Topic Area: Career Pathways

David J. Rosen, Ed.D.
David J. Rosen was the director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute/System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) Greater Boston Regional Support Center sponsored by the University of Massachusetts in Boston from 1986 to 2003. As an independent consultant since 2003, he has recently provided professional development for Jobs for the Future on competency-based higher education; Technical Education Research Centers (TERC), as an evaluator of a Massachusetts adult basic education mathematics professional development project; Essential Education to develop an online guide for adult educators on blended learning; the Massachusetts SABES to design and offer teachers in central Massachusetts technology training and professional development modules on integrating technology; and Portland State University (Oregon) as a regional implementation advisor and trainer for the national Learner Web project, a blended learning model used by community colleges, One Stop Career Centers, and ABE programs in 10 states. David has also delivered many presentations and keynotes at national and state adult education conferences on integrating technology in adult education. He is currently the LINCS Community moderator for the Program Management and Technology and Learning groups.
Topic Area(s): Technology and Learning

Jane Roy
Jane Roy is an instructor at South Dakota State University where she teaches a graduate course on applied linguistics for teaching English as a second language (ESL) and undergraduate courses on writing and technical communication. Jane has eighteen years of experience in adult and higher education working with low-income adults, non-native speakers of English, and first-generation students in program management, teacher training and support, language testing and assessment, and teaching ESL in the U.S. and overseas. She has developed and facilitated professional development workshops on ESL and Equipped for the Future, the national adult education standards initiative. Additionally, she has served various organizations and projects including the National Institute for Literacy, the Center for Applied Linguistics, and as a subject matter expert in the U.S. Department of Education's Promoting College- and Career-Ready Standards in Adult Basic Education project.
Topic Area(s): Adult English Language Learners, College and Career Standards (CCS Project)

Diana Satin
Diana Satin is an online English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) instructor at a Boston adult basic education program, and a consultant to various local, statewide, and national professional development organizations. Having worked in the field of adult basic education since 1994, she is an experienced curriculum/course developer in diverse topic areas including ESOL, workplace, transitions, and civics. As a workshop presenter, teacher trainer, and educator with expertise in creating effective instructional materials and presentations, Diana has presented at numerous statewide, regional, and national conferences and trainings both face-to-face and online. She is skilled at integrating language instruction, subject areas, and various technologies.
Topic Area(s): Adult English Language Learners, Technology and Learning

Heidi Schuler-Jones
Heidi Schuler-Jones has worked with adult education since 2006. In 2010 in Georgia, she participated in the pilot program of the Adult Numeracy Initiative PD (ANI) and immediately found its techniques, methodologies, and research-based resources to be of tremendous value to her teaching and to the variety of students she saw daily.  She has been a facilitator of the ANI training since 2012 when she became a LINCS national trainer for adult numeracy.  She also works with LINCS to facilitate online PD offerings such as Open Educational Resources (OER) and Teaching Excellence in Adult Education (TEAL). Though no longer in the classroom, Heidi remains connected to adult education on a regular basis. She serves as the Adult Numeracy Network (ANN) Secretary and is a COABE member. She currently works full time as an educational consultant and professional development specialist and in 2017 co-developed an accelerated math curriculum for Massachusetts in partnership with Donna Curry at the Adult Numeracy Center (ANC) at Technical Education Resource Center (TERC) in Cambridge, MA. She also works with TERC to facilitate the Adults Reaching Algebra Readiness [(AR)2] professional development, a follow-up training to the ANI.
Topic Area(s): Math and Numeracy (Adult Numeracy Initiative, TEAL Math), OER STEM

Priyanka Sharma
Priyanka Sharma is coordinator of the National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc. Her experience includes project management and designing trainings to present at regional and national conferences on college and career readiness resources, best practices, and financial literacy. She is skilled at coaching programs as they start or integrate a transition/college-prep component. Priyanka is responsible for organizing the annual conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education. She has extensive experience in using technology to enhance and accelerate learning experiences online and in-person, and has designed, developed, and implemented learning objects as well as produced and edited videos for online courses. Priyanka is a prolific user of social media and works on finding ways to integrate new media and web 2.0 tools in professional development design and delivery.
Topic Area(s): Financial Literacy, Postsecondary Completion

Kathryn St. John
Kathy St. John has taught English as a second language (ESL) in Kenya, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Madison, Wisconsin, and has directed volunteer-based adult literacy programs in Chicago and California. She was a grant writer for Literacy Volunteers of America and has worked with state organizations and affiliates in six states as ProLiteracy America’s southwest regional representative. Kathy has served as the project manager for the Dollar General/ProLiteracy America Student Expansion Project and managed national research and dissemination projects on reducing student waiting lists and improving community referral systems. She was the training and program coordinator for LINCS Region 4 Professional Development Center from 2010-2012, and has presented at many local, state, regional and national conferences. Kathy is a freelance consultant in the areas of literacy; nonprofit organizational and board development; strategic planning, and organizational capacity building. She also teaches adult ESL classes at Partners in Reading in San Jose, California.
Topic Area(s): Disabilities (Learning to Achieve), Reading, Writing (TEAL Writing)

Dorothea Steinke
Dorothea Steinke has more than 10 years of experience tutoring and teaching math to adults, both for high school equivalency tests and as a community college developmental-level math instructor at Front Range Community College in Colorado. Dorothea is a frequent workshop presenter and has presented her papers at major national adult education conferences including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Association for Developmental Education (NADE), and the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE). Her publications include Evaluating Number Sense in Workforce Students (2015) and Focus on the Basics: Using Part-Whole Thinking in Math (2008). She currently holds the Colorado Adult Basic Education Authorization and held a K-12 math teaching credential in New Mexico and in Illinois. Dorothea is an active member of the Adult Numeracy Network.
Topic Area(s): Math and Numeracy

Rebecca Strom
Rebecca Strom has been teaching and/or tutoring math since 1990. She joined Mankato Adult Basic Education (ABE) in Minneapolis, Minnesota (MN) in 2007 and now teaches GED/English as a second language/diploma/college-prep math both in the classroom and as an online computer lab course.  Currently, she has been contracted as the MN Numeracy Initiative (MNI) Project Lead. MNI focuses on effective numeracy instruction through professional development for ABE math teacher statewide through a hybrid of online courses and face-to-face trainings and activities, in addition to statewide webinars. She has presented at regional, state, and national conferences where she uses hands-on activities and conceptual understanding to explore and enrich math topics and instruction. Rebecca works with both LINCS on the Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) initiative and World Education, Inc. to facilitate online courses in the field of math instruction/professional development.
Topic Area(s): Math and Numeracy (TEAL Math)

Juliana Taymans, Ph.D.
Juliana Taymans is a professor of special education and director of the special education and transition services program at George Washington University. She teaches master’s courses focused on literacy and instructional strategies for adolescents and adults with disabilities as well as doctoral courses in recent research trends in disability studies. She serves as a researcher and developer for OCTAE’s Learning to Achieve initiative. Juliana was a guest editor for the Journal of Learning Disabilities special issue that focused on adults with learning disabilities in adult education.
Topic Area(s): Disabilities (Learning to Achieve), Correctional Education

Luanne Teller
Luanne Teller is the Director of the System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) Central Resource Center (CRC) at World Education, Inc.  Her areas of expertise include human resources, educational leadership, program and organizational development, fiscal management and compliance, data analysis, and continuous improvement planning. As the CRC Director, she provides system coordination to ensure that professional development promotes high quality adult basic education services through training, support, and resources that improve the skills and knowledge of practitioners and strengthen programs. With over 25 years of experience working with adult learners, she has created and served as the director of three adult education programs, including a job skills training and job placement program, an English for speakers of other languages program, and a transitions to college program. In all of these programs, she has helped adult learners develop the skills to successfully transition to careers and postsecondary education. In addition to creating effective structures that generate strong performance outcomes, her work has included curriculum development, teaching, advising, and developing partnerships with employers and community organizations.
Topic Area(s): Adult English Language Learners, Postsecondary Completion, Program Management

Christina Terrell
Topic Area(s): Adult English Language Learners

Duren Thompson
Duren Thompson is a program coordinator for professional development and educational technology applications with the University of Tennessee Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment. As a professional developer, Duren has assisted K-12 and adult literacy educators to improve learner outcomes through research and innovation for over 20 years. Guided by her experiences as an adult literacy instructor, Duren has designed and delivered professional development to adult education practitioners on technology integration, support for adults with learning disabilities, and evidence-based instruction via state, regional and national conferences, and intensive workshops. She has also designed and facilitated dozens of online professional development trainings and is currently focused on the use of interactive webinars as part of extended and intensive professional development. Most recently, Duren has presented on the flipped approach to learning, including the use of blogs, document sharing, and mobile technology to enhance and extend learning beyond the classroom.
Topic Area(s): Technology and Learning

Michelle Tolbert
Michelle Tolbert is the senior program director of career and adult education at RTI International and oversees projects focused on improving policies, programs, and resources targeting low-skilled adults. She conducts qualitative research and analysis and provides technical assistance to states and programs in the areas of correctional education and reentry, transitions to postsecondary education, workforce development, community partnerships, and state and federal policy. Her experience in correctional education and reentry includes evaluating postsecondary education reentry programs, providing technical assistance to programs bridging the gap between institution- and community-based education and training programs, and developing a guidebook to support the collection and analysis of correctional education data at the national and state levels. She also has authored a broad array of guides, online tools, policy briefs, research reports, and literature reviews on correctional education, transitions to college and careers, industry recognized credentials, and community partnerships and has provided technical assistance to states on developing bridge and career pathway programs, integrating adult education content standards into the classroom, and developing or revising funding formulas to incorporate performance-based funding.
Topic Areas: Correctional Education

Amy Vickers
Amy Vickers has taught various adult basic education (ABE) classes during her eight years with Minneapolis Adult Education. Since 2011, she has specialized in numeracy. Amy had the opportunity to develop leadership skills through her role as work team chair and curriculum coordinator for Minneapolis Adult Education. On a statewide scale, she has served on the advisory team for the Minnesota Numeracy Initiative (MNI), and led Minnesota ABE's professional development initiative to prepare for the 2014 GED® test. Currently, Amy is teaching numeracy-focused online professional development classes and working on related consulting projects.
Topic Area(s): Math and Numeracy (TEAL Math)

Sally Waldron
Sally Waldron is a vice president at World Education, Inc. Her expertise includes educational leadership, program development, evaluation, professional development, technical assistance, and strategic planning. Sally was the director of the Massachusetts professional development system, and she provided leadership on the U.S. Division’s professional development efforts until 2012. Prior to joining World Education, Sally served as the director of an urban adult basic education (ABE) program enrolling more than 1,200 adults annually in English language acquisition, ABE, GED, adult diploma, and college and career readiness services. She taught reading, writing, GED preparation, and numeracy for more than 10 years, with a particular interest in adult numeracy.
Topic Area(s): Math and Numeracy (Adult Numeracy Initiative)

Rhea M. Watson
Rhea Watson is an accomplished community activist and adult education advocate. She is a literacy trainer for English language learners, adult basic education, and high school equivalency students at the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s Community Adult Literacy and Library (CALL) Program. Rhea serves 500 students a year and is skilled in recruiting and retaining hard to reach and diverse populations. Rhea enjoys teaching and has done so for all levels of learners ranging from kindergarten-graduate school. Additionally, she has trained trainers on the local, state, and national levels and enjoys sharing strategies and tools that help others to reach diverse populations. She recently began a three-year term as Region 7 Representative for the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE).
Topic Area(s): Diversity and Literacy

Alice (Leecy) Wise
Leecy Wise specializes in curriculum design, teacher training, and technology applications in education. She has had a long career as an ESL instructor and has integrated technology into instruction, specifically to serve rural populations, using OERs, live video streams, and other online environments.
Topic Area(s): Adult English Language Learners, OER STEM, Technology and Learning