Community Education program brochures Metro North ABE Consortium Newslette, Summer 2019 | Page 2

elcome, Theresa! m very excited to join Anoka Hennepin Schools in the role of Community ucation Manager. For the past nine years I worked in Adult Basic Education (ABE) Director of the ABE program for Robbinsdale Area Schools. I love ABE, and when opportunity came up to work in a district that I have always admired for its quality, ovative programing and top-notch staff who I have enjoyed working with over the rs, I couldn't resist! Letter from the Manager I am often asked, “What is ABE?” I do feel like we are one of the best kept secrets ere is nothing quite so fulfilling as working with motivated students to help them around and it is always helpful to make sure that people are aware of the myriad of d their voice, further develop their skills, and meet their goals for themselves and free, vital services that we offer for adults trying to improve their skills and achieve ir families. Their dedication and hard work is inspiring and humbling. And the their goals. me can be said for the teachers, volunteers, and office staff who wholeheartedly dicate themselves to their students. In ABE we meet people from a wide variety of Another way to look at it is, “Who is ABE?” because ABE is really an endeavor based upon the efforts of many tures, ages, abilities, and interests all drawn together by our very human desires to people and serving a wide range of students to achieve a variety of goals. “Who is ABE?” becomes: volunteers, well for ourselves and our families and to make friends and be in community with others. This opportunity to staff, students, and partners, including colleges, employers, legislators, CareerForce, etc. Answering pand our horizons and form new communities of friendship with others is a thread further binding us all to this “What or Who is ABE?” is hard to capture succinctly. portant work! In this issue we try to demystify all of this for you, with articles ranging from the basics of what we do and who ok forward to the opportunity to share what my education and experiences have taught me in the areas of we serve to more details on the less understood ways that we can help our students – especially in obtaining a rketing, strategic planning and adult education to aid our work to grow our wonderful program and help even career that pays a living wage. re people achieve their dreams. For more information and to be kept up-to-date on all of the exciting and evolving opportunities, be sure to like resa lives in Golden Valley with her husband and two furry children and spends her spare time reading and volunteering for various us on Facebook and the of Metro North ABE website: ses, esp. those working for the visit welfare animals. It is our hope that as you read about our initiatives, volunteers and students, you will see the way in which you, too, are ABE. Our Amazing Volunteers Theresa Zingery Anoka-Hennepin Community Education Manager When successfully engaged, many volunteers naturally become supporters and Metro North ABE advocates for the organizations they serve. At Metro North ABE, we like to think our volunteers are some of the best in the area. Our volunteers help us address the goals in our strategic plan by ensuring our students are getting the best support possible. Volunteers provide much needed instructional support as math, writing and reading tutors. They also work in our offices assisting office projects. They design and teach special session classes and support our marketing efforts by telling others about their personal experi- Location Supervisors and Site Coordinators About Metro North ences ABE of volunteering in ABE. We absolutely could not serve as many learners Tammi St. Francis Our mission is to inspire and challenge learners each all year as we do without the Bernard: support Site of Coordinator, our volunteers. Patrick Hobot: Supervisor, Anoka sites and GED® testing to reach their full potential. In a safe, supportive e Eusebio started class in environment, we will teach the skills needed to Molly Liberto: Supervisor, Blaine and donate Anoka County Corrections In the 2017-2018 school year, we had 205 volunteers 10,643 hours of ry of this year. She started in succeed as responsible citizens in our changing world. Kathleen Moriarty: Supervisor, Columbia Heights/Fridley Brooklyn Center service to our program and its students. In dollar sense- our volunteer and hours ESL but quickly moved up Pam Moriarity: Coordinator, Elk River provide a strong Our vision in is level to provide programs equate that effectively to $262,775.67 of value! Most Site importantly, they 5 evels. Currently Cori Sendle: Director of Community Education, Centennial develop the skills to achieve he just recently tested to needed by individuals connection between our community and students. Thank you to all our Theresa Zingery: Manager, Anoka-Hennepin Community Education their goals. up a level into level 6. volunteers for the essential service you provide. atulations, Bironke! 1 I METRO NORTH ABE CONSORTIUM METRO NORTH ABE  CONSORTIUM