Adult Education Staff Midland MI
Meet Our Staff
Charlene is an ESL teacher for the Education and Training Connection. She has worked in education for more than 20 years. Charlene has been teaching English to speakers of other languages since 2015.
Charlene has an AA Degree in Interpreting for the Deaf and a BA Degree in General Studies from Eastern Kentucky University. She also has a TESOL Certificate from Saginaw Valley State University.
One of Charlene’s favorite things about her job is learning about other cultures from her students.
When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, walking, kayaking, and line dancing.
Diane Thaler has been an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher for thirteen years, the last three-and-a-half at ETC. She graduated from the University of Michigan with an English major.
She has taught high school English and worked in banking and in retail.
All four of her grandparents were immigrants and she knows the importance of learning English. She enjoys getting to know all the students from many different countries and cultures.
She has two sons and three granddaughters and one grandson. She is working to make the move to California to be closer to her grandson. She is active in her church and enjoys reading, doing needlework and growing flowers.
Parochial and public school teacher for twenty- four years, writer, artist, violinist, and quilter. She is a mother of four and grandmother of four more.
My name is Solange Jones, and I am a passionate ESL teacher. I have been teaching ESL for over 30 years, and I have had the chance to teach English to so many different students from several backgrounds and countries. I really enjoy learning from them while I am teaching.
My students would describe me as a funny, smart and friendly teacher. During my classes, they feel very comfortable and confident, and show me all the time their passion for learning.
Being a teacher is very rewarding, and noticing the improvement of my students, makes me think that this is the most perfect profession ever.
Ginny Suderman is an Adult Education teacher helping students to attain either their High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) or High School diploma…. She has her bachelor’s degree in English and Social Science and a teaching certificate from Spring Arbor College and Saginaw Valley State University. She enjoys reading, traveling and helping her students achieve their goals.
Constance (Connie) Cameron is a teacher at the Michigan Works ETC site. Her position includes giving the HiSET High School Equivalency Exam at the county jails.
Connie graduated from Coleman High School in 1973, attended Mid-Michigan Community College, and graduated from Central Michigan University in 1979 with a teaching certificate. Her majors were Library Science, Elementary Education, and Social Studies with a concentration in Geography. She has graduate credits in classroom teaching and has attended numerous in-services. Two of the most memorable in-services she attended were Writer’s Workshop and Math Their Way.
After subbing for several years, Connie taught at Coleman Elementary for over 30 years and retired in 2017. The majority of her career was in fourth grade. Connie enjoyed teaching Science and Language Arts. Probably the biggest change in education during her career has been the use of technology. For example in 1979, reel to reel tape recorders were the norm.
In February of 2018 Connie joined the ETC team to keep her teaching skills sharp, to be useful to society, and to continue on her journey as a lifelong learner. Connie enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, volunteering at Coleman Elementary, reading and traveling. She lives in Coleman, Michigan with her husband, Ken.
Lee Anna Strawter
Lee Anna Strawter taught math for 36 years. Lee Anna graduated from Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics Education. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Classroom Teaching from Saginaw Valley State University. She has been honored by “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”, served on Saginaw Public Schools’ Lead Teachers Network and participated in teacher internships in business through the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University. In 2009, Lee Anna was selected “Saginaw Valley Teacher of the Year” by her colleagues and students.
Lee Anna has been trained as an instructional and cognitive coach. In her role as an instructional coach, she assisted teachers in implementing research based strategies in their classrooms, designed curriculum for students who had deficit areas in mathematics for grades 9-11, trained teachers and students to use the TI-Nspire calculator, developed and facilitated professional development for teachers.
Lee Anna volunteers as a tutor at the Legacy Center for Success for students who have dyslexia.
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