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

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.

Mara Fredrich

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.

Solange Jones

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.

Primary Communities Served

Bay City




Oil City
Saginaw Twp

St. Charles
Swan Creek
University Center