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Facilitators, continued Guest Facilitators Chaya Abelsky (page 7) has an independent coaching practice, Triumphant Journeys. She received certification in life coaching from New York University and is a professional certified coach of the International Coaching Federation. She started her career as a computer programmer, discovering her preference for working with people while doing client training for the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island NonProfit HelpDesk. With clients ranging from high-profile public service professional and funders to people from all walks of life, her mission is the same: to help clients take on their lives with full joy, commitment, and action. James Chang (page 12) worked as the ESOL coordinator and staff developer at 1199 SEIU Education Fund from 2002 to 2012. Currently, he is the program coordinator for the 1199 SEIU Workplace Skills Department. James has presented workshops at TESOL conferences in 2005, 2010, and 2011. He has also presented at the NYS TESOL Conference, the 2012 National College Transition Network Conference, Columbia University, Pace University, New York University, the NYC Department of Education, and the YMCA. S. Michele Echols (page 21) has worked in the human service field for more 25 years. Her experience in case management, supervision, youth and program development, research analysis, and workshop and program presentations has afforded her the opportunity to connect with people from a humanistic perspective. She holds a master’s degree in library science from St. John’s University and a master’s in philanthropy and fundraising from New York University. Her current position is interim program manager at Queens Public Library Adult Learner Program, where she previously was a case manager. Ashley Fifer (page 13) is the academic coordinator and a lecturer in the Language Immersion program at Nassau Community College. She holds master’s degrees in both Spanish and TESOL from NYU and has previously taught in the CUNY Language Immersion program at Bronx Community College. In 28

addition, she currently serves as the co-chair of the Higher Education Special Interest Group for New York State TESOL. Elizabeth Fonseca (page 12) has taught ESL/ EFL in such countries as Italy, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. She is interested in cross-cultural communication and the use of creative writing and literature in the ESOL classroom. Her writing has been published in reviews and journals such as Idiom, Arabia Review, and English Teaching Professional. She has taught locally at Queens College and SUNY Stony Brook, among others, and currently teaches in the Language Immersion program at Nassau Community College. She co-chairs the New York State TESOL Teaching English Internationally Special Interest Group. Harry Glass (page 12) is a recent TESLA graduate from the Literacy Assistance Center. He teaches at the Queens Library Adult Learning Center in Long Island City. His classes include beginner and intermediate ESOL. Prior to entering the ESOL field, Harry worked for many years in the audiovisual and computer industries. Jaye Jones, Ph.D., MSW (page 15) is director of the Lehman College Adult Learning Center. She has worked in the field of adult basic education and high school equivalency preparation for almost 10 years. She is committed to research and practice that integrate critical literacy theory, socioemotional learning, and relational development. John Lyons (pages 10, 11) is the former director of the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation’s adult literacy program and an ASISTS Trainer. In 2007 he received a Literacy Recognition Award from the LAC and the Bookbinders’ Guild of New York. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in the CUNY Graduate Center’s urban education program. His increasing experience in research and statistics, along with his work with ASISTS, gives him a unique vantage point on adult literacy data analysis.

NYC RAEN Catalog fall fy2014  

Catalog of the professional development workshops offered at the Literacy Assistance Center September 2013 through January 2014.