Our WVALA Team
Perth-Andover Adult Learning Centre
571 Route 190
Carlingford, NB, E7H 4J7
Facilitator: Karen Garnett
Winner of New Brunswick's 2019
Council of the Federation Literacy Educator Award.
Karen Garnett from our Perth-Andover Adult Learning Centre has been one of our dedicated Instructors delivering exceptional services on behalf of our organization since 2005. She truly loves helping adults in their goals to improve their literacy, both in upgrading literacy skills for personal reasons or in their efforts to get their GED.
Graduated University of Maine in Presque Isle with my teaching degree. Karen graduated from UMPI in 2001 (at the age of 40) as a high school math and science teacher.
As a facilitator for the Perth-Andover Adult Learning Centre she truly loves helping adults reach their goals to improve their literacy, both in upgrading literacy skills for personal reasons or in their efforts to get their GED.
"Seeing the confidence in an adult learner’s eyes when they get their GED is the best feeling of all. I have had many adult learners win provincial writing competitions and other prestigious literacy awards. Also, many of my GED graduates have gone to college to further their education or have secured full time jobs. This is the ultimate reward for me. As I tell my adult learners, Your success is my success!”
Tobique Adult Learning Centre
13100 Route 105
Tobique First Nation, NB E7H 3Y4
Facilitator: Susan Howard
Phone : 273-0552
Susan, a Maliseet woman from the Tobique First Nation, is the academic facilitator at the Tobique Adult Learning Centre. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Maine along with her teacher’s certification for teaching in secondary schools. She has worked in the field of education for over 20 years, including national First Nations education policy and program development as well as mentoring at-risk Aboriginal youth and teens, and teaching/tutoring both youth and adults. Susan has four daughters, two of which are also in the education field, and two grandsons. Her personal philosophy is, “Life is a lesson; we all have the ability to learn.”
She is passionate about helping her community members make an educational plan and reach their goals.
She believes if you can dream it,
you can achieve it.
Bath Adult Learning Centre
163 B Church St
Bath, NB E7J 1A7
Facilitator: Bev Haines
A former GED Graduate who completed the GED program and received her diploma in 1977. Completed the Adult Education Diploma through UNB while working in the Adult Learning Program.
Obtained a Microcomputer Business Certificate at Eastern Business College.
Believes that everyone has a right to an education, regardless if it is through our school system, or adult diploma program
or through GED. Our adult learning program gives our students a chance to better their lives starting with getting their GED.
"The adult learning program is a first step
for our students getting a better job,
going on to College, or in some cases even on to University."
18 years experience with the Adult Learning Program, and has seen many changes for the betterment of our program and giving our best to the students. The best thing about working with students is their different personalities and their experiences.
"My classroom is very open, friendly, and we all share the things that happen in our lives.
You can see their confidence grow with each exam they complete. Seeing their expressions and joy of accomplishments when they receive their diploma is the most rewarding thing about working with my students. Graduation Day is the ultimate acknowledgement for our students."
Woodstock Adult Learning Centre
100 Broadway St
Woodstock, NB E7M 5C5
Facilitator: Joanne McIsaac
Joanne McIsaac, National Inclusive Education Award Recipient for 2020
Joanne firmly believes education has the power to change lives. As a GED instructor, Joanne sees the best in everyone, helping all students to realize their potential. She is an educator who goes above and beyond.
Adult educator with 10+ years experience
in finance and 20+ years
facilitating adult education
It was after teaching at a high school alternate learning center that I decided
I wanted to help students who left high school prior to finishing. I liked the one on one instruction and individualized lesson plans that our programs offered.
When not teaching GED, I tutor college trades and business math for NBCC and privately.
I believe in life long learning and that
“one is never too old to dream a new dream, or set a new goal.”
Nackawic Adult Learning Centre
29 Landegger Dr
Nackawic, NB E6G 1E6
Facilitator: Maria Donovan
Ancient proverbs say "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." My journey began with obtaining my high school equivalency. I later went on to successfully complete the Human Services Counsellor program at New Brunswick Community College in Woodstock and worked in human services for over ten years. I went on to achieve a Bachelor of Arts from St Thomas University, and in 2007 I earned my Bachelor of Education degree at 40 years old.
I have experience teaching all grades(pre-k-12) in the public school system both here at home supply teaching up and down the St John River Valley, as well as in Alberta where I spent two years with the Fort McMurray Catholic School District and one year with Calgary Catholic School District. I have experience in adult education having taught the Human Services and Early Childhood Education program at NBCC Woodstock and taught Workplace Essential Skills.
I am proof that it's never too late to learn and pursue your dreams. One of the hardest steps to take is the first one.
Digital Literacy Facilitator
571 Route 190
Carlingford, NB E7H 4J7
“The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.” -Alice Wellington Rollins.
I have experienced no pleasure greater than to have one of my students teach me something about the subject I am delivering - to know that they have taken what I have given them, and added to it in order to give me back something even better. That is how the world progresses. That, for me, defines success.
I have had a life-long interest in learning. I graduated from UNB with an BA and LLB. It wasn’t until I started giving music lessons in the evenings, though, that I realized my true passion was teaching. What greater benefit could a person provide than to help another grow and achieve?
I am proud to be a part of the WVALA team, knowing that I am part of a group dedicated to helping those enrolled in their programs achieve the highest goals to which they aspire.