Our WVALA Team
Meet our dedicated team members
Tobique First Nation
Perth Andover Adult Learning Centre
13100 Route 105
Neqotkuk First Nation (formerly known as Tobique First Nation) NB E7H 3Y4
Facilitator: Susan Howard
Phone : (506) 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
Phone: (506) 278-5710
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
Phone: (506) 328-4779
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
Phone: (506) 575-4974
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.
Calvin Brymer GED Online Facilitator
Hartland Distance Learning
31 Orser Street Unit #1
Hartland, NB E7P 1R4
Phone: (506) 324-3929
Graduated from UNB with a Bachelor of Education degree. Taught in public school for 28 years, ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 8. I also was able to coach many different sports, which gave me the opportunity to get to know the students outside the classroom.
One of my goals was to teach adults, and I am excited about the opportunity to do that. One valuable lesson I learned early in my career, which will always hold true, is that students (young and old) don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
I look forward to being able to help people who want to make a better life for themselves and their family.
Digital Literacy Facilitator
571 Route 190
Carlingford, NB E7H 4J7
Phone: (506) 273-0972
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - NELSON MANDELA
I believe a lot in this sentence by Mandela. Educating is not just transmitting knowledge; it involves love, dedication, detachment, and more.
The mission to help someone complete their studies is not easy, especially in times of COVID. We need to be virtually at the student's side; that means caring and always doing more than was asked. Many students have gruelling work, young children, financial hardship, anxiety, and other hardships of adulthood. Our mission is to provide the means for the dream of a better life through studies to come true.
I worked most of my life in the educational area; at 16, I taught my first computer class. I went to law school and taught this subject for over 14 years; during this period, I took an MBA in City Administration. To become a better professor, I graduated in Pedagogy. But as I can't go too long without studying something this year (2021), I finished College in Business Administration in Marketing at NBCC. All of this made me a better teacher, and that's always what I love to be called: Teacher.
When a student has difficulties and feels discouraged, I try to talk about my experiences to go to the university, MBA, have four children, change the country with a large family, and go to college in another language, which shows the teacher's human side. When we talk, I try to show that they can be anything they want; they need to fight for it with great strength.
I am proud to be a part of the Western Valley Adult Learning Education team, and I know this organization is making a difference in the lives of many people in this region. For me, there is no more noble and gratifying work.