Join us for this Town Hall Event on Adult Education. The event will open with featured panelists describing how the pandemic has influenced their journeys and addressing how they are moving forward. The town hall will then open the floor for attendees to ask questions, share their own struggles, and talk about their inspiration as well.
Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Webb, GATESOL 1st Vice President
FEATURED PANELISTS: Patrick Massaquoi is a student in ESL student in English for a Lifetime's adult education ESL program.
Dr. Jackie Saindon has been an adult ESL teacher for more than 35 years. She has taught in community settings, intensive English programs, state-funded ESL programs, at transition programs in colleges, and at the University of Georgia’s Language and Literacy Program. She has also led workshops and training sessions for perspective volunteers in adult ESL programs. She has co-authored a series of books on pairing novels with movies, and her interest in fluency first approaches to vocabulary continues. She currently volunteers in a combined adult basic education and ESL class at the Athens Regional Library, and is involved in expanding adult ESL/Family Literacy programs in Clarke County schools.
Alyson Richardson is GA TESOLs 2021 Interest Section Leader for Adult Education and currently teaches one-on-one virtual classes around the globe
to adult students ranging from Beginner to Advanced levels. With experience as a private instructor, General English instructor at TALK Atlanta, and an Intensive English Program (IEP) instructor at Atlanta English Institute, Ms. Richardson has seen many fluctuations in the Atlanta-area ESL industry since 2004. For the two years prior to Covid-19, Ms. Richardson was teaching in the IEP at
Atlanta English Institute. While the live classroom is where she had always been most comfortable, Ms. Richardson transitioned to teaching her IEP class online over the course of a weekend. That overnight transition gave Alyson further confidence in her abilities as a versatile instructor and informed her decisions when her beloved school returned to in-person instruction during the summer of 2020. When it became apparent the pandemic was not going away quickly, she faced an important choice to pivot her career and again focus on her private business—at least for the short-term while her daughter, a Dekalb County student, studies virtually. Now, in addition to providing online ESL education services to adult-learners, Ms. Richardson has added K-4 Language Arts tutoring to her portfolio. The addition was a comfortable union of her experience as a
teaching assistant to young children, a mother of a fifth grader, and an Adult ESL instructor. Alyson Richardson is a lifelong learner and passionate about Adult ESL, teacher support and education,
and building relationships with fellow teachers. She believes every challenge we face can be an opportunity for growth, even if it is not immediately apparent.
Dr. Joel Floyd is the founding Principal and Chief Executive Director of Adult ESL and Continuing Education at English for a Lifetime Language Institute. He has directed English for a
Lifetime’s adult ESL/ ESOL program since February of 2012 with one mission in mind: to provide an English language program for adult non-citizens, helping this learner population to master the English language for survival and professional purposes. As an adult education school leader, Dr. Floyd has been diligent in providing his teaching faculty with consistent professional development training for effective teaching and learning in non – traditional adult school settings. He has also led several teacher professional development seminars modeled after Malcolm Knowles’s popularization of andragogy at various adult education institutes in the Metro Atlanta area. In addition, Dr. Floyd currently serves on Keiser University’s advisory board in the graduate division of education, GATESOL’s Presidential advisory board, and is GATESOL’s 2021 interest section leader for social responsibility. Furthermore, he is a proud member of the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE). Dr. Floyd’s passion for educational leadership is evidenced in his recurring quest to contribute quality research to the adult education field. His
latest publications: A Challenging Reality: Transitioning from the classroom to e-learning among English language learners, A Phenomenological Study of Adult Basic Education Teachers’ Experiences with Professional Development, and Business English Skills: Recipes for the Adult English language learner continue to address many of the critical issues in the adult education field. In addition, during the challenges of COVID-19, summer 2020, he also released his first devotional book, The Wait: Navigating Spiritually through COVID -19. Above all, Dr. Floyd functions as an energetic, enthusiastic, compassionate, and transformational leader, who
believes in helping adult learners, reach their highest potential, and his philosophy of education (teaching and learning) is grounded in the wisdom words of Saint Mother Teresa, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”