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Adult learning program staff

Joyce Henderson, Director


Dr. Joyce Henderson joined the ALP community as Director in August, 2019. Joyce has worked as an Administrator, Director and Teacher in various educational settings from Harvard University to Bunker Hill Community College. She attended the University of Massachusetts, College of Public and Community Service, has a Master’s Degree in Administrative Education from Cambridge College and has completed Doctoral studies in Higher Education Administration from Northcentral University.  Dr. Henderson is also the College Preparation Instructor.


Email: joyce@jpadulted.org

Phone: (781) 269-2889

Amina Hilowle, Assistant Director / Assessment Specialist


Amina is the current Assistant Director at ALP. She started as an AmeriCorps volunteer and was placed at ALP as her host organization. After finishing her service year with Americorps, Amina accepted a part time Administrative Assistant and Program Assessment Specialist at ALP. She has also taught the math numeracy classes. Besides English, Amina speaks Somali and conversational Swahili.


Email: amina@jpadulted.org

Phone: (617) 681-4174

Thomas McCarthy, Education Coordinator


Thomas (Tomm) McCarthy originally from the Pacific Northwest and is a graduate of the University of Washington and The Evergreen State College. Throughout his professional life, Tomm has worked in education and professional development as an educator, administrator, and grant writer. As the Education Coordinator for JPCC, he is excited to work with teachers and to support students in pursuing their goals of becoming confident professionals and life-long learners.

Email: tomm@jpadulted.org

Phone: (857) 728-1332

Laura Toledano, Project Manager


Laura Toledano, a native of the Dominican Republic and a graduate of UMass Boston, Class of 2020 joins ALP as the Assistant to the Directors. Laura studied Sociology and Early Childhood Education at UMass, and is also an alumni of Sociedad Latina which provides services to the Mission Hill community. For the past two years Laura has worked as an Early Education teacher and has served her community as a teacher, tutor, and mentor.  In  addition to English, Laura speaks Spanish.

Email: laura@jpadulted.org

Phone: (978) 254-7098

Cheryl Danzy, Curriculum Developer


Cheryl is excited to join ALP! She holds a B.S., Human Development and a M.S., Policy Analysis and Management. Her previous experience includes serving as a teacher, curriculum writing, co-authoring publications about cultural competency, and consulting. In addition, she enjoys taking professional development in education so that she can stay abreast of best practices in the field. Cheryl has a passion for learning and looks forward to using her background to serve ALP.

Email: cheryl@jpadulted.org

Charles Ramsay, Technology Coordinator / Computer Instructor


Charles began his career as a Moderate Special Needs teacher for the Boston Public Schools. After 14 years in the classroom, he worked in a variety of administrative positions including Administrative Assistant to the Director of Special Education for the Boston Public Schools. He has extensive experience and knowledge in Secondary Education, Higher Education, Students At-Risk, Special Education, and Technology & Technology Careers. Charles has taught technology courses at several local colleges and universities. Charles holds a B.S. in Regular and Special Education from Boston University, a Master's degree in Administration/Management from Cambridge College, and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University.

Email: charles@jpadulted.org

Phone: (857) 293-0996

Patricia Carrington, Assessment Assistant / Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator


Pat graduated from JPCC/ALP in 1998. She began working for the Program that same year. Pat's journey at ALP started as a computer lab helper.  She moved into the position of Computer Instructor. Currently, Pat has the position of Intake Coordinator and ADA Coordinator. She has enjoyed giving back to the ALP Community for over 20 years.

Email: pat@jpadulted.org

Phone: (617) 446-3722

William Washington, Student Mentor / Intake Coordinator


Will earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Bradley University. After working in Michigan for 18 years, Will has spent the last 8 years as a member of the Jamaica Plain Community. In addition, Will assists in various classrooms and advises students on career and educational goals. William has been a volunteer with the Community Food Drive for the last 3 years.

Email: william@jpadulted.org

Phone: (617) 682-0729

Susie Foster, Basic ESOL

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Susie started ESL teaching at secondary school level as a Peace Corps volunteer in Democratic Republic of the Congo (then called Zaire) in the 1970s. After two years in DR Congo, she was posted to Cameroon to be an ESL teaching advisor for a French-speaking province of that bilingual country. She has worked in international development with the World Bank, World Health Organization, and Boston University School of Public Health, where she taught global public health topics for 22 years. In addition to DR Congo and Cameroon, Susie has lived in London (UK), Geneva, Uganda, and Zambia. She has been a volunteer ESL tutor in several community centers in Boston. Susie likes to garden and kayak, and take care of her dog Claire. She is an Airbnb host, and also runs an electric bike tour of Boston through Airbnb Experiences in the summer.

Email: susie@jpadulted.org

Phone: TBA

Dianne Zimbabwe, Level 1 Morning ESOL Instructor


"We are all teachers and lifelong learners", says Dianne, who rejoined the JPCCALP community as the ESOL AM 1 teacher after a 6-year hiatus. During that time, she worked in classroom, workshop, and community settings across Metro-Boston. With a B.A. in Studio Art from Simmons College and a M.A. in Applied Linguistics from UMass Boston, Dianne cultivates creative, learner-centered classroom dynamics, mirroring real life situations, with respect and a little humor. She reassures students that "mistakes" are valuable opportunities and evidence of progress to embrace and applaud rather than being hidden away.

Email: dianne@jpadulted.org

Phone: (617) 798-0374

Valerie Thomas, Level 1 Evening ESOL Instructor


Valerie earned her Bachelor's Degree in English from Howard University. She went on to earn a Master’s in African American Studies from Columbia University. After working in New York for a few years, she moved to Georgia and began a career in education. She has spent the last 17 years in both K-12 and Higher Ed. She loves working with students in different ages and stages of life. 

Email: valerie@jpadulted.org

Phone: (770) 686-7540

Sarah Wilson, Morning & Evening Level 2 ESOL Instructor

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Sarah Wilson is an ESOL instructor originally from Oxford, England, and has resided in the U.S.A. for many years. She has a MA in TESOL and a BA in English and speaks Spanish. She has taught ESOL/EFL in several countries, such as Turkey and Mexico. One of her greatest joys is teaching and learning about her students who continue to enlighten and enrich her life.

Email: sarah@jpadulted.org

Phone: (828) 513-0548

Gwendolyn Teutsch, Morning & Evening Level 3 ESOL Instructor


Gwen comes from a background in public health and environmental education. She has been an educator for 4 years, teaching natural history to both children and adults. She graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelors degree in Health: Science, Society, and Policy. Gwen is excited to join the ALP team this year teaching ESOL morning and evening classes.

Email: gwen@jpadulted.org

Phone: (857) 321-8524

Meghan McBain, Morning & Evening Level 4 ESOL Instructor

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Meghan was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She obtained a  Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Georgia and a TESOL Certificate from Kennesaw State University. Meghan has always had an interest in other cultures and after receiving a TESOL Certificate, began teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language in Spain, the USA, and Chile. Meghan has been teaching students of all ages since 2013, and loves every second of it.  Meghan has been introduced to many new cultures and customs, improved her Spanish, continued improving as an educator, and developed a whole new perspective on life.

Email: meghan@jpadulted.org

Phone: TBA

Ingrid Pimsner, Morning & Evening Level 5 ESOL Instructor 

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Ingrid Maria Pimsner has been teaching for over a decade in various universities, nonprofits, and private academies. She has taught English as a Second Language for Lutheran Children & Family Service, Nationalities Service Center, Lernstudio Barbarossa Berlin-Tegel, and more. In addition to her Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certification, she holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Email: ingrid@jpadulted.org

Phone: TBA

Eddie Geier, Math Level 1 & 2 HiSET Instructor


Eddie acquired an Associates Degree from Georgia Military College, in Milledgeville, Georgia. In 2018, Eddie completed his studies and obtained a Bachelors Degree from Park University, also in Georgia.  Adult Education has been a career field for Eddie for several years, and he is proud to be a part of the Adult Learning Program community. In his free time, Eddie spends time with his family, bike rides and enjoys the outdoors.

Email: eddie@jpadulted.org

Phone: TBA

Mary McCabe, Distance Learning Instructor / Volunteer Coordinator


Mary has been a teacher for over 10 years working in both adult, and K-12 education. Part of the JPCCALP team for several years, Mary has returned to the organization as the Distance Learning teacher, and is so excited to work with the JPCCALP community of learners again. In addition to meeting their educational goals, Mary hopes students leave her class equipped to engage proudly, and confidently in both their professional, and civic life as multilingual speakers! 

Email: mary@jpadulted.org

Phone: (401) 237-0572

Lourdes Viera, College and Career Evening Advisor


Lourdes has worked for ALP for more than 10 years and has held several positions. She is passionate about helping the community-at-large. Lourdes lives in the Jamaica Plain community and is aware of the needs of the residents. Lourdes has twenty plus years of coaching, counseling, job development, and college and career advising. In addition to English, Lourdes speaks Spanish.


Email: lourdes@jpadulted.org

Phone: (857) 342-2291

Rana Elbeih, Morning Advisor


Rana received an Associate degree from Massasoit Community College, earned a Bachelor degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Eastern Nazarene College. Rana has more than ten years of teaching experience and has worked as a mentor at Massasoit Community College. Rana enjoys helping others and she is passionate about assisting students to obtain success. Rana is very excited to be a member of the ALP community as a Student Advisor.

Email: rana@jpadulted.org

Phone: TBA

Twila Grigsby, Financial Literacy Instructor


Twila Grigsby earned a BS Degree in Computer Science from Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio. After 16 years in the IT industry, Twila began her journey as an entrepreneur. She continued her educational pursuit and earned a MA Degree in Education. She has taught middle and high school mathematics in Compton, Long Beach, Watts, and Norwalk, California. Twila realized that how to make money work effectively simply was not taught in school. Having a passion for financial options, she decided that financial literacy should be shared.

Email: twila@jpadulted.org

Phone: TBA