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Adult learning program staff

Joyce Henderson, Director


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. 


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

Patricia Carrington, Intake Coordinator & ADA 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

Laura Toledano, Assistant to the Directors


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

William Washington, Student Mentor & Instructional Assistant


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

Charles Ramsay, Technology Coordinator & Instructor

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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

Cheryl Danzy, ESOL 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

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

Johanna Littlewood, Literacy Instructor & College and Career Morning Advisor

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Johanna has been teaching at JPCCALP since 2016. She has taught English for Entrepreneurs, Level 1 ESOL and Level 2 ESOL. This year she is teaching the Literacy Class and she also serves as the morning College and Career Advisor. Before teaching adults, she taught children at various public schools for 10 years in DC, Malden and Boston. In addition to English, Johanna speaks Spanish.


Email: johanna@jpadulted.org

Phone: (617) 652-0564

Madie Thurber, Evening ESOL Instructor & Volunteer Coordinator 


Madie is a TEFL Master Course certified English teacher! She graduated on the Dean's list from Utah State University with a degree in Communications, and a heavy emphasis in English. She has 3+ years teaching Elementary and Adult Education. She has been trained to provide evidence-based teaching that is specifically designed to help students with a variety of learning needs, while focusing on speaking, listening, reading and writing.


Email: madie@jpadulted.org

Phone: (617) 971-8625

Robin Bitters, Morning ESOL Instructor


Robin enjoys teaching international students who are new to Boston.  She grew up in Massachusetts, moved to Vermont for graduate school, and worked for many years in international education and cultural exchange. She has a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of International Administration from the SIT Graduate Institute.  She has a Certificate to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Email: robin@jpadulted.org

Phone: (802) 490-3920

Mirlande Thermidor, College Cohort Advisor


Qué lo Qué/Sak Pasé! Mirlande received a Master of Science in Transnational Cultural and Community Studies from UMass Boston. She earned a Bachelors in Africana Studies, a minor in Latino studies also from UMass Boston. Her research focuses on art-based autoethnography on Haitian and Dominican relations. Mirlande loves to study the intersectionality of both African and Latino cultures. Travel is her ultimate passion in life.

Email: mirlande@jpadulted.org

Phone: (857) 321-8829

Ryan Nevel, Morning & Evening ESOL Instructor


Ryan Nevel earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida and holds a TEFL certification from Bridge TEFL. He is an experienced English teacher with international experience in Europe and Southeast Asia and is a current faculty member at the New England School of English's campus in Harvard Square.

Email: ryan@jpadulted.org

Phone: (857)246-9621

Isaac Taye, ESOL Instructor


Isaac Taye is a recent graduate from Bard College. Prior to joining the ALP staff, Isaac worked as a Fellowship Mentor with JP Morgan & Chase where he helped advise students through the college application process. In addition to his experience in education and mentorship, Isaac has a passion for finance. In the future he hopes to be able to run a non-profit where he would be able to teach financial literacy to students in Boston communities."

Email: isaac@jpadulted.org

Phone: (857) 728-1274

Gwendolyn Deutsch, Morning & Evening 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

Sarah Wilson, 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) 276-3466

Michele Clay, HiSET Instructor


Michele started her career serving families through Education as a Science/Technology Teacher, School business manager, and an Assistant Principal for the New York City Department of Education. In 2017, Michele transitioned into  the Human Services arena serving families and individuals with developmental disabilities in Ocean and Monmouth counties. Michele has earned a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Union University, a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from Mercy College, and also a School Administration and Supervision Certification from the College of Saint Rose.

Email: michele@jpadulted.org

Phone: (609) 793-6112

Alberto Quesada, HiSET Math Instructor


Alberto is the HiSET Math teacher at ALP.  He started as a volunteer tutor for mathematics, and was eventually hired as a math teacher. Alberto currently teaches all of the math classes being offered by Jamaica Plain Community Centers Adult Learning Program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

Email: alberto@jpadulted.org

Phone: (617) 701-6091

Mary McCabe, Distance Learning Instructor


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