Mary Ann Corley, Ph.D., is an adult literacy and professional learning specialist. Her more than 35 years’ experience in adult education includes teacher, local program administrator, Maryland State GED Administrator, and Director of the National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center. Recently retired as Principal Researcher for the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC, Mary Ann directed the Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) project (2009-2015), as well as the California Adult Literacy Professional Development (CALPRO) Project (2001-2008), and she was the lead professional development specialist on the National Reporting System (NRS) annual trainings (2002-2011). In 1988, the Baltimore County program she directed received the U.S. Secretary of Education's award for "Outstanding Adult Basic Education Program." Her main focus is translating educational research to practice and creating professional development materials for adult educators on effective teaching practices and on instructional leadership.
Callie Hazan works with both the Professional Learning Opportunities Project and the Technology Project within the PA Adult Education Professional Development System. Prior to working with the PDS, she worked in the field of adult education as a student support coordinator, workforce development program manager, and instructor. She also provided support to programs through community outreach, marketing, grant writing, technology support, and data collection.
Maribel Ojeda M.Ed., currently works as an agency consultant for the Professional Learning Opportunities Project, Professional Development System, Division of Adult Education, PA Department of Education. She also provides instructional coaching and workshops for adult education programs. Maribel completed her teacher certification at Drexel University and has a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. She taught in Philadelphia public schools before moving into the field of adult basic education. Maribel Ojeda is from New York City and has lived in Philadelphia for about 13 years.
Astrid Liden has been the ABE Professional Development Specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education since 2006. Prior to joining the state ABE office, she worked as an ESL instructor, teacher trainer, and ABE program manager.
Beth Ponder is a Professional Development Specialist for the Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy & Learning (TCALL) at Texas A & M University. In that role, Ms. Ponder assists in identifying training needs for local service providers and delivers and developments professional development as needed. Prior to joining TCALL, Ms. Ponder was the Associate Director at the Center for Literacy, Education & Employment (CLEE) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In that role, she served as the project director for the LINCS Region 2 Professional Development Center, a project funded by the Office of Technical, Career and Adult Education (OCTAE), U.S. Department of Education in addition to serving as a national LINCS trainer. She also served on the leadership team for the Leadership Excellence Academies (LEA), a joint project of NAEPDC and CLEE. Ms. Ponder provided project oversight for all LEA logistics, online development, web development, and materials revisions.
Glenda Rose, Ph.D., has worked in adult education for over 30 years. She is a teacher, content developer, professional developer, and administrator. She earned her doctorate in Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas at Austin with the goal of helping teachers of adult English Language Learners.
Beverly Wilson, M.Ed., has been the Director of Professional Learning with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE)-Adult Education Services since 2005. Prior to working for ADE, she was a program administrator with an Adult Education and Family Literacy Program. Before discovering adult education, Beverly taught special education students in grades K-8, and junior high students in the areas of reading, English, and social studies. Beverly holds a Bachelor in Elementary Education, with a minor in Special Education from Arizona State University, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.