Anne Kemper and Amy Poland at the Maine Adult Education Association awards luncheon.
Two members of the Lewiston Adult Education faculty were recognized at the Maine Adult Education Association annual awards luncheon on June 18. Anne Kemper was honored with the Gerald R. Levasseur Award, and Amy Poland was honored with the Outstanding Teacher Award.
Anne Kemper has been the Adult Basic Education Counselor/Coordinator with LAE for over 30 years. Ms. Kemper was a founding member of the Adult Learning Center faculty, and in throughout her tenure instilled the value of community into every aspect of the Center’s programming and culture. Adult learners face many barriers, but Ms. Kemper tackles each one of their challenges and provides the support and encouragement needed to keep students moving forward. Her commitment to the larger community of lifelong learning extends well beyond the Adult Learning Center. She is actively involved with the Lewiston Public Library, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, and Androscoggin Head Start and Childcare. As Rick Speer, Lewiston Public Library Director, noted, “Anne is always looking out for her students, and always ready to go to bat for them in order to help them achieve their education and workplace aspirations.”
Students and colleagues alike recognize Ms. Kemper as an inspirational leader who faces each challenge head-on to create a professional learning environment. She raises people up, and constantly nurtures the lifelong learning community.
Although Ms. Kemper will be retiring this summer, her impact on the Lewiston Adult Education program will have a lasting effect not only on adult learners in Lewiston, but adult learners and Adult Education programs across the state.
Amy Poland, Lewiston Adult Education’s College Transition Program instructor, was recognized for her work helping adult learners develop the academic skills and confidence to pursue a college degree. Ms. Poland helps her students set goals, anticipate barriers, and develop persistence and resiliency by embedding a reflective way of thinking into her daily interactions with students. Ms. Poland utilizes the cohort model to foster a culture of community among her students: her students support and encourage one another in the same manner that she supports and encourages them. In addition to her work in Lewiston, Ms. Poland has worked tirelessly to create opportunities in Lisbon and RSU 16. She was also recognized for her leadership as a teacher coach with the College and Career Readiness Standards.
Although Ms. Poland will be leaving the classroom to take on the role of ABE Counselor/Coordinator following Ms. Kemper’s retirement, the work she did to develop the College Transitions curriculum will have a lasting impact on college-bound adults for years to come.
by Jessica Crabtree
on June 18, 2015
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