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Archive: June 2019

Lewiston Adult Education Instructor Wins Teaching Honor


Irina Petranek holds her teacher of the year award at the Maine Adult Education Association conference in Orono on Thursday. Her daughter Sasha stands next to her.


A Lewiston educator with firsthand knowledge of the challenges of learning a new language has won the teacher of the year award from the Maine Adult Education Association.

Irina Petranek received the honor on Thursday, June 20, during its annual conference held at the University of Maine at Orono. Lewiston Adult Education Director Bill Grant presented the award to Petranek at a ceremony held at Donald P. Corbett Hall.

Petranek, who teaches English as a Second Language, joined Lewiston Adult Education in 2011.

She was born in Dzhambul, Kazakhstan, and is a graduate of Lipetsk State Pedagogical University in Lipetsk, Russia. Petranek moved to the United States in 2002.

Lewiston Adult Learning Center Coordinator Laurie Champagne noted that Petranek, who speaks English, French and Russian, tries to combine her lessons with hands-on activities. This includes cooking with her students and making sure everyone uses the proper English terms for measurements.

Petranek teaches eight different classes a year at Lewiston Adult Education and may have as many as 80 students, Champagne said. She has also taught cooking and a Russian language class for Lewiston Adult Education enrichment classes.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on June 20, 2019 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Adult Education To Hold CNA Orientation With Spurwink


Lewiston Adult Education is having an orientation for the upcoming summer Certified Nursing Assistant Program with Spurwink on Friday, June 14 at 1 p.m. at the B Street Community Center on 57 Birch St. in Lewiston.

The free classes are scheduled to start on Tuesday, June 25.

To sign up for the open house or for more information, call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on June 12, 2019 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Adult Education Graduate Shares Story of Perseverance

Lewiston Adult Education graduation 2019 speaker Nasra Houssein celebrates her graduation with Adult Learning Center staffer Barbara McAllister on Tuesday night at the Lewiston High School 


Nasra Houssein praised the people who convinced her to return to her studies during Lewiston Adult Education’s graduation on Tuesday night in the Lewiston High School gymnasium.

The native of Djibouti dropped out of her classes last year because she could not fit them in with her work schedule. She credited Lewiston Adult Education teachers Don Roux and Amy Hatch for their encouragement along with coworkers at Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston.

She returned to her classes after a three-month absence. On Tuesday, served as the student speaker at graduation.

“Without all your help, it would have been difficult for me or anybody else. So thank you all for giving us your time to help us succeed,” Houssein said.

The 30 Lewiston Adult Education graduates at the ceremony received their high school credential by taking the High School Equivalency Test. The HiSET exam has replaced the GED for high school equivalency

Beth Derenberger received the Lifelong Learner Award for her commitment as a teacher and for exemplifying the sharing of knowledge at Lewiston Adult Education. She learned rug braiding from an adult education course in Oxford Hills. After a few years of practice, Derenberger ended up teaching in Oxford Hills and at Lewiston Adult Education.

She taught rug braiding at Lewiston since 2004 and retired at the end of the Winter-Spring 2019 semester.

“I have made so many friends from my teaching. It’s awesome. Students come because they want to come. People come because they’re interested. And that’s half the battle,” she said before the ceremony.

Outgoing Superintendent of Schools Bill Webster served as the keynote speaker at graduation and received a round of applause for his support of adult education. Lewiston Adult Education Director Bill Grant gave retiring teacher Diane Whiting a bouquet of flowers during the ceremony to thank her for her service of more than 25 years.



Posted by Michael Reagan  on June 12, 2019 | Read more in: News

Slime, Planetarium Top Lewiston Adult Education's Programs For Families

Library technician Mary Randall will teach a slime-making class at Lewiston Public Library on Aug. 6 as one of a number of enrichment programs for parents and children featuring local organizations. 

Children will have a chance to get their hands slimy during Lewiston Adult Education's Summer 2019 Family Learning.

Students in Lewiston grade schools will receive a schedule of the free events. The schedule will also be available at Lewiston Public Library.

This summer marks the fourth year Lewiston Adult Education will work with members of 4-H Androscoggin County, Museum L/A, Bates College and Lewiston Public Library to provide activities for children and families to learn more about nature to local history. Lewiston Public Library technician Mary Randall will show how to make slime in her event in the children's' department called "An Evening with Professor Slime." Randall will put on her lab coat and goggles to entertain and explain some of the science of slimy things on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m.

Adult Services Librarian Ruby Jones will combine tie-dyeing shirts and astronomical objects in "Galaxy Tie-Dye," set for the library on Tuesday, June 25 at 5 p.m. The focus on the sky will continue with "Seeing Stars" with Nicole Hastings of the Ladd Planetarium at Bates College on Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m.

Laura Personette of 4-H Androscoggin County will host two events at the Adult Learning Center in the basement of Longley School. "Seaweed Filter" will be held there on Wednesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. and "Salt Water Density" will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24. 

Carol Thomas of Museum L/A will present "Spinning and Weaving" at Museum L/A on 35 Canal St. in Lewiston at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14. She will show the work behind making cloth and tapestries while connecting them to Lewiston's industrial past. Her class will be for children ages six and up.

The class at the Ladd Planetarium has no minimum age requirement as long as children can sit in a darkened room for an hour. All the other classes during summer enrichment are for children ages eight and up.

The classes require registration to participate. To register, go to

For more information, contact Mike Reagan at Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141 or email him


Posted by Michael Reagan  on June 6, 2019 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Adult Education Offers Summer Free CNA Program With Spurwink

Lewiston Adult Education CNA students pose for a picture near the end of the Fall 2018 semester. From left to right, Kenzie Lord, Jaime Neagle and Paz Jenkins.


Spurwink Services is partnering with Lewiston Adult Education to offer a Certified Nursing Assistant program free of charge.

The program will include classroom work, skills labs, and clinical experience. Students must apply for the program before June 10.

Applicants must have their high school diploma or successfully completed the HiSET exam, have a valid driver's license, and must pass an extensive background check. They also must get a minimum score with the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) and go through an interview process.

The classes will begin on June 25.

For more information, contact Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141 or visit the Spurwink website at:


Posted by Michael Reagan  on June 4, 2019 | Read more in: News


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