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Posted: Monday, June 19, 2006 9:15 am | Updated: 5:09 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Job Title: Adult Education and Family Literacy Specialist, Mesa Public Schools

Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Texas, English/Secondary Education; Master’s degree, Northern Arizona University, Educational Leadership; post Graduate work, UCLA

What are your main duties?

Mead coordinates an adult literacy program serving approximately 1,000 adult learners each year, providing classes in: Family Literacy, GED Preparation, Adult Basic Literacy (reading and writing), English Language classes to non-native speakers, Citizenship classes. Mead is a certified trainer with the National Center for Family Literacy.

What do you like best?

“My favorite part of the job is seeing the impact that education has on adult students - people who make that extra commitment to returning to school to improve skills so they can have a better quality of life. We see so many success stories every day of people getting jobs, getting off welfare, buying homes, and registering to vote. We also see the impact that it has on their children when parents understand the importance of education, of completing high school, and of reading to and with their children. This program, thanks to the dedicated teachers and staff, changes people’s lives. I love to go to work every day.”

What job skills are needed?

A bachelor’s degree, preferably in education or adult education, certification issued by the Arizona Department of Education. “An interest in helping adult learners improve literacy and language skills, is key, she said.

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