Coastal Representative Candidates
My name is Audrey Nelson. I have been in Adult Education for fifteen (15) years. I am serving or have served as an adjunct instructor teaching at all levels in the following programs: English as a Second Language, High School Equivalency (HSE), Integrated Education Training (IET), and the College Success Academy (CSA). I am a tester in both the ESL and HSE programs (BEST Plus, BEST Literacy and TABE). I register our students, assist with the orientation process and am able to enter data into TEAMS. I am a state and local professional development trainer in several curriculum areas. I am currently with College of the Mainland and have worked with TRAIN PD, Houston/Galveston Consortium, Lone Star College (GREAT Center), Harris County Department of Education, and San Jacinto College. I received my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Tyler, the Texas Adult Education Teacher certification from Texas State University, and the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Cambridge CELTA certification). My B.S. in Elementary Education is from Texas Southern University. I retired from Pre-K-12 after serving 31 years at all levels as an administrator, curriculum specialist and teacher. I have taught in Texas, Washington and for the Department of Defense in Nuernberg, Germany. While in Germany I took classes to learn the language and have also taken Spanish and French, unfortunately I am not fluent in any language other than English. But the courses have given me a glimpse of how difficult it can be to learn another language. I am a life-long learner and enjoy new learning opportunities, to include attending and participating in local, state and national training/s. It has been both challenging and rewarding to take my classroom online during COVID-19 to continue instructing students for success. I enjoy my work in Adult Education – meeting new people and working with all students to ensure success and to help them to reach their goals. I live in Seabrook and am the proud mother of 3 adult children. When time permits, I love gardening, reading, traveling and decorating.
Yazmin has spent the last 8 years in adult education and is currently the Project Manager for the AEL program at San Jacinto Community College. Previously, she was Project Coordinator for the Heath Career Pathways Partnership grant through Health and Human Services. Where she helped transition low income students into high growth high demand healthcare occupation trainings to increase wages and employment opportunities for individuals from traditionally underserved communities. Prior to joining San Jacinto, Yazmin began her career in adult education at Harris County Department of Education as a tester, an aide and transitioned into an instructor teaching High School Equivalency courses after graduating from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. Yazmin has experience as a Distance Learning Coordinator through the Distance Learning Mentorship grant, Career Navigator through Accelerate Texas and provided various trainings as a state trainer. She has served the past 2 years as Coastal Representative for the Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE) organization and lead the technology volunteers in the past 2 conferences. Yazmin is a first-generation college graduate whose own struggle as an English Language Learner, her family’s barriers to find employment as English Language Learners, and the desire to give back to her community is what has driven her career in adult education. Yazmin has extensive experience in collaborating with partners, employers and community organizations and is eager to continue serving as the TALAE Coastal Representative.