Nita Bratt, Director, Community Based Programs, has a Bachelor’s degree in education and the social sciences, a Masters in Political Science, a Colorado teaching license and Adult Basic Education authorization. She has been an instructor or administrator in adult education programs for more than twenty years. Starting at The Learning Source in 1990, she taught and coordinated the Homeless Education Program for four years and received The U.S. Department of Labor Outstanding Teacher Award for her work with Denver’s homeless families. Nita also taught in family literacy programs for two years before moving to an administrative position in 1996. Her current responsibilities include hiring, supervision, evaluation and training of instructional and clerical staff in the community programs, maintaining relevant community partnerships, oversight of data collection and reporting, and supervision of volunteer recruitment, training and management. She has been a CASAS State Trainer for eight years. Nita can be contacted at: Nita@thelearningsource.org
HARRY A CHAN, Director, School-based Programs has his advance degree (Ed.D) in Educational Administration, a Master’s Degree in Computers in Education and a BA in Elementary Education. He has endorsements from CDE for the K-12 Principalship and in K-6 Elementary Education. Harry has been extensively trained in the Foundations of Family Literacy and has attended multiple trainings and conferences with the National Center for Family Literacy over the past twenty years. He has done training for staff on the four-components of family literacy, family services, language development, technology training, assessment administration, program development and the evaluation of programs and staff. Harry retired from the Aurora Public Schools after 35 years in public education. Harry led the Jamaica and Peoria Elementary Family Literacy teams as principal for 15 years. Prior to becoming an elementary administrator, Harry was the District Coordinator for the Aurora Public Schools Adult Basic Education program and Adjunct Professor for Lesley College. Harry can be contacted at: Harry@thelearningsource.org
PAMELA COLE, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, has a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters in Education, both from Regis University. She began working for the Learning Source in 2002 in the evening ESL programs in Aurora and later joined the staff of the Family Literacy Program. In her current position she oversees GED and ESL classes in partnership with Aurora Public Schools, the Arapahoe Library District, Arapahoe Douglas Works, Good Will Industries, and the Aurora Public Libraries. Pamela can be contacted at: Pamela@thelearningsource.org
ANDREA MARTINEZ, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, is bi-lingual (English-Spanish) and is a past GED graduate of our programs. She began working for The Learning Source in 1991 as a clerical aide at one of our neighborhood learning centers. Since then she has had several positions with the agency including data entry clerk and pre-school teacher and trainer. After learning the field of adult education and family literacy, she is currently responsible for the oversight of the Family Literacy programs. As such, she trains teachers and volunteers and supervises staff. She oversees the implementation and ongoing development of curriculum and instructional standards. Andrea can be contacted at Andrea@thelearningsource.org
SARA MOLDEN, Belmar Family Literacy Coordinator, has an undergraduate degree in History and a Masters degree in Ecology. She is fluent in Spanish, and has both traveled extensively and lived in other countries. She began teaching ESL as a volunteer in the Colorado Refugee ESL program in 1992, and has taught both adult education and elementary school ESL since then through Jefferson County Schools, the Stein Neighborhood Resource Center, and currently for The Learning Source. Sara has been active in Family Literacy Programs since 1997 and has been the coordinator of the Belmar Family Learning Center since 2001. She is responsible for coordinating all components of the Family Literacy Program in Lakewood. Sara can be contacted at: Sara@thelearningsource.org
DEBBY NOVOTNY DOIG, Volunteer Recruiter, has made volunteerism the cornerstone of her life. She has been a life-long volunteer for many organizations along with choosing volunteer management as her career path. Debby recently retired from Douglas County Schools, holding the position of Coordinator of School/Community Partnerships for fifteen years. Debby understands all aspects of managing a volunteer program, having coordinated 18,000 volunteers for Douglas County Schools. She developed all materials, procedures, District policies and screening processes. She introduced a volunteer data management system and designed events to recognize the volunteers. In her current role, Debby is responsible for recruitment of volunteers, orientation and placement of new volunteers, managing information, documents and databases related to the volunteer program, along with yearly recognition efforts. For the past thirteen years, her personal volunteer focus is as an active member of the Highlands Ranch Rotary Club. She served as their President in 2005-2006 and is also the Chair of the club’s annual Gala. Debby can be contacted at: Debby@thelearningsource.org
The School-based Family Literacy Team is a group of dedicated and professional teachers with incredibly diverse backgrounds.
The Community-based Adult Education Team is a group of instructors working in sites all over the Denver Metro area to further literacy, educational success, and career opportunity for their students.
JOSHUA EVANS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – With over 12 years of experience in education including previous positions in community colleges, county programs and nonprofits, Josh has always been focused on assisting the nontraditional adult learner. Josh has a M.A. in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and undergraduate degrees in Professional Writing and Editing and Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina—Wilmington. Josh is a board member of the Literacy Coalition of Colorado and holds a teaching endorsement in literacy instruction with the Colorado Department of Education. He and his wife live in the foothills of Jefferson County with their three children and two dogs. Josh continues to serve and support the adult education community and all adult learners as the executive director of the Learning Source. To contact josh email him at: Josh@thelearningsource.org