Jamaica plain

Adult learning program staff

Joyce Henderson, Director

Joyce Henderson joined the ALP community as Director in August, 2019. Joyce has worked as an Administrator, Director and Teacher in various educational settings from Harvard University to Bunker Hill Community College. She attended the University of Massachusetts, College of Public and Community Service, has a Master’s Degree in Administrative Education from Cambridge College and is completing Doctoral studies in Higher Education Administration from Northcentral University. 


Email: joyce@jpadulted.org

Phone: (781) 269-2889

Amina Hilowle, Assistant Director

Amina is the current Assistant Director at ALP. She started as an AmeriCorps volunteer and was placed at ALP as her host organization. After finishing her service year with Americorps, Amina accepted a part time Administrative Assistant and Program Assessment Specialist at ALP. She has also taught the math numeracy classes. Besides English, Amina speaks Somali and conversational Swahili.


Email: amina@jpadulted.org

Phone: (617) 681-4174

Patricia Carrington, Program Assistant / Volunteer Coordinator

Pat graduated from JPCC/ALP in 1998. She began working for the Program that same year. Pat's journey at ALP started as a computer lab helper.  She moved into the position of Computer Instructor. Currently, Pat has the positions of Program Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator. She has enjoyed giving back to the ALP Community for over 20 years.

Email: pat@jpadulted.org

Phone: (617) 446-3722

Laura Toledano, Administrative Assistant

Laura Toledano, a native of the Dominican Republic and a graduate of UMass Boston, Class of 2020 joins ALP as an Administrative Assistant. Laura studied Sociology and Early Childhood Education at UMass, and is also an alumni of Sociedad Latina which provides services to the Mission Hill community. For the past two years Laura has worked as an Early Education teacher and has served her community as a teacher, tutor, and mentor.  In  addition to English, Laura speaks Spanish.

Email: laura@jpadulted.org

Phone: (978) 254-7098

Charles Ramsay, Technology Coordinator / Instructor

Charles began his career as a Moderate Special Needs teacher for the Boston Public Schools. After 14 years in the classroom, he worked in a variety of administrative positions including Administrative Assistant to the Director of Special Education for the Boston Public Schools. He has extensive experience and knowledge in Secondary Education, Higher Education, Students At-Risk, Special Education, and Technology & Technology Careers. Charles has taught technology courses at several local colleges and universities. Charles holds a B.S. in Regular and Special Education from Boston University, a Master's degree in Administration/Management from Cambridge College, and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University.

Email: charles@jpadulted.org

Phone: (857) 293-0996

Lourdes Viera, College and Career Readiness Coordinator / Instructor

Lourdes has worked for ALP for 10 years. She has held several positions at ALP.  Her passion is helping the community-at-large. Lourdes lives in the Jamaica Plain community and is aware of the needs of the residents. Lourdes has twenty plus years of coaching, counseling, job development, and college and career advising. In addition to English, Lourdes speaks Spanish.


Email: lourdes@jpadulted.org

Phone: (857) 342-2291

Madie Thurber, Evening ESOL Coordinator / Instructor

Madie is a TEFL Master Course certified English teacher! She graduated on the Dean's list from Utah State University with a degree in Communications, and a heavy emphasis in English. She has 3+ years teaching Elementary and Adult Education. She has been trained to provide evidence-based teaching that is specifically designed to help students with a variety of learning needs, while focusing on speaking, listening, reading and writing.


Email: madie@jpadulted.org

Phone: (617) 971-8625

Robin Bitters, Morning ESOL Coordinator / Instructor

Robin enjoys teaching international students who are new to Boston.  She grew up in Massachusetts, moved to Vermont for graduate school, and worked for many years in international education and cultural exchange. She has a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of International Administration from the SIT Graduate Institute.  She has a Certificate to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Email: robin@jpadulted.org

Phone: (802) 490-3920

 Louise Powell-Mello, ABE Coordinator / Literacy & STAR Instructor

Louise Powell-Mello is the Literacy and Student Achievement in Reading Initiative (STAR) Teacher. She is a veteran in the education industry and is dedicated to teaching, supporting, and motivating students to achieve success. Louise has experience with MAPT and standardized assessments and is experienced as a MCAS Title I Teacher. Louise holds an MBA and a B.Ed in Adult Education & Curriculum.

Email: louise@jpadulted.org

Phone: 781-815-4262

Paulette Smiles,  ABE Instructor

Paulette has worked in higher education for several years in teaching, coordinating and  working in international admissions for universities in the Boston area. Paulette has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and Master’s degree in International Education, The School for International Training.  In addition to English, Paulette speaks conversational Spanish and Japanese.


Email: paulette@jpadulted.org

Phone: 781-590-5321

Mirlande Thermidor, Evening ESOL Instructor

Qué lo Qué/Sak Pasé! Mirlande received a Master of Science in Transnational Cultural and Community Studies from UMass Boston. She earned a Bachelors in Africana Studies, a minor in Latino studies also from UMass Boston. Her research focuses on art-based autoethnography on Haitian and Dominican relations. Mirlande loves to study the intersectionality of both African and Latino cultures. Travel is her ultimate passion in life.

Email: mirlande@jpadulted.org

Phone: 857-321-8829

Alberto Quesada, ABE Math Instructor

Alberto is a math teacher at ALP. He started as a volunteer tutor for mathematics, and was eventually hired as a math teacher. Alberto currently teaches all of the math classes being offered by Jamaica Plain Community Centers Adult Learning Program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

Email: alberto@jpadulted.org

Phone: 617-701-6091

Bridget Mutebi, Morning & Evening ESOL Instructor

Bridget joined our program in 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She served as a Lead Teacher at the Jamaica Plain Community Centers Hennigan Program from 2017-2019. She is now the ESOL Instructor for both the morning and evening classes at the Jamaica Plain Community Centers Adult Learning Program.

Email:  bridget@jpadulted.org

Phone: 339-224-4184

Ryan Nevel, Evening ESOL Instructor

Ryan Nevel earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida and holds a TEFL certification from Bridge TEFL. He is an experienced English teacher with international experience in Europe and Southeast Asia and is a current faculty member at the New England School of English's campus in Harvard Square.

Email: ryan@jpadulted.org

Phone: 857-246-9621

Mary McCabe, Virtual ESOL Instructor

Mary has been a teacher for over 10 years working in both adult, and K-12 education. Part of the JPCCALP team for several years, Mary has returned to the organization as the Distance Learning teacher, and is so excited to work with the JPCCALP community of learners again. In addition to meeting their educational goals, Mary hopes students leave her class equipped to engage proudly, and confidently in both their professional, and civic life as multilingual speakers! 

Email: mary@jpadulted.org

Phone: 401-237-0572

Reva Levin, Evening ESOL Instructor

Reva has been teaching English at the Greater Boston YMCA for the past 8 years. She has a Masters from Tufts in Urban & Environmental studies. Having grown up in New York City, Reva moved to California, then Oregon, and finally to Boston, MA. She loves gardening, reading, and walking in the woods. She thinks of languages as music -- there are just different tunes to learn!

Email: reva@jpadulted.org

Phone: 617-433-8172

Abdoul Mika, Morning ESOL Instructor

My name is AbdoulNasser Mika, but you can call me Abdoul. I am a resident of Boston, and a graduate of Rivier University where I obtained a degree in Political Science. I recently returned from Korea where I taught English as a second language and prior to that I taught at Young Achievers. I enjoy fine arts and discussions about the world and beyond. I possess an adventurous spirit. I am looking forward to starting a new adventure with the diverse community of ALP.

Email: abdoul@jpadulted.org

Phone: (857) 285-3061

Karen Lewis, Morning ESOL Instructor

Karen has worked with international students for 20 years.  She has taught people of all ages, levels and backgrounds in addition to managing multiple ESL programs.  Karen has a Bachelor's degree in French and Art from the University of Rhode Island and a TEFL Certificate.  She speaks conversational Spanish, Portuguese, and French and has recently started studying Romanian.

Email: karen@jpadulted.org

Phone:  (401) 594-4880

Johanna Littlewood, Student Advisor

Johanna has been teaching at JPCCALP since 2016. She has taught English for Entrepreneurs, Level 1 ESOL and Level 2 ESOL. She also serves as the morning program's College and Career Advisor. Before teaching adults, she taught children at various public schools for 10 years in DC, Malden and Boston.  In addition to English, Johanna speaks Spanish.


Email: johanna@jpadulted.org

Phone: (617) 652-0564

William Washington, Instructional Assistant / Student Mentor

Will earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Bradley University. After working in Michigan for 18 years, Will has spent the last 8 years as a member of the Jamaica Plain Community. In addition, Will assists in various classrooms and advises students on career and educational goals. William has been a volunteer with the Community Food Drive for the last 3 years.

Email: william@jpadulted.org

Phone: (617) 682-0729