Meet Our Team

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Kenlyn Clark

Academic Instructor |

Digital Literacy, Personal Finance, Workforce Training

Kenlyn Clark believes that learning has no age limit. She is dedicated to helping students grow in knowledge and as individuals. She teaches Digital Literacy, Personal Finance, and tutors HiSET students. She also does Workforce Development training and oversees Credit Recovery students for the local high school.

 

Before AACE, she taught business math and science at a charter Arts high school. She was also a traveling teacher teaching all subjects for a charter high school program devoted to reaching “school-resistant” students, many of whom had suffered trauma at a traditional school. Before that, she tutored Math and Science at a regional community college. That is where her desire to support the learning journey of adult learners was first sparked. 

 

Kenlyn has a B.S. in Mass Communication from the University of Iowa, an M.S.  in Soil Science from the University of Illinois, and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from the University of Maine Augusta. 

Kenlyn Clark

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Tom Renckens

Academic Instructor |

HiSET (All Subjects) at the Learning Center at KCCF

Tom recently was awarded the John B. Forster Award. An award given to a staff member who goes the extra mile and makes a difference in the lives of the AACE Community. Tom has worked for Augusta Adult and Community Education for over a decade! He teaches HiSET Prep in all subjects at the Kennebec Learning Center and at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility.

Tom Renckens

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Mike Emery

Academic Coordinator | Instructor |

Civics, Film and Literature

Mike has spent a lifetime connected to adult education. His mother worked in adult ed for 40 years, and Mike spent countless hours in his youth hanging out in adult ed offices, popping into adult ed classes, and attending adult ed graduations. He started working for AACE as a teaching assistant at the age of 19 in 2005, and returned as a full-time teacher once he completed his bachelor's degree. In 2019 he became the Academic Coordinator.

 

As Academic Coordinator, Mike works with the teaching staff to develop curriculum, find and develop professional development, and is responsible for a number of tasks relating to the day-to-day operations of the program. He works with Tekia Cox, the Academic and Career Advisor, to review transcripts for our diploma learners and develop individual learning plans.

 

Mike's passion is finding ways to truly connect education to the lives of learners. He believes in what he calls "radical contextualization," the idea that people learn best when the content they're learning about is as directly related to their lives as possible — this means inviting learners to bring their own interests, hobbies, work, and other facets of their lives into the classroom, rather than relying on textbook word problems and projects to be merely similar to learners' lives. With this in mind, Mike led the AACE Academic Team in creating a Learner Interest Inventory, which every new learner at AACE completes; the Academic Team uses the results of these inventories to plan pop-up classes to meet the academic and other learning needs of our diverse population.

Mike Emery

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Tracy Weber

Academic Instructor |

English Language Acquisition, English Second Language

Tracy is our English Language Arts and English Language Learner Instructor. She can't imagine her life without books!

Tracy Weber

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Tekia Cox

Academic and Career Advisor | Instructor | 

 Advising

Tekia has a familial connection to adult education, much of her family went to adult education to earn their diploma and to improve their lives. She started in adult education as an administrative assistant for Winthrop Adult and Community Education and helped at other programs enrichment programming. From there she became the Administrative/Enrichment Coordinator for Winthrop Adult and Community Education. Her passion lies in making educational opportunities available and accessible to everyone. This passion led her to becoming the Academic and Career Advisor for Augusta Adult and Community Education in June of 2021. 

 

As advisor, Tekia has the privilege of meeting with every learner at the beginning and throughout their academic journey with AACE. She meets with learners to onboard them to adult education in intake and orientation. She works with Mike Emery, the Academic Coordinator, to review transcripts and develop individual learning plans for each learner. In her Advising Course, Tekia guides learners through personal, college, and career processes, helping learners from the initial exploration to pursuing their passions. She enjoys learning about people and helping them learn about themselves.

 

On her quest to learn about people, Tekia pursued a B.A in Anthropology with a focus in education and a minor in international and global studies. Inspired by her own experiences, in her undergraduate Tekia researched First-Generation College Students Experience and Resource Inaccessibility across the State of Maine. In her role as Advisor, she helps the AACE diverse student population connect with the education, resources and opportunities they need to succeed.

Tekia Cox

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Liz Johnson

Academic Instructor |

Math, Science, Art, Wellness

Liz Johnson teaches Math, Science, Art and Wellness. She has more than 15 years experience working in education, with a variety of ages and abilities. She is passionate about the subjects she teaches and strives to help students draw connections between the subjects they are learning in school and their everyday lives. 

Liz Johnson

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Sylvie Charron

Academic Instructor |

English Second Language

Sylvie Charron holds a diploma in ESL from the University of Edinburgh and a B.A. and M.A. in ESL from the Sorbonne. She also holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in French Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin. 
She was Professor of French at the University of Maine at Farmington for 25 years where she directed the International Studies program. For ten years, she and Professor Linda Britt conducted seminars in pedagogy for practicing foreign language teachers.


For years, she served on the Foreign Language Association of Maine board and state commissions where she advocated for the study of foreign languages in K-12. In 2016, she was honored with FLAME’s Solange Bernier Lifetime Achievement Award. 


Her publications have focused on George Sand, Tahar Ben Jelloun, and Maine Franco-American literature. With Sue Huseman, she co-translated Sand’s The Marquise and Pauline, Ben Jelloun’s Grapes of Despair, and Canuck by Camille Lessard-Bissonnette. 


Since 2015, She has been teaching ESL to new immigrants at the Augusta Adult Education Program. She loves interacting with students from different cultures and helping them learn about American language and culture. 

Sylvie Charron, Ph.D.