Adult Education

Helping adults achieve their educational and personal goals.

WHAT WE DO

Our free classes empower over 500 adult students in their personal and professional lives in East Harlem. We serve people who wish to learn English, gain a basic education, prepare for the high school equivalency exam and develop job skills.

Located at

237 East 104th Street, 2nd Floor
(212) 828-6017

Contact

AdultEd@unionsettlement.org
(212) 828-6017

Classes (English)

ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES

For immigrants who want to learn or improve their English, we offer a comprehensive English for Speakers of Other Languages program. Our classes are designed to help adults improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. Our curriculum, which is based on the NYS Common Core Standards, prepares learners to communicate effectively in the workplace and continue their education at the post-secondary level.

In addition to ESOL classes, we offer computer and job readiness skills workshops as well as referrals for other services, such as legal aid, housing and emergency food assistance.  

Contact
Intake Specialist
AdultEd@unionsettlement.org
212.828.6017
212.828.6016

BASIC EDUCATION & HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY PREP

Union Settlement helps individuals 18 years of age and older improve their reading, writing and math skills and prepare to take the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). Our instruction is offered in English and in Spanish and covers grades 6 to 12. Our free classes are offered weekdays during daytime and evening hours and on Saturdays.

Contact
Intake Specialist
AdultEd@unionsettlement.org
212.828.6017
212.828.6016

Clases (en Español)

INGLES PARA PERSONAS QUE HABLAN OTRAS IDIOMAS

Para inmigrantes que desean aprender inglés o mejorar su habilidad con el idioma, ofrecemos un programa comprensivo de Inglés para Personas que Hablan Otras Idiomas (ESOL por sus siglas en inglés). Nuestras clases ayudan a adultos a mejorar su comprensión auditiva, expresión oral, lectura y escritura en inglés. Nuestro currículo esta alineado con el “Common Core” del Estado de Nueva York (estandares comunes) y prepara a los estudiantes para comunicarse bien en el trabajo y continuar sus estudios a nivel possecundaria.

Además de las clases, ofrecemos talleres de conocimientos básicos de computación y preparación para la búsqueda de trabajo. También asistimos en la procuración de servicios de apoyo, tales como asistencia legal, vivienda y alimentos.

Contact
Intake Specialist
AdultEd@unionsettlement.org
212.828.6017
212.828.6016

 

Staff

Flavien I. Amangoua

Education Specialist

Mr. Flavien I. Amangoua is from Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa. He has been teaching ESL since 2011. He is a 1987 M.A. English graduate of the University of Abidjan and also graduate in Public Relation. He earned a Teacher English as Second Language (TESLA) Certificate at Literacy Assistance Center Academy in 2012. He taught English as Foreign Language (EFL) to International students at LAL Fordham University for seven years. He continued to teach in diverse Language schools and colleges and different Adults programs. He is known for his love of coffee and Tamale (Mexican food).

 

Mae Lee

Education Specialist

Mae has been teaching ESOL at Union Settlement for the last 5 and a half years.  She enjoys teaching students who are from all over the world.  Besides English, she also knows Chinese.  Mae is a native New Yorker.  In her spare time, she likes to cook, swim, read, volunteer, and talk about politics and current events.

 

Klodian Lleshi

Education Specialist

Klodian Lleshi is an English Teacher at Union Settlement, Adult Education Program. He graduated as an English Teacher from Alexander Giovani University in Albania in 2002. With more than 15 years of experience, he moved from Albania to New York, where he resumed his teaching career with Union Settlement in 2019. Passions in life, translation, music, and psychology. His motto: “Work hard, be nice, and always try to bring out the best in people.”

 

Liria VanZandt

Education Specialist

Liria VanZandt was born and raised in Brazil, the youngest of seven children of Japanese immigrants. I’ve always wanted to be adventurous and see the world. Ever since I moved to New York City, I’ve remained close to my family, and I enjoy the company of friends, but I also embrace quiet time on my own and often find inspiration and motivation in solitude. I’m a film buff, I love reading and I’m politically engaged. (Back in 2007, I organized a fundraiser for Barack Obama called ‘Samba for Obama’.)

Growing up, I was mostly interested in science, which led me to pursue a Physics degree in college, but I felt my passion might lie elsewhere. After a few years in New York, I thought I could advance my English by enrolling in a college humanities program. I got a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies and went on to earn an MA in Cinema Studies.  Professionally, after a few years of waiting tables in NYC, I started teaching Portuguese – first in private language schools and then in colleges. In 2010, I expanded my repertoire and started working with the adult immigrant population to teach them English and then pursued an MA in TESOL – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

One of the things I like most about the city I now call home is its diverse population, and I find my interaction with students from different cultures a tremendously stimulating, enriching, and humbling experience.  Moreover, since I’m an immigrant to this country myself, and the daughter of immigrants who didn’t speak a word of Portuguese when they arrived in Brazil, I can identify to a significant extent with the challenges and aspirations of my students in wanting to learn and improve their English. And last, but certainly not least, I think this work is so fulfilling to me because it offers me an opportunity to honor my long-deceased parents.

As for a few random ‘fun’ facts about myself, one of my favorite things to do is sleep; I don’t drink (alcohol), but I make terrific caipirinhas; and I consider myself something of an ‘honorary’ Philippina, because students consistently make the mistaken assumption that I’m from the Philippines when they first meet me.

 

Allison Thomas

Education Specialist

Hi, I’m Allison! I’m originally from Connecticut, but I have lived in NY for 15 years. I currently live in Brooklyn with roommates and a big dog. I have a BA in English Education and a MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). I’ve been working in education for 11 years and have taught English Language Arts, ESOL, how to get into college, career skill building, and computers. I really like being a Computer Digital Literacy Specialist because computer skills are important for so many things. The more comfortable and confident you are with a computer, the more things you can learn and do! Some fun facts about myself: in my free time I like to play ultimate frisbee; I love to ride bikes; and I have been a bar trivia night host in person and over Zoom!

 

Azza Zaki

Education Specialist

My name is Azza Zaki. I was born in Cairo Egypt where I earned my bachelor degree in psychology with a concentration in early childhood development. I married and I have two children who are young adults. I teach ESL because I love helping immigrants improve their language which help them improve their lives and overcome any problems. I love teaching, and I love my students. I love cooking.

 

Yvette Padilla

Case Manager/ Counselor

My name is Yvette Padilla. I am native New Yorker, born and raised in East Harlem, where I still reside.  I have three daughters, and I’m also a proud grandmother.  I provide care for my elderly mother as well. I am currently working on obtaining my degree in Human Services, because helping people is what I love to do. I also enjoy reading, cooking, cleaning, and spending time with my family.