Adult education Teachers

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Susan Bleakney, Ph.D.

Director of Adult Education

Susan is the coordinator of our Family Literacy Program, which provides contextualized English instruction to parents at Lincoln-Hancock Elementary school. She co-teaches the class as Parent Advisor, helping parents become active in their children’s education, both at school and at home. Susan also serves as coordinator of the Workplace Education Program, partnering with China Pearl restaurant to provide contextualized English to their kitchen and wait staff. In addition, she conducts assessments for students in our ESOL classes. Susan holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Boston University. She also has previous experience as an educational consultant. When she is not teaching for QARI, she teaches taekwondo, and enjoys spending time with her family.

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Joseph “Jerry” Burrell

Jerry Burrell is a recent and happily retired administrator for the Boston Public Schools. Prior to his twenty year administrative role, he taught humanities in middle and high school in the Newton and Boston Public Schools. When he isn’t enjoying the opportunity to teach ESOL to a diverse group of adults at QARI, he spends his time doing carpentry, gardening, reading, playing the piano, and being fix it person in the house he owns in Weymouth. And although he can speak a bit of French and German, he is also trying, with little apparent success, to learn to speak Vietnamese and Mandarin. Jerry is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and The English High School in Boston where he is active in alumni affairs as the school prepares to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its founding in 1821.

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Kailee Odell

Kailee joined the QARI team in April of 2019. She spent much of the last few years traveling, particularly in Southeast Asia. While traveling, Kailee completed contracts teaching English to both children and young adults in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and Ayutthaya, Thailand. She is very interested in anthropology and loves working with people from all different countries. Kailee received her Bachelor’s Degree in Arab and Islamic Studies from Villanova University in 2013, with minors in French, Mandarin Chinese, and Arabic. She became TEFL certified during the summer following her graduation. She is very passionate about learning new languages and devotes much of her free time to studying. She hopes to eventually pursue a PhD in anthropology, anthrozoology, or modern languages--but she just cannot decide which! 

In her free time, Kailee enjoys hiking with her two adorable dogs, Ninja and Patchouli. She also loves to draw/paint and do yoga. Kailee is very excited to be a part of QARI and spend her days working with the wonderful immigrant community on the South Shore!

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Paul Gagnon

My name is Paul Gagnon, and I live in Quincy.

I have been teaching and working with QARI since 2004. I am currently teaching Level 3 ESOL. I enjoy being associated with an agency whose goal is to help people to succeed. I've been a teacher for over forty years. Working with the ESOL classes at QARI have been the most satisfying years of my career.

I am a graduate of Boston State College (now the University of Massachusetts Boston). When I’m not teaching I enjoy wood carving, carpentry, reading and general hanging out.

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Kimlan Tran

Kimlan is a retired school psychologist from Boston Public Schools. Prior to retiring she spent 30 years teaching Vietnamese and English in both Vietnam and the United States.

Kimlan currently teaches the ESOL Level 4 at QARI. When she’s not teaching she enjoys taking time to write about her experiences as a teacher and volunteer at local community centers.

Kimlan holds her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Emmanuel College and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has also received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in school psychology (CAGS) and teaching certifications in English and ESL.