Chelle graduated from Geneva College in 1993 with degrees in broadcast communications and public relations. After graduating she spent the last 29 years in higher education in roles ranging from project management to coaching and teaching.
Chelle is passionate about helping people build strong physical, mental, and spiritual health all while pushing them to grow by 1% every day toward their personal goals. She earned her Masters of Higher Education from Geneva College in 2006 and continues to be a life-long learner in the areas of leadership and culture building.
Chelle is excited to jump into the non profit world and is very passionate about being part of MCAE services that provide Mercer County adults a variety of education opportunities. Chelle enjoys hiking, biking and all things outdoors. Her and her husband of 29 years have 2 children and reside in Grove City, PA.
Instructor /Education Coordinator, Grove City location
Tressa grew up in Sharon, PA. and graduated in 1984. She moved to Arkansas in her thirties. Tressa worked mostly factory jobs until she had her daughter, Kayla. Tressa then moved to Florida where she went back to school at the age of forty! (It is never too late). She graduated from Daytona Beach Community College and The University of Central Florida where she earned a B.S. in Elementary Education with E.S.O.L. Tressa went on to teach 3rd and 4th grades.
Due to the housing recession, Tressa moved back to PA and decided to continue her education. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Reading and Language Arts.
Tressa has taught GED instruction to inmates in the Ohio prison system. She has also taught GED for a non-profit located in Ohio and now she is teaching the GED program at the Mercer County Adult Education Center. Tressa is married, has 1 daughter, and 1 cat, and lives in Farrell.
Instructor, Sharon location
Sharon teaches in our Sharon location at the Career Link facility. She has taught GED prep classes with MCAE since 2020. She also teaches English composition at Youngstown State University, where she earned her M.A. in English.
She is an avid reader and strives to share her love of lifelong learning with her students. She also enjoys cooking, gardening, and music. Sharon lives in West Middlesex with her husband Barry and their three cats, Emily Dickinson, E.A. Poe, and Berrie.
Instructor, Mercer County Jail location
Howard Reese, a native of The Bronx, New York City, earned a B.A. and M.A. from Youngstown State University, where he taught in the English department for 12 years. A Life Member of the VFW, he proudly and honorably served in the United States Navy’s Submarine Force as a Torpedoman’s Mate First Class.
Doing the work of GED Instructor at the Mercer County Jail, Reese is privileged to be a factor in motivating his students to improve their lives.
Instructor, ESL Program Coordinator
As ESL coordinator and instructor at MCAE, Rennae wears many hats. When she is not teaching classes and working with volunteer tutors, Rennae promotes the agency’s ESL program, meets and assesses new students, and partners with Slippery Rock University to provide internship and practicum opportunities for students in SRU’s TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program, from which Rennae holds a master's degree.
Rennae enjoys teaching English to her students and learns so much from them in return. Her program continues to grow and, with help from our volunteers and instructors, the agency is prepared to accommodate our ever-increasing ESL population.
Rennae’s goal is to help her students to become more involved in the community and to strengthen their confidence when speaking English. Before joining MCAEC in 2019, Rennae also earned a master's degree in English.
Instructor, Greenville location
Paige is the instructor for the Greenville site on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. She has experience teaching ESL and recently moved back to her hometown in PA from Rome, Italy. She has a bachelor's degree from Duquesne University and has worked for universities all over the world. When she isn’t teaching she is spending time with her young daughter and husband.
Data Entry Specialist
Lexi charts all student enrollment, attendance, and test scores before entering them into the PA Department of Education’s eData system, a tool that helps track agency performance and grant compliance.
John Martin is a long-time resident of Mercer County and lives with his family in the small community of New Wilmington, PA. He holds a B.S. in Human Resource Management and an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College. After a 23-year career with PPG Industries, he founded EagleTD Training & Development in 2012.
His role at MCAE is to facilitate relationships among tutors, volunteers, and the local community. John’s passion is to assist individuals to achieve their personal, educational, and professional development goals.
Digital Literacy Instructor
David is a Pennsylvania native and long time resident of Grove City. He considers himself fortunate to work with the Mercer County Adult Education Center, its employees and, most of all, the many students who are continually writing exciting new chapters of their lives.
His background and career included work in business consulting, data and technology in Silicon Valley, crisis management in the mortgage industry and owning/operating a small restaurant. He is an avid cyclist, traveler, reader and life-long learner.
David enjoys providing instruction for topics such as digital literacy, personal financial management, employment readiness and career development.
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