Penny is passionate about literacy. A voracious reader, Penny was bewildered when her children struggled to read. It became her full-time job to teach them. When they returned to school successfully, Penny joined the CLC in 2017 as the HSE Coordinator. Now as the Director, Penny is thrilled to be able to serve those middle schoolers who need help, their families, and our ESOL community. Her vision truly is to foster lifelong literacy.
Dawn wears a lot of hats at the CLC. She is our IT support, database guidance, scheduling, and general cape-wearing superhero when other staff members yell, “help!” Dawn’s administrative background has prepared her to help with all things office-y and gifted her with immeasurable patience.
No need to use a bat signal -- you can email Dawn for any help you need!
Reading Intervention Program Manager
Yaquetta has 18 years of educational experience including, international, and certified in Educational Leadership, Biology, Special Education, and ESOL. With her experience as an Intervention Specialist focusing on academics and behavior for 6 years, Yaquetta is skilled in identifying students' needs and providing the appropriate interventions and strategies for students to excel and succeed.
Sinaria El Hassan
ESOL Program Manager
Sinaria has over 15 years of experience in working with nonprofit organizations. She is a fluent Arabic speaker who is TEFL certified. She has previously honed her passion and her skills for curriculum development, marketing, and management by jointly finding a school in California. Now, she is excited to bring her experience in nonprofit management and English curriculum building to strengthen the Collierville Literacy Council's ESOL program.
Beginner/Intermediate ESOL Teacher
Sonja, a Chicago native, moved to Memphis in 2011 to be closer to
family. She is a University of Memphis graduate and TESL certified.
She is proficient in Spanish and has over 2 years of experience
working with the ESL community. Having worked with literacy in both
adults and children, she believes her calling has been to help adult
English language learners achieve their potential. “It is my goal to help
individuals cross language barriers by providing a comfortable
learning environment, offering encouragement, and building self-
esteem.” Sonja is very excited about joining the Collierville Literacy
Intermediate/Advanced ESOL Teacher
Ethan is very excited to be teaching adults after years of teaching fifth grade, high school, and community college students. A native Memphian, Ethan is married to a veteran Special Education teacher, Loring. They have two sons, Owen and Brady, who make them very proud as Eagle Scouts and excellent students. Ethan has earned a Bachelor's Degree and teacher licensure from the University of Memphis. In his spare time, Ethan enjoys writing, completing logic puzzles, and playing golf. "Helping people to improve their reading and writing skills will be a special challenge that I will pour my heart into," Ethan says.