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New Principal feels ‘very privileged’ to join ACL Essex

Education / Wed 21st Sep 2022 am30 07:38am

ADULT education provider, ACL Essex, has welcomed a new Principal, Lisa Jarentowski, who has worked in the adult community learning and further education sectors for over twenty years, and has experienced adult learning from both sides of the classroom.

After kickstarting her working life in the library service, Lisa quickly realised she had a passion for helping others, often aiding students with research and homework, or assisting people to send emails or search the internet.

Deciding to pursue a teaching career, Lisa signed-up to a series of ICT adult community courses alongside literacy and numeracy courses, which enabled her to become a full-time lecturer and complete her teaching qualifications. She went on to teach all age groups, teaching courses on functional Maths skills, GCSE Maths, computing, digital skills and more.

Lisa Jarentowski, Principal, ACL Essex, is excited about her new role thanks to her vast experience in adult education. She said: “I feel very privileged to have joined ACL Essex, because I truly believe in the value of lifelong learning. Taking courses as an adult supported my journey into leadership and management, and I’m still learning now! I’m halfway through my Masters in Education Leadership, but it’s wonderful for my career to come full circle and to work for communities again.”

Councillor Tony Ball, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability welcomes ACL Essex’s new principal. He said: “I am delighted to welcome Lisa to the position of ACL Essex Principal. The adult learning provider undertakes excellent work in our community, offering a wide range of support to the residents of Essex. Thanks to Lisa’s varied experience and adult learning background, she is the perfect person to drive ACL Essex forward.”

Lisa joins the team at ACL Essex following a post as Interim Assistant Principal Technical & Professional Education at Barking & Dagenham College.

ACL Essex offers a wide range of courses, from qualifications such as GCSEs and Access to Higher Education Diplomas to creative courses like art, pottery and photography. The adult learning provider also offers Community & Family Learning courses that help parents support their children, as well as a wide variety of Mental Health & Wellbeing courses to assist residents of Essex build confidence, manage anxiety and live healthily.

To find out more about courses on offer at ACL, and how to apply, head to www.aclessex.com.

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