Dear COABE Members,
I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to serve on the COABE Board of Directors for the past 6 years as the Region 4 Representative and Vice President of Membership. It has been an honor to be able to serve with so many passionate and professional individuals who work hard every day to support and improve the field of adult education and the lives of our adult learners.
I chose to run for President-Elect because I believe in COABE's mission. I have served in adult education for 27 years and I believe that COABE can professionalize and advance our field in a way that supports our state associations, our programs, our practitioners, and most importantly, our students. I want to be a part of this mission and I believe I have the knowledge, experience, and passion that is needed to keep moving this association and the field forward, because Investing in Adult Education Is an Investment in America's Future.
I have a passion for learning, so working in state leadership, and more specifically in professional development, has provided an outlet for sharing my passion. I spent several years working as an adult education instructor and there is no greater reward than your students' successes. So when I first left the classroom to go into administration, I thought I may never have that same feeling again, but then I realized that by strengthening my program and supporting and providing learning opportunities for my staff, I was reaching even more individuals than just the adult learners in my classroom. Later, when I moved into state leadership, I felt that same angst about not being in the trenches at the local program level. However I soon understood that I had an opportunity to reach even more programs, adult educators, and in turn more adult learners. So, when I was asked to consider running for President-Elect, I once again had to ask myself, how can this position help the field and our adult learners? The answer was clear. I now have an opportunity to impact the field beyond just Ohio. With the support of the COABE office and board, we can continue to professionalize and strengthen the field of adult education on a national level.
There are a few initiatives that I want to see COABE continue to build upon. The first is advocacy and the Educate & Elevatecampaign. My hope is that COABE will continue to use this platform to educate legislators about the field of adult education and to continue advocating for fully funded Title II services. I support COABE's commitment to strengthen and build partnerships and linkages with Career and Technical Education, Correctional Education, as well as other adult education associations and organizations. Additionally, I hope that COABE will continue to move in a direction that helps to professionalize the field, as we begin to look at a national certification for adult educators and digital badging. Last, but not least, I want to stay true to our mission and to our members. We are only as strong as our membership, so I hope that you all continue to support COABE and share your needs, questions, and concerns with the board.
I look forward to serving and learning from all of you over the next six years!
Jody L. Angelone