Our Caring Staff

There’s a reason the Durango Adult Education Center is known as “a caring learning environment.” It’s because our staff personally invests in the success of every student. Our strong culture of excellence and rich diversity offers our students a sense of belonging. Small learning environments also allow us to adapt our programs to the individual needs of our students, fulfilling accomplishments and creating long-lasting relationships.

Some Facts About Our Staff

Our staff has a strong desire to help students take the next steps in achieving personal success. They give every student individualized attention, adapting to the needs of each learner. They are committed, culturally competent and qualified. They also are service-minded, understanding fully that a better education and increased language skills can enhance a person’s quality of life. If you’re interested in getting to know us before enrolling, please pay us a visit. We’re located in The Commons building next to Albertsons.

Susan Hakanson
Susan HakansonExecutive Director
Cori Andreatta
Cori AndreattaOperations Manager
Libby Baumchen
Libby BaumchenProgram Director
Mary Mullen
Mary MullenHigh School Equivalency Lead Teacher
Christine Rasmussen
Christine RasmussenESL Teacher
Regina Wells
Regina WellsChildcare Provider
Jill Colburn-Bernard
Jill Colburn-BernardHS Equivalency Resource Coordinator
Michelle Hall
Michelle HallESL Teacher
Jenny Mason
Jenny MasonTest Proctor & Copywriter
Danielle Beamer
Danielle BeamerCareer Advisor
Peggy Tennyson
Peggy TennysonESL Teacher - Cortez
Gretchen Cowan
Gretchen CowanHS Equivalency Teacher - Cortez
Cyd Franken
Cyd FrankenHSE Equivalency Teacher
Sarah Brown
Sarah BrownLead ESL Teacher
Mary Fuller
Mary FullerCareer Advisor & ESL Teacher - Cortez
Deb Pace
Deb PaceHigh School Equivalency Teacher
Michelle Battle
Michelle BattleChildcare Provider - Cortez
Brandi Piller
Brandi PillerHigh School Equivalency Teacher - Cortez