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Meet the AEL Team

Cinnamon St Clair recently received her bachelors in Business Administration from Northwest Missouri State University and will soon pursue a masters in English online. In addition to AEL, she tutors college students at MACC-Kirksville. She grew up in the small town of LaPlata, and loves that small town  atmosphere. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, writing, and outdoor activities! 

Cheryl Patterson is the current instructor at the Monroe City Literacy Center, located in City Hall at 220 North Main in Monroe City. Classes are provided three mornings a week and offsite on Tuesday afternoons. A graduate of Quincy University with degrees in Elementary and Special Education, Cheryl began her career working with persons with disabilities in a variety of capacities. She spent 20 years living in Brazil and Mexico, where she tutored children enrolled in home school programs. During this time, she earned her Master's degree in Health Care Administration. Cheryl's current interests include herb gardening, antiques, and raising monarch butterflies. She is active in her church, serving as a trustee and a teacher in the Sunday School and the after school program. 

Donna Good is an AEL orientation/teacher at the GRTS in Chillicothe.  She earned her BSE in Education from Central Missouri State University and an MSE in Educational Uses of Computers from Northwest Missouri State University.  Donna retired from teaching in the public school grades 5th and 6th grades after 25 years.  She currently enjoys learning Algebra and other Math concepts to help her students pass their HSE. Spending time with family activities, attending her church, bicycling, water sports, Christian concerts and events, along with traveling are among her favorite hobbies. 

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Elise Burch is the AEL Teacher at the Missouri Career Center in Hannibal. Elise earned her BA in English from Hannibal-LaGrange University. She is also certified in Adult Education and Literacy. After being involved in education and education administration for several years as a school teacher at Perry Christian Academy and then office manager in the Office of the Registrar at Hannibal-LaGrange University, Elise began teaching in adult education in 2018. Elise loves the downtown Hannibal area and enjoys being involved in the community. She currently volunteers at Birthright, Harvest House, and the local jail ministry, God's Harvesters. She is an active member of Christ Fellowship Church in Hannibal and is a member of the Business Women of Missouri, Hannibal Chapter.   

Jinny Moore is Certified by the state of Missouri as an Instructor in the area of Adult Education and Literacy. Her classroom is located in the Linn County Area Career and Technical Center (LCACTC) on the Campus of the Brookfield RIII School District. The classroom will accommodate 13 students, each having individual access to a desktop PC for online work. Each 5-6 week session begins with Orientation being held the first and second weeks of each month on the first Tuesday and Thursday, as well as the second Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Kelly Howery has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Missouri Valley College.  She holds certifications in 9-12 Mathematics and AEL with the state of Missouri.  She is also a site director at Ashland University where she directs the correctional education program at Chillicothe Correctional Center.  She taught mathematics for 5 years at Santa Fe High School in Alma, MO.  Prior to teaching, she worked with people with developmental disabilities and victims of abuse.  A lifelong learner herself, she plans to complete her Master’s Degree in Adult Education in 2022.  She enjoys her grandchildren, auctions, church activities and of course, doing mathematics for fun!

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Lydia McClellan is the director of the Macon AEL program. Previous to being the director, she attended Missouri Western State University and earned a BS in Economics. She then worked as a business teacher for the Macon school district. Lydia has four children, Grace, Adam, Dean, and Rachel and resides in Macon with her husband David. Together they own a local business, Agri-Systems, Inc. and a variety of rental properties. She enjoys reading, fashion, Cardinals baseball, and attending her kids' sporting and 4H events. 

Julie Bonuchi serves as an aide for the instructors by maintaining records, contacting students, and scoring exams. Julie researches and writes grants, maintains financial records, and coordinated the daily operations of the Family Literacy Center.  She is very active in her church and has been a 4-H project leader for 5 years.

Meggan Henry has her certification in Secondary Language Arts, Adult Education and Literacy, as well as STAR (Student Achievement in Reading) training to help clients develop their reading and language skills. Meggan develops her instruction to have a personal meaning to the students.  She teaches high school equivalency classes four mornings and two afternoons and evenings a week.

Brandon Doss is an AEL instructor for the Macon AEL program in Brookfield. He has a BGS in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Missouri Western State University and previously taught at the Chillicothe Correctional Center. He resides in Brookfield with his wife Jessica and daughter Shaylie while awaiting the arrival of their second child in March. He enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking, being outdoors, and coaching his daughter’s youth teams.


Debby Catron is the current Certified instructor of the Adult Education and Literacy program in La Belle, MO. The classes are located in the Gamm office at 103 South 3rd Street.  Classes are provided on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-12.  Debby has a BS degree in Human Services from Hannibal-LaGrange University. Debby spent the first 15 years of her career, teaching families in their homes. Debby's current interests include her grandchildren, reading, and mowing grass in the summer. She is active in her church, and enjoys serving on a regular basis. 

Lorri Davis has taught math classes at the Macon Literacy Center since September of 2009.  She earned a BA in mathematics from Culver-Stockton College.  She taught most of her 27 years in the Missouri public school system in the Shelby County R-IV district.  Lorri enjoys teaching the mysteries and beauty of mathematics to her students.  She also likes reading, needlework, crafts, and working in her flower gardens.

Rexenne Lowes has been employed since May 2021 as the part time orientation coordinator for Hannibal AEL at the Missouri Career Center in Hannibal, MO.  She earned her BS in Elementary Education in 1978 from NMSU at Kirksville, MO.  Rexenne has always enjoyed serving students of all ages, teachers and staff in educational settings.  She has been involved in various educational positions in both public and private educational settings.  She loves spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren, gardening, healthy cooking and bird watching.  She is a member of The Crossing church in Hannibal, MO.


Brad Turnbull is the English Language Learning instructor at the Macon Family Literacy Center. He holds a BA in Music from Truman State University and a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. In addition to teaching English to adult language learners, he works full-time as a support coordinator for Macon County Commission for Developmentally Delayed Citizens. Brad is passionate about working to remove barriers to education, and facilitating inclusive classroom environments that foster success for students of all backgrounds and identities. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors, gardening, and spending time with his family and friends.

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