Meet the AEL Team

Dawn Fountain is the current instructor/advocate with the Adult Education and Literacy program in Kirksville. Classes are held on the MACC Campus on E. Normal St. in Kirksville and are provided Monday thru Friday mornings 9:00am - Noon; Monday thru Thursday evenings 4:00pm- 7:00pm. Dawn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, masters degree in Educational Administration from William Woods University in Fulton Missouri and has her Missouri State certification in Adult Education and Literacy. Dawn has 20+ years of classroom experience that also includes being Principal at Northland Christian Educational System in the Kansas City area. Dawn moved to the Kirksville area in the summer of 2019 with her husband to be closer to extended family. Dawn’s current interests include nature walking, fishing, shooting her bow, and spending time with family. 

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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. 

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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 p.m. to 8 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 Moberly 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. She enjoys reading, shopping at thrift stores and flea markets, Cardinals baseball, and being the Den Mother of her sons' Cub Scout group. 


Kara Wilson is one of the AEL teachers at the Grand River Technical Center in Chillicothe. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Central Missouri where she majored in Elementary Education. She is certified in the state of Missouri to teach Elementary Education, Special Education, and Adult Education and Literacy. Kara has taught Junior High Special Education, 5th grade, and Adult Education. Kara is a member of the Church of Christ in Trenton, MO. In her free time, she enjoys staying at home with her children and going to events within her community. 

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.

Darcia Miller does orientation, testing and substitutes in class as needed.  She has worked for Hannibal HISET for almost 2 years.  Darcia enjoys working with and encouraging the students towards success through the Hannibal HISET program. She completed her Education/Learning Disabilities/Early Childhood degrees in 1984, from NWMSU.  She has taught Kindergarten and Learning Disabilities in Hannibal Public Schools and most recently 5/6th grade in a private school.  In her spare time she enjoys time with her 5 grandchildren, cooking, and working with her flowers.  

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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 at Truman State University in the Center for Diversity & Inclusion. 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.