Adult Basic Education Faculty and Staff
Wayne Miller, Coordinator
Heather Gooch , Instructor
Heather Gooch is a graduate from Utah State University with a B.A. in American Studies and Spanish. She received a M.Ed. in Human Resource Training and Development with an emphasis in adult education from Idaho State University. Her travel experiences led her to an interest in working with people from around the world. Heather has been an ESL instructor since 1996 teaching students in Blackfoot and Pocatello. Heather enjoys spending time in her backyard while listening to birds and reading.
Gail Hunt, Instructor
Gail Hunt has a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Special Education from the University of Illinois. She taught for 15 years in several different public school settings, grade school through high school. She also holds a degree from the ISU Health Information Technology Program and has worked as office manager for a local neurology practice for eleven years. Gail began teaching math for the Adult Basic Education Program in 2012. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, hiking, skiing, raising chickens and gardening. Gail loves learning and sharing the joy of learning with others.
LeeAnne Lish, Instructor
LeeAnne Lish received a Bachelor of Science from Utah State University in Logan Utah. She received a Master of Education degree from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in 1986. She completed her Computer Software Engineering Technology Certification from Idaho State University in 2002. She taught elementary school in Pocatello from 1975 to 2009, after which she retired to care for her elderly mother. She has been employed as the ABE Night Program Assistant since 1993, working with adult learners in the ABE Night Program. Her current evening responsibilities include teaching language and beginning math three nights a week. In 2009 she became the ABE Outreach Assistant, working with the outreach representatives from Aberdeen, American Falls, Blackfoot, Bannock County Youth Development Center, Grace, MK Place, Montpelier, Shelley, Soda Springs, and Preston. She also currently assists with training for administering the Test of Adult Basic Education and with data entry and approvals. She is immediate past president of Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, honorary women teachers' society. She enjoys music (especially singing), handwork, reading, staying at her second home in Island Park, Idaho, and spending time with her family and her two Pomeranians.
Mike Serpa, Instructor
Mike Serpa has a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from Idaho State University. He worked for AMI Semiconductors for over 34 years as a process engineer and a technical manager. Mike has volunteered as a classroom assistant at the New Horizons High School and at the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center. He has been in the Adult Basic Education Program since 2009 and currently teaches mathematics to GED and prospective College of Technology students. In his free time Mike enjoys fly-fishing, tying his own flies, gardening and studying classical piano, reading scientific literature and being a grandfather.
IT Support Tech
Susanne Shatto is a native Idahoan. She is currently working as IT Tech Support and tutors students with the Resource Center. She has a certificate in Bookkeeping from the College of Southern Idaho, an Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting and Computer Programming from the College of Southern Idaho, an Associate of Arts degree in Physical Education from Ricks College, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems, and a Masters of Education degree in Human Resource Training and Development. She has been a coordinator and a trainer for the Northwest Regional Literacy Resource Center for Idaho. She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Delta Kappa Pi, an education honor society. She belongs to the Idaho Life long learning Association and Mountain Plains Adult Education Association and has been a member of the Accounting Society and the Association of Management Accounting. She loves to read and if the opportunity unveiled itself would probably be a professional student because she loves the learning and discovery process. Susanne likes sports and the outdoors and enjoys camping and especially being with her family. She has two children, one boy and one girl. She has one granddaughter, the apple of her eye.
Valerie Watts, Instructor
A native Pocatelloan, Valerie Watts has held a variety of teaching positions both here and in Southern California. After graduating from Idaho State University, her first teaching jobs were in the Academic Skills Development (now TGE) and Adult Basic Education programs on the College of Technology campus. In 2012, Valerie returned to ABE to teach math again. She finds it especially gratifying assisting students in their educational journey. Valerie enjoys accompanying her husband on motorcycle trips and working outdoors on various summer projects at home.