Karla Shields

is the classroom instructor for ATWU’s GED and Adult Basic Education Students. She develops a broad curriculum across the five subject areas covered on the GED exam (math, reading, writing, science, and social studies), and works with the directors to insure personalized education is a vital part of every student’s experience at ATWU. She is a writer and writing professor at Montclair State University. Contact Karla.

classroom instructor
Adele Haley

Adele Haley is ATWU’s ESL (English as a Second Language) coordinator. She develops curriculum and manages students and volunteers for ATWU’s ESL Program. She is retired professional from management and finance industries and has a great passion for helping ESL students succeed as they gain new English language skills that become immediately relevant for them and their families. Contact Adele

esl coordinator
program director
christopher jennings  

Christopher began as a volunteer, setting up technology for the original classroom. His 15 years of experience in nonprofit program growth and development are assets he brings to ATWU. He works closely with the Executive director on development, volunteer management, visioning and strategic planning, and marketing and publicity. Christopher holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from Yale University. Contact Christopher

Christopher Whitaker is Executive Director of All The Way Up Adult Education Center, having been previously hired as Startup Manager in 2015. Chris’ experience as a program director in mission and outreach roles serves ATWU’s vision of creating greater community outreach, visibility, and access to education for the underserved populations of Newark. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree from McKendree University and is a graduate student at Drew University. Contact Chris

chris whitaker
Executive director
non-profit management consultant
joan eilbott

Joan comes to All The Way Up through ReServe and advises staff about how to mark progress with students and provides insight on further growth and development of new educational offerings and programs. She is experienced in Process Improvement for long-term metric gains and a trainer for nonprofit effectiveness.

All The Way Up Adult Education Center

407 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07104  |  Tel 862.234.5258

All The Way Up Adult Education Center Inc. is a 501(c)(3)

charitable nonprofit corporation