STAFF

Our Administration

  • Email | tcrumbley@alpsaz.org

Teacher

Tiana Crumbley

Tiana Crumbley is the Lead English Language Arts (ELA) instructor at Adult Literacy Plus.
While teaching at ALPS, Tiana has had the distinct privilege of helping adult learners improve
their grammar, reading and writing skills and has benefitted from multiple trainings: Arizona
Instructional Leader Academy (AILA), Student Achievement in Reading (STARS), Teaching
Skills That Matter, and is currently attending, Leadership Excellence and Development (LEAD)
Institute for Adult Educators.
Tiana also proudly serves on the board of Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning.
Tiana’s passion for learning has been with her since her first teetering childhood steps. Tiana
began her teaching journey working with developmentally disabled children at United Cerebral
Palsy (UCP) which ultimately led to furthering her education in Psychology at Northern Arizona
University.
Tiana completed her B.S. in Psychology from Northern Arizona University in 2015.
In Tiana’s free time she enjoys oil painting, crafting handmade soaps and candles and
relaxing in a hammock reading . Tiana is the proud mother of three amazing children whom
have taught her more than she could ever teach them.

  • Email | sdyer@alpsaz.org

Teacher

Shondra Dyer

Shondra Dyer is the Lead Mathematics Instructor and the Integrated Education and Training (IET) Coordinator for Adult Literacy Plus. Shondra earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2010 from Northern Arizona University. Shondra spent 8 years working as a eneral education teacher in the elementary setting specializing in Mathematics instruction and has worked as an Adult Based Education Instructor for over 3 years. She is also currently attending the Leadership Excellence and Development Institute for Adult Education.

Shondra has earned credentials as a Retail Industry Fundamentals Specialist, Customer Service and Sales Certified Specialist, Business of Retail Certified Specialist and Warehouse, Inventory and Logistics Specialist from the National Retail Federation’s Rise Up program. As the IET Coordinator, Shondra is focused on providing students with nationally recognized certification opportunities leading toward placement in the workforce.

Shondra has a passion for education, and finds success in helping students of all ages meet their educational and career goals.

  • Email | bgarcia@alpsaz.org

Teacher

Blanca Garcia

Blanca Garcia is a Language Acquisition Instructor for ALPS; she is housed at the San Luis Main Branch Library. An instructor for twenty-five years, Blanca is passionate of her work. She feels very proud to be a team member for ALPS and the County Library system because she values the missions both organizations offer the community.

She is empathetic to her students’ feelings when they first enroll in her classes. Blanca moved to the United States when she was 18 years old; she enrolled in a similar adult education program to learn English. It was her determination and perseverance that lead her to learn the language, complete her High School Equivalency and transition to college. Blanca is a graduate of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

She knows that anyone can succeed in the U.S., regardless of their age or status. Her curriculum includes parenting, workforce and citizenship training. Blanca motivates her students to continue with their education; she is proof that the “American Dream” can be a reality if one works hard for it.

  • Email | mjohnson@alpsaz.org

Teacher

Maria Johnson

Maria Adelaida Johnson earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Arts and Sciences and her Master’s degree from University of Phoenix in Elementary Education. She began working with Adult Literacy Plus in 2000 when the agency was still the “Yuma Reading Council.”

Maria is Lead Language Acquisition and Workforce instructor for the ESL program where she combines English language acquisition with high demand technology workforce training. She assists ESL staff as they guide students through the educational sequence of the program, from initial recruitment and assessment to placement in the multi-leveled program where students acquire marketable computer skills and high-demand, industry-recognized certifications leading to employment. Maria collaborates with partner agencies and works with students from diverse backgrounds.

Maria loves teaching adults and says some of the gratifying aspects of teaching adults are that they are back at school with a purpose. She loves to see students flourish as they gain confidence of their communication skills in a second language. She loves to teach students to set goals and prepare to fulfill their dreams in a new country.

She is a member of the Association for Lifelong Learning, Coalition on Adult Basic Education and earned “Outstanding Adult Educator” through the Heart of Yuma in 2017.

ESL Instructor

Grace Ramirez

Graciela “Grace” Ramirez earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Canyon University in Elementary Education and Special Education. She is currently an Elementary teacher for students with developmental delays for Yuma School District One.
Ms. Ramirez loves seeing students of different ages and backgrounds wanting to learn a second language and being able to help them meet that goal. She wants to be able to provide an environment for her students where they will feel comfortable and safe as they take on learning a second language and gain confidence in that language.
In her spare time, Ms. Ramirez enjoys spending time with her friends and family and enjoys reading books of various genres.

ESL Instructor

Yanely Ramirez

Yanely Barrios has a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University in Elementary
Education with an ESL endorsement. She taught 1 st , 3 rd , and 4 th grade. She is currently
teaching 2 nd grade in Yuma School District #1.
Mrs. Barrios moved to the United States when she was 15 years old. She started high
school as an ESL student. She was motivated by her ESL teachers to learn a new
language. Therefore, she understands the difficulties that come with learning a new
language. Since then, she has fallen in love with teaching. Now her goal is to provide a
safe teaching environment to all students with cultural differences.
In her spare time, Mrs. Barrios likes to travel with her family and friends. She likes
crafting her own natural body care products. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and
hiking.

ESL Instructor

Maria Duarte

Maria Duarte is a part-time ELAA instructor at Adult Literacy Plus. She
received her Master’s in Bilingual Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University – Yuma.
Maria had worked at Adult Literacy Plus for fourteen years as an instructor of different subjects, including Spanish classes for seniors, English classes for workplace, and Pre-Literacy classes for students learning how to read and write. She has taught ABE-ASE Reading,
Writing and Mathematics. She also volunteers GED Mathematics instruction for ESL students studying for the Spanish GED exam.
Maria’s most valuable memory at ALPS is being able to help a blind student earn High School Equivalency. She learned Braille and customized her instruction to help her student visualize mathematical reasoning concepts in exciting innovative ways. She’s always moved when her former students reach her with current educational stories and successes.
Maria has a passion for teaching; she enjoys working with adults so they can reach their potential and to make goals for their future.
In Maria’s spare time, she loves to sew, and does face painting in various community events throughout
the year.

College and Career Navigator

Araceli Molina

Araceli Molina earned her Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in Liberal Studies.
Her extensive background in both educational settings and community outreach programs have
rewarded her with valuable experiences along the way.
She worked as an educator assistant and mentor for struggling students with specific academic
needs in public schools. As she moved forward in her career, a variety of roles were added to
her curriculum. She worked for a government funded institution (Imperial Valley Regional
Occupational Program) that offers a wide range of services that target low income families and
individuals. Some of her additional roles include facilitator of Positive Parenting, Healthy
Marriage/Relationship, and Financial Literacy sessions. In addition, she worked as a case
manager, recruiter and assisted in employ-ability workshops for the same institution. She is
aware of the importance to collaborate with partner agencies, as well as to build and maintain
close relationships in coordination support to client’s advancement.
Araceli is actively involved in faith based ministries from her local church and enjoys
volunteering for community events. Araceli’s innate ability to connect with others and her
passion to serve in every aspect of her life has allowed her to take part in many success stories
along her path.

  • Email | jmelendrez@alpsaz.org

Administrative Assistant I

Janneth Melendrez

Janneth Melendrez joined the ALPS’s team in June 2021 as Administrative Assistant I. She is a capable, determined, confident, and well-organized administrative assistant, with extensive experience in supporting program management by providing them with consistent clerical support. She is a highly approachable individual who has a pleasant attitude and a willingness to make a positive mark.

Janneth approaches all aspects of any job with a positive, hard-working mindset and is passionate about helping find solutions to any challenges. She brings with her an extensive background in customer service from faith-based and corporate environments.
A high school graduate of Portable Practical Educational Preparation (PPEP), Janneth understands the barriers that many adult education students face and appreciates the empowerment students gain from our service delivery.

In her spare time, Janneth volunteers at her church and binge watches Netflix drama series. A middle child, she lives in Somerton with her parents and two siblings.

  • Email | aestrada@alpsaz.org

Administrative Assistant II

Anna Estrada

Anna Estrada studied at Adult Literacy Plus of SW AZ (ALPS) in 2008 and earned her High
School Equivalency diploma through the Yuma School District 70 in 2009. She has earned her
Entrepreneurial Education Studies and Administrative Assistant Fundamentals Certifications
from Arizona Western College and is currently on hiatus from her Occupational Office
Management Certificate and Associates Degree in Business Administration.
Anna is the Administrative Assistant II in the office where she coordinates eligibility and
registration, assessment administration, and data entry for the program.

Anna enjoys guiding clients to understand the registration and assessment process when they
begin enrollment into the program. She feels it is a job well done when the client is fully and
well-informed on the decisions they are about to make in continuing their education and
advancing their career goals.

Anna is a member of the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning (AALL), Commission on
Adult Basic Education (COABE), American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP),
and International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

  • Email | jfigueroa@alpsaz.org

Program Director

Jesse Figueroa

Jesse Figueroa is Program Director at Adult Literacy Plus. He opens the lines of communication between students, teachers and community partners to provide Adult Education services in Yuma County. With over 20 years in both private and public sectors, Jesse has experience in program improvement, team building, professional development, curriculum implementation and partner collaboration.

His previous program manager and instructor roles with ALPS, Yuma School District 1, Crane Schools, and the South Yuma County Consortium have earned him the trust, respect and credibility of policymakers and educational leaders in the community. He represents adult education for Yuma County’s Local Workforce Development Board, the Educational Opportunity Center’s Charter High School Board, ARIZONA@WORK’s Standing Youth Committee and Goodwill’s Business & Advisory Council.

Jesse holds a Master of Science in Human Relations degree from Northern Arizona University and a Certified Manager of Program Improvement certificate from the Arizona Department of Education.