Columbus Adult Education Center is about helping English Language Learners set goals to become self-sufficient through education. We are a volunteer organization.

Our Team

Jeff and Sonia Henkel
Founders and Directors
Jeff at Jeffrey.henkel51@gmail.com
Data Administrator

Jeff and Sonia Henkel serve as the Administrators for the Columbus Adult Education Center. Sonia has a master’s degree in accounting and has worked as a manager for Hertz in fleet management for many years, . Sonia was involved in the 2002 Winter Olympics as the head of the Cultural Ethnic Village. She was also the co-author of the Hate Crime bill for the City of Sandy.

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Jeff worked over thirty-five years in the interior design field in the Washington DC area. He currently works for UTA as an Electro-Mechanic maintaining UTA’s light rail TRAX trains. He is also in his senior year at the University of Utah pursuing a BA in Communications with a minor in Information Systems.

Jeff and Sonia also serve as inner city missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Columbus Burmese refugee branch.

Patricia J. Stringer
Assistant Director / Board Member

Patricia J. Stringer attended the Portage Lake Career Center in Akron Ohio, receiving Certification in Business Management. She started an eco-friendly cleaning service known as Stringer Services. She was employed with the Corporation of the Presiding Bishop in Detroit Michigan, her home state, and in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Patricia is the mother of six children and has 24 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She has the natural ability to nurture and care for people which has led her to participate in many social issues plaguing the community. She started the homeless hair salon WoW (Women’s day on Wednesday) at the Weigand Center with Catholic Community Services. She has volunteered in service projects for Millcreek 2nd Ward, teaching English as a second language to fourth graders at James E. Moss Elementary school. She also volunteered in various capacities at the Swahili branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served as a board member and family advocate with Family Promise-Salt Lake.

Marsha Adams
Youth Program Director/Board Member

Marsha Adams graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with an undergraduate degree in Organizational Communication and a Master’s of Educational Psychology. She worked for 13 years as the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for an Allstate subsidiary and for 25 years with Automatic Data Processing in a variety of roles where she managed teams of employees who developed and produced employee benefit materials for national companies.

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Marsha and her husband, Mark, have been members of the Columbus Branch for more than eleven years, working in many leadership and support positions with the Karen and Karenni refugees. Her greatest joy is watching her refugee friends learn to be self-sufficient and enjoy their lives in the United States.

Marsha and her husband have three children and 10 grandchildren.  She enjoys cooking, photography, and traveling.

Evelyn Payne
Co Director of Education ESL Specialist

Evelyn Payne is the Director and English Language Learner Specialist at the Columbus Adult Education Center. Evelyn attended the University of Utah and taught elementary school several years before serving an LDS mission to Taiwan, speaking Mandarin Chinese. After her mission, wanting to serve the international community, she pursued a graduate degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. She taught Adult ESL in local community schools and traveled to the Philippines, China and Israel to teach English. She received a Master’s Degree in TESL and taught in BYU-Hawaii’s English Language Institute for a year.

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She taught and consulted in ESL in Las Vegas for nearly 20 years. After returning to Salt Lake City, she taught ESL until she retired, after 42 years in education. Her plans for post-retirement always included teaching refugees.

Kay Jean Kloehler at kkayjean1@gmail.com
Director of Education

Our Goals

  • Encourage respectful relationships between students, as well as staff and students
  • Create a community of learners
  • Support and encourage success in learning
  • Design, evaluate and implement differentiated instruction based on student skills
  • Implement best practices for instruction and assessment
  • Resolve problems as they arise
  • Utilize learning tools congruent with established best practice
  • Honor and respond to individual and cultural differences

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1860 South 300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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