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Valerie DeVuyst

Valerie DeVuyst

Valerie DeVuyst has been a member of PESLSF since 2001. She has served as vice president and secretary of the board. Valerie is ESOL Program Coordinator and Student Advisor at Portland Adult Education, where she has worked since 2001. In her role at PAE she meets hundreds of immigrants each year who wish to become productive members of the Portland community. One of the things she enjoys most about PESLSF is having the opportunity to see students achieve their educational and career goals.

Prior to PAE she worked as on site education coordinator at Barber Foods for the USM Center for Workplace learning for 7 years. She lived in Japan for 10 years where she gained a great empathy for learning a new language and culture. Her first job was at the United Nations where she did publicity and promotion for UNICEF greeting cards. Ever since she can remember she has had a great passion for learning about new cultures and languages.

She is also Secretary of the Windham Land Trust; a board member of Women Around the World, which sponsors an annual l fashion show for International Women's Day; board member of Windham Adult Education; and Friends of Portland Adult Education.

In her spare time she likes to garden, read and learn new languages.