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

John and Muriel Lilly
Administrative Directors / Board members

John, originally from Lowell, Mass., is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Lowell, with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature. He has worked for over 30 years in the Food Service industry, retiring as an Executive Chef. He also worked for ten years in in the Financial Services industry. He has served in various volunteer leadership positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Muriel was born and raised in Rigby, Idaho. She served a proselyting and welfare services mission to the Philippines. She received her bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix and worked in several medical practices for over twenty years. She has also served in several volunteer leadership positions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints most recently as the Stake Relief Society president where she worked with numerous immigrants and language learners from many countries.

John and Muriel have been married for over 30 years and are the proud parents of two children, adopted from Kazakhstan in 2002.

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
Testing 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.

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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.

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.

KayJean Koehler
Director of Education

KayJean Koehler lives in Bountiful, Utah. She is a mom, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. She was lucky enough to stay home to raise her children. After her children were grown, she worked as an admissions consultant for a University in Salt Lake City before retiring.

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She has been with Columbus Branch Adult School for more than 3 years. She is very excited for this next year of school. Welcome back to our wonderful students, our awesome volunteers and all those who help and support this venture of learning and teaching English!

Kathy Baumann
Assistant Director Education

Kathy Baumann received her Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University in Elementary Education and taught in public elementary schools for 20 years. She served as a missionary for two years in the Pathway Program of the LDS church, in addition to many other callings in the Church. She loves serving at the Columbus Adult Education Center.

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Kathy has had experience teaching ESL students while in the public schools. She taught in the Granite School District for five years before leaving to be at home with her children. She is the mother of five grown children and now, grandmother to fourteen grandchildren. She was able to be at home with her children for 19 years. She helped in the classroom of each of her children while they attended elementary school. She worked various jobs within the elementary schools. She re-certified as a teacher and went back to teaching when her youngest was in middle school. She taught an additional fifteen and a half years in the Jordan and Canyons School Districts. She loves teaching and loves the students and staff she has been able to work with at Columbus.

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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