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About me: Chad Patton is the director of the Customized Workplace English program at the Literacy Center of West Michigan. Chad graduated from Grand Valley State University with a dual degree in English Literature and Language and Spanish, both with an emphasis in Secondary Education. Throughout his career, Chad has been an educator in different capacities: he has coached swim teams, taught literacy to elementary school children, taught English to high school students, and now he directs an adult education program. Chad returned to school at Grand Valley to receive a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education. He graduated with an M.Ed in 2016 and continues to practice the adult education portion of his degree by creating community programs throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area.

Hobbies: In his free time, Chad enjoys spending time with his wife, Tessa, and two dogs, Anne and Sophie. He likes playing board games, and he enjoys hiking and camping with his wife, friends, and with Scouts BSA Troop 258 for which he is an Assistant Scoutmaster.

My favorite parts of the job/what I look forward to: His favorite thing about directing CWE is building programs that are reflective of learners’ goals, and seeing learners achieve their goals.

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