Adult & Community Education

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    Welcome to Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Adult & Community Education! We are the leading provider of educational programs and lifelong learning for people of all ages in the Ken-Ton community. We offer:

    • The most extensive catalog of community-driven educational courses and activities in Western New York
    • Opportunities to learn new hobbies and pursue your passions
    • Programs for school-age children, such as sports and driver education
    • Comprehensive resources for those seeking a High School Equivalency diploma (formerly GED)
    • College and workplace skill development
    • English as a Second Language instruction
    • Pre-Collegiate classes in math and English through a partnership with SUNY Erie 
    • TASCTM testing for persons wishing to attain a NYS High School Equivalency diploma 


    Community Education News - 2/24/2019:

    It's here! The Spring/Summer 2019 Community Education catalog! Catalogs will be delivered to all District households by March 1st. Registration for Spring/Summer courses begins March 4th at noon! Here's a sneak peak of our most up to date catalog! We are proud to be bringing a number of new and exciting educational and enriching courses to you. 

    Spring/Summer 2019 Catalog


    Quick Link for our Community Education Online Registration System!



    Community Education  News - 11/28/2018:

    Our office is busy ramping up for the Spring/Summer 2019 course offerings and we are excited to bring you the following new courses.

    • Digitime - digital photo class 
    • Bits N' Bytes - computer class 
    • Community Band Group
    • Laughter Yoga
    • Engineering for Kids Summer Camp
    • Play and Learn: Interactive play time for toddlers and caregivers 
    • Understanding Alzheimer's/10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's 
    • American Sign Language for Adults
    • American Sign Language for Kids 
    • Niagara Scenic Tours 
    • Aqua Zumba - SowFit Buffalo
    • Silver Sneakers Boom - SowFit Buffalo
    • Generation Pound for kids - SowFit Buffalo 
    • Safe Boating/Personal Watercraft Safety course 
    • Ken-Ton Hall Walkers Club 

    Keep an eye out for the catalog arrival the week of February 25th, 2019, and registration for Spring and Summer courses begin March 4th, 2019! Thank you for your continued support of our programs! 


    Adult Education News - 9/6/2018:

    The Adult Education Department is excited to announce our Citizenship preparation classes have expanded! Please join us!





    Community Education News - 8/20/2018:

    Registration is now open for the Fall/Winter Community Education session! If you are a District resident and did not receive a catalog in the mail, please contact us to get a catalog delivered. You can find an electronic catalog here! We look forward to a busy Fall session in our new home at Kenmore Middle School! Please join us in "breaking in" our new digs!

    On behalf of the Community Education Department team and students, I would like to thank the Ken-Ton UFSD Board of Education and Cabinet for their continuous support of the work we do. 



    Community Education News - 8/13/2018:

    Registration for the Fall/Winter Community Education session begins 8/20/2018. The catalog is now available on our Department website and will be mailed to all homes in the Ken-Ton District by 8/17/2018. To add your home to the out of District mailing list, please email with your name and address stating you'd wish to be added to the "out of District mailing list for Community Education."


    Community Education News - 7/30/2018:

    Registration for the Fall/Winter Community Education session begins 8/20/2018. The catalog will be available on our Department webpage and mailed to all homes in the Ken-Ton District. To add your home to the out of District mailing list, please email with your name and address stating you'd wish to be added to the "out of District mailing list for Community Education." 

    Department News - 6/16/2018: 

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    Department News - 6/8/2018:

    On 6/6/2018 part of the ESL team, dedicated Citizenship volunteers, and students bid a bittersweet farewell to Hannah Hamner, ESL Instructor. Hannah served as a pivotal role in our ESL program and our students and colleauges will miss her tremendously. We wish you well on your worldly travels, Hannah!

    The Adult Education Department also wants to congratulate Ali, dedicated English and Citizenship student, on obtaining his United States Citizenship! Ali has worked on English proficiency and Citizenship material mastery for months on end and successfully passed the exam and interview process. We are very proud of you, Ali! A special thanks to our loyal Citizenship volunteers from Jericho Road who helped prepare Ali.


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    Interested in our community education offerings?

    Visit the Community Education Page where you can find payment/registration information, register online, propose a new course offering, and more. To view the most recent catalog click the link below! 


    Looking for information on high school equivalency/GED preparation or adult education programs?

    Visit the High School Equivalency/GED Page to learn about resources that will help you earn your High School Equivalency (GED). You can also visit the Adult Education Page for additional educational resources for adults including basic education classes and the Pre-Collegiate Programs Page to learn about the Pathways to Success/Pre-Collegiate Programs partnership with Erie Community College.


    Want to know more about our English as a Second Language instruction?

    Visit the English as a Second Language Page to learn about programs that offer language and skill development opportunities for non-English speaking learners.


  • Adult & Community Education

    Liza M. Acanfora


    (716) 874-8400 ext. 32232

     Office Information:

    Kenmore Middle School 

    155 Delaware Road

    Buffalo, NY 14217

    Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The office is closed on all school district holidays and during recesses. Visit the District Calendar Page for district calendar information.

    When the Ken-Ton School District is closed due to weather conditions, adult and community education programs will also be cancelled. 

    Contact Information (Community Education)

    Room 231:


    Kate Simmons 

    Clerk Typist

    (716) 874-8500 ext. 32621


    Contact Information (Adult Education)

    Room 230: 


    Sonia Ayadi 

    ESL Level I Instructor

    (716) 874-8403 ext. 32226


    Dana Cohen

    ESL Evening Instructor

    (716) 874-8403 


    Nancy Fernandez

    High School Equivalency Instructor

    (716) 874-8403 


    Linda Gruber   

    Distance Learning (GRASP) Instructor

    (716) 874-8403 


    Jaime Herbeck 

    ESL Level II Instructor 

    (716) 874-8403 ext. 32226


    Denise Jurewicz

    Teacher Aide/Intake and Assessment 

    (716) 874-8403 ext. 32631


    Jim Nowak

    High School Equivalency Instructor


    Brian Smith

    High School Equivalency Instructor


    Case Management/Career Counseling Office

    (716) 874-8403 ext. 32632


    Paula Gardner

    SUNY Erie Pathways Mentor


    Ken Jarosz

    Catholic Charities Employment Counselor


    Jeremy Jungbluth


    Jim Szwejbka

    Catholic Charities Counselor 


    Emily Tennant-Koller

    SNAP Grant Case Manager