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Introducing our Full-time Regional Advisors:

Alex Marshall

Region 1 – North

Alexandra Marshall has been teaching ESL for over 12 years to a variety of students in a wide range of contexts. Though her ESL focus has been primarily on adult learners, she has taught all ages, from preschool to senior citizens. She has taught a wide range of levels from literacy to IELTS preparation and has taught in Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom. As a teacher at CCI-LEX in Edmonton, Alex worked on both lesson delivery and curriculum creation. Most recently she worked as an English assessor for Catholic Social Services working within the context of the Canadian Language Benchmarks to assist clients with settlement and education counseling.

Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and is passionate about working with immigrants to Canada. She looks forward to facilitating professional development of other ESL  professionals and contributing to the betterment of ESL instruction in Alberta. or 780.644.6001

Leanne Rempel

Region 2 – East-West

Leanne has been studying and teaching languages for over a decade. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies (focus: Intercultural Communication) and Spanish Language, a TESOL certificate, and a Master’s Degree in Spanish Language and Linguistics. She has taught English to children in Chile and to adults through the LINC program at Norquest College. She has also volunteered through various non-profits, delivering ESL conversation classes. Most recently, she taught Spanish language classes at the University of Alberta.


Her pursuit of knowledge and passion for teaching has taken her away from her small town in Southern Manitoba to explore the world, ultimately ending up in Edmonton. She is excited to return to her rural roots to provide high-quality support and training to ESL programs in the East- West Region.

 or 780.644.6207

Jacky Rivas

Region 3 – Central

Jacqueline Suchite Rivas (Jacky Rivas) began her career working in Adult Education roles, later serving as the Executive Director for the Community Adult Learning and Literacy Council in Grande Prairie, AB. She has had various experiences working with English as a Second Language (ESL)/English Language Learning (ELL) adult learners and has a deep compassion and understanding for the challenges and daily struggles that learners face. Jacqueline provided training, support, and mentorship to ESL programs in Northern Alberta. After relocating to Southern Alberta, Jacqueline returns to her role with Rural Routes, where she continues to support ESL programs.

 Jacqueline believes that community supports and services assist newcomers in integrating into their new community. She is passionate about providing these ESL community programs professional development services. Family literacy, ESL/ELL and adult education continue to be a huge part of her life.

or 780.644.6428

Alana Johnson

Region 4 – South

Alana Johnson was born, raised and currently resides in Southern Alberta.  She has her Master’s Degree in Theology from St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon and worked 20 years for the United Church of Canada as ordained clergy.  For the past nine years Alana has worked as an ESL literacy instructor for the Taber and District Community Adult Learning Association in their Families Learning Together Program.  She is also trained as an essential skills specialist, and has worked with many businesses and organizations in this field for the past 4 years.  Alana is motivated and excited to share her experience and knowledge within NorQuest College’s Rural Routes program. or 780-644.6301