Dr. Deborah Faubus-Kendrick, the director of the Crawford County Adult Education Center in Van Buren, has been elected as secretary for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education.

COABE is 13,000 members strong and provides a variety of services including providing competitive national-level awards, incentive grants, and scholarships opportunities annually through special funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

As COABE secretary, Faubus-Kendrick will be responsible for representing COABE and Arkansas adult education nationally. She will be involved in important national adult education decisions as the field continues to move forward with the implementation of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, according to Don Finn, president of COABE.

“The impact of Faubus-Kendrick’s new position on Arkansas adult education is significant in maintaining a strong connection to other adult educators, as well as a firm grasp of adult education practices across the country,” Finn said. “This ensures Arkansans are receiving the best possible services available from adult education centers across the state.”

Faubus-Kendrick said providing the best possible services begins in Van Buren.

“Our mission is to inspire educators so adults succeed and communities thrive,”she said. “COABE exists to provide leadership, communication, professional development and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners in order to advance quality services for all adult learners.

Faubus-Kendrick has been an educator for 35 years and has been director of the CCAEC for more than nine years. She is an adjunct psychology professor for Vincennes University.

She earned her Ed.D from the University of Arkansas. She has served as president and vice president of the Arkansas Association of Continuing and Adult Education, president of the Arkansas Association of Adult Education Administrators and secretary of the Arkansas Adult Education Advisory Council.

Faubus-Kendrick currently serves as legislative chairperson for Arkansas Adult Education and Adult Education, representative for the regional WIOA board and a Northwest representative for the Arkansas Adult Education Advisory Council. She was chosen by Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators as 2008 outstanding teacher of the year and 2014 AACAE outstanding administrator of the year.

“Dr. Faubus-Kendrick works tirelessly to serve both her community and to further adult education in Arkansas,” Ross pointed out.

She is involved in several community activities including Parents as Teachers supervisor, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren, Head Start Policy Council and board and State Plumbing Examiners Board. She was instrumental in bringing Vincennes University classes to Crawford County which precipitated the first university graduation in the county. She has been a member of COABE for nine years, and she has served as the COABE Region 6 representative.