About Joplin AEL

What is Adult Education and Literacy?

Joplin Adult Education and Literacy has met the educational needs of Missouri’s southwest region for 43 years. We prepare students for passing the high school equivalency exam, ACT, SAT, COMPASS, TABE, and ASVAB tests. Adults may come to study for any reason – be a superhero helping children with their homework!


We provide an initial intake, administer the appropriate level Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) test, create an individualized learning plan, and administer the appropriate post-test (TABE/Official HiSET® Practice Test) to the learner. We offer group classes and one-on-one instruction in reading, math, and writing. These services are free.

Joplin AEL Staff

Placing priority on your education needs.

The Joplin AEL program is staffed with caring, patient, and knowledgeable individuals who enjoy helping students reach their short-term and long-range goals.


Linda Dishman

Joplin AEL Instructors

These educators care about your future and are here to help you reach your goals.


Kathy Trentham

Debbie Calderon Joplin AEL


Debbie Calderón


Camara Kuich

Debbie Meyer Joplin AEL


Debbie Meyer

Vickie Morey Joplin AEL


Vickie Morey

Greg Sharkey Joplin AEL


Greg Sharkey