Adult Basic Education Faculty and Staff
Heather Gooch , Instructor
Heather Gooch is a graduate from Utah State University with a B.A. in American Studies and Spanish. She received a M.Ed. in Human Resource Training and Development with an emphasis in adult education from Idaho State University. Her travel experiences led her to an interest in working with people from around the world. Heather has been an ESL instructor since 1996 teaching students in Blackfoot and Pocatello. Heather enjoys spending time in her backyard while listening to birds and reading.
Mike Serpa, Instructor
Mike Serpa has a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from Idaho State University. He worked for AMI Semiconductors for over 34 years as a process engineer and a technical manager. Mike has volunteered as a classroom assistant at the New Horizons High School and at the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center. He has been in the Adult Basic Education Program since 2009 and currently teaches mathematics to GED and prospective College of Technology students. In his free time Mike enjoys fly-fishing, tying his own flies, gardening and studying classical piano, reading scientific literature and being a grandfather.
Valerie Watts, Instructor
A native Pocatelloan, Valerie Watts has held a variety of teaching positions both here and in Southern California. After graduating from Idaho State University, her first teaching jobs were in the Academic Skills Development (now TGE) and Adult Education programs on the College of Technology campus. In 2012, Valerie returned to Adult Education to teach math again. She finds it especially gratifying assisting students in their educational journey. Valerie enjoys accompanying her husband on motorcycle trips and working outdoors on various summer projects at home.