Learning Lab is a literacy education center for low-income adults and families with young children. Instruction is individualized, based on students’ needs and goals. Adult students may work on basic skills including math, reading, writing, spelling, and, for many, English language learning. Students may also prepare for GED and citizenship tests. All classes include one-on-one tutoring and the use of educational software. In the family program, while parents work on their literacy skills, their preschool children engage in fun, literacy-based learning activities in their own classroom, so they are better prepared for school. As part of each session, parents work with their children to understand how to support their child’s learning at home and in school.

Vision Statement

Learning Lab strives to meet the needs of a growing community of learners.  As a welcoming organization, we will achieve this through the responsible growth of our educational environment and services, support of our staff, and engagement with our students, volunteers, donors and community.

Mission Statement

Transforming the lives of adults and families through personalized education

Values

  1. Literacy for all
  2. Everyone brings value
  3. We are a supportive community, learning together
  4. We have the confidence to grow

Statement of Commitment

Learning Lab stands with the black community in mourning the tragic loss of lives across the nation, caused by racism and inequity, including Covid-19. Learning lab supports the goal of removing institutional bias and entrenched racism that impact the daily lives of people of color in our global communities We seek change and equality for all people that have suffered through inequitable treatment and are working locally to impact our community.

Our mission is to transform the lives of adults and families through literacy and access to learning. As a welcoming organization, we achieve the goal of “Literacy for All” through our personalized education and services, a supportive staff, and engagement with our students, volunteers, donors and community.

Literacy for all people cannot be achieved if we ignore inequalities, whether in the classroom or boardroom. We are committed to ongoing review and improvement of our programs, training and services, and to providing a safe learning environment so that everyone we serve can achieve their highest potential. Learning Lab will continue to support our students’ dreams for a better life through our programs, partnerships and people.

History

In 1991, Learning Lab began as an adult literacy project of the Junior League of Boise to address the needs of the workforce of the future. Classes began on the 4th floor of the Boise Public Library!, but as the number of volunteers and students increased rapidly, more space was needed. Within a few years, we added a family literacy program where adult students could bring their young children with them and learn together. With generous financial support from the community, a second facility, The Anna Margaret Jones Center for Learning, was opened in Garden City in 2006. In 2014, classes expanded to include the Library! at Cole & Ustick. In 2016, a new Outreach program began to offer classes for low-income neighborhood apartments. Over the past 28 years, we have provided basic skills education to more than 4,000 students.

  • Monique Smith, Executive Director
  • Cassie Angelos, Business Manager
  • Jennifer Panitch, Community Relations Coordinator
  • Gloria Gude, Education Program & Enrollment Coordinator
  • Lila Cabrera, Adult Educator
  • Mary Jane Fields, Volunteer Coordinator & Adult Educator
  • Renee Johns, Adult Educator
  • Kimberly Ward, Adult Educator
  • Erika Warner, Adult Educator
  • Joy Hansel, Family Literacy Coordinator & Preschool Educator
  • Katie Windsor, Preschool Educator
  • Allison Yawczak, Infant/Toddler Educator
  • Stephanie Booe, Early Childhood Assistant

Annette Elg, President
Retired Senior VP & CFO, Simplot

Surbir Chadha, Treasurer
VP Commercial Loan Officer, Bank of Idaho

Kara Fink, Vice President
Outreach & Partnership Manager, Idaho Office for Refugees

Chris Aslett, Former President
Senior Software Engineer, Ecco Safety Group

Kristen De Angeli, Secretary
Strategic Marketing Professional

Monique B. Smith
Executive Director, Learning Lab, Inc. 

Annette Elg
President
Kara Fink
Vice President
Kristen DeAngeli
Secretary
Surbir Chadha
Treasurer
Chris Aslett
Past President

 

Patricia Forbes
Chandra Ford
Eric Fredback
Joey Hale
Travis Jensen
Mandy Kayler
Tatiana Mojica-Maus
Christy Neuhoff
Brian Post
Steve Schaus
Nick Snively

A.J. Balukoff
Kevin Booe
Diane Boothe
Shauna Doerr
Greg Donaca

Sandy Fery
Missy Goode
Anna Goss
Anne Moree Goss

Karin Hart
Patty Northrop
Rick Polenske

Michael E. Rich
Lisa Rodriguez
Denise Smith
Gemma VanHole

Testimonials

It was over ten years ago that my love for reading drove me to volunteer at the Learning Lab.  My goal was to help others improve their reading skills. I discovered that the Learning Lab teaches so much more than just reading.

Learning Lab is a friendly, nurturing and safe place for adults and children to learn.  During  my tenure as a tutor I have worked with students just beginning to learn English, GED students, Citizenship students and preschoolers learning their letters.

I enjoy my days at the Lab and have learned from both students and staff.  As a donor and volunteer I urge you to donate to this wonderful organization.

Soeurette Chambreau