Adult Learning - Team
Laura Wilson - Manager
Welcome to the Adult Learning team. Below you will find more information about the team and the services that we deliver, including an introduction to our tutors and support staff.
Please get in touch to find out how we can help you with your learning.
Anton Whittingham - Team Leader
I have worked in a variety of teaching and organising roles in Adult Learning for over 20 years, which I have a passion for. I have worked in Further Education colleges, schools, and local authority adult learning services, primarily in Essex and East London. In 2020, I relocated from Essex to Scotland, and have been working for West Lothian Adult Learning since March 2020 in as a Adult Learning Worker and Tutor. I have taught a variety of subjects including science, numeracy, literacy, basic IT and Family Learning. I started the Team Leader post in March 2022.
Linda Kerr - Admin Team
I am one half of the Adult Learning admin team. My role within the team is to reply to all enquiries, either by phone or email and to pass them on to the relevant tutors. I also cover a wide range of admin tasks to assist the smooth running of the team. Hopefully I will be able to assist you if you contact the Adult Learning team.
Julie Strachan - Admin Team
I am an administration assistant with Adult Learning and I joined the team in February 2020. I work part-time and share the post with Linda.
Along with Linda I deal with the email and telephone enquiries we receive. We will always respond to you as quickly as possible, directing this onto the relevant tutor/person, best able to deal with the enquiry.
Derek Bonnar - Tutor
I've been employed by the Council for 26 years and I am one of the three digital tutors in the Adult Learning Team. I work with people within West Lothian who are looking for help with learning how to use a computer or tablet or improve their existing skills. The courses we offer range from complete beginners to SQA courses for people looking to obtain a computing qualification. Classes are delivered in local venues at days and times that suit most learners. We can also offer short courses at other times of the year, so please contact us for further information.
Michael Boyce - Tutor
I'm a digital tutor and I've been with the Adult Learning team for 14 years. My job roles include teaching IT and multimedia skills to the general public and people with additional support needs. I am currently teaching various courses, throughout West Lothian in community centres and libraries.
Isobel Johnson - Tutor
I am one of the three digital tutors in the Adult Learning Team. I work with people within West Lothian, who are looking for help with learning how to use a computer or tablet or improve their existing skills. We offer a range of courses, from complete beginners to SQA courses for people looking to obtain a computing qualification. Our classes are friendly and welcoming and are available in various local community centres.
Maureen Currie - Tutor
I have been an ESOL tutor in West Lothian for over 10 years and teach at all levels, from absolute beginners up to National 2. I love meeting people from many different countries, at all stages of their language learning and helping them to be more confident and competent in their use of English, whether in speaking and listening, or reading and writing. I like my classes to be relaxed and fun and currently have classes in Livingston and Bathgate.
Elaine Kennedy - Tutor
I am an ESOL tutor with 10 years' experience of teaching adults in the community. I have been with Adult Learning with West Lothian Council for the past eight years, helping many people to learn and improve their English. I currently teach a class in Forestbank Community Centre.
Colin Mairs - Tutor
I'm an ESOL tutor who has worked throughout the UK and Europe and I've been with the Adult Learning team for nine years. I teach English language to overseas students throughout West Lothian, from beginner to SQA National Level 2. I currently have groups in Mosswood Community Centre, Strathbrock Partnership Centre and Bathgate Partnership Centre.
Dennista Ritzova - Tutor
I am a CELTA qualified ESOL tutor with a Masters Degree in English Language and Literature. I have 19 years' experience teaching at universities, private language centres and community learning centres. I have experience of teaching ESOL to adults at various levels in a wide range of contexts, delivering ESOL for employability courses and SQA courses and assessments. I speak Bulgarian, Polish, Greek, Russian and a little French. I have worked for West Lothian Council for the last seven years.
Stuart Teadley - Tutor
I have been teaching ESOL to adults for 30 years in Scotland and abroad and began teaching with West Lothian Council in 2012. I currently teach at all levels up to National 2.
Margaret Borosch - Tutor
Hello, my name is Margaret and I am Adult Literacies tutor. I work with adults throughout West Lothian who are looking for help with their reading, writing and numbers. I currently have groups in Strathbrock and Bathgate Partnership Centres. I also deliver training for people who would like to volunteer with our service and provide ongoing support for our student committee, Adult Learning Friends (ALF).
Martin Gunn - Tutor
I have been involved with the West Lothian Council Adult Learning team for the past six years. Having first joined as a mature student on placement, I then applied to become a volunteer. As a volunteer, I was fortunate enough to work with different, more experienced literacy tutors, who over time, helped me to gain the necessary skills and confidence to apply for paid work. I have now been running my own group at Forestbank for the past two years. If you feel you need support with your reading, writing or numbers, please take that first step and get in touch.
Ruth Hood - Tutor
I've worked as an adult learning tutor, both in the community and in colleges, for the last 15 years, the last nine of which have been with West Lothian Council. I work with people throughout the area who need help with their reading, writing and numbers. I currently run groups in Forestbank Community Centre and Bathgate Partnership Centre, with students working towards goals such as a SQA speaking assessment, reading bus timetables, learning the alphabet and brushing up on basic number skills. I also deliver the various short courses that we run, including money management.
Aileen McGovern - Tutor
I am a literacies tutor and I've been with West Lothian Council Adult Learning for nine years. I work with people throughout West Lothian who are looking for support with their learning. I currently have groups in Strathbrock Partnership Centre, Whitburn Community Centre, Bathgate Job Centre and Inveralmond Community High School. My learners are currently working on goals such as letter writing, using the Universal Credit system, writing a short story, reading a bedtime story and using dyslexia friendly software.
Alicia Robertson - Tutor:
Hello, I'm a literacies tutor and I've been with Adult Learning for 12 years. I work with people throughout West Lothian, who are looking for help with their reading, writing and numbers. I am currently supporting people to get online and to try online learning over Zoom. Do you know that you can work towards SQA qualifications with us? For more information, please get in touch.