presented in collaboration with the Immigrant Welcoming Group (Board of Outreach)
Empowering Adult Immigrants Through Education is the mission of Learning in Style School (LIS). Located at 2200 Nicollet, LIS has been a part of the Whittier community for over 25 years. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ), LIS is an ESL school serving adult immigrants and refugees. Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, all classes are currently conducted via ZOOM. Ordinarily, the building would be humming with 240 students passing through the halls every day. We foster community partnership to help our students acquire skills beyond English language proficiency that are needed to become part of and to succeed in their new country.
Martha Nemesi is a product of CSJ schools, junior high through college. While she started her professional life as a high school math teacher, she ultimately spent 35 years in corporate IT positions. After just beginning to enjoy a carefree retirement, she ran into her former high school teacher, a Sister of St. Joseph, and was recruited to continue the work of the Sisters after the founding director retired at the age of 80. Martha has been the Director of Learning In Style School since 2017 (and is loving it).