About Us

What We Do

All Center for New Americans Classes are FREE.

  • We teach English.
  • We provide support services.
  • We offer Citizenship & Immigration Services.

Our Mission

Center for New Americans (CNA) is a community-based, non-profit adult education center that provides the under-served immigrant, refugee and migrant communities of Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley with education and resources to learn English, become involved community members and obtain tools necessary to maintain economic independence and stability.

Our Vision

Immigrants will acquire the tools to participate fully in the community and to become economically independent.


Our Statement

Center for New Americans welcomes and serves immigrants from all races, colors, countries, religions, and national origins.

Over the course of 25 years of teaching English and offering citizenship and other support services to immigrants in Western Massachusetts, we have been inspired by our students’ determination to learn English and U.S. culture.  We marvel at the courage and perseverance with which they strive for better jobs, help children in school, start new businesses, and study to become U.S. citizens.

We believe that our community is enriched by the skills, talents, and contributions of people from all over the world, and we are grateful for the outpouring of support and volunteer offers from our generous community.

Meet Our Team

Center for New Americans program coordinators, teachers, and advisors



Center for New Americans Staff

For Alumni: 
Marise Lyra
Alumni Association Coordinator

For Support Services:
Linda Neas
Education and Career Advising

For Support Services:
Rosa Guerra
Education and Career Advising 
Greenfield, Amherst and Turners Falls

For Classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and
​Career Pathways

Peg R. Johnson
Interim ESOL Program Coordinator & Career Pathways Coordinator

For Citizenship, Immigration:
Maureen McMahon
​Immigration Program Coordinator


​For general questions:
Laurie Millman
Executive Director

To Volunteer:
  Kelly Day
  Volunteer Program Coordinator

Tina Sanchez
Citizenship & Immigration
Citizenship Tutor Coordinator


   For All Things Tech:
        Peg Thibbitts
     Technology Coordinator


Center for New Americans Program Sites​


James House
42 Gothic Street 
Northampton, MA 01060
Telephone: 413-587-0084
Fax: 413-585-0908


Bangs Community Center
70 Boltwood Walk 
Amherst, MA 01002


Greenfield Family Learning Center
90 Federal Street
Greenfield, MA 01301

Turners Falls

Center for New Americans with

The Montague Reporter 
177 Avenue A 
Turners Falls, MA 01376

“Starting a new life in the US, a completely different one, would have been very difficult without all the help and support Center for New Americans provided. CNA assisted me with finding a job when I first arrived to America. My teachers helped me learn and improve my English skills, which led me to go to college. With further guidance from the teachers at Center for New Americans, I enrolled in the CNC program at Greenfield Community College.”

—Hamid Id Abdella




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