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 Distance Learning:
Linda Neas
Distance Learning Coordinator
For Education & Career Advising:
Rosa Guerra
Education and Career Advisor
Greenfield and Amherst
For Education & Career Advising:
Sarah Wing
Education and Career Advisor
Northampton and Turners Falls
For Classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and ​Career Pathways
Peg R. Johnson
nterim ESOL Program Coordinator & Career Pathways Coordinator
For Citizenship / Immigration:
Maureen McMahon
Citizenship/ ​Immigration Program Coordinator
For general questions:
Laurie Millman
Executive Director
To Volunteer:
Kelly Day
Volunteer Program Coordinator
For Education and Tutoriing:
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

CNA with The Montague Reporter 
177 Avenue A 
Turners Falls, MA 01376

“I’m very grateful for the support and kindness that I received from Center for New Americans. Moving to another country is a challenge that is even more difficult if you don’t speak the language.

“For me, the teachers and staff of Center for New Americans are like mothers and fathers, guiding their baby’s first steps into a new world and life. We utter our first word in English, just like a babies utter their first words. The process is the same.”

—Maricella Obando-Moya




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