Jana Karlis

LWAS Senior Program Coordinator, Portland

Experience: Jana is excited to be joining the LearningWorks team as the Afterschool Senior Program Coordinator. Prior to joining LW, she worked for nine years as a high school English teacher. Jana has also spent over ten years working for various nonprofit organizations, leading several development initiatives. Her guiding philosophy is to contribute to the world in a positive way which was her reason for becoming a teacher. She is an advocate for volunteerism and has spent time helping out on flood relief efforts in Texas. Jana graduated from Salem State University with a degree in English and the University of New England, where she earned her graduate certification in teaching. She also attended the Kennebec Leadership Institute in Augusta and the Community Leadership Institute in Portland. Jana lives in Falmouth and when not working, enjoys hiking, exploring Maine’s coastline, baking bread, reading, and time spent with her family.
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate Fudge
Favorite Song: “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye