Debra Tuler is the VAACE Teacher of the Year

Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education (TJACE @PVCC) instructor Debra Tuler is the 2022 Joan E.D. Kushnir Teacher of the Year.

The Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education (VAACE) selects one individual annually for this prestigious award. The VAACE is an association of adult education practitioners, including city and county adult programs, extension services, government, industry, health service, higher education and non-profit organizations. 

Tuler has been a valued contributor in the adult education field, with 25 years of service that includes being an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, Festival of Cultures co-coordinator and ESL program coordinator. She joined TJACE@PVCC in 2017 and currently serves as an ESL teacher and National External Diploma Program (NEDP) coordinator. Tuler’s career also includes many years of adult education experience with Charlottesville City Schools.

TJACE @PVCC helps adults earn high school diplomas or a GED®;  helps speakers of other languages improve English language skills; and prepares adult learners for their next career steps through integrated education and training. To learn more about TJACE visit