News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Adult Education School today announces the
appointment of two dynamic individuals who will lead the school as it reimagines its future.

Arlene Brock is the new Managing Director and will have responsibility for the operation of the school.
Ms Brock’s connection to the AES began decades ago when she helped her aunt Merle Brock Swan
Williams, the school’s founder, by teaching classes as well as undertaking administrative tasks. Since
then, she has had a successful career as a lawyer and in key leadership roles at home and overseas,
including serving as Bermuda’s first Ombudsman from 2005 to 2014.

Thaao Dill is the new Director of Programming and will shape and lead the AES’s programmes to ensure
they meet the evolving needs of today’s community. Mr Dill had nine years of active engagement with
learners in his previous role as Recruitment Officer at Bermuda College and has held a number of
leading positions within the island’s communications industry.

Ms Brock and Mr Dill will oversee a reimagining of the school intended to support and inspire anyone in
need of education, from teenagers who disengaged from traditional academic environments to working
adults who want more from their lives, as well as service providers who require more resources and
support for their clients.

The AES, which was formed in 1958, suspended services at the end of the 2020-21 school year. At that
time, the AES Board, assisted by consultants and community volunteers, undertook a comprehensive
feasibility study of adult education needs in Bermuda. The study showed a clear need for improvements
in adult education across the island.

Aaron Crichlow, Board Marketing Committee Chairman at AES, said: “The AES Board has listened to the
community’s advice, and agreed that there is an urgent need to improve and expand our organisation to
better serve and support our people as they grow. We understand that education is one of the most
effective tools for individual empowerment and collective freedom.

“We will honour the values and commitment to social justice that have been our hallmark for more than
60 years. We are deeply focused on providing the kind of comprehensive, holistic service that Bermuda’s
community requires.”

Studies have shown that 16 per cent of Bermudians without a high school certificate are unemployed,
while 30 per cent of Black males aged 16 to 25 are at risk of poor literacy and life competence.

Ms Brock said: “This is an opportunity for us to address the critical needs of so many people in our
community. We are excited to connect with people, learn about their challenges and help them solve
problems and achieve success. The Adult Education School is here to help.

“I am thrilled to honour the legacy of my aunt and take this important role that continues my long-
standing connection with this vital community institution.”

Learners will be given individualised assistance tailored to meet their specific needs.\

Mr Dill said: “My experience working with young people has taught me that many individuals require
much more than is provided by the traditional classroom environment.

“An AES team member will work with each learner to identify their big picture goals, define a clear
pathway to achieve them and get access to their required resources. We will remain directly connected
with each learner, providing support and encouragement every step along the way to their destination.”

A pilot programme at the Adult Education School has been underway since August 2022, providing GED
preparation through tutorials for a small group of learners at its Dundonald Street home. Their feedback
is crucial in guiding the AES as it develops the GED programme for a planned expansion early in 2023.
Further robust programming is lined up in the new year, offering vocational skills training; college and
career readiness preparation; and community education and enrichment.

Additionally, the Adult Education School is building a consortium of service providers who share its
values and commitment to Bermuda’s community of adult learners. It will form partnerships to solve
common problems, build institutional strength and reduce redundancy in the adult education sector

If you’re interested in learning at the Adult Education School, or providing support as a community
member or donor, please call or WhatsApp Thaao Dill on 705-6677, call Aaron Crichlow on 732-1899 or
email aesbda@gmail.com.

For more information, or to arrange interviews, contact Aaron Crichlow on 732-1899 or email Arlene
Brock on arlenesbrock@gmail.com.