Instructor's Bio's

Elizabeth Angell    

Liz Angell has been teaching for over10 years.  She is currently a full time ELL specialist in the Quincy Public Schools. Liz has taught in a variety of areas ranging from elementary school through college.  Her experiences include middle school intensive special needs  program for Boston Public Schools, elementary and middle school Special Education, middle school Reading and in a middle school summer Art program for Quincy Public Schools, and writing and pre-college reading skills at Bunker Hill Community College.  She received her Bachelors in Special Education and Visual Arts from Bridgewater State University and continued on at BSU for her Masters in Education as a Reading Specialist.  She lives in Boston with her husband and children.


Marilyn is a long time teacher of several courses for NCTA.   She holds a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Master's from Tufts University in Secondary Curriculum and earned a certificate from the University of Massachusetts Boston Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution.  She is a  high school Social Studies teacher for 30 years plus, founder of her school's Peer Mediation Program 18 years ago and a Mediation trainer for schools, private enterprises, community organizations and the courts.


 BA Psychology, College of the Holy Cross


M Ed School Counseling, Salem State CollegeCathy has ten years of experience working for nonprofit organizations directing summer camps, youth programing and day care centers. She has held her current position as a Guidance Counselor for the Brockton Public Schools since 1998. She holds the following certifications;Day Care Teacher -Infant and ToddlerLead Teacher- PreschoolChild Care DIrector- School AgeGuidance Counselor grades 5-12Intrigued by the workings of the brain and it’s creative abilities, she developed and taught creative thinking courses for the summer educational program at Shore Country Day School in Beverly, MA. She has created art projects, invented games and encountered numerous situations requiring creative problem solving. Continuing research in brain function and creative thinking lead to the creation of her Introduction to Brain Learning course for NCTA.



Heather Cunningham has been teaching for 15 years. She is currently a part time Reading Specialist at Height Elementary School in Sharon.  Prior to this position, she was a Literacy Coach at Sharon Middle School, a reading specialist in the Foxborough Public Schools, and a third grade teacher at East Elementary in Sharon.  She has taught and facilitated several literacy based professional development workshops and study groups and has presented several workshops for both teachers and parents on reading comprehension.   She received both her Bachelors and Masters in Reading from Bridgewater State College.  She lives in Wrentham with her husband and three children.  She enjoys skiing, boating, the beach and reading.


Mr. Ed Donnelly is a Technical Assistance Specialist at Education Developmental Center, Inc. He is an educator, administrator, and a leader in the field of bullying prevention. He taught special education for students of all ages and academic and social abilities in the Boston Public Schools for 18 years. Subsequently, he held several administrative positions at West Roxbury High School, including assistant headmaster. When the Boston Public Schools initiated their High School Renewal Plan in 2004, Mr. Donnelly designed and led Brook Farm Academy, a small business-themed high school. In 2010, he served as the central figure for the Bully Prevention and Intervention Initiative of the Boston Public Schools. Mr. Donnelly currently consults with Leadership Matters ,Inc.


Ms. Donnelly holds licenses as Principal/Assistant Principal Grades 9-12, Administrator of Special Education, Teacher of Children with Moderate Disabilities, Teacher of Children with Severe Special Needs, Consulting Teacher of Reading Grades K-12, and Teacher of Elementary School Age Children.

At Cambridge College, Ms. Donnelly is a Senior Instructor in the Master Degree program for Moderate Special Needs. She is an Adjunct Professor at Framingham State University, teaching online courses for Norfolk County Teachers’ Association.

Additionally, Ms. Donnelly continues to work as a Special Education Administrator in the Boston Public Schools. She has held the positions of Curriculum Access Specialist, Assistant Program Director and Assistant Director for Secondary Special Education.

Her other positions within the Boston Public Schools include Literacy Specialist, Lead and Mentor Teacher, Creator and Facilitator of the MTEL Foundations of Reading Workshop. She has also taught Moderate and Severe Special Needs students, all levels.



134 Beverly Road, Worcester, MA 01605

(508) 853-9028



Columbia University Law School, New York, NY

Juris Doctorate, 1985

Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA

Bachelor of Arts, History, 1981

Cum Laude

Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Society)

Phi Beta Kappa


Teacher, Dedham High School, Dedham, MA 2001- present

Teach Law and History to grades 9-12

Instructor, Norfolk County Teachers’ Association 2005-present

/Framingham State, Taught Masters Degree level classes

in law and education (part-time)

President Dedham Education Association 2005-present

Teacher, Doherty High School, Worcester, MA 2000 - 2001

Taught Law and History to grades 9-12

Union Organizer, Providence, R.I. 1998 - 2000

New England Health Care Employees’ Union

Serviced existing contracts and helped organize new members.

Represented members in grievance proceedings and arbitrations.

Private Practice, Worcester, MA 1990 - 1998

Represented clients in litigation before federal and state courts

and state administrative agencies; represented military personnel

before courts- martial

Trial Attorney, Worcester, MA 1987 - 1990

Committee for Public Counsel Services/Public Defender’s Office

Represented criminal defendants in felony proceedings in the jury

session of the District and Superior Courts from arraignment

through post - trial motions

Assistant District Attorney, Worcester, MA 1985 – 1987

Prosecuted felony and misdemeanor cases in Worcester County

Teacher, Worcester Public Schools, Worcester, MA 1985

Organizer, Jesuit Volunteer Corp, Houston, TX 1981 – 1982

Organized poor and working class neighborhoods in   Houston,TX


Massachusetts Bar

Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts




B.S. Human Development; Wheelock College

M.Ed. Reading; Endicott College

M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction; UMass Lowell

Sarah has been teaching within the Massachusetts public schools for over 17 years. She spent her first five years as a preschool special needs teacher for Scituate Public Schools. She went on to teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorders for several years in the Falmouth Public Schools. Sarah is currently employed by the Whitman-Hanson school district. She spent nine years teaching first grade before moving on to become a reading specialist in the k-2 elementary school.

Sarah holds the following certifications:

K-3 regular education

Young child with Special needs

Reading Specialist

Sarah has taught and facilitated professional development workshops on topics including reading comprehension strategies, PDD/autism support systems, sign language, and six traits of writing. Recently, she worked with several colleagues to develop literacy curriculum for netbooks so that teachers would become more comfortable implementing this tech tool in their classrooms.

Sarah’s interest in literacy topics and her experience with diverse student populations have led her to develop courses for NCTA including Developing Literacy First, Data Driven Differentiation, and Working with Words. She feels these professional development opportunities deepen her knowledge of the topics and appreciation for the craft of teaching as colleagues share, learn, and grow with one another.

Sarah lives on Cape Cod with her husband, grown son, and dog Milo. Her adult daughter lives in New York City and teaches ELA in the Bronx. Sarah enjoys gardening, reading, and long walks with Milo.






Bill is a native of Massachusetts having been born and raised within the state.  He attended Boston State College where he received his bachelor degree in education and a master’s degree in administration.  Additionally, he obtained his educational doctorate degree from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in the area of educational policy, research, and administration.  As a result, he was invited to serve on the staff of six different colleges and three universities.


During his academic lifetime, he has taught over thirty (30) different college level courses that have ranged from "Education Research and Evaluation" to "Reading Effectiveness” and “Enhancing Teaching Skills.”  Most importantly, he won the "Instructor of the Year" award twice.  As a result, he was invited to advise the Massachusetts Board of Education on globalism.


His professional career development accomplishments included the leadership position “American Oversea Schools Instructor” and allowed him to travel to Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Republic of China.  Eventually, he was asked by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to be a regional spokesperson.  Specifically, at NASA he was assigned to work with the Advanced Research and Technology Center in Cambridge, MA and became an expert on the Apollo Mission project.


His extensive knowledge about continuous quality improvement has served him well as a building principal.  In particular, he has helped school organizations understand how to bring about meaningful and lasting change.


Finally, Bill takes great pride in his National Education Association (NEA) activities.  He has attended the NEA Representative Assembly for the last three years and is looking forward to this year's meeting in Chicago.  Additionally he served on his town’s Finance Committee for six years and annually reviewed, analyzed, and made recommendations on $70,000,000 dollars worth of expenditure


Leah Flynn is currently in her fifth year as first grade teacher in the Brockton Public School System.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island.  She has completed her Master's Degree as a Reading Specialist from Wheelock College, Boston, Mass.  In addition, Leah is involved in tutoring and has participated as a consultant for a publishing company on developing reading assessments.






Mari Gates has been teaching for over 10 years.  She is currently working as a 5th grade teacher, but also has experience as a Special Education teacher.  She received both a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education/Psychology and a Masters degree in Special Education from Bridgewater State College.

She lives in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband and daughter where they own cranberry bogs and have a cat named Oreo.

She has developed two courses for NCTA: Understanding AD/HD & Utilizing Interactive Notebooks and teaches several others.  She is also a manuscript reviewer for Corwin Press.

She enjoys reading, learning, walking, being a Girl Scout leader, and camping with her family.




Arnold Good earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1964.  He was an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair at the University of St. Francis in Joliet Illinois from 1969 to 1980.   In 1980 he and his family moved to Massachusetts when he became the graduate dean at Framingham State College (now Framingham State University).   He served as dean until his retirement in 2004. Dr. Good’s article on “Exploding the Ellipse” was the lead article in the March 1999 edition of The Mathematics Teacher, and his work on optimization appears in James Taylor’s text: Calculus: Concepts and Contexts.    Dr. Good has received a teaching award from the University of Wisconsin, a service award from the State of Massachusetts and numerous awards for his work with the Boy Scouts of America; he has received an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters from the University of St. Francis.   Since his retirement he has returned to his first love of college teaching and currently teaches for Bentley University, Cambridge College, and Framingham State University.   He has two children and three grandchildren.


While a first grade teacher in Foxborough, MA, Jane began teaching mini courses for N.C.T.A. in the late 1980s. She enjoyed sharing her love of technology integration with colleagues. After earning her M Ed in Technology, in 1991,she began teaching Face to Face classes for Framingham State University . She has now teaching totally on line.    Jane has been married for nearly 49 years. She and her husband, Stan, live in Sharon, Ma and Delray Beach, FL and have two grown daughters.




Maggie Hoagland has taught Language Arts and Social Studies in the upper elementary level for 34 years.  She received her B.S. in Education from Boston State and her Masters in Reading from Bridgewater State College.  Her interest in Literacy instruction was nurtured during her first years of teaching in Queensland, Australia.   Maggie has managed to combine her love of teaching with her love of travel and as the Area Director for MA, RI, and CT  has had the opportunity to travel with students to all seven continents with the People to People Student Ambassador Program.


Edward J. Holland has been a dynamic Teacher, Department Head, Program Director and Senior Curriculum Access Specialist in the Boston Public Schools for many years. During this time, he has consistently provided leadership in coordinating the integration of Special Education and General Education services. He has been an integral part of the development and execution of programs for children with disabilities, particularly   inclusion programs, while working as a teacher and administrator in different schools.

Through the blending of a sharp intellect, insightful interpersonal skills and superb organizational skills, Mr. Holland facilitated efforts to achieve not only accelerated MCAS results for special education students, but also regular ed. students.

He evaluated and analyzed both student and teacher performance within a comprehensive data-based framework and developed clear performance objectives with both, while providing training in innovative teaching practices, curriculum reform and instructional strategies. He also assisted in the development and presentation of a training and technical assistance program for educational staff in other school systems.

Ed is a member on the graduate school faculty at Framingham State College, where he has taught a variety of courses in the graduate program. As well he is a senior faculty member at Cambridge College.

He has 3 children, one still in college, and he recently celebrated his 34th wedding anniversary. He possesses a BA from Columbia University of NY City, and advanced degrees from Simmons College and UMass Boston.    He is an inductee to his high school Hall of Fame (Boston Latin School ‘67).


  • Teacher of School Age Children with Moderate Special Needs
  • Generic Special Teacher of Children with Mild Special Needs
  • Social Studies Teacher (7-12)
  • General Supervisor/Director
  • Secondary  School Principal (7-12)
  • Administrator of Special Education (All)

Diane Horton  

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art

Masters of Education, Graduate of Fitchburg State,
Harvard/Radcliffe Studio
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
Hunakai School of Fine Arts.

Work Experiences:

Current Position:  Art Teacher, Ahern Middle School, Foxborough, MA

NCTA Instructor

Graphic Designer, Teledyne Philbrick, Dedham, MA

Graphic Designer, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Director of Foreign Exchange Programs, International Student Exchange

Supervisor of Special Programs, Boston Community Schools,

Ohrenberger Community School, Boston, MA

Dexter School, Art Therapist

NASA/Electronics Research Center (Cambridge, MA)

Chairman, Foxborough Arts Cultural Council, six years

Recipient of a Polaroid Grant for Design

Recipient of Massachusetts Cultural Grant


Sara Hurwitz has practiced as a certified School Psychologist in both Massachusetts and Oregon.  Additionally, she has been Nationally Certified as a School Psychologist (NCSP).

Sara Hurwitz completed her M.Ed. and a CAGS in school psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While studying at UMass, Sara was a collaborating researcher on a longitudinal research study examining the development of ADHD and ODD in preschool and school-aged children. She has coauthored four peer-reviewed journal articles based on her contribution to the work conducted by the Early Behavior Development Project.

Sara has been an Instructor with the Norfolk County Teachers Association for several years.  Her current class offerings include 3 online courses: Understanding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Prevention & Intervention of Bullying.


Meg Kennedy attended Assumption College earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Rehabilitation Services.  Meg decided to return to school, entering the Post-Bachelaurette Certification Program through Bridgewater State University, receiving certification in Special Education.

Meg began her teaching career at the O’Donnell Middle School in Stoughton teaching sixth grade special education.  She held this position for eight years while obtaining a Master of Education Degree from Cambridge College in Mental Health and School Adjustment Counseling.

While continuing to teach special education, Meg worked as a mental health counselor for Brocton Area Multi-Services.  A school adjustment position became available at Stoughton High School in 2009 and Meg transferred to become one of two Adjustment Counselors at the high school level..


After practicing pharmacy for thirteen years, Ann decided to make a career change and received her Masters in Secondary Education from Eastern Nazarene College.  She has been teaching science at King Philip High School since 1997.  Ann achieved National Board Certification in 2002, with a specialization in chemistry.  She has served on the King Philip mentor committee for many years and has been a consultant with Class Measures since 2006, working with teachers who are attaining professional licensure through the PRPIL program.  Ann began teaching through the NCTA in 2009.  She has received several honors including the King Philip Teachers Association Teacher of the Year, the Henry David Thoreau Foundation Certificate of Excellence, and the Christa’s Teachers Honor Roll, being named as a “Christa’s Teacher” by the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Education and Teaching Excellence.


MA  UMASS- Boston- 2000

BA  UMASS- Amherst- 1982

Jane has been teaching history at Quincy High School for eight years. Before that, she owned a retail import/export business with her husband for over twenty years.   Jane has traveled to over 45 countries, most recently to China, Vietnam and Cambodia.    She is  looking forward to being an instructor for NCTA.


Jeannette McNair has been a Massachusetts teacher for the past 32 years. She is currently a school librarian at North Junior High for the Brockton Public School System for the past 13 years. Prior to this position, she was an elementary classroom teacher in both the Attleboro Public Schools as well as Boston Public Schools. She has taught many grade levels that range from kindergarten to grade 8, and enjoys her current Librarian position, an extension of all her classroom experiences. She received her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Boston State College and achieved her masters in Education in Library Media from Bridgewater State College.






Elaine has taught and worked as an administrator over the last decade in suburban and urban schools in Massachusetts, California and New York. She holds a bachelors degree in English and Sociology from Boston College, a Masters degree in Elementary Education from UMASS Boston and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University. Her focus over the last few years has been around culturally relevant pedagogy,the impact of urban charter schools, gendered education and the role of family in schools. She has made several presentations at educational conferences around these subjects and has worked as a consultant for several programs focused on Boys only education and the home school connection. She completed training at the Gurian Institute in Denver, CO focused on gendered education.


Melissa McNeil-Pleasant, Ed.D, LMHC


Child/Adolescent Mental Health Counselor

Mobil Outreach Emergency Services Clinician

Education Advisor/Director

Guidance Counselor Middle School Grades 6-8

Guidance Counselor High School Grades 9-12, College/Career Planning

Program Support/Development

L.M.H.C Licensure Supervisor



Jennifer Measor-Hunter is currently anIntegrated-Sheltered English Instruction (I-SEI) first grade teacher. Jennifer has taught first and second grade in the Brockton Public Schools for the past six years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Bridgewater State University and has completed her Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist from Wheelock College, Boston, Mass.  She has completed Four Categories of SEI training and is a qualified Massachusetts English Language Assessment-Oral (MELA-O) test administrator. Jennifer has decided to return to school, and is currently working towards herCertificate of Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) in Reading at Bridgewater State University with a research concentration in English Language Learners (ELLs). Jennifer has presented workshops forearly childhood educators in the areas of early literacy and prop boxes. She has also taught as an English Language educator for Access to Language at Stonehill College, Stoughton, MA to international high school students and most recently traveled to Senegal, Africa on a mission to teach English to middle school and high school students.

Jennifer is licensed in the state of Massachusetts in the areas of early childhood (Pre-K-2), elementary education (1-6), reading specialist (Pre-K-12) and a pending license in ESL.

Deb Merriam, PH.D.

Dr. Deb Merriam has worked with students in grades K-12 in both general education and special education, served as a school guidance counselor, and as a student support team chair.  A lifelong learner, she earned a post-doctoral M.Ed. in online learning and always looks forward to learning from her graduate students.  A firm believer in student-centered learning with high standards and flexibility, Deb applies similar theory-to-practice strategies at the graduate level as she did with the youngsters in her care."


Team Chair

Certified as School Psychologist and School Adjustment Counselor

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Teaching Experience

Instructor- Framingham State University- on-site and on-line

Quinsgamond Community College

Bunker Hill Community College


Theodora Nikopolous is currently a math specialist at Heights Elementary School in Sharon, MA.   She earned an Elementary Ed. degree and a Mathematics degree from Bridgewater State College.  In addition, she has also earned a master's degree in Teaching Mathematics from Bridgewater State College.    She holds Massachusetts licenses in Elementary Ed. (1-6), Mathematics (1-6), (5-8), and (9-12).  Theodora is in her tenth year of teaching having taught first and second grade in Brockton and Mathematics at Sharon High School.  The last 6 years she has been a math specialist and loves it!


Jessica Noller received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Quinnipiac University.  She holds two licences: Elementary 1-6 and Middle School Humanities 5-8. She is a 6th grade teacher at the Easton Middle School.  Jessica serves as a liaison for many teaching technologies including: X2 Aspen, Promethean, Mimio, Smart Board, and Interactive Voting/Polling Software.  In recent years, she has run several professional development workshops on teaching with technology.


Kathy has had many jobs within the Canton Public Schools.  She has been the 504 Coordinator, overseeing the elementary and high school, Title IX Coordinator, Civil Rights Compliance Officer, and teacher in the Wellness Department.

She started a program at Canton called START which stands for Students and Teachers Advocating Respect and Tolerance.  While the advisor to SADD and the Multicultural Club, she presented a Professional Development Program for Canton in Safe Schools and Civil Rights.  She was an integral part of the original committees that wrote the Schools Anti-Harassment Policy and Safe Schools Manual.

Kathy has also been an active member of her local and state associations.   She served as President of the Canton Teachers Association for 13 years and developed Canton's mentoring program.  In addition, she been a presenter at MTA's Summer Leadership Conference, and has spoken at the National Board Certified Teachers Conventions in Orlando and San Diego on the importance of Mentoring new Teachers

For the last several years, she has taught for the NCTA, rotating several courses.  She loves teaching teachers.

Kathy presently is an educational consultant and does civil rights training for school systems and teaches driver’s education for the Town of Canton.


Eileen Page has a Master of Arts Degree in Critical and Creative Thinking from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a published Master’s thesis entitled, “Exploring Graphokinesics Critically and Creatively.”

After retiring from a twenty-year career as an elementary reading teacher, she continued to develop her business as a handwriting consultant and to study the many complex aspects of personality in order to create courses on character education, the at-risk personality and the development of effective social skills.

As a Master Graphoanalyst, Eileen’s work includes tutoring individuals in penmanship and teaching penmanship courses using her published instructional manual entitled, A Humanistic Approach to Penmanship.  In addition to this, she is court qualified to identify writers of anonymous notes, forged documents and do personality profiling.  She lectures locally to various groups, does in service programs for schools, and travels nationally to speak to other handwriting experts.


John Pappas studied English Literature, Music Performance and Composition, and Film Studies at the College of the Holy Cross. He has his Masters Degree in Education from Boston College. Currently, John teaches Advanced Placement Literature and Composition, Semantics and Theories of Violence in American Culture at Weymouth High School in Weymouth, MA, where he has taught for the past 11 years. John enjoys reading, metafiction, travelling, composing and performing music, media studies, film and, most of all, being a dad. A drummer with the now-defunct Boston-based punk rock band Heather Hates You, John enjoyed touring the United States and recording two critically-acclaimed CDs; he now performs with the Seven Hills Symphony Orchestra as a timpanist and percussionist. His poetry has been published in several journals, most recently in Bottle Rockets, a forum for Japanese short-form poetry.


Deb has been a 6th grade Physical Science teacher in Canton for 11 years.  She has a BA in Biology from North Adams State College and an Masters in education from Cambridge College.  She also has 90 plus credits beyond her Masters Degree.  She holds two licenses: Biology and General Science Grades 5 - 9.


Peggy began teaching Art in Stoughton Public Schools over 30 years ago.  She studied graphic arts and began teaching graduate courses in 2004.  Her BA is in Art Education and her Masters degree is in Arts Integration.  She integrates movement, opera, song, poetry and humor into her all curriculum. She is a computer graphics and design specialist and actively practices color and interior design.

  1. EDWARD SACCO Needham, MA

Retired as Asst. Supt. of Curriculum and Instruction - Nashoba Regional School District

Formerly reading specialist, Watertown, and language arts coordinator, Reading and Framingham.

College/graduate school instructor - (adjunct) Lesley University, Umass Boston, Emmanuel College, Bridgewater State, Northeastern

Currently - Associate. Prof. - Framingham State College, Graduate School Literacy Courses (mostly online) and a supervisor of practicum and student teachers.

B.S.  MA and CAGS -, English, Reading and Administration, Northeastern University

Ed.D -  Language and Literacy, Umass, Lowell

Jennifer Iamele Savage, M.ed

Jennifer (Iamele) Savage received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Teaching from the University of New Hampshire and her Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Framingham State College.  Jennifer currently works as a high school English teacher at Oliver Ames High School (OAHS) in Easton. In addition to her role as teacher at OAHS, Jennifer is also an active member of her district's curriculum planning committee as well as an advisor for her a student literary publication, and the faculty advisor for Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).  Presently Jennifer is certified to teach English grades K-12 and has experience working with English Language Learners.  Having co-taught an inclusion classroom with a special education teacher, Jennifer has experience working directly with students with diverse learning needs as well.  In recent years she has been working more actively in curriculum and literacy development.





Educational background - Ed.S. in School Psychology from the University of South Florida, Tampa FL

Teaching and Work Experience 14th year as a practicing School Psychologist - 17th year in the field. 7th year in Foxboro
Pinellas County FL (3 years)- worked with at-risk adolescents in an intensive behavior program

Hillsborough County, FL (1 year) - District-wide social skills trainer and school-based services for inner city children

Barnstable, MA (1 year) - School Psychologist and Special Educational Chair

Mansfield, MA (5 years) - School Psychologist Trained Special Education Teachers and School Psychologists in the theory base and application of the Woodcock-Johnson, Third Edition Psychoeducational Battery (WJ-III).

Foxboro, MA (5 years) - School Psychologist; Workshop training for a variety of achievement tests, Special Educational Eligibility, Assessment Theory and Practice

Seybert Psychological Consulting - private practice providing assessment, consultation and training to school districts and families.

Adjunct Instructor in Social Science - St. Petersburg Jr. College, Adjunct Instructor in Psychology - Hillsborough Community College, NCTA - taught Assessment and Identification of Learning Disabilities

Specialty Areas:

Assessment of early elementary learning disabilities

Behavior intervention and consultation with students in regular education

Social Skills training with behaviorally disordered youth

Special Education/Response to Intervention programs

Program research and development


Seybert, Shawn, Dunlap, Glen, & Ferro, Jolenea (1996). The effects of choice-making on the problem behaviors of high school students with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Behavioral Education, 6, 49-65.


Judith Spitzberg, Creative Arts Director of the Metro West Day School,  has a unique talent for devising imaginative techniques to integrate music with all facets of education. Judith publishes music curriculum using the arts to reinforce concepts in science, history and language arts which has been used by the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Department of Education and the Canton Public Schools. In 2004, she received the American Music Foundation Award for creative lesson plans which used dance, poetry, music and art to explore the music of Aaron Copland.

Judith has taught music and music education for the past 25 years at many schools and museums throughout Greater Boston. She also runs graduate arts courses and professional development workshops to classrooms teachers and specialists at all educational levels. This year Judith is teaching in Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Department of Education and at  Bar Ilan University working on modern music with the arts in collaboration with the world renowned composer, Tzvi Avni.

Please check out Judith's web site:


Jen Yurof has been teaching for 10 years.  She is currently a part time Computer Literacy Teacher and Technology Coordinator for The Literacy Center in Attleboro, MA.  Prior to this position, she was an elementary classroom teacher in both the Foxborough Public Schools as well as the Franklin Public Schools.  She has taught first, second, third and fifth grades as well as summer school courses for high school students.  She received her Bachelors from Connecticut College and her Masters in Education from Fitchburg State College.  She lives in Plainville with her husband and daughters.