• Timothy Allen, Ed.D.

    Adjunct Professor of Education


    Timothy Allen, Ed.D., is principal of Birchland Park Middle School in East Longmeadow, Mass. Over the course of his career he has held roles as an urban school principal and an assistant principal. Timothy has also held teaching positions in Boston, Springfield, and the Bronx. His professional focus is on motivating teachers and students alike to utilize innovative and creative teaching strategies to optimize student learning.

  • Ericka Blais, M.Ed.

    Adjunct Professor of Education


    Ericka Blais is the technology teacher at Stefanik School, Chicopee. She teaches our technology courses at both the Chicopee and Greenfield Campuses.

  • Mahera Chiarizio

    Adjunct Professor of Education


    Mahera Chiarizio is an independent training consultant in the field of early care and education. She teaches the cultural competency and health/safety/nutrition courses at our Greenfield campus.

  • Joan Daly, M.Ed.

    Adjunct Professor of Education


    Joan Daly is a retired teacher of young children with special needs from the Holyoke Public Schools. She is the instructor for the assessment course in the early care and education program in Greenfield.

  • Shannon Dillard, Ed.D.

    Chair of Education; Assistant Professor


    Dr. Dillard’s career as an educator began in middle schools where she taught a variety of subjects. Her primary interest is in the teaching of mathematics, at all levels. She has extensive experience as a curriculum developer, mentor to student teachers, and faculty member in Western Massachusetts teacher preparation programs.

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  • Jeanne Dubuque

    Administrative Assistant


  • Melinda Finnerty, M.Ed.

    Adjunct Professor of Education


    Melinda Finnerty is an elementary teacher in Hinsdale, with an expertise in educational technology. She teaches the technology and multicultural children’s literature courses at our Pittsfield site.

  • Tyra Good, Ed.D.

    Executive Director, Center for Equity in Urban Education (CEUE); Associate Professor of Education


    Dr. Good is the founding faculty director of the Center for Equity in Urban Education (CEUE) at Elms College.

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  • Yeukai Imeh, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Education


    Yeukai Imeh, Ph.D., MBA, has joined the college as an assistant professor of education. Imeh earned her doctorate at Simmons College in Boston, her MBA at Southern Connecticut State University; and holds a master of math adolescent education from Pace University in New York. She has been an adjunct professor at several local colleges, including Elms, and she also supervised Elms student teachers last spring. She is an experienced teacher in mathematics at the middle/high-school levels and in urban settings. Imeh will also advise middle/secondary licensure candidates.

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  • Mary Janeczek, Ed.D.

    Adjunct professor


    Dr. Janeczek is a former elementary bilingual (Spanish) and English as a second language (E.S.L.) teacher. She has also served as western regional administrator for bilingual and E.S.L. programs for the state of Massachusetts. Her interests include language acquisition, E.S.L. methodology, and cross-cultural communication.

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  • Jane McCarry, M.Ed.

    Administrative Assistant; Academic Program Coordinator, Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Early Care and Education at BCC and GCC; Adjunct Faculty for Education


    Jane McCarry, M.Ed., is a former education coordinator and naturalist at several sites in Florida, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. She teaches the inquiry-based natural science education course at our off-campus site in Greenfield, Mass.

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  • Sue O’Reilly-McRae, Ed.D.

    Adjunct Professor of Education


    Dr. O’Reilly-McRae is a preschool teacher and early childhood educator at Conway Grammar School. She teaches our mathematics methods course in the ECE program at the Greenfield site.

  • Patricia Regan, M.Ed.

    Adjunct Professor of Education


    Patricia Regan, M.Ed., CAGS, is a certified Reading Recovery instructor and a reading teacher in Wilbraham, Mass. She teaches the multicultural children’s literature course at our main campus.

  • Suzanne Rene, MAT

    Lecturer of Education


    Suzanne Rene has taught preschool, special education, and most recently was an elementary Instructional Leadership Specialist for the Springfield Public Schools. Her area of expertise is Literacy. Professor Rene is the Director of the Reading Specialist Master of Arts in Teaching Program, and of its Summer Reading Clinic.

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  • Sarah Sawyer, M.Ed.

    Adjunct Professor of Education


    Sarah Sawyer, M.Ed., is a pre-kindergarten teacher in Springfield, Mass. She has extensive experience with children with special needs and teaches the early childhood curriculum and instruction courses at our main campus and off-campus location in Greenfield, Mass.

  • Ellen Sulzycki

    Adjunct Professor of Education


    Ellen Sulzycki is a reference librarian for the City of Springfield. She teaches multicultural children’s literature at our off-campus site in Greenfield, Mass.

  • Tara Witte, MAT

    Adjunct Professor of Education, Assistant Director of the Elms College Summer Reading Clinic


    Tara Witte, MAT, has been an elementary teacher for the last ten years, teaching both third and fourth grades. She is a licensed reading specialist, and serves as the assistant director of the Elms College Summer Reading Clinic.

  • Emily Wood, M.Ed.

    Adjunct Professor of Education


    Emily Wood, M.Ed., is a preschool teacher for an integrated classroom in Dalton, Mass. She teaches the ECE assessment and methods courses at our off-campus site in Pittsfield, Mass.