Mary Claffey Janeczek, Ed.D.
Chair, Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413.265.2291 | janeczekm@elms.edu

A.B., Boston College
M.A., University of Massachusetts
Ed.D., Boston University

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.

Maureen Cotter ’05, M.A.T.
Instructor in Education

Marian Hall
413.265.2250 | cotterm@elms.edu

B.A., American International College
M.A.T., Elms College
C.A.G.S., Elms College

Professor Cotter has been a teacher of students with moderate special needs. She has worked in a variety of inclusion settings, and also has experience as a pharmacy technician. Her special interest lies in the area of helping all teachers more effectively accommodate students with special needs into their classrooms.

Ann Daly, SND, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Education, Director of Academic Resource Center

Alumnae Library
413.265.2376 | writeon@elms.edu

B.A., Emmanuel College
M.A., Boston College
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts

Sr. Ann Daly has extensive experience in education. She has taught all subjects on the elementary level, English on the secondary level, and English composition on the collegiate level. Her specialized interest is in the teaching of writing and women’s voice. Her other interests include women’s studies, poetry, and social justice issues.

Shannon D. Dillard, M.Ed.
Instructor in Educaton

Marian Hall
413.265.2250 | dillards@elms.edu

B.A., Smith College
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts

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.

Natalie Brunelle Dunning, M.Ed.
Associate Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413.265.2250 | dunningn@elms.edu

B.A., Providence College
M.Ed., Providence College
M.A., Rhode Island College
Ed.D., Johnson & Wales University

Dr. Dunning is a former middle school science teacher. She is National Board certified in Professional Teaching Standards in Science at the Adolescent/Young Adult levels. She has served as assistant superintendent in Lakeville, MA, the Chief academic officer in the Springfield Public Schools, and in various supervisory positions in Rhode Island public schools.

Anne Harrison ’06, Ed.D.
Professor of Education

15 Gaylord St.
413.594.3578 | harrisona@elms.edu

B.A., M.Ed., Smith College
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts
M.A.A.T., Elms College

Dr. Harrison has been an educator for more than 30 years. Former academic dean and vice president for academic affairs at Elms College, she has taught elementary school, worked as a teacher, served as an educational software designer, and worked  for the National Coalition for Equality in Education. Dr. Harrison is particularly interested in multicultural education, social justice issues in schooling, and innovative ways to help children and youth master concepts and skills in mathematics.

Dorothy Molnar, Ed.D.
Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413.265.2250 | molnardorothy@elms.edu

B.A., Calvin College
M.A., Western Michigan University
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts

Dr. Molnar has taught preschool through high school in public schools and government programs in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. She has served as a teacher and administrator of Montessori programs in public schools, and as an associate superintendent. She has a special interest in child development, administration, and special education.

Suzanne Rene ’99, M.A.T.
Instructor in Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | renes@elms.edu

B.S., Westfield State College
M.A.T., Elms College

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.

Timothy Allen, Ed.D.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413.265.2250 | allent@elms.edu

B.A., Wheaton College
M.A., Columbia University Teachers College
C.A.G.S., University of Massachusetts
Ed.D., American International College

Timothy Allen, currently principal of Birchland Park Middle School in East Longmeadow, has also been an urban principal and assistant principal.  He taught 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.

Margaret Ashe, M.A.T.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413.265.2250 | ashem@elms.edu

B.A. University of Massachusetts
M.A.T., Elms College

Margaret Ashe is a retired English-as- a-Second Language (ESL) teacher from the Springfield Public Schools.  She is a trainer of teachers in ESL methodology whose expertise extends from the primary through the secondary grades.

Joyce Baker, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413.265.2250 | bakerj@elms.edu

B.S., Westfield State College
M.Ed., Framingham State College
C.A.G.S., Elms College

Joyce Baker is a retired literacy coach from the Springfield public schools. Her area of interest is content area literacy at the middle/high school level.

Ericka Blais, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | blaise@elms.edu

B.S.E., Westfield State University
M.Ed., Elms College

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

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | chiarizio@elms.edu

B.S., Bay Path University
M.S., Springfield College

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

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | dalyj@elms.edu

B.S., Fitchburg State University
M.Ed., Westfield State University

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.

Melinda Finnerty, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | finnertym@elms.edu

B.A., Assumption College
M.Ed., Westfield State University

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.

Carolyn Fitzgerald, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413.265.2250 | fitzgeraldc@elms.edu

B.A., Emmanuel College
M.Ed., Westfield State College

Carolyn Fitzgerald is a retired foreign language teacher and assistant superintendent from Chicopee. Her area of expertise is in the clinical supervision of student teachers.

Erin Lawler, M.A.T.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | lawlere@elms.edu

B.S. University of Massachusetts
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts
M.A.T., Elms College

Erin Lawler has served as a science teacher at the middle and high school levels. She teaches science methods courses at the Chicopee site.

Jane McCarry, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | mccarryj@elms.edu

B.A., S.U.N.Y., Oswego
M.Ed., Elms College

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

Johanna McKenna, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | mckennajohanna@elms.edu

B.A., Fordham University
M.Ed., American International College

Johanna McKenna is the retired principal of Bridge Street School in Northampton and the former director of the Massachusetts Migrant Education Program in Western Massachusetts.  She is especially interested in socioemotional intelligence in teachers, students, and parents.

Sue O’Reilly-McRae, Ed.D
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | oreillymcraes@elms.edu

B.A., University of Massachusetts
M.A., University of Massachusetts
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts

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.

Jennifer Perchak, M.A.T.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | perchakj@elms.edu

B.A., Mt. Holyoke College
M.A.T., Elms College

Jennifer Perchak is an experienced ESL teacher who has taught in both Agawam and Williamsburg. She teaches the ESL Methodology course at the Chicopee campus.

Darbie Pettengill, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | pettengilld@elms.edu

B.A., Elms College
M.Ed., Elms College

Darbie Pettengill has a long career as an educator, first at a Montessori School working with very young children, and currently as an English-as- a-Second- Language (ESL) elementary teacher in West Springfield.  Her areas of expertise include strategies for making content comprehensible to student who have not yet mastered the English language.

Travis Reed, M.A.T.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | reedt@elms.edu

B.A. Humboldt State University
M.A.T., Elms College
C.A.G.S., American International College

Travis Reed is the assistant principal of Central High School in Springfield. He is a former Spanish teacher. He teaches courses related to middle/high school curriculum and instruction at our Chicopee site.

Patricia Regan, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | reganp@elms.edu

B.S., Albertus Magnus
M.Ed., American International College
C.A.G.S., Elms College

Patricia Regan, a certified Reading Recovery instructor, is a reading teacher in Wilbraham. She teaches the Multicultural Children’s literature course at our Chicopee site.

Sarah Sawyer, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | sawyers@elms.edu

B.A., University of Massachusetts
M.Ed., Springfield College

Sarah Sawyer is a pre-kindergarten teacher in Springfield. She has extensive experience with children with special needs and teaches the early childhood curriculum and instruction courses at both the Chicopee and Greenfield campuses.

Ellen Sulzycki
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | sulzyckie@elms.edu

B.A., University of Massachusetts
M.L.S., Simmons College

Ellen Sulzycki is a reference librarian for the City of Springfield. She teaches the multicultural children’s literature at our Greenfield site.

Tara Witte, M.A.T.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | wittet@elms.edu

B.A. Elms College
M.A.T., Elms College

Tara Witte 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 Decker Wood, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | Email coming soon

B.A. Elms College
M.Ed., Elms College

Emily Wood is a preschool teacher for an integrated classroom in Dalton. She teaches the ECE assessment and methods courses at our Pittsfield site.

Beth Young, Ed.D
Adjunct Professor of Education

Marian Hall
413-265-2250 | youngb@elms.edu

B.S., University of Illinois
M.Ed., Westfield State College
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts

Dr. Young has taught at the elementary level, has been a special education teacher at the secondary level, and has been a reading consultant for grades K-12. She is a retired professor from Elms who assists in the clinical supervision of student teachers.