Nancy Belanger is a certified K-12 Reading Specialist working at McCarthy Middle School as the 5th and 6th Grade Literacy Support Specialist. She received her B.A. degree in Elementary Education at Boston College, her Master’s degree in Education at Cambridge College, her Master’s degree in Reading and her Reading certification K-12 at Salem State College.
Mrs. Belanger has been in the field of education for the past 25 years, 8 of them in Chelmsford as a Reading Specialist. She is also a professor at American International College teaching graduate level courses in reading. Prior to Chelmsford, Mrs. Belanger has been an elementary classroom teacher spanning grades 1-6. She has also been a National trainer with Pearson Education training teachers on reading assessments specifically the DRA. She has also been a Literacy Coach for Boston Public Schools working with teachers in grades K-5.
As a veteran teacher, reading coach, literacy specialist and college professor, Mrs. Belanger has presented many workshops for teachers and parents on the various components of literacy and reading instruction. She is a member the MA Reading association and the IRA to keep current with best practices in literacy education. Mrs. Belanger's favorite part of her job is when she is working with students and watching them develop into avid, curious readers.
Jane Blumberg has been teaching in grades K-8 since graduating from Colby College in 1977 (except to pursue a Masters in Musicology from San Francisco State University and later to stay home with her children for nine years.) Initially certified in grades K-8, most of her career has been spent in the primary grades in Connecticut, Massachusetts and California. In 2003, Jane received a Masters in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She then received her certification in reading and began teaching at Byam. In the past two years, she has focused her professional development on understanding the Common Core. She has led district-level workshops in reading comprehension strategies and Words Their Way, a developmental spelling program. She is certified in both the Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing programs from Lindamood-Bell.
Ms. Blumberg shares her love of nature with her students, capitalizing on their fascination with the natural world to motivate them to read. She also believes that the opportunity to perform for others gives a reason for reading and writing. Her students are frequent visitors to other classrooms and the principal's office to read poetry. They also send invitations to staff to attend their regular spelling bees. Ms. Blumberg believes that learning to read and write well is hard work. Students are best able to meet the challenge when they are both motivated and celebrated.
Elaine Clemente is a K-12 Reading Teacher at Parker Middle school for Grades 7-8. She received her B.A. Degree in English at Mt. St. Mary College in New York, where she was awarded the Sr. Mary Thomasina Award for Excellence in SecondaryEducation. She also earned an M.S. in Reading K-12 from Syracuse University anda M.Ed. in Moderate Special Needs K-12 from Fitchburg State College in MA.
She has been teaching in New York and MA for the past 33 years, 23 of them in Chelmsford as a Special Needs Teacher and returned to teaching Reading for the last 5 of those years. She is certified to teach Wilson Reading and a member of the International Reading Society.
Mrs. Craig has a dual degree in Elementary Education and Psychology with a master’s degree in Reading and Language Instruction. While teaching, she has taken advantage of professional development opportunities and most recently was trained in Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing. Her ongoing professional development helps to expand and diversify her instruction.
Cathy Day is an Early Intervention Reading Specialist at the Byam School. Prior to joining the Byam community, she was a certified Reading Recovery Teacher and a Grade 2 classroom teacher. Mrs. Day is a member of the adjunct faculty team at Southern New Hampshire University. There, she is able to share her literacy knowledge and experiences with future educators.
Mrs. Day earned her masters degree in Reading from Rivier College. She maintains dual certifications in Reading and Elementary Education. Throughout her career, Cathy has held the belief that educators must utilize the best research-based methods to address the individual learning styles of her students ~ fully aware that each young learner is different. She embraces collaboration, teamwork, and creativity as she works each day with her colleagues, students, and families. In her opinion, the reward is great when she is able to see her Kindergarten and First Grade students build a strong literacy foundation which is so important for future success.
Amy Dobski is presently the Grade 2-4 Reading Specialist at Harrington Elementary with over 17 years of professional teaching experience in both the classroom and as a Reading Specialist. Amy has taught elementary education in Chelmsford since 2003 and also has served as a district MCAS-ELA tutor for our Chelmsford third graders.
As a member of the International Reading Association and the Merrimack Valley Regional Reading Council, she believes in staying current in best practices in reading, serving on numerous committees with her literacy colleagues and regularly participating in professional development programs. Throughout her career, Mrs. Dobski has been recognized for her teaching accomplishments; having served as a representative at the Governor's Reading Summit in Columbia, SC and a First Grade representive for the International Baccalaureate in Tampa,FL.
Rebecca Magnuson is a certified K-12 Reading Specialist teaching grades 5 and 6 at Parker Middle School. She received her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Elementary Education from Northeastern University, and a Master’s Degree in Reading from Fitchburg State University.
Mrs. Magnuson has 12 years of classroom experience ranging from general education, Special Education, and Literacy Support. She is trained in Lindamood Bell’s Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing, and is a member of the International Reading Association. Additionally, she is a trained mentor teacher and serves on Parker’s School Improvement Council.
Mrs. Magnuson believes in staying current with best practices by attending professional conferences and reading professional literature. The true highlight of her school day is working with students and seeing their love and understanding of text grow!
Brenda O’Brien has joyfully instructed the students of Chelmsford for over 25 years. Currently, she serves as the K-2 reading Specialist at the Harrington School. She has been in this position for the past eleven years. Prior to this time, she taught for fourteen years at the Byam School. Her greatest accomplishment has been, and continues to be, the many students who have learned to love reading, to wonder, and to delight in learning under her guidance.
Ms.O’Brien holds current Massachusetts teaching certifications in Special Needs, Elementary Education and Reading (all levels). She received her B.S. in Education from Fitchburg State College graduating Magna Cum Laude, and her Masters in Education from Lesley College in the area of Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Reading. She participated in and completed therequirements for the Literacy Coaching Institutes at the University of Massachusetts and at Lesley University under the direction of Dr. Irene Fountas. She holds certifications in both the Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing programs from Lindamood-Bell.
Ms.O’Brien has demonstrated leadership during her tenure in Chelmsford. She has served parents as the Title I Parent Liaison for the past 4 years and is a participating member of the district-wide Elementary Curriculum Advisory Council. In addition to providing small group reading instruction to at risk students in grades K-2, she supports and coaches classroom teachers, organizes and facilitates professional book studies, leads workshops, directs universal literacy assessments, prepares, organizes, and analyzes student data, and facilitates data meetings with classroom teachers.