Meet the Reading Teachers!

  • Mrs. belanger photo 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.

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    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.


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  • Mrs. Clemente school photo 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.

    As a veteran teacher, Ms. Clemente has taught professional development classes for teachers in the areas of special needs and reading and continues to attend classes and seminars in order to keep current with best practices and standards based objectives for her students. “Witnessing children read with confidence and experiencing the wonder of reading their favorite book never fails to remind me of how lucky I am to do what I do.”
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  • Mrs. Craig photo Anne Craig is a K-1 Reading Specialist at South Row Elementary.  She has fourteen years teaching experience and twelve of those with the Chelmsford School District.  Her teaching experience spans grades kindergarten through fourth.  Working with diverse groups of children has allowed Mrs. Craig to work collaboratively with special educators to ensure all students reach their full potential. The lessons she designs allow students to access the curriculum at their level while fostering their love of learning.

    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.

    She has been able to share her knowledge of Reading and Language by training teachers in Words Their Way, DIBELS, Lively Letters Phonics, and Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Reading assessments.  Mrs. Craig enjoys participating in and facilitating educational book groups that enhance best practices and build collaborative learning environments. 
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  • Mrs. Day school picture 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.

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  • Mrs. Dobski picture 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.  


    Mrs. Dobski is a Cum Laude graduate from SUNY-College at Fredonia where she received her B.S. in Elementary Education and was nominated to the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society.  At UMASS- Lowell, she completed her Masters in Reading & Language and recently attended the UMASS-Lowell Literacy Coaching Institute.  In addition to being Massachusetts certified in Reading and Elementary education, Mrs. Dobski is also certified in English Language Learning.  Mrs. Dobski considers it a great honor to serve the numerous students she has encountered over her career as an elementary educator...teaching the Joy of Reading!
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  • Mrs. Hogan picture Sarah Hogan is a Grades 2-4 reading specialist at the South Row Elementary School with a Bachelor degree in both Special Education PreK-9 and Psychologyand a Master’s degree in Reading all ages. Mrs. Hogan has worked in the Chelmsford Public Schools for the past 7 years teaching children in both self-sustained classrooms as well as inclusion classrooms.  During this time Mrs. Hogan has continued to further her education and maintain best practices within the classroom through professional development opportunities.  She is an expert with Lively Letters and has trained other teacher and support staff within the district to teach Lively Letters. 
    Mrs. Hogan has successfully completed the UDL course offered through Chelmsford Public Schools and enjoys creating lessons that reach all students. Just this past spring, Mrs. Hogan completed the Visualizing and Verbalizing training through Linda-Mood Bell to help students develop stronger comprehension skills.       
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  • Mrs. Magnuson 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!

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  • Mrs. Mara pic Kim Mara has enjoyed being the Grade 2-4 Reading Specialist at Center School for 8 years.  She is currently submersed with this age group at school and at home where she is the proud mother of two growing boys.  Mrs. Mara is a “double-eagle” as a two-time graduate of Boston College.  She has an undergraduate B.S in Marketing and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education.  
    Mrs. Mara taught in the elementary grades at the Boston Public Schools and at the Early Learning Center in Chelsea, MA, where she was a first grade teacher.  Teaching first grade piqued her interest in the reading process so she pursued an additional certification as a Reading Specialist.  Kim has a loving spirit while challenging students to grow each and everyday.  She adheres to the Gradual Release of Responsibility model in which she models expected learning outcomes and offers guided practice before asking having students work independently on a task.
    Mrs. Mara is sought after by her peers who regard her as a highly knowledgeable, collaborative, and organized professional.

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  • Mrs. O'Brien school picture 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.

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  • Ms. Olsen pic Kristen Olson has had thepleasure of teaching for the past 25 years. Ms. Olsen received her B.A. in Education from Concordia College in New York.  She began her career in Baltimore,where she taught first grade for thirteen years.  During this time she fell in love with teaching her students how to read. 
    Ms. Olsen received her M. Ed. from Goucher College in Baltimore.  She took additional courses to receive her certification as a Reading Specialist. She has continued to expand her expertise through a variety of trainings such as D.I.B.E.L.S and Linda Mood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing and Seeing Stars Seminars. 

    In 2001, she moved to Massachusetts where she has been a Reading Specialist for the past 12 years.  Kristen has also served in the leadership roles of Title 1 Parent Liaison and Team Leader.  Her favorite part of teaching is seeing the excitementon her students’ faces when they realize they are becoming readers. 
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  • Mrs. Smith school picture Marian Smith is the Reading Specialist at Chelmsford High School. Mrs. Smith has been working in Chelmsford for the past 8 years. Prior to that, she worked in Lowell as a reading teacher for grades kindergarten through grade 8.  Currently Mrs. Smith teaches Reading for High School, Reading Skills and Strategies, and Young Adult Literature I and II.  She also conducts all reading evaluations done at the high school level.
    Mrs. Smith has led seminars to instruct both Social Studies and Science educators on teaching reading comprehension in their content based curriculum.  She has participated in courses related to Universal Design for Learning and most recently in integrating technology into the classroom. Most importantly, Mrs. Smith believes that one of the most important aspects of her job is to instill a love of reading in all students. 

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  • Ms. Sorrentino picture Linda Sorrentino received her Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Language and Literacy from Simmons College. This rigorous and highly respected program designed by notables in the field of literacy such as Marilyn Adams, Louisa Moats, Rebecca Felton, and Barbara Wilson (Wilson Reading) focuses on scientifically researched and validated methods for teaching all 5 domains of reading (Phonological Awareness, Phonics,Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension) and writing utilizing multi-sensory techniques. She has taken many additional trainings focusing of specific literacy teaching methods and is a Certified Wilson Reading teacher.
    Ms.Sorrentino has been involved in teaching literacy skills for the last 12 years. Her public school experience includes teaching in a sub-separate language based classroom, working in a resource room literacy support role and most recently, working in a private school for students with emotional/behavioral challenges as the K-12 Reading Specialist.
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