The Massachusetts Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE) is a statewide organization dedicated to facilitating steady improvement of educator preparation in the Commonwealth. Our membership is comprised of nearly sixty private and public colleges and universities with educator preparation programs. We are also the state affiliate of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), which is based in Washington, D.C.
In pursuit of our main goal, we are committed to several objectives, but one of our main objectives is to maintain an effective voice for educator preparation at the state level of matters of policy, legislation, regulations, and other matters related to educator preparation and licensure. For example, board members are active in a number of statewide committees such as the Educator Personnel Advisory Council (EPAC), and the Teacher and Administrator Evaluation Task Force. In this and other ways, the MACTE Board is active at both the state and national levels to advocate for our member institutions in an effort to facilitate both policies and regulations that strengthen educator preparation in Massachusetts.
We sponsor two statewide conferences a year. The purpose of these conferences is to provide a forum for our membership institutions to engage with experts in the field of educator preparation and to present their work to an audience eager to hear about innovative and best practices statewide. Conference dates and themes are listed under the Events link.
The MACTE Executive Board meets on a monthly basis from September through June. The board’s membership is elected every two years. The board’s officers and directors, representatives from both private and public institutions, serve on a voluntary basis. The Commonwealth Teacher Education Consortium (COMTEC) and The Massachusetts Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (MAECTE) each have an ex-officio member on the MACTE board.
We welcome comments and suggestions. Contact information for all of our board members is below. Thank you for your interest in MACTE and for visiting our website today!
Executive Board Officers
Westfield State University
Dr. Cheryl A. Stanley is the Associate Dean for Education at Westfield State University. She joined the Education faculty at Westfield State in 1993. She served as the Chairperson, Early Childhood Program Coordinator, and Coordinator of the pre-practicum program in the Education Department. She taught courses in curriculum and instruction and classroom management for education majors seeking licensure in early childhood, elementary and special education as well as for pre-service and in-service teachers at the post baccalaureate and graduate level. She is the coordinator of the Reach To Teach initiative, a partnership between Springfield Public Schools and Westfield State University to recruit SPS students of color to WSU to obtain their teaching credentials and then teach back in Springfield. Dr. Stanley received her BA in Child Development with a certification in Early Childhood Education from Spelman College, her MA in Human Development with a certification in Special Education from George Washington University, and her Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Instructional Leadership.
Janet S. Arndt
Department of Education
Janet S. Arndt, Ed.D has been an Associate Professor in Education at Gordon College since 2001. She is currently Director of Graduate Education and also holds the licensure officer position. Janet holds a B.A. in psychology from Gordon College, Ed.M. from Boston University in School Counseling, a C.A.G. S. and Ed.D. from University of Massachusetts Amherst in Child and Family Studies. Prior to higher education she worked as a classroom teacher, school counselor, Early Childhood Specialist, and elementary principal. Her research interests include family and school partnerships, Universal Design for Learning in pre-service education, and social-emotional development.
Eastern Nazarene College
Lorne Ranstrom has been at ENC since 1991 and served as Chair of the Division of Teacher Education since 1998. In addition to being the Chair, he also serves as the Field Placement Director and the Licensure Officer. His previous position included working as a 7th grade Social Studies teacher and a high school and middle school assistant principal. His interests include the moral dimensions of teachers and teaching and the purpose of schools in a democratic society. He has also served as MACTE Treasurer for 4 years.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
College of Education
Bev Bell is the Director of Secondary Teacher Education in the College of Education, UMass Amherst. She has been involved in higher education for over 15 years and she previously worked and taught in K-12 education for over 15 years in South Africa. She completed her M.Ed and her Ed.D at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In her new position, she will work closely with faculty to promote the intellectual mission and vision of TEP, teach courses, and will primarily be responsible for the coordination of the traditional licensure pathway (University-to-Schools).
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Graduate School of Education
Pat Fontaine is a clinical associate professor of education at UMass Lowell. She received a masters in French from Middlebury and a masters in history from Tufts that led her to teach both French and history at the American School in Paris. After 14 years of public school service teaching, she received the opportunity to teach at UMass Lowell where she taught methods classes in history and French as well as supervising student teaching while getting her doctorate! Pat has extensive PD in local schools in history content (10 years a PI on Teaching American History grants), the Common Core and WIDA.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
STEM Education Center
Katie Elmes is the Director of Equity, Access, and Community at the STEM Education Center at WPI. She looks at topics related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access as well as community building across WPI’s PreK-12 educator programs including its undergraduate teacher preparation program. Prior to this work, Katie directed the Teacher Preparation Program at WPI which focuses on graduating highly qualified math and science teachers. She oversaw all aspects of the program, served as the college licensure officer, spearheaded the annual continuous improvement cycle, and co-taught the practicum seminar. Additionally, she previously taught at the elementary school level, worked in educational policy and politics, and worked as the Site Coordinator for the Bruce Wells Scholars Upward Bound Program where she continues to teach high school freshmen and seniors in their Saturday School. During her time as Site Coordinator for Bruce Wells Upward Bound, Katie served on the Massachusetts Educational Opportunity Association (MEOA) Board, a board devoted to supporting college access programs across the state. Here, she was involved in policy and political advocacy work at both the state and national levels. Her work at WPI is part of the STEM Education Center, WPI’s K-12 STEM educator hub.
Executive Board Directors (in alphabetical order)
Adam Institute for Urban Teaching & School Practice
Andrea Allen has worked as a Director of Admissions at a public community college, a School Counselor at both a private high school and a public vocational high school, and now as the Program Administrator at Clark University. These experiences have allowed her to acquire much knowledge and expertise at various levels of education. Her passion is urban teacher preparation aligned with the mission of Clark University’s distinct one-year program. As a professional, she works very well with others, is highly organized, and is always seeking was to improve as an individual as well as improving the organization with which she is connected.
Worcester State University
Carol Donnelly has been a member of the faculty at Worcester State University for 18 years, and Chair of the Department for the Past 4 years. Before that she served as an Early Childhood teacher/coordinator and Special Education Director in the Auburn Public Schools for 13 years. She has taught Enish at the high school level and Remedial Writing at the college level. Carol has degrees in English (BA Wellesley College MA University of Miami) and Education (M.Ed. Harvard University and EdD Boston University).
Fitchburg State University
Bruno Hicks is dedicated to effective teacher education programs and the role that a group like MACTE plays in advocacy for teacher education in Massachusetts. He has served as a Dean of Education (2yrs), Department Chair (16yrs) and as college faculty (20yrs), and as a 6-8 classroom teacher (10yrs). He also worked one year as an interim principal K-8 while on sabbatical. Since arriving in MA 2 years ago, he currently serves as Chair of SCOPE, as a member of DESE’s Program Review Team, and as a member of SEL4MA’s advocacy group. He has deep experience in accreditation and program review. Throughout my career, he has worked with many public schools in dealing with issues such as curriculum development, assessment and effective school climate.
Michelle LeBlanc is currently a full-time faculty member, Department Chair, Licensure Officer and Director of Field Placement at Curry College. She has been a member of the Curry College faculty since 2001, starting first as a program supervisor and part-time instructor. She completed her bachelor’s degree and teacher preparation program at U-MASS Amherst in Early Childhood Education. She earned an MED from Curry College, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Northeastern University. Her professional interests focus on program evaluation, teacher candidate performance and the alignment to evaluation criteria, building readiness in teacher candidates through multiple field experiences and developing the evaluation skills of supervising practitioners and program supervisors. In her current positions, she oversees programs in Education at the undergraduate and graduate levels including Early Childhood Education, Elementary Ed, Moderate Disabilities, Principal/Asst. Principal, Supervisor/ Director, Early Education and Care, Community Education and Out-Of-School Time Education. In addition to teaching and serving as Licensure Officer, she coordinates teacher candidate placements at the College’s off-site campus, develops materials and supports for practicum and pre-practicum experiences, and works on developing relationships with area schools and administrators. She has served on multiple ESE task forces including the Teacher Performance Assessment Taskforce in 2014, in addition to serving as a program reviewer for teacher preparation programs across the state. Over the past year, she has presented with ESE staff on the topic of building CAP into pre-practicum experiences as a basis for building readiness for the practicum.
Kathleen McNamara is the Director of Licensure, Placement and Supervision at Stonehill College. A former teacher in the fields of Special Education and Elementary Education, she has worked in classrooms that span all levels of PK-12 and supervised programs at the secondary level. She has taught educator preparation courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Kathy holds a BA from the College of St Elizabeth and an M.Ed. from Lesley University. She has served MACTE’s Executive Board as a private college representative and more recently in the president positions. Currently she is the Northeast Regional Representative to AACTE’s Advisory Committee of State Representatives (ACSR).
Western New England University
Deb Patterson is currently full professor and department chair of the education department at Western New England University. She has been a member of the WNE faculty since 1998. She completed her doctorate at UMass Amherst in 1998, with a dissertation focused on using children’s literature to teach math. While a doctoral student she served as field coordinator for the undergraduate teacher education program, ran the support seminar for university supervisors in the field, taught methods courses and taught several courses at the graduate level. She has served on the NEERO board (New England Educational Research Organization) for the past eight years. Most recently she collaborated with other educators and community members to design and implement a parent literacy program, Baby and Me, in the Amherst area. Baby and Me is celebrating its first year of serving families with home visits, free books, and a weekly parenting program.
University of Massachusetts Boston
College of Education and Human Development
Lianna Pizzo is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director of Early Childhood Education and Care at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has worked in the field for more than 17 years as a school psychologist, teacher educator, and educational researcher. She has experience in both Pre-K-12 and birth through five educational settings. She holds her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College, as well as a Master’s in Developmental Psychology and Specialist in School Psychology from Gallaudet University. Her work focuses on the linguistically responsive education of bilingual and multilingual d/Deaf and hard of hearing children as well as culturally, linguistically, and developmentally responsive assessment practices for young children and their families. She also is heavily involved in accreditation practices that support high quality pre-service teacher experiences.
Salem State University
Theresa (Teri) Smith joined Salem State University in 2002. She has been the Director of the Licensure and Certification Office for the School of Education since 2006. Prior to joining Salem State, she worked in various legal roles for the Trial Court of the Commonwealth and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. Theresa received her B.A and M.A.T in History from Salem State and is a licensed History and Social Sciences teacher for grades 5-12. Theresa’s professional interests include educator program review pertaining to teacher preparation and has served as a state program reviewer for the past two years. She has worked with faculty from all content areas and disciplines to revise and develop new educator programs through her work on the department’s Curriculum and Assessment Committees. Most recently her collaborative work with the School of Social Work and Coordinators of the School Counseling and Psychology programs led to the development and informal approval of a unique three-path approach to licensure as a School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker (SAC/SSW). Recognizing the growing need for trained School Social Workers in our PreK-12 schools, this interdisciplinary approach has provided a pathway to licensure for current students pursuing graduate degrees in Social Work, Psychology and Education to earn an initial license in SAC/SSW.
Ex-officio MATSOL Liaison
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Graduate School of Education
Ex-officio MAECTE Liaison
Pine Manor College
Chestnut Hill, MA
Sandra McElroy, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor and the Director of Education Programs at Pine Manor College. Pine Manor College is a coeducational institution with one of the most diverse student bodies in the country. Sandra is Co/President of MAECTE, The Massachusetts Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. She has many years of teaching experience in both public and private PreK-12 schools, and in higher education. Sandra has presented at State, National, and International Conferences on such topics as curriculum and course development, achievement gap issues, English language learners, pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning, and issues related to social justice. She has a B.S., M.A., and an Ed.D.
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