Executive board officers
University of Massachusetts Boston
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.
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.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Bev Bell is the Director of Secondary Teacher Education in the College of Education, University of Massachusetts 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)
Dr. Amy Ryan is the Assistant Dean for Field Placement and Outreach at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. In this capacity, she oversees field placements for undergraduate and graduate teacher education candidates in programs leading to endorsement and licensure. She also actively partners with faculty in the Teaching, Curriculum and Society Department and serves on the Catholic Education Committee and the Donovan Urban Scholars Advisory Board. Dr. Ryan has more than twenty years of experience supporting PK-12 students, teachers and communities through her work as a classroom teacher, district leader, and university administrator.
BOARD MEMBErS FroM PUBLIC INSTITUtIONS
Bridgewater State University
Patty Emmons, Ed.D, is an Associate Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences (CEHS) at Bridgewater State University. She joined BSU in 2006 as a faculty member in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She taught math methods courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level, child study, introduction to elementary education, and supervised numerous student teachers. She served as the department chair for five years and as the department honors chairperson for six years mentoring undergraduate research students. She is passionate about international education and providing students opportunities to study and teach abroad. Patty has taken several groups of students to Belize on study tours and service trips. She established a student teaching location at La Isla Carinosa Academy in Caye Caulker, Belize in 2017. She is currently working with colleagues in CEHS and the Minnock Institute of Global Engagement at BSU, and the Game Changers in Education Program on a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) experience in virtual negotiation skill-building and international exchange for future leaders in education. Patty has a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University in Elementary Education, a master’s degree from Connecticut College in Teacher Education, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University.
Westfield State University
Barbara Lucas oversees the Teacher Preparation Program and Licensure Office at Westfield State University for the past 11 years. She is responsible for practicum placements for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students as well as licensure endorsements for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students. She assists in development and delivery of training for pre-services candidates, Supervising Practitioners and Program Supervisors. In addition, Mrs. Lucas assists with state and national accreditation and data reporting. Prior to working in higher education, Mrs. Lucas worked in a variety of roles in PK-12 districts in Massachusetts. She has advanced degrees in Psychology and her interests include social-emotional learning and relationship building within Ed Prep programs.
BOARD MEMBERS FROM PRIVATE INStitUtIONS
Boston University/Wheelock College
Jennifer Bryson, a former classroom teacher in the Chelsea Public Schools, specializes in the professional preparation of elementary education teachers. Her responsibilities include teaching, advising, and coordination, and supervision of student teachers in the elementary education program and the student-teaching abroad programs in London, England, and Sydney, Australia. In addition, Dr. Bryson teaches an on-site language arts methods, leads field seminars on building a positive classroom community, and is the founder of the Teacher-to-Teacher mentoring initiative that supports BU Wheelock graduates during their first year of teaching. Dr. Bryson also facilitates family literacy initiatives at the Edward Monroe Trotter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and the Mary C. Burke Elementary Complex in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Her research interests include elementary education, literacy education, and family literacy. In her research, Dr. Bryson uses socio-cognitive and socio-cultural theories of learning to examine the role of family literacy projects as a tool to bridge home and school literacy.
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.
Curry College, Milton, MA
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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.
Stephanie R. Logan is an associate professor of elementary and multicultural education. She is a former elementary school teacher and a former elementary and middle school counselor. Her research interests include preparing culturally competent pre-service teachers, creating inclusive classroom and campus environments, and social studies teaching in elementary classrooms.
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.
Bay Path University
Chair of Education Programs and Director of Teacher Licensure, Dr. Ellen Rustico is a licensed educator who brings public school teaching experience in both special education and elementary education to her position at Bay Path University. Dr. Rustico teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In 2018, she was awarded the Estelle Leavitt Award for Teaching Excellence, recognized for her work with student engagement, teaching effectiveness and passion as well as her community presence. Dr. Rustico has presented nationally on a Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) model that is unique to Bay Path University, increasing MTEL pass rates for teacher candidates. Dr. Rustico has also been selected as a program reviewer for other educator preparation programs in the state of Massachusetts.