Meet The Speakers

SHAUN ADAMEC

SHAUN ADAMEC

Director of Strategic Communications
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Community Engagement for School Change, Philanthropy’s Role in Community Engagement

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DELIA ARELLANO-WEDDLETON

DELIA ARELLANO-WEDDLETON

Senior Program Officer
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Community engagement, student and parent engagement, building community, student and parent voice

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LISSETTE AGYEMAN-CASTILLO

LISSETTE AGYEMAN-CASTILLO

Teacher
Fenway High School
Boston, MA

Areas of Expertise:
Youth organizing, equity, project-based learning

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GAYLE ALLEN-GREENE

GAYLE ALLEN-GREENE

Principal
Bulkeley High School
Hartford, CT

Areas of Expertise:
School culture and climate; Positive Behavior Intervention Support; adult learning; blended learning; student and teacher engagement

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ABUSANA 'MICKY' BONDO

ABUSANA 'MICKY' BONDO

Coalition Parent Leader Organizer
Portland Empowered, Portland Public Schools
Portland, Maine

Areas of Expertise:
Community organizing, parent engagement, student and parent voice

 

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SONIA CAUS GLEASON

SONIA CAUS GLEASON

Director of Strategic Learning and Evaluation
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

Areas of Expertise: 
Learning & evaluation, professional learning, systems change, equity, learning culture, data usage in school systems

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DANIEL CORSETTI

DANIEL CORSETTI

Assistant Principal
Washington Middle School
Meriden, CT

Areas of Expertise:

Student-centered learning, youth engagement, professional development and student-centered learning coaching

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TAIWO DEMOLA

TAIWO DEMOLA

Student
Classical High School
Providence, RI

Areas of Expertise:
Youth leadership, student activism, civic engagement, theater for social change

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JESSICA DONALDSON

JESSICA DONALDSON

Policy Officer
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Education Policy

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NICK DONOHUE

NICK DONOHUE

President & CEO
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Systems change, student-centered learning, equity in education

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EVE GOLDBERG

EVE GOLDBERG

Research Director
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Education Research

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LAURA ITEKA

LAURA ITEKA

Student
Deering High School
Portland, ME

Areas of Expertise:
Youth engagement, community organizing, student voice

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ZACK MEZERA

ZACK MEZERA

Executive Director
Providence Student Union
Providence, RI

Areas of Expertise: 
Community organizing, youth voice and engagement, electoral organizing

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MARY SYLVIA HARRISON

MARY SYLVIA HARRISON

Vice President of Programs
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Education programming, college readiness, equity in education

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MOLLY MESSENGER

MOLLY MESSENGER

Director

Pittsfield Listens

Pittsfield, New Hampshire

Areas of Expertise

Rural organizing, youth organizing, parent engagement, student voice

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RICHARD MUTTS

RICHARD MUTTS

Program Coordinator
Meriden Children First Initiative
Meriden, CT

Areas of Expertise:
Parent engagement, equity, youth mentorship

 

 

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SUNNY PAI

SUNNY PAI

Director of ELL Programs and Diploma Plus
Charlestown High School
Charlestown, MA

Areas of Expertise: 
Competency-based education, restorative justice, equity

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FRANCIS PINA

FRANCIS PINA

Teacher 
Codman Academy Charter School
Boston, MA

Areas of Expertise:
Youth engagement, improvement science, Algebra 1, secondary mathematics, growth mindset

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AMY REX

AMY REX

Co-Principal,
Harwood Union Regional High School
Moretown, VT

Areas of Expertise: Student voice, shared leadership, proficiency-based learning, personalized learning

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JESSICA SPOHN

JESSICA SPOHN

Program Director
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Education programming, implementing student-centered learning, educational equity

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BRIAN STACK

BRIAN STACK

Principal,
Sanborn Regional High School
Kingston, NH

Areas of Expertise: 
Personalized learning, competency-based learning, administration and high school redesign

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EMILY THIELMANN

EMILY THIELMANN

Policy Associate
University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME

Areas of Expertise:
Youth organizing, parent engagement, student voice

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CHARLIE TOULMIN

CHARLIE TOULMIN

Director of Policy
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
National education policy,  state-level education policy

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CHARLES WILLIS

CHARLES WILLIS

Teacher
Revere High School
Revere, MA

Areas of Expertise:
Student-centered learning, student engagement, competency-based learning, teacher leadership

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Emeritus Speakers

These experts from the Bureau’s inaugural cohort are still available for speaking opportunities and look forward to hearing from you.

PIOUS ALI

PIOUS ALI

Youth and Community Engagement Specialist
Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME

 

Areas of Expertise:
Youth and community engagement, school governance

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TORI CLEILAND

TORI CLEILAND

School Board Member and Educator
Winooski Public Schools
Winooski, VT

 

Areas of Expertise:
School governance, youth engagement, student mentorship, proficiency-based learning

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LINDSEY COX

LINDSEY COX

Project Manager
Partnership for Change
Burlington & Winooski, VT

 

Areas of Expertise:
Management, strategy, leadership and community engagement for educational change

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JAMES FLYNN

JAMES FLYNN

Social Studies Department Chair
Orville H. Platt High School
Meriden, CT

 

Areas of Expertise:
Blended learning, personalized learning, social media in the classroom, student voice and engagement

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JOHN J. FREEMAN

JOHN J. FREEMAN

Superintendent
Pittsfield Public Schools
Pittsfield, NH

 

Areas of Expertise:
Community engagement, district-wide application of student centered approaches, systems change

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DR. LOURENÇO GARCIA

DR. LOURENÇO GARCIA

Principal
Revere High School
Revere, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Educational equity, critical pedagogy, restructuring schools, blended learning, student-centered and flipped learning, English language learners and second language acquisition

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SHAWN RUBIN

SHAWN RUBIN

Director of Blended Learning
Highlander Institute
Providence, RI

 

Areas of Expertise:
Blended Learning, professional development

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