Our Coaches

Kelly Ally received her M.Ed from Notre Dame College. She was a classroom teacher in the Lowell, MA Public Schools and an adjunct professor at Middlesex Community College, co-authoring their “Step-Up” program, assisting paraprofessionals in obtaining teacher certification. She has provided consulting to schools in MA, NH, and NY, and developed and conducted training workshops for the Department of Education in both the Reading First and Bay State Readers initiatives, as well as for the Reading Trainer’s Network.

Kelly Ally received her M.Ed from Notre Dame College. She was a classroom teacher in the Lowell, MA Public Schools and an adjunct professor at Middlesex Community College, co-authoring their “Step-Up” program, assisting paraprofessionals in obtaining teacher certification. She has provided consulting to schools in MA, NH, and NY, and developed and conducted training workshops for the Department of Education in both the Reading First and Bay State Readers initiatives, as well as for the Reading Trainer’s Network.

Kelly Ally
Literacy Consultant and Director of Curriculum and Instruction

“The ability to adjust your instruction based upon data is not something that you learn in undergraduate school. That’s where BSRI’s coaches come in with experience and know-how.” Sue Charochak, Principal Coach, has been the principal of the Ayers School in Beverly for the past ten years. Prior to that, Mrs. Charochak was a teacher and a Special Education Team Chairperson in the Beverly Public Schools. She holds a BA in Psychology from Regis College and competed graduate studies at Salem State in Special Education. Mrs. Charochak received her M.Ed in Educational Leadership as a member of the first T.I.L.E. cohort from Salem State University. Mrs. Charochak brings her experience in school leadership and her implementation of data-driven instructional change to her role with the Bay State Reading Institute. Her focus on school culture, the creation of a school-wide collaborative learning environment and embedded professional development are instrumental in school change.

“The ability to adjust your instruction based upon data is not something that you learn in undergraduate school. That’s where BSRI’s coaches come in with experience and know-how.”

Sue Charochak, Principal Coach, has been the principal of the Ayers School in Beverly for the past ten years. Prior to that, Mrs. Charochak was a teacher and a Special Education Team Chairperson in the Beverly Public Schools. She holds a BA in Psychology from Regis College and competed graduate studies at Salem State in Special Education. Mrs. Charochak received her M.Ed in Educational Leadership as a member of the first T.I.L.E. cohort from Salem State University. Mrs. Charochak brings her experience in school leadership and her implementation of data-driven instructional change to her role with the Bay State Reading Institute. Her focus on school culture, the creation of a school-wide collaborative learning environment and embedded professional development are instrumental in school change.

Sue Charochak
Principal Coach

“As a principal for many years, I recognize the challenging demands and the hectic pace of the position. In the role of principal coach, I am pleased to offer support, perspective, and mentoring to current principals." Nancy Connelly, holds an M.Ed. from Boston College. A veteran educator, Ms. Connelly retired from the Randolph Public Schools after thirty-seven years, twenty years of which she was principal of two schools, and four years as an Assistant Principal/Head Teacher. In addition to administrative positions, she was a teacher at the elementary and middle schools levels. Ms. Connelly brings particular experience with family engagements efforts, the organization of professional development and mentoring for teachers, and initiation and coordination of district-wide literacy programs and summer academic support for young readers.

“As a principal for many years, I recognize the challenging demands and the hectic pace of the position. In the role of principal coach, I am pleased to offer support, perspective, and mentoring to current principals."

Nancy Connelly, holds an M.Ed. from Boston College. A veteran educator, Ms. Connelly retired from the Randolph Public Schools after thirty-seven years, twenty years of which she was principal of two schools, and four years as an Assistant Principal/Head Teacher. In addition to administrative positions, she was a teacher at the elementary and middle schools levels. Ms. Connelly brings particular experience with family engagements efforts, the organization of professional development and mentoring for teachers, and initiation and coordination of district-wide literacy programs and summer academic support for young readers.

Nancy MacKenzie Connelly
Principal Coach

Dr. Joan Connolly works for Bay State Reading Initiative as a Principal Coach in both urban and suburban districts. She also serves as Program Administrator of the New Superintendents Induction Program, a partnership between the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She administers this program now in its seventh year and coaches new superintendents in districts across the state.  She has held many positions in public education including teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. She was the Superintendent of the Malden Public Schools from 2000-2007 and Superintendent of the Winthrop Public Schools from 1996-2000. From 2007-2009 she was the Academic Director of Professional Programs in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was the Co-Facilitator of the Massachusetts Urban Superintendents’ Network for six years and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents for seven years.  She was President of MASS from 2005-2006. She was an adjunct member of the faculty at Salem State College for eighteen years, teaching in both the School Administration Program and the CAGS Program. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Collaborative Education and The Paul Revere Innovation School.

Dr. Joan Connolly works for Bay State Reading Initiative as a Principal Coach in both urban and suburban districts. She also serves as Program Administrator of the New Superintendents Induction Program, a partnership between the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She administers this program now in its seventh year and coaches new superintendents in districts across the state.  She has held many positions in public education including teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. She was the Superintendent of the Malden Public Schools from 2000-2007 and Superintendent of the Winthrop Public Schools from 1996-2000. From 2007-2009 she was the Academic Director of Professional Programs in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was the Co-Facilitator of the Massachusetts Urban Superintendents’ Network for six years and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents for seven years.  She was President of MASS from 2005-2006. She was an adjunct member of the faculty at Salem State College for eighteen years, teaching in both the School Administration Program and the CAGS Program. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Collaborative Education and The Paul Revere Innovation School.

Dr. Joan Connolly
Principal Coach

Maureen Connors holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in ESL from University of Massachusetts- Lowell. During 36 years with Lawrence Public Schools she was a classroom teacher, ESL teacher, Bilingual Lead Teacher, Curriculum Facilitator, ESL Staff Developer, Success For All Facilitator. She was also a Reading First Reading Specialist, leading her school to an early exit from the Reading First grant due to level of implementation and achieving all goals.

Maureen Connors holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in ESL from University of Massachusetts- Lowell. During 36 years with Lawrence Public Schools she was a classroom teacher, ESL teacher, Bilingual Lead Teacher, Curriculum Facilitator, ESL Staff Developer, Success For All Facilitator. She was also a Reading First Reading Specialist, leading her school to an early exit from the Reading First grant due to level of implementation and achieving all goals.

Maureen Connors
Literacy Consultant

“BSRI provides the winning combination. We work as a team with school staff to make instructional decisions based on data while providing on-going professional development and coaching for every teacher and principal.” Judith Fletcher holds an M. Ed. with a concentration in Reading from American International College. Judith has been a successful teacher and principal, with over thirty- eight years experience in both urban and suburban settings, beginning in the Holyoke Public Schools as a Reading Specialist. During that time, she also served as the Director and Supervisor of the American International College Summer Reading Clinic, a graduate course for students seeking Reading Specialist licensure. Judith recently retired as a Principal in the East Longmeadow school district.  

“BSRI provides the winning combination. We work as a team with school staff to make instructional decisions based on data while providing on-going professional development and coaching for every teacher and principal.”

Judith Fletcher holds an M. Ed. with a concentration in Reading from American International College. Judith has been a successful teacher and principal, with over thirty- eight years experience in both urban and suburban settings, beginning in the Holyoke Public Schools as a Reading Specialist. During that time, she also served as the Director and Supervisor of the American International College Summer Reading Clinic, a graduate course for students seeking Reading Specialist licensure. Judith recently retired as a Principal in the East Longmeadow school district.
 

Judith Fletcher
Principal Coach

“Changing a school culture is challenging. BSRI helps principals create a school culture where all teachers accept responsibility for student learning.” Dr. Marie Galinski is the recently retired Superintendent Beverly Public Schools, and was Assistant Superintendent before assuming that role. She has worked as a building principal K-12 in both public and private schools. Dr. Galinski was an adjunct professor at Salem State University for 23 years, is currently teaching at Merrimack College.

“Changing a school culture is challenging. BSRI helps principals create a school culture where all teachers accept responsibility for student learning.”

Dr. Marie Galinski is the recently retired Superintendent Beverly Public Schools, and was Assistant Superintendent before assuming that role. She has worked as a building principal K-12 in both public and private schools. Dr. Galinski was an adjunct professor at Salem State University for 23 years, is currently teaching at Merrimack College.

Dr. Marie Galinski
Principal Coach

“As a former teacher and administrator, I‘ve always understood the value of data analysis.  BSRI goes one step further.  We not only support principals, reading coaches and teachers through data analysis but also provide professional development, modeling and teacher support to implement changes to make a difference.” Grace Marie Greeno holds an M.Ed. degrees from University of Massachusetts and a CAES and Ed. D. from Boston College. Dr. Greeno retired from Revere Public Schools after 35 years where she served as Director of Literacy, Title I and Early Childhood for 18 years. Under her leadership, Revere’s Reading First Grant was identified as one of the six most successful programs in Massachusetts. Previously, she served as Early Childhood Specialist, Core Evaluation Team (CET) liaison, a teacher in both regular and special education classes, and as adjunct professor at Lesley College. She presently is an adjunct faculty member at Fitchburg State University.

“As a former teacher and administrator, I‘ve always understood the value of data analysis.  BSRI goes one step further.  We not only support principals, reading coaches and teachers through data analysis but also provide professional development, modeling and teacher support to implement changes to make a difference.”

Grace Marie Greeno holds an M.Ed. degrees from University of Massachusetts and a CAES and Ed. D. from Boston College. Dr. Greeno retired from Revere Public Schools after 35 years where she served as Director of Literacy, Title I and Early Childhood for 18 years. Under her leadership, Revere’s Reading First Grant was identified as one of the six most successful programs in Massachusetts. Previously, she served as Early Childhood Specialist, Core Evaluation Team (CET) liaison, a teacher in both regular and special education classes, and as adjunct professor at Lesley College. She presently is an adjunct faculty member at Fitchburg State University.

Grace Marie Greeno
Literacy Consultant

“We get to collaborate as teachers set goals and chart their course. We are able to provide guidance based on the success of all the BSRI schools who have come before them.  And we are able to make available resources to bring their unique plans to fruition.  What could be more gratifying?” Judy Loughlin received her Ph.D. in Psychology from UMASS Amherst. She was a classroom teacher and school literacy specialist for 15 years, and is a certified national mentor trainer for DIBELS Next, has received ‘training for trainers’ in Keys to Literacy with Joan Sedita and training in Differentiated Instruction with Vicki Gibson and Jan Hasbrouck, and a licensed school psychologist. She was a consultant for IDEAL for over 10 years, with a focus on Response to Intervention practices.

“We get to collaborate as teachers set goals and chart their course. We are able to provide guidance based on the success of all the BSRI schools who have come before them.  And we are able to make available resources to bring their unique plans to fruition.  What could be more gratifying?”

Judy Loughlin received her Ph.D. in Psychology from UMASS Amherst. She was a classroom teacher and school literacy specialist for 15 years, and is a certified national mentor trainer for DIBELS Next, has received ‘training for trainers’ in Keys to Literacy with Joan Sedita and training in Differentiated Instruction with Vicki Gibson and Jan Hasbrouck, and a licensed school psychologist. She was a consultant for IDEAL for over 10 years, with a focus on Response to Intervention practices.

Judy Loughlin
Literacy Consultant

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Jacqueline Rapisardi
Principal Coach

“BSRI focuses on best practices. Best practices in literacy are also best practices in mathematics. When elementary school teachers understand the connection between literacy and mathematics, they begin to implement the very same strategies used in their work in literacy in their mathematics classes.” Kit Norris received her MA from Colombia University Teachers College. She began as a classroom mathematics teacher, mathematics department chair, and administrator, and now provides mathematics consulting for schools, districts and numerous national councils and national organizations. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and is a contributing author for several math curricula and the creator of three math interventions.

“BSRI focuses on best practices. Best practices in literacy are also best practices in mathematics. When elementary school teachers understand the connection between literacy and mathematics, they begin to implement the very same strategies used in their work in literacy in their mathematics classes.”

Kit Norris received her MA from Colombia University Teachers College. She began as a classroom mathematics teacher, mathematics department chair, and administrator, and now provides mathematics consulting for schools, districts and numerous national councils and national organizations. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and is a contributing author for several math curricula and the creator of three math interventions.

Kit Norris
Math Coach

“At BSRI, we are able to differentiate our services for each school we partner with to meet the needs of the student population and teachers.  As we work together over the years, we build strong connections and share their pride in student growth and school change.  This enables us to grow with the school and always provide the next level of support they need.” Since Ben received his M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education he has worked on the forefront of change in education as a classroom teacher for elementary age students, high school age Special Education teacher and as a literacy consultant in schools from Alaska to Florida. In addition Ben has taught Masters level coursework at Merrimack College and Arizona State University as an adjunct faculty. 

“At BSRI, we are able to differentiate our services for each school we partner with to meet the needs of the student population and teachers.  As we work together over the years, we build strong connections and share their pride in student growth and school change.  This enables us to grow with the school and always provide the next level of support they need.”

Since Ben received his M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education he has worked on the forefront of change in education as a classroom teacher for elementary age students, high school age Special Education teacher and as a literacy consultant in schools from Alaska to Florida. In addition Ben has taught Masters level coursework at Merrimack College and Arizona State University as an adjunct faculty. 

Benjamin Scherz
Literacy Consultant and Director of Strategic Partnerships

BSRI recognizes that children have various learning styles.  As coaches ,we work with teachers and principals to address those differences while celebrating student and teacher successes. 

BSRI recognizes that children have various learning styles.  As coaches ,we work with teachers and principals to address those differences while celebrating student and teacher successes. 

RoseMarie O'Connor
Literacy Consultant

“Today’s research tells us a principal needs to be both an inspiring instructional leader focused on student achievement, and a competent building manager focused on compliance and district demands.  What isn’t always clear is how a principal accomplishes these goals without becoming disheartened and overwhelmed.” Miffy Somers is a skilled Principal Coach and Professional Development provider.  In her role as Senior Adviser for the Bay State Reading Institute she’s instrumental in shaping and supporting the practices and behaviors of all stakeholders. Educated at Lesley University and Salem State College for graduate work, Miffy is an experienced instructional leader having been a Principal, Assistant Principal, and classroom teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels. As Principal Coach for BSRI, she frames and articulates measurable goals, models data driven analysis based on the Common Core, connects outcomes to walk-throughs, and implements RTI in support of a collaborative school climate and schoolwide learning culture.

“Today’s research tells us a principal needs to be both an inspiring instructional leader focused on student achievement, and a competent building manager focused on compliance and district demands.  What isn’t always clear is how a principal accomplishes these goals without becoming disheartened and overwhelmed.”

Miffy Somers is a skilled Principal Coach and Professional Development provider.  In her role as Senior Adviser for the Bay State Reading Institute she’s instrumental in shaping and supporting the practices and behaviors of all stakeholders. Educated at Lesley University and Salem State College for graduate work, Miffy is an experienced instructional leader having been a Principal, Assistant Principal, and classroom teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels. As Principal Coach for BSRI, she frames and articulates measurable goals, models data driven analysis based on the Common Core, connects outcomes to walk-throughs, and implements RTI in support of a collaborative school climate and schoolwide learning culture.

Miffy Somers
Principal Coach and Senior Adviser

Heather Provenzano received her B.S. in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education from Syracuse University.  In addition, she completed her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading at Lesley University.  Heather began her career in Malden at the Salemwood School. During her ten years in the Malden Public Schools, Heather was a special education teacher, a classroom teacher, and a K-8 literacy coach.  As a teacher and literacy coach at the Salemwood School, Heather participated in partnerships with the Expanding Learning Time Grant and Bay State Reading Institute; both of which contributed to the success of the Salemwood School. As the literacy coach, Heather was instrumental in improving student performance on standardized assessments; she facilitated school and district professional development trainings, coached grade levels teams, and provided support for teachers to enhance literacy instruction. Heather is excited to be part of the incredible team of BSRI consultants.

Heather Provenzano received her B.S. in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education from Syracuse University.  In addition, she completed her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading at Lesley University.  Heather began her career in Malden at the Salemwood School. During her ten years in the Malden Public Schools, Heather was a special education teacher, a classroom teacher, and a K-8 literacy coach.  As a teacher and literacy coach at the Salemwood School, Heather participated in partnerships with the Expanding Learning Time Grant and Bay State Reading Institute; both of which contributed to the success of the Salemwood School. As the literacy coach, Heather was instrumental in improving student performance on standardized assessments; she facilitated school and district professional development trainings, coached grade levels teams, and provided support for teachers to enhance literacy instruction. Heather is excited to be part of the incredible team of BSRI consultants.

Heather Provenzano
Literacy Consultant