An Affiliate of the International Literacy Association
MRA Leadership Team
MRA President, 2017 Conference Chair, Marlene Correia, member for about 13 years; Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Freetown/Lakeville Regional Schools “Membership in MRA has truly shaped my career as an educator. Being part of this organization has given me the opportunity to collaborate with knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate educators who promote lifelong literacy.”
President-elect,Holly Banusiewicz , member for 12 years; PreK-5 Literacy Coach, Wilmington Public Schools “A beloved professor introduced me to MRA as a graduate student, and I have been involved ever since. MRA is an organization that shares my passion for promoting lifelong literacy. It inspires educators through meaningful professional development, encourages individuals to take on leadership roles, and impacts the lives of children by helping them to grow as readers and writers.”
MRA Vice President, Valerie Harlow Shinas,member for 4 years; Associate Professor and Director of Language and Literacy Division, Graduate School of Education, Lesley University “When I returned to Massachusetts several years ago, I was eager to develop a professional network of literacy educators. A colleague introduced me to MRA and I have been an active member ever since. Membership in MRA and several local councils provides me with many opportunities to engage in important conversations with colleagues across the state and has helped me develop strong relationships with an amazing group of literacy professionals.”
MRA Vice President-elect, Leandra Elion, member for 8 years; Reading Specialist, Special Education Teacher, Lecturer at Eliot Pearson, Tufts University @2read4life“With MRA you have a supportive and innovative Professional Learning Community. Your questions about literacy teaching, best practices, new initiatives and the latest publications can be answered by any of the teachers, professors, authors and researchers in the field. My learning and my practice – and ultimately the instruction that I give to my students – is a beneficiary of MRA’s collective support and knowledge.
MRA Immediate Past President, Laura Broach member for 8 years; Literacy Specialist; Title I Reading Teacher at Graham & Parks School in Cambridge “MRA is a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest topics in literacy education and to meet other like-minded educators working in a wide variety of positions to improve literacy education in Massachusetts.”
MRA ILA State Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Past President, Nancy Meagher, member for 25 years;Educational Consultant, Retired Reading Specialist at the Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis “I love spending time with my MRA friends and colleagues who make me think deeply, care passionately, and laugh heartily.”
MRA Director of Membership, Linda Cornell, member for 6 years; Literacy Coordinator, Mystic Valley Elder Services “MRA offers me the opportunity to collaborate with other passionate literacy educators in ways that are enhanced by the knowledge they share, the immense talents they possess and their deep desire to help all readers be independent and passionate lifelong learners.”
MRA Executive Secretary, Past President,Joan Tuttle, member for 20+ years; Retired Burlington Public Schools; Consultant “I love that I have current literacy information by attending the Board and local council meetings, our state conference, reading the publications and especially meeting so many great members! MRA members are committed to literacy experiences!”
MRA Executive Treasurer,Bernie Tuttle, member for 9 years; Retired “I find my interaction with dedicated educators invigorating.”
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) in collaboration with
CREST Collaborative is seeking to recruit and approve regional Literacy Consultants to
work to support ESE’s Early Grades Literacy grant recipients. More Information.