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Welcome - The Staff

Director, Shelly Chasse-Johndro, holds a Master’s of Education from the University of Maine. She is a certified mathematics teacher and holds an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement. She has managed previous Title III Professional Development Programs, has taught several ESL courses, and has developed an extensive online curriculum.

Principal Investigator, Laura Lindenfeld, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Communication & Journalism and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.  Much of her current research focuses on civic engagement of underrepresented minority populations in Maine.

Administrative Specialist, Jane Dare, works closely with the project Director, providing administrative and clerical support. Scheduling committee meetings, coordinates preparation’s for college-wide workshops and conferences, including equipment and technology needs, reservations and catering. She develops, publish and collects responses on workshop surveys, manages the project’s website and related contact information.

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant, Andrea Mercado, holds an M.Ed. in e-learning Technology and Design from Jones International University and a M.S. in Foreign Language Education with Specialization in TESOL from Florida International University.  Her research experience includes analyzing student performance data, qualitative research on teacher training and technology and has studied cultural experience and behaviors in families of ESL students.

Outreach Coordinator, Marguerite MacDonald, recently retired from Portland Public Schools and served as teacher, assistant principal, principal, Multilingual Program Coordinator, and Director of Adult Education. She was Assistant to former Commissioner of Education Eve Bither and implemented the gender equity grant for the Department of Education during that time.  She is currently an adjunct instructor at SMCC and UMaine.

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