I was skeptical. I felt I’d had good success with the old way. Two years later, I am surprised at how will this new way works. The students are improving by leaps and bounds. It’s amazing.

Anita Bala

20 year veteran teacher, Munger Hill Elementary School

“It is no exaggeration to say that without Bay State Reading Institute’s assistance and partnership, the Gloucester Public School District would not be a Level 2 district poised to make even more significant gains going forward. “

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Richard Safier

Superintendent, Gloucester Public Schools


Our Staff


Kelly Ally

Kelly Ally

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

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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.

Sue Charochak

Sue Charochak

Principal Coach

“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.”

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  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.

Nancy MacKenzie Connelly

Nancy MacKenzie Connelly

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.

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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.

Dr. Joan Connolly

Principal Coach

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 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. 

Maureen Connors

Maureen Connors

Literacy Consultant

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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.

Judith Fletcher

Judith Fletcher

Principal Coach

“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.”

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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.

Dr. Marie Galinski

Dr. Marie Galinski

Principal Coach

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

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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 Sate University for 23 years, is currently teaching at Merrimack College.

Grace Marie Greeno

Grace Marie Greeno

Literacy Consultant

“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.”

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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.

Naseem Jaffers

Naseem Jaffers

Math Coach

“BSRI coaching is ongoing, not a one-shot workshop. It is aligned to state standards, curriculum, and assessment. And its goal is twofold: improved instructional practice and improved student learning.”

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Naseem Jaffers received her M.Ed from California State University Hayward. She was a math classroom instructor and coach for 15 years in California before becoming the Director of Mathmatics Coaching for Mass Insight for 6 years. Naseem was also a member of the Ma State Standards Review Committee which wrote the MA Common Core Standards.

Judy Loughlin

Judy Loughlin

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?” 

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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.

Lesley Maxwell

Lesley Maxwell

Language Development Specialist

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Lesley Maxwell received her MS in Communication Disorders from Boston College. She is Director of Clinical Education and Coordinator of the Speech, Language and Literacy Clinic and Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute. She is a specialist in pediatric speech-language pathology, early childhood disorders of communication, autism, school-age language learning disabilities, phonological disorders, and oral language instruction in regular education classrooms.

Kit Norris

Kit Norris

Math 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.”

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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.

RoseMarie O'Connor

RoseMarie O'Connor

Literacy Consultant

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BSRI provides its partners with multiple opportunities to improve their classroom instruction by offering professional development sessions focusing on best practices. RoseMarie O’Connor recently retired as principal of the Beachmont School in Revere. Under her leadership, the school was awarded the 2010 National Title I Distinguished Award given to the school that made the most progress in closing the achievement gap between student groups. The school twice achieved an MCAS Level I performance and was a Commendation School during the eight years RoseMarie was principal. Besides her eight years as principal, she spent 31 years in the classroom. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, having mentored new teachers and new administrators as well as designing and implementing a new teacher induction program. As a BSRI principal coach, RoseMarie shares her experiences and knowledge with administrators and teachers to create a plethora of effective instructional practices with the common goal of increasing student success.

Heather Provenzano

Literacy Consultant

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 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. 

Jacqueline Rapisardi

Jacqueline Rapisardi

Principal Coach

“After having been in education for more than 40 years, it is thrilling to see such enthusiastic teachers in our BSRI schools. It makes me want to go back into the classroom! And, of course, working with principals as their coach is a wonderful way to bring it all together in a professional learning community!”

Read about Jackie

Jacqueline A. Rapisardi, Principal Coach, holds an M.Ed. in School Leadership from Salem State University. Ms. Rapisardi has held teaching and leadership positions, from principal to coordination of multiple district-wide programs, in Lawrence and Beverly for 40 years. In 2008 Jackie was awarded the Outstanding Educator of the Year Recognition by Salem State University. She has provided professional development and consulting since 2004 for teachers and administrators in various districts. She is also an adjunct professor in the Education Department at Endicott College.

Ben Scherz

Ben Scherz

Director of Strategic Partnerships

“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.”

Read about Ben

 Since Benjamin Scherz 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 across America from Alaska to Florida. In addition Mr. Scherz has taught Masters level coursework at Merrimack College and Arizona State University as an adjunct faculty.  In the role of Director of Strategic Partnerships at BSRI Mr. Scherz specializes in building connections and establishing working partnerships with schools and research partners to advance the mission of the organization – to serve over 1 million students with the majority being high needs.

Miffy Somers

Miffy Somers

Senior Adviser

“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.”

Read about Miffy

 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.

Our Executive Management

“Bay State Reading Institute is a Massachusetts nonprofit that works with schools, with teachers and with principals to give them all the help they need to become high performance schools.” Email Ed

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Ed Moscovitch is the co-founder and chairman of the Board of the Bay State Reading Institute. He is also the president of Cape Ann Economics. He is a consultant to the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, and was the lead evaluator of the Alabama Reading Initiative. Ed is a contributor to the op-ed pages of the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe. Ed was the Executive Director of the MA Municipal Association, the Vice President of the Charles River Associates, the Vice President of Data Resources, Inc., and was the MA Chief Budget Officer from 1972 – 1975.

From Our Founders Blog

Getting to Core of Education Debate

Moscovitch: Getting to Core of education debate Standards raise expectations, teach critical thinking (as appeared in the Boston Herald) Ed Moscovitch Monday, March 07, 2016 Whether Massachusetts should drop the Common Core standards is the subject of a State House... read more

Yes, Let’s Teach Fact vs. Opinion!

I strongly disagree with Justin McBrayer, who writes in the New York Times that organizations like mine – the Bay State Reading Institute – should stop teaching young children (we do it in first grade) the difference between fact and opinion. We would say that “Murder... read more

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BSRI’s Program is Highlighted in the Gloucester Times

Learning to love reading and writing Bay State reading initiative at Plum Cove sees marked results By Ray Lamont Staff Writer February 25, 2016 (read this article on the Gloucester Times website) Mike Springer/Staff photo (at left) Ben Scherz, Director of Partnerships... read more

BSRI Featured in iBerkshires.com Article

 (read this article on the iBerkshires website) Adams-Cheshire Elementary Schools Improving By Jack Guerino iBerkshires Staff 03:57AM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016 CHESHIRE, Mass. — Both Adams-Cheshire Regional School District elementary schools have seen increased... read more

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