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Robert Alter

B.V.A. Georgia State University, M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S. Lesley College

Bob Alter is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts at Framingham State University.  Bob received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from Georgia State University and a Master’s Degree in Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bob also holds a Master’s in Arts Management from Leslie University.

Bob has worked as a technical photographer, a curator of photographs and as corporate manager of community relations.

As an exhibiting artist, Bob’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the Northeast and South and his work is in collections in the U.S. and included in the collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France.

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Michele Andolina

A.B. Northeastern University History, M.Ed. Northeastern University Reading Education, M+30 Bridgewater State University Educational Administration, Ed.D. Boston University

My first assignment for International Education Programs and what was then Framingham State College was in the Dominican Republic. Lou Cedrone was the Director of IEP. The faculty was made up of many outstanding educators. It was exciting to share information, theory, and experience with the members of this team. I was principal of two schools, an elementary school consisting of grades Kindergarten through Four and a middle school, grades Five through Eight. My school board let me travel during Christmas vacation, the week before a school vacation, and once during the summer. Trips to sites in Latin America, Saipan, and Europe were powerful teaching and learning experiences.

I received my Bachelors Degree in May of 1961 from Northeastern University and began my teaching career after six weeks in an intensive teacher training program at Boston State College. I went back to school in September of 1962 and earned a Masters Degree in Education with a specialization in reading in 1965. I earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study at Bridgewater State College. In 1972 I began a Doctoral Program at Boston University and Graduated with a Doctorate in Education in 1976. 

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Sheila Berenson

B.S. University of Wisconsin M.Ed. University of Texas

Sheila Berenson began teaching at Framingham International Program in 2014. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and graduate degree from the University of Texas - Austin, she has taught at universities in the Midwest and Texas, both undergraduate and graduate level, in the field of education. Sheila has presented at regional and national conferences and consults with districts on issues affecting students’ curriculum: she has also written a number of sourcebooks for teachers and developed an online reading assessment and computer animated early readers. In the public schools, Sheila taught all levels, K-12, from classroom to reading to science to English. (Students included mix of regular education and ESL.) Her recent research focuses, in part, on development of successful classroom models that capitalize on students’ natural drive for self-empowerment. Classes scheduled to date with Framingham have been in Taiwan, El Salvador, Mexico, and Thailand.

Michele Brady

B.S. Mount Holyoke College, MSW Boston University, Ph.D. student at Lesley University

Michele Brady is the Special Education Director for the Mashpee Public Schools on Cape Cod.  She has been an educational administrator since 2000.  Prior to her career in education, she was a social work supervisor and an outpatient therapist.  Michele continues to consult to the ASWB as a writer for the LICSW exam.  She has a Bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters degree in Social Work from Boston University. She is currently a doctoral student at Lesley University in the Educational Administration program. 

Michele has taught a variety of graduate courses for Framingham State University, including "Developmental Patterns in Special Needs Children,"  "Curriculum Development and Modification," "Behavior and Classroom Management," and "Language Development and Communication."  Some of these courses were taught on campus while others were taught at the International Education Program sites such as Brazil and Korea. Michele enjoys traveling, spending time with her three children, and relaxing on the beautiful beaches on Cape Cod.

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Dave Brown

Honors BA University of Waterloo, B.Ed Brock University, M.Ed Framingham State University, M.Ed Leadership, The College of New Jersey

Dave is a career educator who has taught in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Pakistan, Kuwait and Costa Rica. He has served as a principal, counselor and teacher, with the past 22 years being spent in international schools around the world. Dave has extensive experience with the Advanced Placement program, SAT and ACT testing, accreditation, curriculum design, college admissions, assessment practices and mentoring teacher. His work in professional development includes instructional coaching, supervision, developing strategies to teach students with academic and/or social exceptionalities, and the alignment of curriculum with assessments and instruction.

Dave coordinated the Framingham program in Dominican Republic for eight years and has subsequently been teaching in the International Education program since 2015 with visits to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. He enjoys the interactions and learning from graduate students with a diversity of experiences in education.

Dave is a sports enthusiast and has played and coached at national and international levels in several sports. In particular, he has played hockey and golf at competitive levels, and has coached the Kuwait Junior National Baseball team that competed in the middle east, Europe and the USA. Dave also enjoys reading history and any articles on education.

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Marie Buckreis

B.S. Millersville State College, M.A. Western Montana State University, M.A. Northern Arizona University

Marie Buckreis is a career educator who has taught grades K-12 in various public school systems. She supervised and mentored student teachers in both elementary and secondary schools for Framingham State University and Northern Arizona University and served as a Math Mentor teacher for the NAU Teach Program and Arizona Teacher Excellence Coalition (AZTEC). As a Peer Facilitator Evaluator for the Career Ladder Program of Arizona, Marie worked with teachers to provide the knowledge, skills, and tools to assess and advance their teaching practices. Her work with teachers provided professional development in the areas of instructional coaching, teacher induction, mentoring, and supervision.

Marie Buckreis brings more than three decades of teaching experience to the Framingham State University International Education Program. Being a part of this program has given Marie an opportunity to interact closely with teachers in South Korea, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, Venezuela, and Thailand.

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Sean Buckreis

B.S. Northern Arizona University Mathematics, M.Ed. Louisiana State University Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D. Louisiana State University Curriculum and Instruction

Sean Buckreis joined the faculty of the Framingham International Education Program in the summer of 2009. In addition to his work with Framingham, he is an assistant professor for Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. At Barry, Dr. Buckreis teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral-level courses in mathematics education, science education, research, and curriculum theory. He also advises and mentors doctoral students through their dissertation process. Prior to his university work he taught mathematics, science, and English at the primary and secondary level in public schools in both Japan and the United States.

Dr. Buckreis’ fields of inquiry are teacher education, STEM education, and curriculum theory. His conceptual influences include philosophy (especially post-structuralism, postmodernism, and pragmatism), complexity science, and historiography. He publishes his work in international and national peer-reviewed journals and regularly presents at international, national, and regional conferences.

William Buckreis

B.S. Millersville University, M.A.T. Washington State University, Ph.D. Oregon State University

Dr. William (Bill) Buckreis was an associate professor and a Chair of the Education Department at Framingham State College. He served as the Mathematics Curriculum Specialist for the elementary and early childhood curriculum programs and played a similar role for graduate and continuing education. He taught courses in elementary and early childhood curriculum mathematics, math as a second language, research and evaluation, and Intel math for teachers. Bill served on committees as well as facilitated workshops and presented research at international, national, regional, and local conferences and school districts.

Prior to joining Framingham State University, Dr. Buckreis taught undergraduate and graduate courses in education and mathematics at Northern Arizona University and Sonoma State University. He was a public school teacher, department chair, and mathematics supervisor for over thirty years. Bill taught mathematics at all levels of the curriculum from elementary through advanced placement calculus. As the K-12 mathematics supervisor for the Flagstaff Unified School District and the Pribilof Island School District, he developed, coordinated, and supervised district wide mathematics curriculum, and provided in-service training for teachers, parents, and administrators. In addition to teaching in the Framingham State University International Education Program, Bill is currently an adjunct professor at Barry University in Miami.

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Annette Burgess

BS East Carolina, MA James Madison

Professional Background: History/Social Studies teacher secondary level, Humanities Curriculum Coordinator PreK-12, Assistant Principal Pre K-12, Director Pre School,

Adjunct History Faculty Wor-Wic Community College, (Salisbury, MD),Adjunct Education Faculty,Florida Atlantic University,( Boca Raton, FL),Contractual Faculty Framingham State University( Framingham, MA) as well as Instructor, International Education Program, Framingham State University,( Framingham, MA) and Lecturer, Corvinus University,(Budapest, Hungary I have lived and taught in Managua, Nicaragua( 4 years), Beijing, China (1 semester) Siedice, Poland (1 semester) and have been in many countries for short periods with the International Education Program.

My interests include learning, traveling, reading and spending time with friends and family. 

Lynn D'Agostino

B.A. Connecticut College, M.Ed. Framingham State College, Doctoral Coursework Walden University

Lynn D’Agostino is the Project Director of a National Professional Development grant at Fitchburg State University. As an ESL specialist, she has consulted for MATSOL on curriculum alignment.  Additionally, she has taught multiple graduate level courses. Lynn received her masters of education in Teaching ESL from Framingham State University in 2011. Previously she taught ESL in Fitchburg, MA and in Kosovo. 

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Margery Daniels

B.S. University of Connecticut, M.Ed. Tufts University, M.S.W. Boston University

Margie Daniels, M.Ed., L.I.C.S.W.

Ms. Margie Daniels has spent her career focused on the health, safety and wellbeing of young people. For more than 30 years, she held positions in public schools including special education teacher, team chairperson, school psychologist, principal and assistant superintendent. Currently Ms. Daniels serves as the Executive Director of Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. (MPY), nonprofit organization dedicated to prevention and intervention in matters of health and safety for youth.

In addition, Ms. Daniels has a private practice as a clinical social worker, specializing in individual and couples therapy. She is an Adjunct Professor at Framingham State University’s International Program.

Ms. Daniels holds a Master’s Degree in social work from Boston University, a Master’s Degree in child study from Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in special education from the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Council for Exceptional Children, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, and the Merrimack Valley Superintendents Association. She is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.

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Diane Epstein

B.S. Worcester State University Elementary Education, M.Ed. Wilkes University History, M.Ed. Framingham State University TESL

Diane Epstein lives in Worcester, MA and graduated with a BS in Elementary Ed from Worcester State University.  She taught elementary school for several years while living in the Washington, DC area.  She received a MA in History  from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  Diane taught high-school history for several years and moved to Israel for 3 years where she studied Hebrew and Anthropology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  Upon relocating to MA, she taught ESL courses for adult immigrants at the Worcester County House of Correction, Quinsigamond Community College and U. of Mass Hospital.  Diane received a MEd from Framingham State University in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Diane has been teaching courses for Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester State University and Framingham State University--on-campus and for the International MA program---and conducted ESOL workshops statewide for SABES (System for Adult Basic Education Support).  She belongs to MATSOL and TESOL---the organizations that focus on the field of ESL education.

Diane loves to read and still studies history.  Recently she's developed a fascination for early American history and has become more serious about photography.  Diane enjoys viewing the world through her lenses.  She loves the natural world and has become concerned about our human legacy.

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David Flynn

B.S. Salem State, M.Ed. Boston State College, M.A. Framingham State College, Ph.D. Boston College

David L. Flynn Ph.D. is a retired Massachusetts educator who served in both the public and private sectors of the profession.  He began his career as an English teacher at both the high school and middle school and moved on to administrative positions, working as a high school principal in two communities.  He served as a school superintendent for thirteen years.  He was subsequently employed by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as the Director of the Commission on Public Elementary and Middle Schools.  In this position he worked with over 300 schools throughout the six New England states and twenty-six different countries.  He has taught at the graduate level for over seventeen years.

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David Fredette

A.B. Assumption College English, M.A. Assumption College English, Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University Educational Leadership

David Fredette has been an educational practitioner for over forty years, working as an English and French teacher and serving as an English Department Chair and Summer School Director in Westborough.  He was also an Assistant Headmaster in Dover, MA and then returned to Westborough as an Assistant Principal and subsequently as Principal Gribbons Middle School.  He is currently employed as the Head of School at a small private independent school in Worcester, MA.  Thus his experience brings a wealth of practical knowledge to his international studies classes.

Hired in 2005 by the late Dr. “Whitey” Koroski, his first assignment was teaching Supervision, Evaluation and Collaborative Leadership in Beirut, Lebanon.  Since then he has taught a variety of courses in a variety of locations on an annual basis.  To name a few, he has instructed students in Curriculum Research and Design, Advanced Teaching Strategies, Classroom Management, and Current Issues in Education. 

Dr. Fredette earned his Ed.D. in Curriculum Leadership and Advancement in 2000 at Nova Southeastern University.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Nativity School in Worcester, MA.  He also received the Sister Mary Anderson Award in 1999 for outstanding Contributions to the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Council of Teachers of English and served as President of that organization for several years.

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A. Jonathan Frere

B.A. Franklin and Marshall College Spanish, M.A. Middlebury College Spanish, Ph.D. Appalachian State Educational Administration

Jon Frere has spent forty years in Independent School education, the last seventeen as Head of School. During his career he served as President of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools and was a member of the executive committee for eleven years. He was elected to the Southern Headmasters Association in 1999.

Since his retirement in 2005 he has worked as a consultant to many schools in the areas of governance, strategic planning and athletic culture. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Montverde Academy. He has also served on numerous SACS accreditation committees in the U.S. and Latin America.

Mr. Frere has served as an adjunct faculty member at FSU since 2009. He has taught Research and Evaluation, Issues in Education and Curriculum.

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Robert Freyermuth

B.S. Bridgewater State University Elementary Education, M.Ed. Bridgewater State University Elementary Education, Ed.D. University of Miami Supervision and Curriculum/Early Childhood

Dr. Robert Freyermuth has a long history in International Education.  He began as a research/teaching fellow in the mid 1960's with the Cuban Teacher Retraining and Placement Project at the University of Miami.  He has a twenty-five year history of graduate level teaching at Boston University, the University of Alabama, Miami University and the Massachusetts State College/University system.

While at Boston University he served as Resident Professor in the University's Overseas Graduate School Program for the U.S. Department of Defense.  He also served as the secretary for the school of education doctoral committee.    While serving with the Massachusetts State College/University system he developed the first oversees system wide student teacher and job placement programs. Prior to entering the Massachusetts State College/University system, Dr. Freyermuth was Superintendent of Schools for the American School Foundation of Mexico City.  He also chaired ASOMEX, the Association of American Schools in Mexico.

International Education Programs functions as the instructional arm of the Framingham State University Overseas Graduate Program, Dr. Freyermuth has been a part of the management of International Education Programs Inc. since its inception 30 years ago.  He is the ranking member of its board of directors.