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.
B.A. Cornell College, M.Ed. Loyola University
Paula is a career educator who is still active in the practice. Paula holds certifications in general education, special education, English as a Second Language, Spanish and holds her administration licensure. Paula graduated with a B.A. from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa with a double major in Elementary Education and Spanish. She began working with the Chicago Public Schools at a dual language magnet school. She received her M.Ed. from Loyola University in Administration and Supervision. While completing her doctoral coursework at DePaul University, she became interested in advocating for foster youth in the educational system. This journey led her to the position of Special Education Coordinator in Oak Park, Illinois. Here she oversaw the placement and educational programming for youth that resided in a residential treatment facility. In that role, she led trainings to educate staff and caregivers about the unique learning profiles of these vulnerable learners. Her 30-year career has included assignments including: bilingual coordinator, ESL teacher, middle school Spanish teacher and special education teacher.
Paula has enjoyed teaching Special Education and ESL courses at local Chicagoland universities but found a love for International Education with Framingham’s program. She has had the opportunity to teach in person in Thailand, Mexico, and Nicaragua in addition to teaching remotely to students from around the globe.
B.F.A. Concordia University, M.Ed. Framingham State University, Ph.D. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Bita Bookman is an award-winning educator, English Language Specialist, and assessment consultant. She holds an M.Ed. with a concentration in TESOL from Framingham State University and a Ph.D. in Composition and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She received the ‘Innovative Researcher in TESOL Award’ for her doctoral dissertation research. She has been a proud member of the Framingham State University International Education Programs family since 2009, first as a graduate student and then as an adjunct instructor. She has been teaching English learners and training teachers since 2004. Her teaching career has taken her to many countries including South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Macau, the Philippines, Honduras, and Uzbekistan. Currently she is a tenured professor at Santa Rosa Junior College. As an English Language Specialist for the US Department of State, she helped build the online language testing capacity of EFL programs at five universities in Turkey. As an assessment consultant she has worked with various educational and government organizations such as Laureate Universities, National Foreign Language Center, Second Language Testing Inc., and Learning Resource Network (UK). In her role as the Education Projects Manager at TESOL International Association, she developed and launched the TESOL Certificate: Advanced Practitioner Program, mentored TESOL Core Certificate participants, and helped facilitate online and in-person teacher-training courses/workshops. She is a frequent presenter and has presented at numerous national and international conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Her research interests include the intersection of transnationality and scholarship practices, teaching academic writing, and second language assessment.
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.
B.A. Carthage College, M.A. Northern Illinois University, M.Div. and D.Min. Concordia Theological Seminary, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
I first began teaching as a high school teacher in an alternative school and then a private high school. Since that time, most of my career has been spent teaching at the college, university, and seminary levels. In my non-academic life, I served as a certified and experienced mediator and arbitrator, an emergency room chaplain, a police chaplain, and a university chaplain (U of WI). I have been fortunate to live and work in Hungary, Indonesia, and Chile and have taught in those countries as well as in Romania, the Czech Republic, and Serbia. I was introduced to online teaching almost 20 years ago, have been married to Elizabeth for 59 years, have four grown daughters, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. My relationship with learners is one of being colleagues - co-learners. I reside in Hudson, Wisconsin - right across the river from St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
B.A. Elmhurst College, M.S. in Education Indiana University, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
My name is Elizabeth (Liz) Bruch (pronounced “brook.”) I was one of those college drop-outs in the 1960’s, with neither I nor my husband, Dan Bruch, having BA’s when we married. We are still happily married and have four amazing daughters, 9 grandchildren, and one great grandson. My first teaching experience was in a very unique alternative school. The students came directly from correctional facilities and drug rehabilitation programs. I soon learned that the students were very limited in reading ability which led me to an MS in Adult Literacy. My MS advisor and family encouraged me to complete a Ph.D. in education. Living the power of education, I learned of andragogy and the value of adult education principles including taking ownership of one’s learning.
After completing my Ph.D., I began 23 years of serving in various dean roles at numerous universities, including as the dean as the first accredited graduate online university. I also took a break from the dean role and taught in education programs in Hungary, Serbia, and Indonesia. Those international teaching experiences provided great learning experiences that are further enhanced by the privilege of teaching in this International Teaching program.
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.
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.
B.A. Miami University, M.A. The Ohio State University, Ph.D. The Ohio State University
Denise Dallmer holds an undergraduate degree in International Studies from Miami University of Ohio and both a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. She has taught English as a Second Language courses for nineteen years and has been enjoying tutoring expats in the United States. One of the highlights of her career was working with teachers in Senegal. In her spare time, she loves travelling and spending time with her family.
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.
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.
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.
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.