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Joanne Newcombe

B.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst, M.Ed. University of Massachusetts Lowell, Ed.D. Northeastern University

Dr. Joanne Newcombe spent the first half of her career in Education at the K-12 level as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools in Massachusetts and Maine.  She then moved to higher education at Bridgewater State University as one of the two full time graduate faculty.  She retired as a full professor in December of 2003.  At that time, she became involved with the Educational Quality and Accountability Office of the Department of Education and was a principal in a superintendent search firm where she worked until 2007.  It was then that Dr. Newcombe became the Director of Educator Preparation at Nichols College.  At Nichols, she was also the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, co-chair of the NECHE Steering Committee and Chair of the Assessment Committee.

Dr. Newcombe has been part of the FSU International Education Program since 1997 and has taught a wide variety of courses in Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico and the Middle East.  She has also taught at Harvard University, Worcester State University and Simmons College.

She attended the Harvard Symposium on School Law, the Bryn Mawr HERS Program for Women in Leadership in Higher Education, and The Superintendents Institute at Columbia University. She was a member of the Board of Examiners for NCATE (The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education), a member of the Board of Directors of ASCD (The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and the Board of ATE (The Association of Teacher Educators).   

Marianne O'Connor

B.S. The College of Saint Rose, M.A. The College of Saint Rose, C.A.G.S. Northeastern University

Marianne O’Connor’s career includes more than thirty-five years of experience in education.  She received her undergraduate degree in education, with a minor in biology from the College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY.  She holds a master’s in Special Education and a C.A.G.S in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University. She has taught at the elementary and middle school levels in Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and New Hampshire and has held several administrative positions including; principal, director of curriculum and instruction, assistant superintendent and superintendent.  She currently serves and an adjunct professor at Worcester State University and as a mentor/coach for aspiring administrators. Her roles as an educational consultant and instructor in the Framingham State International Program have included teaching courses on curriculum theory, instruction, assessment, supervision, and leadership. Mrs. O’Connor joined the Framingham State International Program in 2015 with an assignment in Thailand teaching Supervision, Evaluation and Collaborative Leadership.

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Dereck Rhoads

B.A. Vanguard University, M.Ed. Framingham State College, M.A. Framingham State College, Ed.D. Seton Hall University

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Dereck Rhoads holds two master degrees from Framingham State University and a doctorate in educational administration, policy and leadership from Seton Hall University. Dr. Rhoads is the Chief Instructional Officer for Beaufort County School District (BCSD) in Beaufort, South Carolina (22,000 students). BCSD has all four levels of the International Baccalaureate program (PYP, MYP, CP, DP). Prior to his current work in US public schools, Dr. Rhoads worked 12 years in International education including extensive experience at the principal level. Having taught overseas and served as a principal for two different American-International Schools, Dereck fully understands the dynamics of preparing students for the demands of a global marketplace. Connect with Dereck at dereckrhoads.com

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Loy Riley

B.A. University of Rhode Island, M.S. University of Rhode Island

Visiting Instructor for Framingham State University, 1996-present, Instructor for the International Education Program, 1999-present, Educational Team Leader, Clinton Public Schools, 2001-present

Holds Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech and Hearing Association. Holds current Massachusetts license for Speech and Hearing Teacher. Holds current Private Pilot license and member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilot Association

Interests: Languages, Aviation, Travel & Culture

Employed as English teacher in Japan and France and Speech and Language Pathologist in Great Britain.

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Charles Robinson

B.A. King’s College History, M.S. University of Bridgeport Reading, Ed.D. East Texas State University Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction

   Charles (Robi) Robinson has been teaching in the International Education Program for more than 25 years.  He and his wife both earned their doctorates in education at East Texas  State University,  and they both have taught more than 40 years in several international and domestic locations.  His first teaching position was as an American Peace Corps Volunteer.  He then taught middle school in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Okinawa, Japan, Aschaffenburg, Germany, and Commerce, Texas.  For 25 years he taught at Bridgewater State College.  
   Since retiring from Bridgewater State to Florida he and his wife Sandy have both continued to teach in the International Education Program while being very active in local charities.  Robi volunteers at the county food pantry and serves on its board and the boards of three other non-profits in the area.  He also plays tennis and golf regularly,  and they both enjoy visiting their family in Arizona and Massachusetts.


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Helen Ross

B.A. Northeastern University, M.Ed. Northeastern University, TESOL Certification, and M.A. George Mason University

Helen Ross has been an active part of the FSU International Education Program since 1999 and teaches in three of the International Education Programs: International Teaching, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Educational Leadership.  For these programs, she has eagerly traveled to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Central America, South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Marianas Islands. 

Helen began her career in administration, concentrating on cooperative education.  She then moved into career and college counseling and eventually into financial aid administration.  She worked and taught in Massachusetts with Northeastern University and Quincy College and in Virginia with George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.

Through curiosity, exposure and experience with diverse student populations, her interests quickly broadened to include teaching English language learners and the study of linguistics.   As an educator, she evolved into facilitating a more constructivist educational atmosphere in a very student directed environment. 

With each FSU opportunity, Helen discovers and grows with the students she is lucky to facilitate. 

Theodore Sharp

A.B. Gettysburg College History, M.Ed. Bridgewater State University Secondary Education/History

Presently, Ted is Head of Beijing City International School. Previously, Ted served as Superintendent of Schools in Gorham, Maine for eleven years. He earned an A.B. from Gettysburg College, majoring in American and Chinese History and earned his M.Ed. at Bridgewater State University in History and Educational Leadership. Ted engaged in advanced graduate study at Harvard University, concentrating his focus on Educational Leadership and Ethics. He has also attended Oxford University in the U.K. on a summer fellowship.

Ted has been a Professor in the International Master’s Degree Program at Framingham State University for 14 years. This program offers the opportunity for expatriate and foreign nationals teaching in American International Schools with the opportunity to earn a Masters’ degree in Teaching or in Educational Leadership.  The program has over 30 sites around the world. He has served as Headmaster of two independent schools and two international school and was Superintendent of the Falmouth, Maine Schools for eight years. Ted served as Assistant Dean of the School of Education at Boston University and during that time chaired the Management Team that had administrative responsibilities for the Boston University/City of Chelsea Schools Partnership, the most comprehensive educational reform initiative to date in the United States.

 He also served on the senior staff of former U.S. Secretary of Education, William Bennett as Executive Assistant, Deputy Undersecretary for Intergovernmental & Interagency Affairs. He has served as a consultant on projects and proposal assessments for the National Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation at Montpelier Virginia, the former residence of President James Madison. Presently, Ted serves on the Board of Trustees of North Yarmouth Academy, the Maine Humanities Council and the Executive Committee of MSSA (Maine School Superintendents Association. He has worked consulted with educators and education ministries in Europe and the Middle East. He has served as served as a consultant for the New England Association of Schools & College in the U.S. and Europe, focusing on the status of accredited schools. He and his wife Sharon reside in Cumberland Foreside, Maine. They have three children and four grandchildren. Sharon has taught in public, independent and international school settings.

Ira Silver
Ira Silver

Amherst College, Masters and Ph.D. Northwestern University

Ira Silver has taught at Framingham State since 2002. He graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College and received his Masters and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He has authored and edited four books and is currently working on a new one about social problems in American society.

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Mary Ann Stadtler Chester

B.A. Manhattanville College, M.A. University of Chicago, Ph.D. Universite de Paris IV, Sorbonne, Paris

Dr. Mary-Ann Stadtler-Chester is a Full Professor at Framingham State University in World Languages and Education.  She has been honored this year with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at FSU.

She earned her PhD in Medieval French at the Sorbonne in Paris. She began teaching French and training language teachers at Harvard University where she taught from 1980-1986. While at Harvard she decided to study Chinese because she was fascinated by the language.

She then taught at Simmons College for 6 years, and chaired the Modern Language Department at Emmanuel College from 1996-2000.  In the fall of 2000, she joined the faculty at Framingham State University where she teaches French and Mandarin Chinese, trains language teachers, and teaches in the graduate Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program.  She initiated the Mandarin Chinese program in January 2007, and has been teaching first year Mandarin Chinese ever since.  She has taught in the FSU International Education Program for 22 years, training teachers in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. 

In the summer of 2013, Dr. Stadtler-Chester was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study history, geography, and traditional arts in Xian, China.  During her stay in China in 2013, she also traveled on the Silk Road and did research on minorities in China, delivering the 2014 Lyceum Lecture at FSU on this topic.

She lived for five years in France, taught and lived one year in China while training teachers, and has traveled extensively in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.  Dr. Stadtler-Chester speaks English, French, and Chinese, and has also studied Spanish, and German.  The next language she wants to learn is Arabic. 

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Loretta Tepedino

B.A. Hofstra University, M.S. Nova Southeastern University, Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Tepedino recently retired from Miami-Dade County Public Schools where she worked as an ESOL and ABE Reading teacher at a career-technical college. She was also the founder and project manager of a family literacy program at her work site. Dr. Tepedino effectively procured grant funding for the program for many years. Under her guidance, the program expanded to serve English learning families at numerous schools in Miami.

In addition, Dr. Tepedino was adjunct professor of ESL at Miami-Dade College where she taught English for Academic Placement courses for many years. Loretta was also an ESL instructor at EF International Language School in Miami. She has extensive experience in the field of TESOL, curriculum development, technology integration and implementation in ESL instruction, and grant writing. Dr. Tepedino was the recipient of the Florida Special Needs Association, Region V Outstanding Educator Award in 2004.

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Marge Tye Zuba

B.S. St. Mary of the Woods Spanish, M.S.W. University of Illinois Social Work, Ed.D. Northern Illinois University Leadership and Educational Policy Studies

Dr. Marge Tye Zuba is the Director of Program Development for Framingham State University International Education Programs

Dr. Zuba is an internationally recognized educator, author, speaker and consultant on education, gangs, leadership, management and motivation.  Utilizing her expertise in the area of Learning Styles, Leadership, Motivation and Classroom Management, Marge has presented courses and workshops all over the world to educators, parents and businesses.  She earned her doctorate in Leadership and Educational Policy Studies from Northern Illinois University and her Master's in Social World from the Jane Addams Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Marge has been a member of the faculty at Northern Illinois University where she spearheaded the first inner city graduate cohort program at Clemente High School in Chicago.  While currently on faculty at DePaul University, Framingham State University International Educational Programs and Capella University, she has also been on faculty at University of Illinois Chicago and Dominican University.

Dr. Zuba has spent more than twenty years as a high school teacher, creator and Director of a Chronic truancy Program, and Dean at Oak Park River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois.  She has also worked with Latino street gangs in Chicago's Pilsen and Little Village area.

Internationally, Marge works with teachers in Africa, Latin America, South America, Europe and the United States.  She has authored "Wish I Could've Told You",a book chronicling the lives of students identified as Truants in a Chicago suburb.  She also co-edited the book, Education/Change, which focuses on multicultural education. 

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Jilani Warsi

M.A. Patna University English, M.A. California State University Linguistics, Ph.D. Boston University Applied Linguistics

Dr. Warsi received an MA in English at Patna University with emphasis on descriptive linguistics, historical linguistics, and language teaching. He pursued an MA in applied linguistics at California State University in Northridge (CSUN).  Dr. Warsi joined the doctoral program in applied linguistics at Boston University and wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on the effects of visual instruction on second language productive phonology. Dr. Warsi has taught in all of these locations, as well as at Salem State, Fisher, and Newbury Colleges; in the Framingham State University's International Education Programs programs in Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Poland, Brazil, Honduras, and Bahrain; in the Institute for English Language Programs (IEL) at Harvard University; and teaches academic reading and writing to English language learners in the Department of Academic Literacy at Queensborough Community College. He has published two national level books with Pearson Education: Read to Succeed, A Thematic Approach to Academic Reading and Read to Achieve, Gateway to Academic Reading. His third book Read Think Write: True Integration through Academic Content will be published in January 2016. His areas of interest are interlanguage phonology, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonology, and morphology. In addition to these academic texts, Dr. Warsi has authored several Pimsleur language programs in Hindi and Urdu. 

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Nancy Witherell

B.A. Southeastern Massachusetts University Sociology with Certification in Elementary Education, Ed.M. University of Maryland Elementary Administration, Supervision and Curriculum, Ed.D. University of Massachusetts Lowell Language Arts and Literacy

Dr. Nancy Witherell received her doctorate in Language Arts and Literacy from UMASS Lowell in 1993. Although now a professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education and at Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Nancy began her career as a classroom teacher for Prince George’s County in Maryland. Nancy held the position of Department Chair for six years and held the position of interim coordinator of the Graduate Programs in Reading twice.  Nancy co-chaired the CAEP/NCATE visit initiative for the BSU College of Education and Allied Studies’ Spring 2014 NCATE site visit.   Nancy has been an adjunct professor of the Lou Cedrone International Program at Framingham State University since 1995. 

 Dr. Witherell has held a number of leadership positions in professional literacy associations.  Nancy is Past President of her local reading council, Southeastern Regional Reading Council(SERRC), the Massachusetts University and College Reading Educators council (MACURE), and the state council, the Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA).  As President-Elect of MRA, Nancy chaired MRA’s annual reading conference with over 50 presenters and almost 800 attendees.   Dr. Witherell is currently the International Literacy Association’s state co-coordinator for the Mass Reading Association. In this position she assist local reading councils and leads the Summer Leadership Workshop.  In addition, Nancy was a board member of the New England Reading Association (NERA) for six years, where she started NERA’s electronic newsletter.

Nancy served on the NCATE Board of Examiners from 2006-2015, and continues to serve as an auditor and trainer of reviewers for the International Literacy Association’s CAEP-SPA review.

Dr. Witherell received the New England Reading Association’s State Literacy Award in September 2013.  She received the Bridgewater State University Lifetime Achievement Award in April 2015.

Nancy has authored or co-authored over twenty articles for various professional journals, including ILA’s  The Reading Teacher

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Sadia Zoubir-Shaw

B.A. University of Michigan, M.A. Lehigh University, Ph.D. Applied Linguistics

Sadia Zoubir-Shaw is a Professor of French and Linguistics at the University of Kentucky (USA). She teaches in the Linguistics Program and in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and is interested in active learning and multi-modal pedagogical approaches. Her areas of interest include Linguistics, Intercultural Studies, and Translation Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the Université de Provence (Aix-en-Provence, France). She was on the Faculty of the French Summer School at Middlebury College (1982-1999), and currently serves as Executive Director of the KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference (2014-2018). She served and chaired the Educational Policy Committee (2012-2015), and received the Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award in 1998.