2008 Literacy Champions

Dulany Alexander

ESL Teacher and Technology Coordinator at Operation Boot Strap, Lynn, MA

Dulany Alexander is a master teacher, a skilled technology coordinator, a statewide policy advisor, and above all else,  an impassioned believer in the mission of adult… »

Sherry Alleman

Grant Writer/Sales Consultant, Benchmark Education Company

Sherry Alleman is a veteran literacy practitioner who devoted her energy and literacy efforts on behalf of students, teachers, parents and the community at large. Best known outside of… »

Sandy Blanes

Director of Center for ELLs Support Services at Cambridge College, Lawrence, MA

In addition to her impact on adult students through her work with Cambridge College, Sandy Blanes has developed an innovative course of study called “English in… »

Jean Canosa-Albano

Manager of Youth and Outreach Services at Springfield Public Library

As Manager of Youth and Outreach Services for the Springfield City Library system, Jean Canosa-Albano’s model work with teens and partnership with local public schools has… »

Martha Jean

ABE Teacher at Community Action in Haverhill, MA

Martha Jean embodies all the qualities of an excellent teacher and she employs them in her work as an adult basic education teacher at Community Action in… »

Wendy Manninen

Director of Le Petit Chorale, Manchester, MA

Wendy is a retired North Shore kindergarten teacher whose work with music and sign language as a means to teach language skills to young students makes… »

Kristen McKenna

Project Director at Advantage Program Attleboro ABE, Bristol Community College

Kristen McKenna’s innovative work with adult basic education learners at Bristol Community College is designed to immerse students in the college culture, make them feel a part… »

Lynne Osborn

Volunteer Tutor at English at Large, Acton, MA

Volunteer Tutor Lynne Osborn is a natural mentor and a leader in creating opportunities for adult learners in and around her Acton community. When she sees… »

Suzanne Paone

English Department Head and English Teacher at Holbrook Jr. Sr. High School, Holbrook, MA

Suzanne Paone is an English Teacher and English Department Head at Holbrook Jr. Sr. High School in Holbrook, Massachusetts. She has been employed with Holbrook since… »

Anita Rodriguez

Principal at Mary K. Goode Elementary School, Middleboro, MA

Ms. Rodriguez is a hands-on administrator who inspires and mentors both staff and students. She has taken a state-wide leading role in literacy education by boldly… »