MEET OUR STAFF
Meredith Faletra, M.Ed
Meredith Faletra has served as the TEC Campus School Director since the opening of the TEC Campus School in 2014. She takes pride in the expertise, dedication, and teamwork that is demonstrated each day by the eclectic and exemplary staff of the TEC Campus School. Meredith embarked upon this position following her teaching career at TEC that began in 1999. Meredith taught students with intensive special needs at the middle, high school, and transition levels. Meredith attended Boston College (B.A. and M.Ed) and actually completed her student teaching experience with TEC! She grew up locally in this area and has a sibling with Angelman Syndrome who has strongly influenced her profession. On the home front, Meredith enjoys coaching her twin son and daughter in basketball.
Kelly Adler, M.Ed
Kelly received her masters degree in Severe Special Education at Boston College. She previously worked as a teaching assistant (7 years) and a head classroom teacher (3 years) at the Kennedy Day School at Franciscan Children’s. She is currently in her second year teaching students with intensive special needs at The Education Cooperative. During her free time, she enjoys going to the movies as well as reading a good book.
Dana Asselin, M.Ed
Dana received her bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University in Global Studies with a minor in Caribbean and Latin American studies. She received her master’s degree in Moderate Disabilities from Curry College. Before coming to TEC eight years ago, she worked at The May Institute. In her free time, Dana enjoys spending time outside and being with her daughter and husband.
Katie Bragdon, M.Ed
Katie received her bachelor’s degree in Severe Special Education and History from Bridgewater State University. She has worked at TEC for nine years, beginning as an aide and upon graduation becoming a teacher. Katie leads the planning of TEC’s prom each year.
Thomas Bruffee, M.Ed, Transition Specialist
Thomas is in his eleventh year teaching for The Education Cooperative. He specializes in working with transition-aged students and their families. Thomas has been working in the field of special education in various roles and capacities since 1988. He also has an extensive history working in the food service industry, which includes restaurant management, catering, food preparation and serving.
Lorena Coelho, M.Ed
Lorena received her bachelor’s degree in Severe Special Education from Fitchburg State University. Lorena started at The Education Cooperative as a student teacher and upon graduation, joined the team as classroom teacher. She has been with us for 3 years now, teaching students with intensive special needs of varying ages. Lorena is bilingual, fluent in Portuguese and conversational in Spanish.
Patricia “Trish” Kelly, M.Ed
Trish received her bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst in Political Science and her Law Degree from Suffolk University. After practicing law for 14 years, Trish changed careers and earned a certification and a master’s degree in Moderate Special Needs from Bridgewater State University. Trish is the lead teacher in the TEC Transition 1 program located at Westwood High School. In her leisure time, Trish enjoys solving crosswords, spending time with her family, and walking her “toddler with a tail”, aka her 2 year old dog, Valkyrie.
Erin Ohnemus received her bachelor’s from Bridgewater State University in Severe Special Education and Psychology. She will receive her masters in Severe Special Education from Fitchburg State University in December 2021. Erin is in her third year teaching students with intensive disabilities.
Kara Robertson, M.Ed
Kara Robertson received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Severe Special Education at Bridgewater State University. Kara has worked at The Education Cooperative for four years and before that, worked as an aide and substitute for Bicounty Collaborative. Along with her education degree, Kara has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and brings that creativity to her lessons in the classroom. Her high energy and enthusiasm is infectious in the classroom.
Related Service Providers
Ann Fogarty, SLP
Ann received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maine and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University. She currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, a certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed by the Department of Education in MA. She worked as a rehabilitation nurse at Maine Medical Center and New England Rehab hospital while pursuing her master’s degree in speech-language pathology. Prior to coming to TEC in 2005, Ann worked as a speech pathologist at Waltham-Weston Hospital (now Children’s Hospital Waltham), the VA Medical Center in Brockton-West Roxbury, and the former Charms Collaborative. Ann supports a wide range of communication needs in most of TEC’s programs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, running, going to the gym, watching movies, and reading. Basketball is a favorite family past-time; Ann spends many hours cheering on her children and watching both men and women’s college and professional basketball.
Sharon Wardner, Reading Specialist
Sharon received her bachelor's degree from UMass Amherst in Communication Disorders. She attended Northeastern University's master's degree program in Speech Pathology and Bridgewater University's Literacy Specialist program. She has a master's degree in Education from Bridgewater University and is certified in Speech and Reading with the MA Dept.of Education. In her free time, Sharon enjoys spending time with her husband of 40 years, her family, and friends. She also enjoys kayaking, reading, and spending time at the ocean.
Tori Reilly, SLPA
Tori received her bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders/Special Education. She has worked at The Education Cooperative since 2016 as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant where she works integrating speech therapy services into classrooms under the supervision of SLP's. Prior to working at TEC, she was a social coach clinician for adolescents with special needs. In her spare time, Tori enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as spending summers in Sebago Lake, Maine.
Kathy Branagan, OT
Kathy received her master's degree from Boston University in Occupational Therapy. This is her 15th year working in the Campus School at TEC. Prior to her degree in OT, she worked for eight years in residential settings with adults with challenges. Kathy is trained in Therapeutic Listening, Safe and Sound Protocol, the Willbarger Protocol and Sensory Integration techniques. Kathy enjoys spending time with her two grown children, her dogs and gardening.
Christy Chambers, OT
Christy has been with TEC for 27 years. In 1998 she graduated from Mt. Ida College with a degree in Occupational Therapy and has been working as a COTA for 22 years. This Jersey Girl enjoys power walking, yoga and reading. One of her guilty pleasures is watching General Hospital. She is happy to talk about her 2 sons and will gladly show you a picture or two of her 3 beautiful grandsons. Christy has created a YouTube channel called Christy’s OT Corner because there was a need for functional, self help videos for special needs students. It is available to the public with the intent to help many.
Ellen Van Wert, PT
Ellen received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in Seattle in 2010 after working with adults and kids in various settings including schools, adaptive recreation settings, and camps. Since then, she has worked as a PT in Washington and California in different settings including early intervention, preschool, and a medically based outpatient clinic for kids with neuromotor disorders aged 0-21 years old. She is certified in a pediatric management and treatment technique from the NDTA. Ellen has worked at TEC since she moved back to MA in 2019 to live closer to her family. She has also begun supporting TEC administratively part-time as the Related Services Coordinator.
Sharon Shoemaker, PT
Sharon received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College. She joined TEC Campus School in October of 2019. In her free time, she enjoys pottery, reading, and attending local live music events.
Deidre Nestor, PT
Mara Herrera, MT-BC, NMT/F
Mara has been working at TEC Campus school since 2016, specializing in integrated related service delivery. She graduated from William Carey University with a Bachelors in Music Therapy and received her fellowship in Neurologic Music Therapy from The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy. On the weekends, you'll find Mara teaching piano at her private studio and directing choir and instrumental ensembles at her home church.
Adaptive Physical Education
Michael received his bachelor's degree from UMass Boston in Exercise and Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Education. After college, he worked as a strength and conditioning coach for two years. Michael started at TEC in August 2019, supporting all classes as the Adapted Physical Education teacher. In his free time, he enjoys staying active and being outdoors. Michael also coaches rugby and football in Westwood.
Janet Goossens, BCBA
Janet received her Masters in Psychology/ABA from UMass Dartmouth and earned her BCBA certification in May of 2012. She previously worked at the Darnell School for children with behavioral problems. She has worked at TEC since 2018, overseeing students who require behavioral services. In her free time, Janet enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.
Jeanne Gottfried, M. Ed
Jeanne received her master’s degree in Intensive Special Education from Rhode Island College (1980) and her Certificate of Advanced Education Studies as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) from Boston College (1999). She worked full time as both early childhood classroom teacher and TVI at TEC for 39 years and now is semi-retired working part time as a TVI. She is married and has two grown daughters. She has always surrounded herself with dogs, cats, plants, and books. In her spare time she loves reading historical novels, seasonal gardening, and year round walks on the Rhode Island beaches. She is now involved in social action committees addressing hunger in RI.
Bill Kirtley, M.Ed
Bill received a Master's degree in Severe Special Needs in 1980 from Rhode Island College. It was here that he met his beautiful wife, Jeanne, who has worked at TEC for many years. In 1999, he received a CAES degree in Visual Impairments(TVI) from Boston College. His first job with a disabled population was in a group home for adult men. Later he worked at Wrentham State School, Meeting Street School, and Perkins School for the Blind. Bill lives in Providence, RI, and has two adult daughters, two dogs, and one cat.
TEC Campus School Teaching Assistants are valuable members of the team that service each student. Teaching Assistants fulfill a variety of roles within the classroom, school, and community settings, including job coaching. They are in constant collaboration with the professional staff and participate in ongoing training. Depending on classroom needs, staff members may have certifications such as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).