Staff

MEET OUR STAFF

Program Leaders

TEC Campus School Director

Meredith Faletra
Meredith Faletra

Meredith Faletra, M.Ed - Program Director

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.

Special Education Services Coordinator

Melissa Bowman Pic
Melissa Bowman

Melissa Bowman, M.Ed - Special Education Services Coordinator

Melissa Bowman received her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.  She received her general education teaching license at UMass Boston as well and later pursued her license in moderate disabilities through Bridgewater State University.  Melissa received her Master's degree at Simmons University.  She worked as a special educator for fourteen years before earning her special education administrators license through Bridgewater State University.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her two children, visiting family in New Hampshire, and occasionally eating ice cream. 

Related Service Coordinator

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Ellen Van Wert - Physical Therapist & Related Services Coordinator

Ellen received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in Seattle in 2010 after working with adults and kids with disabilities 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.

Nurse Leader

Kerry Kubera, RN
Kerry Kubera, RN

Kerry Kubera, RN - Nurse Leader

Kerry received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from UMass Boston followed by her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from UMass Boston. She has been working in pediatrics with medically complex children for 22 years. Since 2014 she has been employed by TEC as the Nurse Leader. She is DESE certified. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys staying active, hot yoga, running and time on the beach.

Teachers

Kelly Adler, M.Ed.
Kelly Adler, M.Ed.

Kelly Adler, M.Ed. - Special Education Teacher

Kelly received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northeastern University. She then went on to receive her masters degree in Severe Special Education at Boston College. Before coming to The Education Cooperative, Kelly worked with medically fragile students at the Kennedy Day School at Franciscan Children’s for 10 years. She is currently in her fourth year at TEC as the Intensive Middle teacher. She enjoys spending time with her son Theo and husband Justin. They love going for walks and being outside. She is expecting her second child at the beginning of June 2022.

Dana Asselin
Dana Asselin

Dana Asselin - Special Education Teacher

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 two daughters and husband.

Lorena Coelho
Lorena Coelho

Lorena Coelho, M.Ed - Special Education Teacher

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.

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Patricia “Trish” Kelly, M.Ed - Special Education Teacher

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 spending time with her family and friends, solving crosswords and reading mysteries, and walking her “toddler with a tail”, aka her dog, Valkyrie.

Erin Ohnemus
Erin Ohnemus

Erin Ohnemus - Special Education Teacher

Erin Ohnemus received her undergraduate degrees from Bridgewater State University earning a BSE in Severe Special Education and a BS in Psychology. She received her masters degree in Severe Special Education from Fitchburg State University in December 2021.Erin has been working at The Education Cooperative since the Fall of 2018. Erin has a passion for utilizing Assistive Technology (AT) to increase communication skills and access to education and leisure for students with complex profiles. Outside of school, Erin enjoys dancing, reading and hiking.

Kara Robertson, M.Ed
Kara Robertson, M.Ed

Kara Robertson, M.Ed - Special Education Teacher

Kara Robertson received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Severe Special Education at Bridgewater State University. 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. She has worked at The Education Cooperative for over 6 years now. In her free time, Miss Kara Robertson is a huge nerd, who enjoys painting and watching cartoons.

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Caitlyn Nelson - Special Education Teacher

Caitlyn received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Salem State University. She is currently enrolled in a masters program through Bridgewater State University. Caitlyn started at The Education Cooperative as a teaching assistant and then joined the team as a classroom teacher. This is her first year teaching students with intensive special needs of varying ages. In her free time she enjoys summer weather, being outside, and spending time with her daughter.

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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.

Related Service Providers

Speech-Language Therapy

Mrs. Ann Fogarty
Ann Fogarty

Ann Fogarty - Speech-Language Pathologist

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. Prior to coming to TEC in 2005, Ann worked as an SLP 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 family, going to the gym, running, swimming, watching movies, and reading. Basketball is a favorite family past-time!

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Sarah Gardella, MS, CCC-SLP - Speech Language Pathologist

Sarah received her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders from the University of Rhode Island and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Sacred Heart 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. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with friends and family, knitting, downhill skiing and going to Cape Cod, MA.

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Tara Galvin - Speech-Language Pathologist

Tara received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross in English and her Master of Science degree from Northeastern University in Speech-Language Pathology. She currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the State of Massachusetts and the Department of Education in Massachusetts. Prior to coming to TEC, Tara has worked as an SLP in early intervention, schools and skilled nursing facilities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and looks forward to traveling more.

Jane Perera
Jane Perera

Jane Perera - Speech-Language Pathologist, M.S. CCC-SLP, ATP

Jane received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Oberlin College and her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been an SLP for 21 years, working in a variety of settings, most recently at the Cotting School in Lexington, and is thrilled to join the staff of TEC this Fall. She lives in Roslindale with her husband, teenaged son and Toby the dog, and enjoys spending time outdoors, especially by the lake.

 

Occupational Therapy

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Kathy Branagan - Occupational Therapist

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
Christy Chambers

Christy Chambers - Occupational Therapy Assistant

Christy has been with TEC for 30 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 on her patio. One of her guilty pleasures is watching all medical shows and HGTV. 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.

Physical Therapy

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Ellen Van Wert - Physical Therapist & Related Services Coordinator

Ellen received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in Seattle in 2010 after working with adults and kids with disabilities 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.

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Sharon Shoemaker - Physical Therapist

Sharon joined TEC in October 2019. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. She has worked at a variety of settings, providing services to infants through adults. In her free time, Sharon enjoys visiting with her family through the Northeast, reading (more audiobooks on those long road trips), and seeing live music.

Marie Joyce, PT, MPH
Marie Joyce, PT, MPH

Marie Joyce, PT, MPH - Physical Therapist

Marie received a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac College and a Masters in Public Health from UMASS Amherst. She has been working as a pediatric physical therapist for over 15 years and is a new addition to the TEC Campus School, joining in December of 2021. In her free time, Marie enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors with her famIly.

Music Therapy

Mara Herrera, MT-BC, NMT-F
Mara Herrera, MT-BC, NMT-F

Mara Herrera, MT-BC, NMT-F - Music Therapist

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. In addition to music therapy, Mara is the music director of her home church in Boston and a piano instructor at her private studio.

Adaptive Physical Education

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Adaptive Physical Education Teacher

 

Behavioral Services

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Janet Goossens

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.

Vision Services

Jeanne Gottfried, M.Ed/CTVI & Bill Kirtley, M.Ed/CTVI
Jeanne Gottfried, M.Ed/CTVI & Bill Kirtley, M.Ed/CTVI

Jeanne Gottfried, M.Ed/CTVI - Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Jeanne received her bachelor’s degree in special education from SUC Buffalo in 1977, master’s degree in Intensive Special Education from Rhode Island College in 1980, where she met her fabulous husband Bill. She earned 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 to Bill Kirtley, also a TVI at TEC, and has two grown daughters. She has always surrounded herself with dogs, cats, plants, and books. In her spare time she loves reading, gardening, and year round walks on the Rhode Island beaches. She serves as a board member on the Rhode Island Holocaust Education Center and is on her temple’s social action committee addressing the needs of refugees in Rhode Island. She lives in Providence, RI.

Bill Kirtley M.Ed/CTVI - Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Bill received a Master's degree in Severe Special Needs in 1980 from Rhode Island College. It was here that he met his 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, after returning from military service, was in a group home for adult men. Later he worked at Wrentham State School, Meeting Street School, and worked at Perkins School for the Blind in the Deaf-Blind unit. Bill lives in Providence, RI, has two adult daughters, and has always had dogs and cats. In his spare time, he enjoys sports and walking year round on RI’s beautiful beaches.

Kerry Kubera, RN
Kerry Kubera, RN

Kerry Kubera, RN - Nurse Leader

Kerry received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from UMass Boston followed by her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from UMass Boston. She has been working in pediatrics with medically complex children for 22 years. Since 2014 she has been employed by TEC as the Nurse Leader. She is DESE certified. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys staying active, hot yoga, running and time on the beach.

Allison Rondeau
Allison Rondeau

Allison Rondeau, RN - Nurse

Allison received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Regis College in Weston. She has been working as a nurse at TEC since May 2013. In her spare time, Allison enjoys teaching dance to little ones and spending time on the beach with her family in Scituate.

Laura McCarthy
Laura McCarthy

Laura McCarthy, RN - Nurse

Laura received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at UMASS Boston. She has worked in pediatrics with medically complex children for 24 years and has worked at TEC for 5 years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.

Theresa Bechet
Theresa Bechet

Theresa Bechet, RN - Nurse

Theresa brings many years of experience in residential, school and hospital care. She started my nursing career in 1993 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. In 2011 she advanced her nursing degree and became a Registered Nurse. She has focused her career working in both adult and children neurological settings focused on intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disorders.
She is thrilled to be part of the TEC community.
Enjoys: kayaking, boating and time with family & pup.

Teaching Assistants

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).

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