2022 Board of Directors 

The election of directors will take place at the MATSOL Annual Meeting (Online) on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 5:00 PM.

All current members are welcome to attend and vote. Register for the Annual Meeting (member login required)

Slate of Nominations

The MATSOL Board of Directors presents this slate of nominations to the MATSOL Board of Directors for a three-year term from June 2022- June 2025. 

Marianne Duffy

I have always been a teacher, at heart.  I graduated from Westfield State University in 1991 and taught for 18 years at the elementary level.   I taught ESL to first graders for four years before entering administration as the Assistant Director for Multilingual and ELL programming for Waltham Public Schools.  I have been fortunate enough to have contributed to many important initiatives for my district.  In 2016, I  coordinated the launch of the Dual Language Program in Waltham.  This program opened in 2017 with their first cohort of kindergarten students.  I acted as the administrator on site for the first two years of this program.  I was responsible for all aspects of the program including staff hiring, implementing new curriculum, communication with families and staff and recruitment of new students. This first cohort of students are getting ready to move on to middle school in September 2022! Last year, I coordinated the online school offering for all K-12 students in Waltham.  At its highest point, “Waltham Schools Online” (WSO) had over 1,000 students, K-12, enrolled!  Again, I was responsible for staffing, communication with families and staff, assisting with technology needs, along with observation and evaluation of remote instruction. I am excited to be joining the MATSOL board!  I hope that my experience with instructional and strong communication and coordination skills will be an asset to the team. 

Silvia Fomin

I am a multilingual immigrant from Brazil, passionate about promoting excellence and equity in the education of multilingual learners (ML).  My experience includes teaching ESL to elementary, secondary, and adult ML, designing and facilitating  PDs, coaching/mentoring teachers, presenting at conferences, conducting research, teaching graduate courses and RETELL, and serving as a Curriculum Team Leader and EL Coordinator. Through my doctoral studies at Boston College, I have been gaining a greater understanding of educational research and getting hands-on experience in preparing teachers for bilingual education in Massachusetts. Drawing from my experiences, skills, and diverse perspective, I hope to collaboratively contribute to the field in ways that promote agency, equity, and opportunities for ML, their families, and their teachers.

Kelly Elizabeth Mowers

I first fell in love with teaching ELL while teaching intensive English at the university level. I left to teach abroad and taught primarily in Greece for over twenty years. I also became involved in the refugee crisis and volunteered at refugee camps with various NGOs. I returned to the US and have been teaching ELL at Nauset Regional High School. Joining MATSOL and becoming a steering committee member of the Advocacy group are two reasons that inspired me to apply to be on the board of directors. The refugee crisis is another reason that fuels my passion for being more involved with the vision of MATSOL. I have seen despair, inequity, and a life where education is still a distant dream. I know and understand what people give up and how they risk their lives in hopes of a better future for themselves and their families. I want to be part of making sure they reach their desired outcomes. I want to ensure that these children have an outstanding education and are given every opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

Anne Roberti

As the daughter of a multilingual father, I decided to become an English language educator to empower English learners so that they may achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals. In graduate school, I specialized in TESOL and have taught in PK-12, adult education, community college, and university contexts. Eventually, I obtained a PhD in Educational Linguistics, and currently oversee the Community English Language Program and coordinate the M.Ed. – TESL program at Framingham State University.  I would like to serve as a member of the MATSOL Board of Directors, so that I may participate as part of a collective of leaders committed to racial justice, equity, and inclusion in the preparation and professional development of teachers and staff, the development of state English learner education content and curricula, pursuing academic excellence for the students we serve.

Molly Ross

I have been an ESL teacher for twelve years and am currently the SEI instructional coach in the Randolph Public Schools. I support mainstream and ESL teachers to better meet the needs of our multilingual learners. Prior to this position I was a middle school teacher in the Rockland Public Schools and the Malden public schools. In addition to my role as an ESL teacher, I teach in the Wheelock School of Education at Boston University where I get to support new teachers as they are learning how to teach multilingual students. In the past, I served as a RETELL instructor for the state. For the past three years I have served as a MATSOL board member and I have gained valuable insight into the issues of multilingual education across the state of Massachusetts. I love being on the board because I can collaborate with professionals across the state and also because I can have my voice heard in advocacy issues.

Ivone Spencer

I work in the New Bedford Public School district as a K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) Teaching and Learning Specialist. I support the English Learner Education (ELE) Department by coaching new ESL teachers and providing professional development for the district. In the past, I taught middle school and coordinated summer programs for English Learners. I also teach the Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL) course. Additionally, I am a Steering Committee member for the MATSOL’s Coaches Special Interest Group. I decided to apply for the MATSOL Board of Directors because my values and passion align with its vision: to promote excellence and equity for English Learners. This opportunity will empower me to become an anchor to advance equity, diversity and quality instruction throughout all of my professional and personal interactions.

Lin Zhou

I am an assistant teaching professor in the Northeastern University Global Program, and I obtained my PhD in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawai'i. My research centers around computer-assisted language learning and focuses on game and course design to empower educators and foster differentiated instruction. I have a passion for development, innovation, and leadership. Currently, I am also an MBA candidate at D’Amore McKim Business School. I decided to apply to be on the board of directors because I wanted to contribute to the MATSOL community, reach out to more professionals in the field, and advance my professional development.