Faculty and Lecturers

Jessica de la Cruz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education

B.A., Union College
M.S., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2008

Dr. de la Cruz's specialty is in mathematics education. Her dissertation was entitled “Teachers’ Instruction Related to Proportional Reasoning: A Cognitively Guided Perspective.” She is interested in student-centered and cognitively guided mathematics instruction as well as developing understandings of mathematics concepts not simply procedural knowledge. Dr. de la Cruz teaches the course, Teaching Children and Adolescents with Problems in Mathematics at the graduate level.

Samantha Goldman, Ph.D., BCBA
Assistant Professor of Special Education

B.A., Williams College
M.Ed., Vanderbilt University, Peabody College
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Peabody College, 2016

Dr. Goldman earned her Ph.D. in Special Education with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her areas of interest include autism spectrum disorder, family-school partnership, special education advocacy, and families of individuals with disabilities from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds.

LECTURERS:

Claire J. Bouchard
Lecturer in Special Education (2005)
B.A., Anna Maria College; M.A., Worcester State College, 1971.

Donald Briere, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Special Education (2014)
B.S., University of Connecticut; M.A., University of Connecticut; Ph.D., University of Connecticut Storrs, 2012.

Kathleen Dion
Lecturer in Special Education (2008)
B.S., M.A., Worcester State College; M.A., Fitchburg State College, 1989.

Jean Lindquist Grady
Lecturer in Special Education
B.A., Springfield College
M.A., Pepperdine University
PsyD., Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (2001)

Calvin R. Hill, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Special Education (2005)
B.A., Bethany College; M.S., Emporia State University; Ph.D., Howard University, 2004.

Ellen S. Koretz, Ed.D.
Lecturer in Special Education (2005)
B.A., Lesley College; M.S., Lesley University; Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2003.

Paula Leva
Lecturer in Special Education (2010)
B.S., Fitchburg State College; M.Ed. Boston College, 1987.

Amy Maynard, Ed.D.
Lecturer in Special Education (2006)
B.A., University of Vermont, M.A., University of Southern Maine, 1995, Ed.D., University of Massachusetts-Lowell, 2011.

Maria Nemerowicz, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Special Education (2009)
B.A., Kean University; M.A., Assumption College; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell 2009.

Joseph M. Vandergrift, Ph.D., ABSNP
Lecturer in Special Education (1999)
B.A., Rockhurst College; M.A., C.A.G.S., Ph.D., Duquesene University, 1999, Board Certification in School Neuropsychology, 2004, Post doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology, Fielding University 2007.

Cinzia Pica-Smith
B.A., The College of Saint Rose; M.S.Ed., The College of Saint Rose; Ed.M., Harvard University; Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst.