Vice President: Kris Nystrom is Department Supervisor for secondary English and literacy intervention programs at West Hartford Public Schools and English Methods instructor for the CT State Department of Higher Education Alternative Route to Certification (ARC). Kris taught high school for twenty-one years and worked in child psychiatric education for five. He has taught courses in humanities, art history, English composition, and education philosophy at Goodwin College, Southern Connecticut State University, and Central Connecticut State University. He completed his BA in English at Salisbury University; MALS in humanities at Wesleyan University; and Ed.D. at Central Connecticut University, where his research focused on adolescent literacy. He lives in Killingworth with a wife and two daughters and is learning to play bass guitar.
Treasurer: Lucia Fonseca is a grade 6 language arts teacher at Thomas Edison Middle School, an ACES Magnet. As a content leader for ACES, Lucia writes district-wide curriculum. She is deeply involved in working with teachers and school leaders to implement Common Core aligned units, lessons, and assessments. In addition, she is committed to developing children’s love of learning, reading, writing and communicating. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at Marist College; Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction at Fairfield University; and Sixth Year Diploma in Education Leadership at Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in Prospect, Connecticut and enjoys traveling the world.
Membership Chair: Dina Secchiaroli is an Education Specialist at ACES Professional Development and School Improvement (PDSI). Some areas of Dina’s expertise include: content literacy, accelerated reading comprehension, curriculum facilitation and design, teacher leadership, teacher evaluation, PLC’s, and coaching. Dina has served on Connecticut’s SEED District Support Committee to review and create resources for teachers in need of improvement and has helped populate the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. Dina is certified in Cognitive Coaching and has taught high school English in urban and rural districts. Dina is currently enrolled at Quinnipiac University’s Educational Leadership Program. She has attended Southern Connecticut State University for her degree in Secondary Education and English and for her master’s degree in Literature. Dina has co-written a chapter on scientific argumentation for Toward Inclusion of all Learners through Science Teacher Education and has five curriculum units published through Yale New Haven Teachers Institute.
Coordinator of Diversity Outreach: Emily Sawyer is a sixth grade Language Arts teacher at Coleytown Middle School in Westport, CT. She previously worked as an intern and student teacher at John Winthrop School in Bridgeport, CT. She is deeply committed to cultivating the love of stories of all kinds, and recently attended the MOTH’s first ever teacher institute, with the hopes of implementing oral storytelling into the classroom! Emily attended Fairfield University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. As an undergraduate, she majored in English, while minoring in Education, African American Studies, and American Studies. She then received her graduate degree in English Education 6-12. She is deeply connected to the Connecticut Writing Project through Fairfield University, having gone there as a middle school student. This past summer, she had the honor of being a lead teacher for novel writing, which allowed her the chance to work alongside the people that first sparked her love of writing when she was a teen. She lives in Seymour, Connecticut, and enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball, and cuddling with her recently adopted kitten, Penelope.
Editor of the Journal: Susan Douglas Gomes is an instructor and university supervisor at CCSU in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program for pre-service English teacher candidates. She holds a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership (092) and is certified as an edTPA scorer and TEAM mentor. In Wallingford, she served as Lyman Hall High School’s English department chair and led district initiatives in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. In addition, she taught Advanced Placement, UConn ECE, English for new language learners, American Literature, and creative writing. Previously, as a business writer and project manager, she worked in corporate training, marketing, and systems development. Susan and her husband Ray live in Wallingford where they raised their children and now share their empty nest with their German Shepherd, Maggie.
RESC Liaison: With eight years of middle and high school teaching experience in Connecticut and Vermont, Carly Weiland Quiros, a certified English teacher and administrator, currently works as an Education Specialist for EdAdvance in Litchfield, CT. Her responsibilities include providing professional learning to educators in the areas of literacy, instructional coaching, teacher effectiveness and teacher evaluation. Carly also serves as the Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) Program Field Staff to support beginning teacher induction in over 32 school districts in northwestern CT.