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Kristina Mazzarelli

Project Manager

What I like most about my role within the Center…

The team and their support, how we’re given the space to grow, and being a small part in helping kids improve their literacy.

What I believe in

Representation. Being open-minded, willing to learn, and willing to admit when you’re wrong. And working with a team who support one another on every level and boost each other up both professionally and personally.

Previous work highlights

I worked in TV production for over seven years on some of my favorite shows. Highlights for me were working with some of the best people around, having a (mostly) complete IMDB page, seeing my name in the credits, and the handful of times the art department used my name on props and set decorations… sadly most of them never made it on screen, but I did get to keep some of them!

Favorite book

Books that have stuck with me years after reading them – A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra and The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs. I’m also a sucker for Historical Fiction and anything involving time travel or multiple/alternate universes. Always open to book recs!

Fun fact

A friend and I watch While You Were Sleeping every year either on or around Christmas. The tradition started when we were roommates in LA one year when neither of us went home for the holidays and we’ve kept it up across almost ten years, multiple moves, and now living across the country from each other. But c’mon, you can’t go wrong with Sandy B, Bill Pullman, the lean, and the most realistic portrayal of a family in any Rom-Com ever made.


BFA – Visual Communications Design – University of Hartford

MA – TV, Radio, Film – Syracuse University

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Featured Blog Posts

June 6, 2023 Linda Murphy, Associate Director of Literacy Programs

The Coaching Notebook: Your Important End of Year Reflection Tool

A coaching notebook is a powerful reflection tool to consider the year’s accomplishments and determine goals for the upcoming school year.

May 2, 2023 Irene Fountas

Embracing the Sciences of Reading: What Every Literacy Teacher Needs to Know

A foundational expectation for every literacy teacher is a strong understanding of the content of the alphabetic system.

April 14, 2023 Afrika Afeni Mills, Education Consultant & Author

Good and Beautiful and Kind

Kids, Books & Anti-Racism Series featured speaker Afrika Afeni Mills highlights how characters on screen and paper broadened her perspective.