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Melissa Fasten

Senior Program Manager

What I like most about my role within the Center is…

My amazing colleagues and working with teachers/educators! I learn from and value every relationship with my teammates. Supporting educators has always been my passion. I believe they have the most important role in the world.

What I believe in

Lifelong learning.

“One child, one teacher, one pen can change the world.” Malafa Yousafzai

Previous work highlights

My entire career has been in higher education specifically within Schools of Education. Before moving to the Boston area, I was employed at Wilmington University in Delaware for 10 years. In this role, I worked closely with faculty and deans on program and university accreditation including data collection, budget, and student support.

Favorite book

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë

Fun fact

I have a mini book club with my 13 year old son. Jason Reynolds is his favorite author.

Education

BS. Internet Design and Technology
Master of Elementary Education

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Featured Blog Posts

May 13, 2021 Cindy Downend, Assistant Director, Literacy Programs

Five Tips for Ensuring the Success of Literacy Coaches and Teacher Leaders

Investing in building the expertise of the teachers in your school is one of the most lasting decisions a leader can make.

May 5, 2021 Kass & Cornelius Minor

Kids, Books, and Anti-Racism Series: The Quest for Joyful and Equitable Literacy Learning Continues with The Minor Collective!

The Minors have designed a few frameworks and strategies to make the work doable and supportive for all people involved in literacy learning

April 29, 2021 Center News

Literacy Collaborative 2021 Virtual Cohort

The 2021 Literacy Collaborative cohort will be held online through a combination of live, interactive sessions and on-demand learning. Participants apply what they learn and receive job-embedded coaching from Lesley University faculty as part of their coursework.