Thank You to Merilee Freeman and Welcome to Evonne Peters!

The SABES ELA C&I PD Center has a new Director! Evonne Peters is taking over for Merilee Freeman, who retired on November 20th. Evonne brings 20 years of experience in teaching, training, and education administration to this position, including teaching and program coordination in Adult Education programs. She is a nationally certified STAR Trainer, and you may also recognize her as a PD facilitator for the NRS Assessment and ELA C&I PD Centers.


Merilee was the first director of the ELA C&I PD Center when the SABES professional development system was reorganized six years ago from regional centers to content centers. She also served as the Massachusetts STAR Coordinator, overseeing implementation of the STAR evidence-based reading initiative statewide. Thanks to Merilee's energy and enthusiasm for evidence-based reading practices, many adult learners have greatly strengthened their reading skills, so necessary in today’s world.


We will miss Merilee's inimitable sense of humor, and wish her all the best as she enters retirement. Thank you, Merilee, and welcome, Evonne!

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P.S. Check out our upcoming PD offerings.

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SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center