About Us

The Reading League Massachusetts

  • The Massachusetts chapter of The Reading League is committed to advancing the awareness, understanding, and use of evidence-based reading instruction through supporting and educating administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, educator preparation programs, parents, and other interested parties.
  • We aim to be inclusive of all educators who want to grow in their knowledge and instructional methodology in ways to support students to become readers and writers with confidence.
  • We aim to support teachers in advocating for their students, parents in advocating for their children, and schools/districts in advocating for systematic evidence-based programming in literacy for all.
  • We aim to strengthen relationships among the DESE, educator preparation programs, local districts, and independent/private/parochial schools to build systems and supports to ensure those primarily responsible for effective literacy instruction and assessment are well prepared and engaged in continuous growth.
  • We hope to meet stakeholders where they are and bring them forward in ways that are comprehensible, accessible, and culturally responsive.

Meet Our Team

Sarah Fennelly, PhD
Sarah Fennelly, PhDPresident
Sarah is currently a reading teacher in Stoneham as well as an adjunct faculty at American International College and Framingham State University. She has taught middle school for over 20 years and at the college level for 5 years. She recently received her PhD in Language and Literacy at St. John’s University in NYC.
Stephanie Grimaldi, EdD
Stephanie Grimaldi, EdDVice President
Stephanie Grimaldi has been an educator for over 25 years. She is a Professor of Education at Westfield State University, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses for the past 14 years. She holds a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University, and M.Ed in Language and Literacy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and an Ed.D. from Boston University in Language, Literacy and Cultural Studies.
Holly Cole
Holly ColeSecretary
Holly is a K-12 MTSS specialist and Dyslexia Specialist for the Amesbury Public School District. In addition to her work in public education, she runs her own private practice, RAD Reading, where she completes diagnostic independent reading evaluations for Dyslexia and Language Based Learning disabilities. Holly received her bachelors degree at Emmanuel College and her masters degree in Special Education and Language and Literacy Disorders from Simmons College. She also received her Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist Certification through CERI.
Molly Cotter
Molly CotterTreasurer
Molly has been a special educator for 19 years and is currently an Elementary Inclusion specialist in the Norwood Public Schools. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary and Special Education from SUNY Plattsburgh and her M.Ed from Boston College in Moderate Disabilities. She is certified in the Wilson Reading System.