Who Are We?

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Ellen Rintell, EdD, Principal Investigator of Project NOBELL Secondary, Professor of Education, Coordinator M.Ed. Bilingual Education

Dr. Rintell, a faculty member in the literacy, counseling, and learner development department has taught at Salem State College for 20 years. She teaches such courses as EDU250A, language and literacy development, and EDU308, teaching in the multicultural classroom. In addition, she has taught a variety of classes in the MAT in ESL program, such as theories and principles of ESL, methods and approaches to teaching ESL, research in ESL, and sociolinguistics. She has been PI or Co-PI on previous US Department of Education and Mass. grant projects, such as Project PET, Project NOBELL and Project LEAD (Literacy Education and Diversity), all of which focused on preparing more highly qualified teachers for English language learners. Dr. Rintell started in this field as an ESL and then a bilingual teacher in the Boston Public Schools. Once she received her doctorate, her focus turned to teacher preparation and professional development. She still enjoys teaching ESL, and for the last few summers taught a group of high school students from Taiwan, who had come to the US to learn about American culture and to improve their English. Last summer she taught a one-week-institute for professors and administrators from an architectural college in China, as well. 

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Dr. Julie Whitlow, Co-Director of Project NOBELL Secondary

Julie Whitlow is a professor in the English department at Salem State University where she also co-coordinates the master of arts in teaching English as a second language. She has taught ESL in Morocco as a Peace Corps volunteer and in Portugal and she has done teacher training in Nicaragua as a Fulbright Scholar. Her main research interests are in second language writing and sociolinguistcs. She lives in Salem with her partner and their two daughters.

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Dr. Michelle Pierce, Co-Director of Project NOBELL Secondary

Dr. Michelle Pierce is associate professor of education and specializes in the field of language and literacy development. She received her doctorate in literacy, language, and cultural studies from Boston University, and her research interests include the literacy development of ELLs and the evolution of beginning teachers' beliefs and practices. Fluent in French and Spanish, she is pleased to have had the opportunity to live in France and to visit Spain and the Dominican Republic. In the spring of 2009, Dr. Pierce traveled to Chile as a Fulbright Scholar to train EFL teachers at the Universidad de Tarapaca, Arica.

Nina Miller, Project Coordinator

Nina holds a master of arts degree in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her teaching focus has been in early childhood and literacy. She is currently a student in the master of education in reading program at Salem State University. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading the latest in children’s literature and listening to jazz.