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March 6, 2013

Gloucester teacher wins national award

A Gloucester administrator is among four Northern Essex Community College faculty and staff members who have been named recipients of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Awards for Excellence — a national honor which recognizes outstanding teachers in the country’s community colleges.

Jane Gagliardi of Gloucester, program coordinator of NECC’s Human Services Program, headed the list if this year’s area recipients, who also included Dr. Carolyn Cohen of Atkinson, professor and chairman of the Behavioral Science Department; Judith Chmielecki of North Andover, instructor of English as a Second Language; and Susan Pelletier of Andover, administrative assistant in the Arts, Business, Communication, and Technology Department.

Gagliardi has worked at Northern Essex since 2002 in the Human Services Program and is currently coordinator of the program.

In addition to providing excellence in teaching, she works with accrediting agencies to maintain the high standards she and her colleagues demand for themselves and their students. She is a committed mentor to her students and prepares them to work successfully in the Human Services field.

Gagliardi holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vassar College and a Master’s of Social Work from Boston College. She is licensed in Massachusetts as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and also a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner.

Cohen is recognized as an educator who has high standards in the classroom and is committed to helping each student achieve success.

Her involvement in the NECC community is exemplary. She heads the Behavioral Sciences Department.

She has served on several committees including Academic Affairs; Science Technology Engineering and Math Steering Committee; the Institutional Review Board; and Help for Outcomes Assessment Committee.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UMass-Boston and a doctorate in psychopharmacology from the University of Minnesota.

Chmielecki has worked at Northern Essex for more than 13 years. She is highly regarded by the ESL faculty who demonstrates a passion for teaching. She is active in college projects, regularly sharing ideas with colleagues to support ESL curriculum development.

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