Who We Are


The Massachusetts Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE) is a statewide organization dedicated to facilitating steady improvement of educator preparation in the Commonwealth. Our membership is comprised of nearly sixty private and public colleges and universities with educator preparation programs. We are also the state affiliate of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), which is based in Washington, D.C.

In pursuit of our main goal, we are committed to several objectives, but one of our main objectives is to maintain an effective voice for educator preparation at the state level of matters of policy, legislation, regulations, and other matters related to educator preparation and licensure. For example, board members are active in a number of statewide committees such as the Educator Personnel Advisory Council (EPAC), and the Teacher and Administrator Evaluation Task Force. In this and other ways, the MACTE Board is active at both the state and national levels to advocate for our member institutions in an effort to facilitate both policies and regulations that strengthen educator preparation in Massachusetts.

We sponsor two statewide conferences a year. The purpose of these conferences is to provide a forum for our membership institutions to engage with experts in the field of educator preparation and to present their work to an audience eager to hear about innovative and best practices statewide. Conference dates and themes are listed under the Events link.

The MACTE Executive Board meets on a monthly basis from September through June. The board’s membership is elected every two years. The board’s officers and directors, representatives from both private and public institutions, serve on a voluntary basis. The Commonwealth Teacher Education Consortium (COMTEC) and The Massachusetts Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (MAECTE) each have an ex-officio member on the MACTE board.

We welcome comments and suggestions. Contact information for all of our board members is below. Thank you for your interest in MACTE and for visiting our website today!

Executive Board Officers

Lorne Ranstrom
Eastern Nazarene College
Teacher Education
Quincy, MA

Lorne Ranstrom has been at ENC since 1991 and served as Chair of the Division of Teacher Education since 1998. In addition to being the Chair, he also serves as the Field Placement Director and the Licensure Officer. His previous position included working as a 7th grade Social Studies teacher and a high school and middle school assistant principal. His interests include the moral dimensions of teachers and teaching and the purpose of schools in a democratic society. He has also served as MACTE Treasurer for 4 years.

Cheryl Stanley
Westfield State University
Education Department
Westfield, MA

Cheryl A. Stanley is the Dean of Education at Westfield State University. She joined the Education faculty at Westfield State in 1993. She served as the Chairperson, Early Childhood Program Coordinator, and Coordinator of the pre-practicum program in the Education Department. She taught courses in curriculum and instruction and classroom management for education majors seeking licensure in early childhood, elementary and special education as well as for pre-service and in-service teachers at the post baccalaureate and graduate level.  Cheryl received her BA in Child Development with a certification in Early Childhood Education from Spelman College, her MA in Human Development with a certification in Special Education from George Washington University, and her Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Instructional Leadership.

Mary Ann McKinnon
Past-President and Ex-officio COMTEC Liaison
Bridgewater State University
College of Education and Allied Studies
Bridgewater, MA

Mary Ann McKinnon is the Associate Dean of the College of Education & Allied Studies at Bridgewater State University. As the university certification officer, she is the liaison between the college students, faculty and administration and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education in all matters pertaining to educator preparation clinical experience, licensure and license renewal. Mary Ann also serves on the Massachusetts Certification Review Panel, is a member of the MA stakeholders working group for the Network for Transforming Educator Preparation grant and the MACTE liaison to the Commonwealth Teacher Education Consortium.

Marge Magouirk Colbert
Secretary – Retiring
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
College of Education
Amherst, MA

Marge Magouirk Colbert is the former Assistant Dean for P12 Educator Preparation at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has recently retired and is in the process of resigning from the MACTE Board as soon as a replacement can be found and trained. A former special education and consulting teacher, she holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas-Lawrence.

Bev Bell
Mt. Holyoke College
Professional and Graduate Education
South Hadley, MA

Bev Bell is the director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Mount Holyoke College. She has been involved in higher education for over 15 years and she previously worked and taught in K-12 education for over 16 years in South Africa. She completed her M.Ed and her Ed.D at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  In her current position, she coordinates middle and secondary pre-service teacher placements, teaches courses, coordinates the practicum semester, develops partnerships with local schools, and does community outreach.  She is also responsible for developing new education programs for PAGE at Mount Holyoke College.

Executive Board Directors (in alphabetical order)

Janet S. Arndt
Gordon College
Department of Education
Wenham, MA

Janet S. Arndt, Ed.D has been an Associate Professor in Education at Gordon College since 2001. She is currently Director of Graduate Education and also holds the licensure officer position.  Janet holds a B.A. in psychology from Gordon College, Ed.M. from Boston University in School Counseling, a C.A.G. S. and Ed.D. from University of Massachusetts Amherst in Child and Family Studies. Prior to higher education she worked as a classroom teacher, school counselor, Early Childhood Specialist, and elementary principal. Her research interests include family and school partnerships, Universal Design for Learning in preservice education, and social-emotional development.

Sharyn Boornazian

Sharyn S. Boornazian
Lesley University
Educator Licensure
Cambridge, MA

Sharyn Boornazian is the Certification Officer for Educator Licensure at Lesley University. She works with the education licensure programs, faculty and staff in the Graduate School of Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Science and Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences. She has presented with colleagues at MACTE conferences—most recently in fall 2015 with Strong Bones, More Cartilage: Partnerships, Employment and Placements.

Dr. Carol Donnelly
Worcester State University
Education Department
Worcester, MA

Carol Donnelly has been a member of the faculty at Worcester State University for 18 years, and Chair of the Department for the Past 4 years.  Before that she served as an Early Childhood teacher/coordinator and Special Education Director in the Auburn Public Schools for 13 years.  She has taught English at the high school level and Remedial Writing at the college level. Carol has degrees in English (BA Wellesley College MA University of Miami) and Education (M.Ed. Harvard University and EdD Boston University).

Katie Elmes
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA
(508) 832-5703

Katie Elmes is the Director of WPI’s Teacher Preparation Program. WPI’s program focuses on graduating highly qualified math and science teachers. She oversees all aspects of the program, serves as the college licensure officer, spearheads the annual continuous improvement cycle, and co-teaches the practicum seminar. She previously taught at the elementary school level, worked in educational policy and politics, and worked as the Site Coordinator for the Bruce Wells Scholars Upward Bound Program where she continues to teach high school freshmen and seniors in their Saturday School. She previously served on the Massachusetts Educational Opportunity Association (MEOA) Board devoted to supporting college access programs across the state. During this time she was involved in policy and political advocacy work at both the state and national levels. Her work at WPI is part of the STEM Education Center, WPI’s K-12 STEM educator hu

Pat Fontaine
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Graduate School of Education
Lowell, MA

Pat Fontaine is a clinical associate professor of education at UMass Lowell. She received a  masters in French from Middlebury and a masters in history from Tufts that led her to teach both French and history at the American School in Paris. After 14 years of public school service teaching, she received the opportunity to teach at UMass Lowell where she taught methods classes in history and French as well as supervising student teaching while getting her doctorate! Pat has extensive PD in local schools in history content (10 years a PI on Teaching American History grants), the Common Core and WIDA.

Jo Hoffman
Bridgewater State University
College of Education and Allied Studies
Bridgewater, MA  02325

Jo Hoffman began her career in education as a public school teacher in 1991 after receiving her MEd with Licensure from Rutgers University.  She taught K-2 from 1991-2001 and earned her EdD from Rutgers in 2001.  She became fulltime faculty in Early Childhood and Elementary in 2001 at Kean University in NJ.  In 2008, she was appointed to Associate Dean of the College of Education and the NCATE Coordinator at Kean.  In July of 2013, she joined the College of Education and Allied Studies at Bridgewater State University as the Academic Associate Dean and the NCATE/CAEP Coordinator.

Kathleen McNamara
Stonehill College
Easton, MA

Kathleen McNamara is the Director of Licensure, Placement and Supervision at Stonehill College. A former teacher in the fields of Special Education and Elementary Education, she has worked in classrooms that span all levels of PK-12 and supervised programs at the secondary level. She has taught educator preparation courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Kathy holds a BA from the College of St Elizabeth and an M.Ed. from Lesley University. She has served MACTE’s Executive Board as a private college representative and more recently in the president positions. Currently she is the Northeast Regional Representative to AACTE’s Advisory Committee of State Representatives (ACSR).

Deb Patterson
Western New England University
Education Department
Springfield, MA

Deb Patterson is currently full professor and department chair of the education department at Western New England University. She has been a member of the WNE faculty since 1998. She completed her doctorate at UMass Amherst in 1998, with a dissertation focused on using children’s literature to teach math. While a doctoral student she served as field coordinator for the undergraduate teacher education program, ran the support seminar for university supervisors in the field, taught methods courses and taught several courses at the graduate level. She has served on the NEERO board (New England Educational Research Organization) for the past eight years. Most recently she collaborated with other educators and community members to design and implement a parent literacy program, Baby and Me, in the Amherst area. Baby and Me is celebrating its first year of serving families with home visits, free books, and a weekly parenting program.

Patricia Paugh
University of Massachusetts Boston
College of Education and Human Development
Boston, MA

Patricia C. Paugh is associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, an M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from Harvard University and an M.Ed. in Reading from Worcester State College. Her research interests include school-university research partnerships, equitable access to academic literacy for students in high poverty, linguistically and culturally diverse communities, critical literacy, and the value of practitioner research in teachers’ professional development. She is co-author of two professional books for teachers of struggling readers and writers, as well as articles and book chapters based on her collaborative research and teaching partnerships in urban public schools. Prior to her work in higher education she was a classroom teacher and reading specialist for 20 years in Massachusetts K-12 schools.

Christine Power
Boston College
Lynch School of Education
Chestnut Hill, MA

Christine Power is the Associate Director of Mentoring, Induction, and Professional Development at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.  Before that, she was the Director of Teacher Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, clinical faculty at Clark University, and a high school history teacher at Medfield High School.  In addition to currently serving on the board of the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO), Christine served on several statewide taskforces and working groups and presented at several national and regional conferences on the topics of teacher education policy and teacher development.  Christine holds an EdM in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a PhD Candidate at Boston College with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction.

Michaela Colombo
Ex-officio MATSOL Liaison
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Graduate School of Education
Lowell, MA

Sandra McElroy
Ex-officio MAECTE Liaison
Pine Manor College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Sandra McElroy, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor and the Director of Education Programs at Pine Manor College. Pine Manor College is a coeducational institution with one of the most diverse student bodies in the country. Sandra is Co/President of MAECTE, The Massachusetts Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. She has many years of teaching experience in both public and private PreK-12 schools, and in higher education. Sandra has presented at State, National, and International Conferences on such topics as curriculum and course development, achievement gap issues, English language learners, pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning, and issues related to social justice. She has a B.S., M.A., and an Ed.D.


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