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Sharon Weldon - Northern New Jersey
As a Regional Manager, Sharon guides the implementation of CLI’s mission in a variety of Northeastern school districts. Her prior 17 years of experience as a CLI Professional Developer lends direction and depth to her current role, as she cultivates partnerships with school districts, oversees professional developers, and supports project implementation of effective literacy practices. Sharon coordinates with a network of colleagues to ensure that the delivery of trainings, coaching and materials provide educators with instructional practices and resources to empower students as they become powerful readers, writers and thinkers.
With a commitment to impact and sustainability, Sharon contributes to CLI’s vision of transformational instruction, combining efforts of all involved to ensure children become successful, life-long members of the literacy community.
Claire Mueller - Houston, TX
Claire guides the implementation of CLI’s mission in the Houston Metro area. She has been a literacy educator for over 30 years in both public and private schools. Her experience as a teacher, instructional specialist, literacy coach and principal serve her well as she cultivates partnerships with school districts, oversees professional developers and supports project implementation of effective literacy practices. Working with a network of colleagues, Claire works to ensure that training, resources and coaching combine in a powerful way to help students reach their potential as readers, writers and thinkers.
Claire has a passion for children and literacy education particularly with under-served populations. She holds a BS in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A & M University and a M. Ed. in Administration and Supervision from University of Houston.
Sarah Koenen - Denver, CO
Sarah joined CLI in 2016 as Denver’s Regional Manager. Sarah’s experience as a 1st grade teacher is what drives her passion to support students, teachers, and school leaders in the hard and rewarding work of teaching students to read and write. She believes that teachers deserve high quality professional development and coaching experiences that draw upon their professional knowledge and experiences with students.
Previous to working at CLI, she was a teacher, coach, mentor, and presenter for 18 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, both from Northern Arizona University. In 2009, NAU also awarded Sarah an Honorary Doctorate for her work in education and advocacy for the teaching profession.
Francesca Cerabino - Philadelphia, PA
Francesca is the Regional Manager for the Philadelphia region supporting a passionate team of District Leaders, Supervisors, Coaches and Teachers.
Her work is guided by the following key values: that literacy is a right of all children; that every teacher has the ability to grow and strengthen their literacy expertise; that we all lead by example; and that fostering relationships are a necessary building block for the growth and sustainability of CLI’s mission.
Francesca started at CLI as a Professional Developer in 2011 where she has been a literacy coach, facilitator, mentor, supervisor, and associate regional manager before taking on the role as Regional Manager. Prior to joining the CLI team, she taught grades K-3 for over 9 years. Francesca holds a BS in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College and a MA in Applied Educational Psychology: Reading Specialist from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Michelle LaCoursiere - Broward County, FL
Michelle leads the implementation of CLI’s mission in Broward County, FL, supporting an amazing team of Administrators, Principals, Coaches, and Teachers.
She believes that good instruction = good results and knows that championing teachers and their professional growth is the key to changing the face of education. In her 19 years as an educator, she has served as a teacher, reading specialist, student services coordinator, assistant principal, and interim principal.
Michele has built her passion for literacy, curriculum, teaching, and learning throughout each experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. With an unwavering commitment to CLI’s mission, Michele builds meaningful relationships with all stakeholders to ensure that teacher and student success is the top priority!