Four Northern Essex Community College faculty and staff members were recently 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.
This year’s recipients include 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; Jane Gagliardi of Gloucester, program coordinator of the Human Services Program; and Susan Pelletier of Andover, administrative assistant in the Arts, Business, Communication, and Technology Department.
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.
She is an advocate for student success. They turn to her for guidance in both academic and personal issues, such as balancing work schedules and class time, daycare and school-related responsibilities. Recently, she assumed responsibility for coordinating the ESL Learning Social Club.
Outside of class, she is a major supporter of the Women of NECC. She graduated from Salem State Salem State College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She also completed graduate work at Lesley College and Fitchburg State College.
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.
Pelletier has worked for Northern Essex Community College since 1991.
She is a team player. Never does she say no to a project and regularly works after hours. She is known for her meticulous manner. She is creative and often asked to serve on committees because she is so respected for her knowledge and ability to balance a budget to the penny.
Pelletier has attended NECC, Fitchburg and Salem State Universities.
With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence and extension sites in Methuen and Groveland, Northern Essex Community College is a state-assisted college, offering more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.