Barbara E. Kotelnicki
MCLA Education Department
375 Church St., North Adams, MA 01247
B.A., LaSalle University (1995)
M.Ed., Towson University (2000)
Barbara Kotelnicki began her teaching career as an elementary and special educator in public education in 1995. While in the public schools she was a Reading Teacher and worked with at risk youth at the Sylvan Learning Center in Baltimore, MD. She has Project Read Training and is a member of the International Reading Association. Since the beginning she has worked as a one on one tutor, to help with grade level preparedness.
Barbara began teaching in higher education in 2001 and has been an adjunct instructor for the Education Department at MCLA for the past five years. Her varied classroom experiences help to ensure that her instruction is both practical and beneficial for students. Her primary interest focuses on literacy instruction. Barbara has attended professional development sessions at The Reading Institute in Williamstown and the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA and subscribes to The Reading Teacher journal to stay current with research and best practices in literacy instruction. More recently she co-taught a course for the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Foundation, which focused on designing place-based educational experiences for local students. As a 21st century educator who embraces the value of literacy and currency in the field, Barbara has focused a great deal of professional energy on helping pre-service teachers to develop e-Portfolios for certification.
In addition to being an executive board member of the St. Agnes Academy PTO in Dalton, she also volunteers at the school and has written grants for extra curricular events to promote the arts curriculum at the school. For more information please see attached résumé.