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Phyllis M. Hakeem

Adjunct Faculty

MCLA Education Department

375 Church St.,  North Adams,  MA  01247




  • B.S., Research Psychology, Chestnut Hill College, 1991

  • M.A., Theology, St. Joseph's Institute of Religious Studies, 2000  

  • CAGS, Reading Specialist/Administration, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2007



  • Licensure: Reading Specialist (K-12) 

  • Moderate Disabilities (PreK - 8)  

  • Elementary (1-6)  

  • Principal/Assistant Principal (PreK - 6)  

  • Certifications: Language Circle Project Read/Phonology and Linguistics; Read Naturally; Wilson Reading Academy;Technology Integration Specialist, Awarded through New York State;



  • Literacy Specialist: Pittsfield Public Schools

  • Adjunct Instructor: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

  • American International College

  • Course Facilitator: American International College

  • Site Coordinator: American International College



Mrs. Hakeem resides in North Adams, MA with her husband, Dennis and her daughter Rachael. She is a mother of four daughters and grandmother times three. Before entering the field of education, Mrs. Hakeem was employed as a clinical research coordinator in neuropsychology and as a neuro-psychometrician.

Among her honors are listings in the New York State Academy of Teaching and Learning, Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and Outstanding Young Woman of America. Mrs. Hakeem has presented at the International Dyslexia Association's Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA; the Massachusetts Reading Association's annual conference in Sturbridge, MA on Assessments and Differentiated Instruction; the Department of Education's Office of Reading /Celebrating Reading First Model Schools, in Marlboro; at the state conference of Superintendents and Administrators in Albany, NY on the Integration of Technology in the Classroom; and at the International World Congress on Preventive Education, in Stony Point, NY. Among her awards is the Eastern Psychological Association's Excellence in Research Certificate for her work on the Relationship Between Information Processing Styles, Perfectionism, and Physiological Response to Laterally Specific Tasks.


  •  Brain Based Learning and Achievement

  • Systemic Assessment Policy and Procedures 

  • Literacy Assessment

  • Literacy in the Content areas

  • Linguistics and Literacy

  • Academic Literacy Coaching of Professionals

  • Teacher Competency and Capacity Building

  • Leadership in Education