Stratford Board of Education

Meet Our Alpha Staff

The ALPHA Faculty and Staff:

  • Kathryn Mascia, Program Administrator
  • Ashley Morgan, Social Worker
  • Meghann England, Teacher
  • Michelle Murray, Teacher  
  • Mary Smithberg, Teacher
  • Theresa Palmieri, CIA
  • Kathy Selezan, CIA

Ashley Morgan, School Social Worker for the ALPHA Program

Meghann England, Teacher
Welcome! My name is Meghann England and this will be my first year teaching Language Arts in the ALPHA Program. I have spent the last two years teaching Language Arts and Theatre at Bunnell High School and worked as club advisor for STAGE, the Bunnell drama club. I received my undergraduate degree and masters degree from SCSU, at which time I served as editor of Folio, the university art and literary magazine. I have enjoyed the last two years at Bunnell immensely, directing one play and two musicals. I look forward to thi new opportnity to teach in the ALPHA program and anticipate a great year to come.

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world." Gandhi

Michelle Murray, Special Education Teacher
I have been teaching approximately nineteen years. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Connecticut State University, my Master’s Degree from Fairfield University, also in Special Education, and my sixth year at Southern Connecticut State University.  The largest part of my experience has been at the secondary level, although I have taught middle school special education students, and even pre-school autistic children. I have taught in Milford, Trumbull, and Stratford. I have been at ALPHA for ten years.

"Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it – his mind, his body, his heart – what’s life worth to him?"  Vince Lombardi

Mary Smithberg, Teacher
I have a B.S. Degree in Education and a M.S. Degree in Science Education from Southern Connecticut State University.  I am currently completing a second M.S. Degree in History.  I began my teaching career after a career in corporate accounting.  After teaching  for 4 years at Flood Middle School, I transferred to the ALPHA program in 2000.  "If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday, " said Pearl Buck.  I believe that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  Those who do, proceed into the future with great hope.