Born and raised in Greece, Maria Kefallinou has more than 30 years experience in the Adult Education field as a teacher, counselor, grant writer and administrator. She worked as the Director of ABE at the Haitian Multi-Service Center and after that as the Director of ABE at Quisigamond Community College until June, 2016. She started working at CLC in July, 2016.CLC is a wonderful program that helps and support Cambridge residents in their quest of a better life through education. CLC enables people to change their lives and make their dreams come true!
“Education transforms people’s lives; it makes better people, better citizens and workers. It allows parents to offer the best to their children. An indicator of a child’s success in school is the education of the parents. Educated adults are powerful role models for their children and their community. In addition, most jobs now require a high level of education and skills. Education helps people to become financially independent, to support their families and to contribute to the growth and well-being of their community.”-Maria Kefallinou
Some 60 part-time and full-time teachers, counselors, administrators, outreach workers, and computer lab aides work for the Community Learning Center. Many have dedicated their lives to adult education, having worked at the Learning Center for more than 30 years. The staff includes a number of immigrants and former students who have worked their way up to professional and paraprofessional positions, some earning college degrees along the way.
Board of Directors
Phyllis Benjamin, President
Phyllis Benjamin has been involved with the Community Learning Center for almost 30 years–as a volunteer tutor, part-time teacher, and Board member and officer of the Friends of CLC. This is her fourth year as President of the Friends. Since 1999, Phyllis has been a Elementary Literacy Specialist for the Newton Public Schools, helping ensure that all students become more proficient readers and writers. In the past two years, she has served as an Intervention Specialist, focusing on supporting struggling readers. Phyllis holds a Bachelors degree from Yale University and Masters degrees in Musicology and Education from Harvard University. In addition to her professional career and her volunteer work for the Friends of the Community Learning Center, she sings with Chorus pro Musica and is an avid practitioner of traditional martial arts.
“It is a pleasure to work with the Community Learning Center to support its mission of creating opportunities for hardworking members of our community through education and job training. I believe that providing opportunities for all to grow and develop to their potential lifts us all, and expresses the best of who we are. Programs like the Bridge to College, the Certified Nurses Assistant training, language classes, citizenship classes, and general education programs all provide opportunities for people to build better lives. I am pleased and proud to be a part of this effort.”-Phyllis Benjamin
Carol Peters, Vice-President
Meghan Frazier, Treasurer
Sally Waldron, Clerk
Chuck Brandstater, a computer programmer in his first career, since 1996 has been a freelance copy editor, proofreader, and translator. Having served as a volunteer tutor and teacher’s aide during the first three years of his association with the Community Learning Center, in late 2014 Chuck eagerly began applying his passionate belief in the organization’s mission in a further direction: as a member of the CLC Board, where he still looks forward to growing into other roles in which to help maintain the organization’s high profile. Chuck now describes his efforts with the CLC as his (belatedly discovered) life’s work!
Seymour Danberg, President, SYWARE, Inc.
Laurie Sheridan, Consultant, retired from SABES and UMass Boston
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