The PrepareRI Ambassadors are a select group of education leaders who help guide PrepareRI’s implementation. The Ambassadors come from different parts of Rhode Island’s education landscape, such as district leaders, principals, school administrators, teachers, college professors, community leaders, and others. They use their unique perspective and skills to advise the PrepareRI team, create resources and trainings to help their colleagues, and serve as spokespeople for PrepareRI.
Ambassadors continue to work full-time in their previous roles and receive a $5,000 stipend to compensate them for their additional work with PrepareRI.
Become an Ambassador
The application for the 2018-19 cohort of PrepareRI Ambassadors was due May 21, 2018. PrepareRI expects to notify applicants advancing to the interview round in early June, and announce final decisions in early July. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the 2017-2018 Ambassadors
Dr. Lynne Bedard, Ph.D.
Bio: Dr. Lynne Bedard, Ph.D., currently serves as the school-based CTE coordinator for Ponaganset High School. She is also a NOCTI site coordinator and educational consultant. Dr. Bedard spent 34 years at the Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center, where she started as an instructor and from where she retired as the principal. The last four years of her tenure saw her role expanded to include serving as the principal of Woonsocket High School as well. Dr. Bedard is a member of numerous professional communities and organizations and continues to participate in career education-focused activities.
Ambassador project: Developing a "Career Coordinator" role at high schools to support work-based learning.
Bio: Elizabeth Dwyer is a mathematics instructor at the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College in Providence. There, she modified the mathematics curriculum to better reflect what nurses might expect in the field, adding another layer of authenticity to her students’ learning. Ms. Dwyer holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and theology and is certified as a highly-qualify secondary mathematics teacher. She served as a Career Readiness Fellow during the writing of the proposal that secured the funding for the PrepareRI initiative.
Ambassador Project: Making it easy for students to find alternative summer internships if they are not accepted to the PrepareRI Internship Program.
Dr. Eric Hall, Ph.D.
Bio: Dr. Eric Hall, Ph.D., is a biology professor at Rhode Island College and serves as Director of Health Related Programs. He has worked with URI and CCRI to create degree-granting programs in particular areas of medical imaging and established a Food Safety concentration in Health Sciences at Daniele, Inc. He has a PhD in biology from Wesleyan University. He served as a Career Readiness Fellow during the writing of the proposal that secured the funding for the PrepareRI initiative.
Ambassador Project: Guiding students to take dual enrollment credits aligned the specific requirements of their intended college major.
Bio: Stacy Haines-Mayne has worked for the Chariho Regional School District for 27 years and is currently the head of the school counseling department there. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. Ms. Haines-Mayne was the Rhode Island representative for the 2016 National School Counselor of the Year. She has served and continues to serve on numerous state boards and committees and actively participates in her community.
Ambassador Project: Developing a curriculum and resources to aid school counselors in providing students with Individual Learning Plans.
Bio: Cynthia VanAvery currently serves as the Northern RI Regional Transition Coordinator. She is also the Director of Transition & Vocational Services for the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative. Ms. VanAvery has spent 19 years at the NRIC, where she started as an instructional assistant and advanced as a Special Educator and a Transition Leader in RI. Over the last six years, Ms. VanAvery saw her role expand to include presenting best practices in secondary transition throughout RI and at numerous national conferences. Ms. VanAvery is a member of several Special Education communities and is highly regarded by her professional colleagues.
Ambassador Project: Connecting the special education community to PrepareRI's work, and ensuring that the PrepareRI Internship Program supports students with disabilities.