READS Welcomes New DHH Program Director

March, 2024

Dear READS Collaborative Community:

Please extend a warm welcome to Ms. Rebekah Marchilena! READS Collaborative is excited to announce Ms. Rebekah Marchilena has accepted the position of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Director effective July 1, 2024. (She is kindly providing the American Sign Language version of this announcement. ( Ms. Marchilena's self introduction  )

Ms. Marchilena holds a B.A. in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies and a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester. She has professional licensure in Deaf Education, as well as American Sign Language as a second language. Ms. Marchilena has a Master’s degree and certification coursework completed in Deaf Education from Boston University. She has most recently completed doctoral coursework in educational leadership.

Work experience includes science teacher, teacher of the deaf, MCAS tutor for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, and participation and leadership within a wide range of education initiatives that include STEM and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education. Ms. Marchilena also has experience as an administrator within a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program in the state of Massachusetts. She holds all necessary Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) certification. 

Ms. Marchilena has proven commitment to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community and advancement of education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

We look forward to Ms. Marchilena joining READS Collaborative on July 1, 2024.

Warm regards,

Dina Medeiros

Executive Director, READS Collaborative