EAST PROVIDENCE — Julie A. Motta and Dawn August were recently chosen to fill vacant positions in the East Providence School Department by new Superintendent Kim Mercer and were approved by the School Committee for the posts.
Mrs. Motta becomes the Director of Education, a position created by the East Providence Budget Commission that closely mirrors that of what was previously called Assistant Superintendent.
Ms. August becomes the School Department’s Curriculum Director, a position left vacant with the recent resignation of Beth Salzillo.
Mrs. Motta was most recently the Director of ESL (English as a Second Language) in Pawtucket. According to her bio at WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), Mrs. Motta has been working with English Language Learners, their families and teachers for over 20 years, from teaching ESL from grades 3-12 in Providence and Pawtucket Schools in Rhode Island, to coaching ESL/Bilingual teachers throughout her state, to administering programs for over 1300 ELLs.
Mrs. Motta holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Elementary Education and two Master’s Degrees; one in Teaching English as Second Language and the other in Educational Leadership. In addition to working at the district level in central office and at schools, Mrs. Motta has also been presenting professional development and teaching at the college level to prepare teachers for ESL/Bilingual certification for the last several years.
Included among her credentials, Ms. August was an RTI (Response to Intervention) Facilitator at the Highlander Charter School and a member of the Rhode Island Instructional Leadership Academy.
Ms. August has worked in schools and districts to build effective assessment and tiered curriculum frameworks that are aligned with CCSS. She has extensive experience in building and implementing RTI models in both reading and math and leading school reform initiatives. Previously, Ms. August was a Reading Specialist, District Literacy Coordinator and Rhode Island Department of Education Fellow.