East Providence School Committee approves hires of education, curriculum directors

East Providence School Committee approves hires of education, curriculum directors


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.


  1. When did this happen? I know “recently”, but when? Aren’t all personnel matters back in the hands of the Budget Commission as of April 18? From the text of Rosemary Booth Gallogly’s letter: “Effective immediately, I am rescinding that delegation of authority [given on March 28th] for all personnel matters. All personnel actions will need to be approved by the EPBC until further notice.” What’s up with this?

    • Mrs. Seel, for clarification, these hirings/approvals occurred during the April 9 School Committee meeting, well before the latest episode that fostered the return of the Budget Commission for personnel matters. Both are budgeted positions that were open at the time. Hope this helps.
      Mike Rego
      Post Ed.