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Sue Welch
Literacy Specialist
Memorial Spaulding Elementary School to the Memorial Spaulding Literacy Center

The Literacy Center is a resource for teachers and students. We are located on the first floor of Memorial Spaulding Elementary School near the main office. Our goal is for all students to develop the skills needed to be lifelong readers and writers.

About our staff
Sue Welch is currently the Literacy Specialist at Memorial Spaulding. She has taught in Newton for 28 years. She has a Master's Degree in Education from Wheelock College. In addition, she has a post master's Reading Specialist Certificate from MGH Institute of Health Professions.
Her favorite books from childhood include the first book she read - Sam and the Firefly. Later favorites include Winnie the Pooh, Pippi Longstocking, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and Nancy Drew mysteries.

Rona Ellenbogen is currently an Early Literacy Aide working with students in grades K-2. She has a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from NYU. Rona has taught in grades 1-3 in the New York City area. She has worked at Memorial Spaulding for the past 9 years teaching literacy in grades K-3. Her most loved book growing up was Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. She loved this classic children's book because of it's story of friendship.

Carol Schafer is currently an Early Literacy Aide working with students in grades 1-4. Carol grew up in California, and moved to Boston after finishing college. She worked at Peirce elementary school in Newton, before joining the staff at Memorial Spaulding last year. Carol's favorite childhood books were the Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans.

Andi Edson is currently an Early Literacy Aide working with students in grades K-3.  Andi retired in June 2011 after thirty-five years of teaching in the Newton Public Schools.  Most of her teaching years were at Underwood School in Newton where she was a kindergarten teacher. She has also taught first and second grade and worked at Mason-Rice, Franklin and Davis (now closed) elementary schools in Newton.  She is a graduate of Simmons College and Harvard University and has also earned her Reading Specialist Certificate at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.  Her favorite childhood book was Eloise written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight.

The literacy specialist, Sue Welch, can be reached at
617-559-9608 or by email at

Last Updated: September, 2012

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