“Determine that the thing can and shall be done; then we shall find the way.”
Meet the Dedicated TTC Staff
Marie Crecca-Romero, Program Director
Marie Crecca-Romero is Program Director, Counselor, and Writing Instructor for TTC. She has been an educator for over twenty-five years and has been instrumental in the development and growth of the program since its onset in 2000. She is responsible for community outreach, recruitment, enrollment, curriculum development, and maintaining a strong relationship with the local community college. In addition, Marie provides educational counseling for the students and works closely with the TTC staff, overseeing all the components of the program. Marie has taught GED for RIRAL and English as a Second Language (ESOL) at the local community college. She has been an National External Diploma assessor and mentor to numerous TTC students. She has served on the Rhode Island Governor’s Advisory Board, Leadership Workgroup and the Professional Development Advisory Council. She holds a B.S. Degree in Education/Special Education from Dominican College in Orangeburg, N.Y. and a Master’s Degree in Education from Montclair State University in N.J.
SHARON PONTAReLLI, CAREER COORDINATOR
Sharon Pontarelli is the TTC Career Coordinator and assists the Director with intake, assessment, and curriculum development. She has worked for RIRAL for over ten years and has served as an Adult Education and NEDP instructor. She was an educator for over thirty years, working as a Business Teacher at Tollgate and Warwick Vets High Schools before retiring in 2005. She also taught at the former Katherine Gibbs College in R.I. She has participated in the Rhode Island Adult Education Standards Committee and has also mentored numerous TTC graduates. Sharon holds a B.S. Degree in Business Education from Bryant University in R.I.
SHELBY FERREIRA, MATH INSTRUCTOR
Shelby has taught mathematics with the TTC program for the past four years and has served as a TTC Mentor to many students. In her full-time role, Shelby serves as the Program Manager of the Diversity Nursing Scholars Program at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth: an initiative that seeks to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce. In addition, Shelby is a doctoral candidate in the University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island College joint PhD in Education Program. Shelby has a diverse background in the field of education: specializing in transformative pedagogy with underserved populations and has taught in a variety of arenas, including public schools, community organizations, colleges, universities, and prisons.