The Team

Ellen Emery: TAP Director

TAP FacultyEllen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in both Spanish and Math and her M.Ed from Saint Michael's College. Following her 17 years as a classroom teacher in the Essex Junction school system and her 10 years as the district-wide new teacher mentor program coordinator, Ellen brings a exceptional level of expertise in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to the TAP Program. She is passionate about working with pre-service and novice teachers! Most recently, Ellen has participated actively in the development of the new teacher licensure portfolio for the State of Vermont.

Watch: Raising the Bar - An Interview with Ellen Emery


Caitlin Hollister - Associate Director

TAP FacultyCaitlin Hollister comes to TAP from the Boston Public Schools where she spent nine years teaching third grade. A National Board Certified Teacher, Caitlin was recognized as one of the city's Educators of the Year in 2011. One of her favorite roles was that of mentor, working with almost a dozen student teachers to launch their careers in education. From 2007- 2009, Caitlin served as a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow, focusing on licensure reform in Massachusetts. In 2011, she served on the state's Task Force on Educator Effectiveness to develop new regulations for educator evaluation systems. A graduate of the Boston Teacher Residency Program, Caitlin holds a bachelor's degree in history from Brown University and a master's degree in teaching from UMass Boston. Caitlin lives, skis and hikes in Waterbury with her husband and two young children.


Mary Beth McNulty - Associate Director

TAP FacultyAfter graduating the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in English and a master's of teaching, Mary Beth began her career teaching English and theatre at the middle school level in Los Angeles. Outside of the classroom, she worked at the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) developing teacher and leadership standards, education policy, and regulations. During her tenure at the AOE, Mary Beth worked with every teacher preparation program in the state. She is also a playwright and teaching artist, and Mary Beth continues to love working with adolescents today in this capacity.