About CMRC

fullsizerenderAll about CMRCplease take a moment to read about our:

  • History
  • Leadership
  • Message from Our President

History of CMRC

Central Massachusetts Reading Council (CMRC) was chartered by the International Reading Association (IRA) in August 1961, making it the second oldest local council in Massachusetts. Since then, CMRC has been active locally and in conjunction with ILA and Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA). CMRC received IRA’s Honor Council Award for 28 consecutive years and MRA’s Sr. Madelon Morris Service Award numerous times. In addition, CMRC has provided professional development for educators in Central Massachusetts via workshops and conferences on a variety of themes. CMRC continues to serve most communities in Worcester County.

Central Mass Reading Council serves nearly all of Worcester County, including:

  • Auburn
  • Brookfield
  • Charlton
  • Douglas
  • Dudley
  • East Brookfield
  • Grafton
  • Leicester
  • Millbury
  • Northbridge
  • North Brookfield
  • Oxford
  • Paxton
  • Southbridge
  • Spencer
  • Sturbridge
  • Sutton
  • Uxbridge
  • Warren
  • Webster
  • West Brookfield
  • Worcester


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CMRC President: Lisa Rice

I am currently the Literacy Coordinator K – 6 for Grafton Public Schools. I earned a B.A. from Worcester State College, a M.Ed. from Lesley University and an Ed.S from UMASS Lowell. I currently hold the following licenses: Elementary Education, grades 1 – 6; SPED Moderate Disabilities, PreK – 8; and Reading Specialist, K – 12.

Even though I hold several licenses, my true passion is supporting students in the area of literacy. I consider it a gift to be able to coach a student to become a better reader.

I enjoy being involved in the Central Massachusetts Reading Council,  Massachusetts CMRC President, Lisa RiceReading Association and Girl Scouts.

I live in Grafton with my husband and two daughters. Reading on the beach is one of my favorite things to do!



Vice President: Lizz Trahan

Lizz Spring 2016


Director of Membership & Webmaster: Kristin Parone

I am a Reading Specialist at North Street Elementary School (2-6) in Grafton.  I earned my B.A. in Human Development and my M.Ed. in Moderate Special Needs from Lesley University. I also earned a CAGS in Reading from American International College.

I am licensed as a K-12 Reading Specialist & a PreK-8 Special Education teacher.

I am passionate about teaching students how to read. I also think it is critical to help our students to develop 21st century skills such as creativity, collaboration, and problem solving. Empowering student voice and choice through the use of technology helps us along our journey to literacy.

Kristin Spring 2106I strive to help students find the joy in reading, and hope to inspire lifelong reading habits.


Secretary: Beth Thulin

Beth Spring 2015

Past President and Current Treasurer: Terrie Marr

Reading Specialist (Retired) and Adjunct Faculty





A Message from Our President

Welcome to the Central Mass Reading Council! Chartered in 1961, we have been committed to providing literacy educators in the Central Mass area with professional development in the laCMRC President, Lisa Ricetest literacy topics for more than 50 years.  As an affiliate of the International Literacy Association and the Massachusetts Reading Association, we are able to provide our members with information from many local and national literacy specialists. Our members include teachers from PreK through college, reading specialists, librarians, principals, district administrators, and anyone interested in promoting quality literacy education for our students.

As we continue to grow our council, I invite you to check out the four exciting professional development workshops we have planned for the 2016-2017 school year. The theme for the 2016-2017 school year is Reaching All Readers. Workshops will include ways to use technology to support literacy instruction, teaching and supporting ELLs, and teaching comprehension to all students. We hope that you learn something new that will help you enrich the literacy lives of your students.  Please join us at these exciting workshops!

Happy Reading!

Lisa Rice, President CMRC

Literacy Coordinator K – 6 for Grafton Public Schools


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