Center for Professional Development

Welcome to the Center for Professional Development

Mission Statement

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The Center for Professional Development seeks to promote student success by nurturing the professional growth of faculty and staff. We provide recognition and support of learner-centered teaching in the classroom and leadership development at all levels of the college. Through internal and external partnerships, we provide a space for intellectual exchange about teaching, learning, leadership, and innovation.

The Center for Professional Development (CPD) at Northern Essex Community College is committed to offering opportunities to develop faculty and staff with the ultimate goal of student success. CPD enhances the professional well-being of faculty and staff through generous, professional development funding, workshops for departments to learn and work together more effectively and individual coaching. Our partnership with Merrimack College offers staff the opportunity to earn a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership or Community Engagement. Our NECC Leadership Academy grows leaders from within the college, demonstrating leadership at all levels, for faculty and staff.

CPD connects faculty and staff to create a sense of belonging.  Our Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow for full-time faculty and one for part-time faculty, offer consultation, coaching, and workshops to enhance the teaching of our faculty.            

Picture of Marcy YeagerDean of Academic Innovations and Professional Development

Marcy Yeager
Phone:  978-556-3326
Room:  C206A

Marcy is looking forward to exploring new ways for everyone to connect and grow as a community. Since joining the college as a faculty member in the Natural Sciences Department in 2003, Marcy has had a number of roles at the college including Chair of the Natural Sciences Department, Executive Director of Quarrybrook Outdoor Learning Center, and, her most recent position, as Executive Director of PK-12 Partnerships and International Studies. She has been both a faculty member and an administrator and is known for building partnerships and thinking creatively, which will all serve her well in this new role. Marcy has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Northeastern University and a master’s in atmospheric chemistry and climatology from UNH with a cognate in college teaching and learning excellence.


Assistant Director of Professional Development

Lorena Constant, M.Ed.
Phone:  978-556-3960
Room:  C206

Lorena Constant is the Assistant Director of Professional Development and is dedicated to the growth of our faculty and staff, talent development as well as creating spaces for our community to feel valued, seen and supported. Lorena started with NECC in the fall of 2015 as an Academic Success and Career Coach, focusing on student retention and success and has participated in various leadership opportunities, including Community Inroads Cultural Inclusion Program for Nonprofit Boards, NELDI Chair Academy and NECC’s Leadership Academy. Her leadership project led her to create an employee resource group for Latina/o/x Faculty and Staff. Lorena holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from UMass Amherst and a Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Merrimack College. A proud “Lawrence kid”, immigrant from the Dominican Republic and first-generation  student, Lorena is passionate about education, access and success and serving her community. She enjoys reading, writing, board games, family time and binge watching her favorite shows.