Faculty Fellows

Meet your Faculty Fellows

Northern Essex Community College is pleased to have Faculty supporting their colleagues.

Photo of Kristen SparrowKristen Sparrow, Faculty Fellow

Assistant Professor, Computer Information Sciences
Email: ksparrow@necc.mass.edu

Kristen Sparrow is an Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Information Sciences. She taught as an adjunct at the college for 18 years before being hired as fulltime faculty member in 2018. Beginning 2019 she worked with the Accessible Media team at the college to provide professional development opportunities for faculty on the use of Blackboard, Microsoft Teams, and Kaltura Video software, as means to create accessible course materials.  Kristen is an advocate for Universal Design for Learning and was a co-presenter of “The Approachable Syllabus: Lessons in Universal Design for Learning & Beyond “(Acevedo / Sparrow) at the 2021 NERCOMP conference.

Kristen was a 2020 NISOD recipient and has received a COD (Course of Distinction) Award from Massachusetts Colleges Online for her hybrid/online course, Introduction to Computer Science.  In her free time Kristen enjoys running, gardening, knitting, and spending time with her family.


Picture of Maurisa CharestMaurisa (Reese) Charest, Adjunct Faculty Fellow 

Early College/Communications/Liberal Arts
Email: mcharest@necc.mass.edu

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Maurisa (Reese) has been living in Massachusetts since 2012. She continues a fulfilling career of almost 20 years in Higher Ed. She has an AA, BA and MA in Theatre. She has created theatre programs for local dance schools and community theatres. At NECC, she has had the pleasure to teach so many outstanding students, including those in Early College. Maurisa has completed: Teaching and Learning Academy 2018, Certified in Mental Health First Aid USA, Study Abroad Program teaching Public Speaking in Greece 2019, iTeach Training 2020, Leadership Academy 2021 and currently excited to continue her journey as an Adjunct Faculty Fellow. Aside from teaching, she acts, directs, and writes plays.


Faculty Fellows Spring 2023 Events:

All faculty and staff are welcome to attend these events! Register HERE

Chat about ChatGPT
2/8 2:30pm in C204
Good or evil? Learn more about ChatGPT, how our students are using it and how to use it in the classroom. 

Valentine’s Day Drop-In
2/14 2:30pm in C204
Stop by for something sweet. 

Videos are everything. What makes an engaging one?
3/2 2:30pm in C204

Universal Design for Learning. What is it and am I already doing?
4/12 2:30pm Location TBA

Second Chances and Consequences: Last Drop-in of the semester
4/24 2:30pm in C204