Merilee Freeman is the Massachusetts STAR state coordinator. She is a nationally certified STAR trainer with a master’s degree in Education for Learning Disabilities. She has worked in the field of education for over 30 years, beginning with teaching bilingual and ESOL classes to K-3 students. She taught workplace literacy for 14 years at TJ Maxx, and joined the SABES Center for Central Massachusetts in 2001. Most recently, she was the director of the SABES ELA Curriculum & Instruction PD Center for six years.