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EMS Staff

Mary Botticelli Christensen, Ed.D. 


Director of Educational Main Street, Christensen has over 38 years of experience in education as a certified teacher and administrator in both the public school arena and higher education. She oversees the daily operations of Educational Main Street including all grant writing, budget expenditures, and personnel issues. She acts as liaison between the University faculty and staff, Educational Main Street, and the community partners. She also works closely with the central office administration and school principals as well as leaders of community groups. She directs and develops all Educational Main Street programs.

Tutor Coordinators

University of Hartford students assist Educational Main Street staff as Tutor Coordinators. These students have risen among their peers as tutors and managers of tutors, and have gained the respect of their peers as well as site directors where they work.


In the past, 450 University of Hartford undergraduate and graduate students work one-on-one in the community partners. They receive training in child development, diversity, and literacy.