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The Notre Dame Education Center - Lawrence (NDEC-L) is a nonprofit, community-based organization founded in 1996, dedicated to empowering low-income, under-educated adults in Lawrence, MA to improve their lives and the lives of their families. NDEC-Lawrence is sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

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Our students at NDEC - Lawrence hail from many parts of the globe, bringing together a wonderful mix of culture, language, tradition, and aspiration.

Adult literacy and the development of self-esteem provide students with the life skills that support family growth, employment opportunities and community participation.

The students want to better their lives by becoming citizens, getting a drivers license, buying a house, or getting a new job, but they don’t always know where to begin. We show them how to take manageable steps toward creating the life they want in this country.

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Our Mission:

The Notre Dame Education Center-Lawrence (NDEC) is a community of learning where low-income  adults are empowered to improve and enrich their lives and the lives of their families in an environment that is welcoming, respectful and dignified.  Through access to quality direct services, collaboration and advocacy for positive change, NDEC provides goal-oriented education, skills training, language and literacy development, enrichment opportunities and support services.  NDEC assists and supports adult learners to achieve their next steps and reach their full potential as productive, contributing workers in the community and in society.
(Approved by the board 3-6-2017)

   PH  978 . 682 . 6441   |   354 Merrimack Street  |  Suite 210   |   Lawrence MA  01843    | FAX  978 . 974 .  9840

Adult Learning Center

Notre Dame Education Center - Lawrence

Sr. Eileen Burns, SNDdeN
Executive Director

Juan Belliard
Program Manager

Faculty and Staff

Our Current Staff Members include:

Sr. Jeanne MacDonald, SNDdeN
Payment Coordinator

Carrie Moran
ELA Teacher

Sr. Kathleen Murphy, SNDdeN
ELA Teacher​​

​Sr. Maureen O'Brien, SNDdeN

ELA Teacher

Sr. Pauline Raposo, SNDdeN
Finance Manager

Malbina Shaheen
ELA Teacher

Karen Urquart
ELA Teacher

Sr. Mary Whalen, SNDdeN
Citizenship Advocate
Volunteer Coordinator

Amy White  RN, BSN
Nursing Assistant Instructor


Rashel Sariol

RickaMae Birnbaum

ELA Teacher

Sr. Judy Cooper, SNDdeN
Citizenship Advocate

​Ana DelaCruz
Distance Learning

Elizabeth DeMarco

ELA Teacher
Technology Coordinator

Susan Dowd
ELA Teacher

Ellie Hendrie
ELA Teacher 
ACT WorkKeys Coach

Emilia Hernandez
Career Coach
Nurse Assistant Coordinator

Mireille Leger
ELA Teacher

Carla Lynch
ELA Teacher

Christine Maloof
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Admin. Assistant

Our staff (both full and part-time) includes: Instructors, Executive Director, Business and Finance Managers,  Citizenship Advocates, Program Manager/Career Counselor day and evening receptionists.

We currently enjoy the services of many volunteers who serve as tutors, office help and consultants. These volunteers represent a wide variety of backgrounds with many of them retired from the related fields of business and education.

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