About Dena Mortensen:
Dena (Moura) Mortensen is the Elementary Reading and Language Arts Supervisor for Waterbury Public Schools in Connecticut. Over the last 23 years, Dena has served as a classroom teacher, reading teacher, literacy coach, vice principal, and adjunct reading professor. Dena is currently working toward her doctorate at Northeastern University and is researching ways to improve professional learning focused on early reading development for elementary teachers. Dena and her team work relentlessly to support the district with evidence-based reading curricula, resources, and training.