354 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 354 Merrimack St.
Lawrence, MA


Students"Every day amazing men and women walk through the doors of NDEC in Lawrence. They bring their life stories and their dreams for the future with them. Their dreams include building a better life for themselves and their families; learning English and navigating a different culture; developing skills leading to employment and becoming U.S. citizens. As teachers, staff and volunteers, we are privileged to be part of turning their dreams into reality!"

Sr. Maureen O'Brien SNDdeN

Student Success Stories

Joanna Rojas
Joanna RojasJoanna Rojas was studying business administration at the university in the Dominican Republic. She also worked as an assistant administrator at the Internal Revenue Directorate when she immigrated to the United States to reunify with her family.

“I decided to study at Notre Dame Education Center because it is an institution that provides a great contribution not only to our community but to anyone who has the desire to improve and acquire new knowledge. It also has a team of professionals trained to provide you with a familiar treatment, it is simply the best school.

I have had a good experience because the staff facilitates our learning and gives us the confidence to be ourselves without judging our ideology. Thanks to everything I have learned I feel more confident and I have been able to acquire my citizenship and a better job.

Now I am finishing level 4 of English and among my next goals is to do the nursing assistant course that is taught in the same educational center and thus have a better income.

Audelis Hidalgo
Audelis HidalgoAudelis Hidalgo acquired a degree in Education in her country, the Dominican Republic. There she worked as a teacher for 10 years until she came to the United States. She is the mother of Widelis and Wilenny and works as a teacher assistant at the Headstart program of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council.

I was looking for a good school that would help me to understand English speakers, because [the English] language is important to improve oneself in this country, especially Latin people. 

My experience was wonderful. I learned [at NDEC] everything that I needed to start looking for a good job. There I found people with many human values, who guided and helped me to achieve my goal. Thank you very much to Juan Belliard, Teacher Ellie Hendrie and Emilia Hernandez.

Now, I am working in a Head Start program which belongs to GLCAC agency. I have been working there for two years as an assistant teacher. This year I am working as a Pre -school Lead Teacher and have just been offered the option to officially stay in that position.  

Johanna Pache Paredes
Johanna Pache Paredes Johanna Pache Paredes is a young Dominican woman who immigrated to the United States with her husband Mario Reyes who has been an English student at NDEC-Lawrence for several years. They have a beautiful daughter named Marialis.

Johanna is a medical graduate in her native country and graduated from the Nurse Aide Training Program at NDEC.
When I came to United States in 2018, I started to ask for information about courses to work in the health field. Then, somebody told me about nurse assistants and gave me school names, but when I went to Notre Dame, I felt that I was home. The love, the attention that I received was amazing, so I said “I don’t need to look for another school I will study here”. Until now Emilia Hernandez is my mother in United States and I don’t feel alone anymore.

[Studying at NDEC] was the best experience somebody could have in their first 2 months in a strange country. I made some friends, the education is very good, the professors are very dedicated and the attention they had for me, not only in the education, but also in the personal was incredible.  I always will say that Notre Dame is more than a school it is a place where you can find emotional support, financial support and more.

[After graduating the Nurse Aide Program] I was working as a nursing assistant in the ICU of Lawrence General Hospital. I have since decided to improve my knowledge have enrolled at Northern Essex Community College to study Respiratory Care.

Also join us in congratulating Johanna for her nomination by the Northern Essex Community College English Department for the writing award during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Student Work

StudentsNotre Dame Education Center was recently awarded a grant to improve Computer Literacy in all English Language Classes. Using the new laptop computers, students are able to increase their time on task by accessing their Career Ready 101™ accounts or use parts of an Office Suite to improve their language skills. All classes are able to access the laptops during their class time.

Here, students in Level 2 ESL class are introduced to their new Career Ready 101™ accounts, which can be accessed using any online device. In this class the students practice their log-ins, locating and returning to their most recent lesson, and managing their accounts. Mobile devices have small but important differences in management that students need to learn to minimize frustration and maximize learning! With practice in computer literacy, the students spend more time learning and less time navigating an application.

Thank you Niorka!

  • English Class (ESOL)
  • English Class (ESOL)
  • English Class (ESOL)
  • English Class (ESOL)
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