• Title:
    Associate Professor of Education
  • Department:
    Education and Counseling

Joseph Spadano, Ed.D.



Dr. Joseph Spadano is a life-long learner and teacher. As a learner, he keeps abreast of current education reform initiatives and new technologies. As a teacher, he is a reflective practitioner devoted to the learning needs of students and dedicated to their academic success. Dr. Spadano taught mathematics at Westford Academy and presently works with pre-service and in-service teachers in Pre-K to Secondary Education programs. In addition to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, he actively participates in several Rivier University programs and committees.

Dr. Spadano has published and presented his research findings on Embedding Assessment into Instruction, Pedagogy Rubrics, and Conceptual Understanding at regional, national, and international conferences. He has also authored the book Problem Solving Without Figures.

He was a 2001 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and is a member of the Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics. Dr. Spadano is a 2002 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and is a National Board Certified Teacher. He is also a proud member of Pi Sigma Upsilon.

Presently, Dr. Spadano serves on the Board of the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics and the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England.


  • Ed.D., University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • B.S., Fitchburg State University

Courses Taught

  • Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics
  • Integrated Methods II in Grades 4-8
  • Teaching Mathematics in Grades Pre-K-3
  • Adolescent Psychology and Identity
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics
  • Planning Learning Environments
  • Internship/Student Teaching Seminar
  • Quantitative Literacy