Professional and Graduate Faculty

Master of Arts in Teaching Faculty

Ruth Hornsby

Assistant Director, Teacher Licensure Programs
Ruth Hornsby

Kathryn Accurso

Lecturer

Kathryn Accurso is an applied linguist and former ESL teacher who now works in teacher education. Her award-winning research and teaching focus on critical professional development for K-12 teachers to support them in developing more effective and equitable teaching practices around 21st-century disciplinary literacies.

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Joseph Agron

Joseph Agron has been teaching high school mathematics at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School in South Hadley for the past nine years. He has also collaborated with, facilitated, and taught other mathematics educators through his work with the Collaboration for Education Services (CES) and the Western Massachusetts Mathematics Partnership (WMMP). Agron received his Bachelor’s Degree in History and completed the teacher education program at the University of Massachusetts. He then went on to get a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on secondary mathematics at American International College.

 

Gwen Bass

Director, Teacher Leadership Programs

Gwen Bass is the Director of the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership program. She holds a PhD in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, an M.Ed. in School Counseling, and an M.A. in Sport Management. Her professional experience includes 10 years of teaching in PreK–12 special education and general education settings, primarily in roles that involve the intersection of mental health and learning.

Gwen Bass

Heather Brown

Lecturer

Heather Brown has nearly twenty years of experience as an educator dedicated to providing equitable educational experiences for all children. Brown is currently the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for East Longmeadow Public Schools in East Longmeadow, MA and a Lecturer in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Mount Holyoke College.

Kelly Carriere

Lecturer

Amy Chang

Lecturer

Amy Chang began her career in education as an elementary classroom teacher in grades 3 & 4 in Amherst, Massachusetts in 2000.  For the past seven years, Chang has served as the building math coach at Fort River Elementary School in Amherst, working with teachers K-6 to improve math instruction through practices that support early numeracy, differentiation, and student reasoning. She became a Math Recovery Champion in 2016 and was awarded Excellence Grants from the Amherst Education Foundation in 2016 and 2017 to train K-12 teachers in Math Recovery in the Amherst Regional School District.

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Kate Coolidge-Bender

Lecturer

Sarah Frenette

Director of Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Licensure Programs; Teacher Licensure Coordinator

Sarah Frenette is an early childhood educator, and a teacher educator. She serves as the Director of Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Education and is the Coordinator of Teacher Licensure for Five Colleges, Inc. She takes pride in working with pre-service teachers that aspire to teach learners of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy, inclusion, curriculum design and reflective practice. Frenette is also the track chair for the Education Policy and Practice Nexus. She learns something new about teaching and learning, and about herself each day.

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Holly Graham

Lecturer

Holly Innes Graham has presented for multiple national conferences, including American Speech and Language Association (ASHLA), American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), and the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE). Graham has also been invited to speak to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as teachers, at various colleges and universities, including Mount Holyoke, where she currently teaches language and literacy courses to M.A.T. students..

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Amy W. Grillo

Lecturer
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Eric Levine

Lecturer

Alicia Lopez

Lecturer

Alicia Lopez is a lecturer in the ESL Licensure program in the Professional and Graduate Education program at Mount Holyoke College. She also teaches ELL at Amherst Regional Middle School. Her 23 years in the classroom span 2 states and 3 subjects (French, Spanish, ESL).  Alicia is the co-author with Sonia Nieto of the book Teaching: A Life’s Work, a mother-daughter dialogue (forthcoming, Teacher’s College Press).

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Lisanne Manzi

Lecturer

Jennifer M. Matos

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education

Jen Matos is a licensed high school teacher and an educational researcher. Her research is focused on racial identities in classroom settings. She is currently working with students on two different research projects. In the first project, she and her research team are examining Latinx parental resiliency in public school systems. In the second project, they are looking at best practices for the retention and graduation of Black and Latinx students in college. Having had experience as a first-generation college student, Matos welcomes students who want to talk about their own experiences.

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Lauren Mattone

Lecturer

Lauren Mattone has been an educator for over 30 years.  Since graduating from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in English, she has worked in private early childhood education, as well as the public schools.  In addition to currently teaching Math Science and Technology for the M.A.T. program, she continues to teach elementary education in the public schools.

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Lyndsey Nunes

Lecturer

Lyndsey Nunes, Ph.D., BCBA, has served as the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative Program Director at Westfield State University since 2013. Nunes has 10 years of experience working with students with disabilities between the ages of 8-22. She has worked in a variety of settings such as public schools, private substantially separate schools, home based programs, and inclusive postsecondary education.

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Allegra Osborne

Lecturer

Tammy Sullivan-Daley

Lecturer

Catherine Swift

Director, Teacher Licensure Programs

Catherine Swift, Director of the Graduate Licensure Program, has been in the field of education for over 25 years with a focus on Teacher Education. Initially an elementary classroom teacher, Swift became a visiting lecturer and program supervisor at Smith College before moving to Mount Holyoke College in 2013. Swift’s research and interests include co-teaching, social justice and equity, reflective practice, and using children’s literature to teach mindfulness and social emotional skills.

Catherine Swift

Nicole Walsh

Lecturer

Nicole Walsh is a Lecturer for the Master of Arts in Teaching Licensure program at Mount Holyoke College. Walsh has nearly twenty years of experience as an educator and has taught for the Montclair State University Gifted and Talented Program, Elysian Charter School, Sussex County Community College, and East Orange Community Charter School among others.

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Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics Faculty

Michael Flynn

Director, Mathematics Leadership Programs

Mike Flynn is the Director of Math Programs in the Professional and Graduate Education Division. In this capacity he runs the Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics program, oversees all the programming for the department, and develops new innovative ways to make the work of Mathematics Leadership Programs more accessible to teachers.

Michael Flynn, Visiting Instructor in Psychology & Education; Director, Mathematics Leadership Program

Virginia Bastable

Lecturer

Virginia Bastable is one of the authors of the Developing Mathematical Ideas professional development curriculum published and two books on mathematical reasoning about the operations.

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Sarah Bent

Assistant Director, Mathematics Leadership Programs

Sarah Bent is the Assistant Director of Math Programs in the Professional and Graduate Education Division. In this capacity, she oversees the Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics program and supports the professional learning programs for K-8 math teachers locally and nationally.

Sarah Bent, Assistant Director of the Mathematics Education programs

Zak Champagne

Lecturer

Zak Champagne taught Grades 3-6 students in Jacksonville for 13 years. He also worked for six years as an Assistant in Research at FCR-STEM at Florida State University. He is currently the Director of Teacher Leadership at the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

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Yi Law Chan

Lecturer

Yi Law Chan is a Citywide Instructional Lead for Elementary Mathematics for New York City public schools, where she facilitates professional learning for teachers, school and instructional leaders

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Stephanie Charbonnet

Lecturer

Stephanie Charbonnet is a mathematics specialist at Freedom Preparatory Academy in Memphis, Tennessee, where she also designs and leads professional learning and develops and implements curriculum and assessment for K-5 teachers.

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Marta Garcia

Lecturer

Marta Garcia is a mathematics education independent consultant in North Carolina and formerly a district  elementary mathematics specialist in Asheville schools. She taught at the elementary school level for 28 years and has taught math methods courses for pre-service teachers at a local university.

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James Hanson MAT’16

Lecturer

Jim Hanson is currently a K-5 Math Coach for Northampton Public Schools. His coaching responsibilities include co-teaching and co-planning rigorous lessons, as well as leading math department meetings and providing regular, in-district professional development.

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Shauna Hedgepeth

Lecturer

Shauna Hedgepath has taught middle school, high school, and has served as a district math coach and curriculum specialist. She currently works with secondary teachers across Mississippi, specializing in Algebra 1 curriculum and instruction.

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Mary Keller

Lecturer

Trish Kepler

Lecturer

Trish Kepler is a mathematics specialist and coordinator at Greenwich Country Day School in CT and part of team that synchronizes and implements K-5 mathematics curriculum, assessment, and instruction and customizes student support resources to foster critical problem solving skills.

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Lauren Lamb

Lecturer

Lauren Lamb is a teacher at Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, DC where she teaches grades 7 and 8 math. She is also a facilitator for Illustrative Mathematics.

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Bryan Meyer

Lecturer

Bryan has worked as a mathematics teacher, instructional coach, and mathematics specialist. His current interest and work center around (re-)designing systems in schools and districts to advance an equitable, joyful, and meaningful mathematics education.

Deborah Schifter

Lecturer

Deborah Schifter is a principal research scientist at the Education Development Center, Waltham, MA.  She has worked as an applied mathematician; has taught elementary, secondary, and college level mathematics; and, since 1985, has been a mathematics teacher educator and educational researcher.

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Karen Schweitzer

Lecturer

Karen Schweitzer, a teacher for 33 years, spent most of her career as a kindergarten, first and second grade classroom teacher. After a brief foray into sixth and fifth grade, she has now settled in as a third grade teacher at the Anne T. Dunphy School, where she has taught for the past 26 years.

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Jan Szymaszek

Lecturer

Jan Szymaszek is a third grade teacher at the Smith College Campus School in Northampton, Massachusetts, which is the laboratory school for the Smith College Department of Education and Child Study.

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Kaneka Turner

Lecturer
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Liz van Cleef

Lecturer

Elizabeth (Liz) Van Cleef is a math coach in Arlington, Massachusetts. She received a Masters of Science in Teacher Education from the Bank Street College of Education, taught grades two through six in New York City, Denver, Colorado, and New London, Connecticut, and worked on the Investigations in Number, Data, and Space project at TERC in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Polly Wagner

Lecturer

Polly Wagner has worked for Mount Holyoke College since 2006 facilitating Developing Mathematical Ideas and Professional Development for Coaching Mathematics courses – both online and hybrid – and most recently is launching a Professional Learning Community for math coaches. Wagner became a math coach and consultant after working on an NFS funded project called Teaching to the Big Ideas. She works in a wide range of schools across Massachusetts, private and public, urban and rural, small and large, specializing in K-8 mathematics.

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Professional Institute and Other Program Faculty

Analisa Leonor Balares

Lecturer

Analisa Leonor Balares is CEO & Chief Innovation Officer of Womensphere, and Chair of the Womensphere Foundation. Womensphere is a global platform empowering women and girls to create the future (www.womensphere.org). She leads the Womensphere Innovation Leadership Lab (WILL) and Womensphere Incubator Network (WIN), being built globally to inspire, train and empower 1 million women and girls by 2020 (1 billion by 2030) in leadership, innovation, sustainability, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & design, mathematics).

Analisa Leonor Balares

Angelica Castro

Associate Director of Community Engagement and C.A.U.S.E. Advisor

Through partnerships with various campus constituencies and community organizations, Angelica Castro helps students get connected and raise awareness and funds through events, volunteer projects and community engagement opportunities throughout the Pioneer Valley, including Holyoke, Springfield, South Hadley and Amherst.

Angelica Castro

Susan Daniels

Lecturer

Rick Feldman

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Organizations and Society; Entrepreneurship Coordinator; Track Chair for Nonprofit Organizations and Global Business

Following a blended career of business, social action and academia, Rick Feldman continues to span and integrate the arenas of industry and regional economics, start-up and social enterprise entrepreneurship, education, and policy development in local and global arenas. His current focus is on all aspects of entrepreneurship and social enterprise development, and his current course offerings reflect this range and integration, by focusing on global and local challenges from which opportunities for solutions can emerge through innovation and entrepreneurial leadership.

Rick Feldman Visiting Lecturer, Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society

Leora Fridman

Lecturer

Janelle L. Gagnon

Laboratory Director & Instructor in Psychology and Education

Janelle serves as a research consultant for the Department of Psychology and Education.  As part of this role, she provides both qualitative and quantitative research support to honors projects and co-teaches the Seminar in Psychological Research.  Additionally, she serves as the SONA Administrator and is responsible for advertising student and faculty research on campus.  Lastly, she is the course manager for Introduction to Psychology.  Her research interests include studying how various social identities such as race and social class shape students’ experiences attending Mount Holyoke College. 

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Nicole Gilbert Cote

Laboratory Instructor in Psychology and Education/Professional and Graduate Education (PaGE) Instructor

Nicole Gilbert Cote teaches three sections of the Research Methods labs and provides behind-the-scenes support for Statistics. She also teaches summer courses through PaGE, including Introduction to Psychology and Social Psychology.  Gilbert Cote is a social psychologist by training and her early research focused on gender stereotypes and construction.  While working as a Research Associate with Dr. Kathy Binder, she studied literacy skills among children and adults learning to read.

Holly Graham

Lecturer

Holly Innes Graham has presented for multiple national conferences, including American Speech and Language Association (ASHLA), American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), and the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE). Graham has also been invited to speak to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as teachers, at various colleges and universities, including Mount Holyoke, where she currently teaches language and literacy courses to M.A.T. students..

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Jeffrey M. Guiel, Esq.

Lecturer

Darren G. Hamilton

Professor of Chemistry

Darren Hamilton and his students use the tools of synthetic organic chemistry to prepare molecular systems with designed properties or functions. These molecular systems can bind and transport, or bind and recognize, a species of interest. Current projects involve the preparation of transport systems for metal ions employed in medical imaging techniques, as well as the development of a prototype molecular construct for carbohydrate recognition. Hamilton's research with undergraduate students has been published most recently in the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Crystal Growth and Design, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Fadia Hasan

Lecturer

Himali Jayathilake

Senior Laboratory Instructor for Physical Chemistry, Research Associate

Himali Jayathilake joined the MHC Chemistry Department in Fall 2008 after receiving her Ph.D. in physical chemistry. She has taught courses and associated laboratory components in both general chemistry and physical chemistry. In addition to teaching, Jayathilake enjoys performing research with students on synthesis, characterization and assembly of metal nano-particles.

Cheryl Lavigne

Laboratory Director & Instructor in Psychology and Education

Cheryl Lavigne's primary interests in the area of psychology involve the processes of learning – particularly as these processes pertain to literacy development. In addition, she is passionate about scientific investigation and research methodology. From the planning and development phases to data analysis and presentation, scientific research inspires, stimulates, and motivates her career. Lavigne's teaching philosophy combines her passion for research with in-depth classroom discussions and hands-on activities that, hopefully, demystify scientific investigation.

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Amy E. Martin

Director, Weissman Center for Leadership; Professor of English on the Emma B. Kennedy Foundation
Amy E. Martin

Matteo Pangallo

Lecturer

Polly Prewitt-Freilino

Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness
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Jennifer Moulton Proctor

Lecturer

Jennifer Moulton Proctor is a web strategist and designer who has focused her career in the non-profit and education realms. With twenty years experience in the field, she excels at teaching technology in a non-threatening way to all levels of learners.

Jennifer Moulton Proctor

Charlotte Rich

Lecturer

Charlotte Rich is a life-long steward and resident of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. She is proud to be known as a nonprofit networker, an interweaver of multiple roles as educator, environmentalist and cultural practitioner. Her nonprofit career focuses on identifying the unique challenges that emerge at the intersections of culture and the environment within communities. Rich works collaboratively with multicultural communities to create organizational practices for sustaining their environmental, social, and economic planning.

Lorna Ritz

Lecturer

Tom Schiele

Lecturer

Mark C. Shea

Coordinator of ESOL; Senior Lecturer in English
Mark Shea

Gary J. Snyder

Senior Laboratory Instructor and Research Associate

Gary Snyder's research focuses on the synthesis and spectroscopic detection of new molecules. Several years ago, in collaboration with Jakob Wirz (Univ. Basel), Snyder and a former Univ. of Chicago graduate student, Dan McMasters, succeeded in making the only known Kekulé biradical. By using a new ab initio computational method, RASSCF-RASPT2, Snyder has since identified several other small hydrocarbons that should also leave two π-electrons unpaired and prefer to exist in a paramagnetic form.

Noah Tuleja

Director of Rooke Theatre, Lecturer in Theatre Arts

Noah Tuleja serves as the Director of Rooke Theatre and teaches courses in acting, directing, physical theater and stage combat. His research interests include integrated actor training, directing, stage combat and the Feldenkrais Method (for which he is a Certified Practicioner). He has worked with nationally and internationally recognized theaters including, Trinity Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Royal Plymouth-UK and Bread and Puppet Theatre. He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Trembling Stage, a New England based theater company.

Nickie Michaud Wild

Visiting Lecturer in Sociology & Anthropology

Nickie Michaud Wild conducts research on narratives in the media about popular culture, fandom, politics and political humor, culture, moral panics, conspiracy theories, and 9/11. She is currently developing her dissertation about the evolution of political humor on television, during the presidential elections from 1980 to the present, into a book. Michaud Wild has taught a number of popular interdisciplinary courses including 9/11 and the War on Terror, and Cults, Conspiracies, and Moral Panics.

Nickie Michaud Wild

Michele Wucker

Lecturer

Master of Arts in Teaching, Teacher Leadership Faculty

David Bosso

Lecturer

David Bosso is the 2012 Connecticut Teacher of the Year and 2012 National Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Bosso was co-chair of Connecticut’s 2015 Empowered to Lead Symposium, and was elected President of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies. He was a 2014 fellow at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes and provided instruction in educational methodology for forty Rwandan educators in the Rwanda Teacher Education Program. Bosso’s dissertation, focusing on teacher morale, motivation, and professional identity, is a qualitative study of State Teachers of the Year.

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Ruthanne Buck

Lecturer

Ruthanne Buck served as a Senior Adviser to U.S. Secretaries of Education John King and Arne Duncan for educator outreach and engagement. Buck was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in the Department first as Chief of Staff of the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs in April 2012 and served in her role as Senior Adviser to the Secretary from January 2014 through January 2017. Prior to joining the Department, she served as an Assistant to President Randi Weingarten at the American Federation of Teachers.

Tom Chang

Lecturer

Jemelleh Coes

Lecturer

Jemelleh Coes is pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice with certificates in law and policy, disability studies, and qualitative research at the University of Georgia. She is a classroom and field instructor for teacher candidates at the University of Georgia, and she also serves as a teacher mentor for classroom teachers throughout the state.

Jemelleh

Kim Evelti

Lecturer

Kim Evelti is the Curriculum Director and a Computer Science teacher for The Williston Northampton School. During her ten years at Williston, Evelti has been responsible for initiating and implementing the school’s 1:1 computing initiative with the Microsoft Surface, earning herself a position among Microsoft’s Innovative Education Expert and Surface Expert teams. She has also lead the school’s faculty through its strategic planning processes and a variety of other strategic administrative initiatives.

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Nancy Gardner

Lecturer

Nancy Gardner is a renewed National Board Certified Teacher with 32 years of classroom teaching experience and an MA in English. A former Center for Teaching Quality Teacherpreneur, she joined the CTQ staff for 18 months as a Communications Coach after her retirement from full time teaching. Gardner has been a national facilitator, consultant, and keynote speaker for the Senior Project Center since 1992.

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David Griffith

Lecturer

David Griffith is the Senior Director of Advocacy and Government Relations a the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Griffith leads ASCD’s efforts to influence education decision-making at the federal, state, and local levels and the development and implementation of the association’s legislative agenda. He has played an instrumental role in promoting multimetric accountability and whole child education policies as well as being an expert and national speaker on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the No Child Left Behind Act.

John Holland

Lecturer

John Holland is an embedded practitioner and frequent guest lecturer with the Mount Holyoke Masters of Arts in Teacher Leadership program. Holland has dedicated has career to serving his community's neediest and youngest school children as a preschool teacher of 3- and 4-year-olds from Richmond, Virginia’s toughest neighborhoods. John supports the M.A.T.L. program with his expertise in teacher-led innovation, coaching for equity, research, education policy, and the foundations of education.

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Joseph Gregory Martin

Lecturer

Greg Martin began teaching as a triple threat educator (teacher, coach, dorm parent) in 1996 at Rumsey Hall School in Connecticut. He then held positions at the Gunnery (Washington Connecticut), Western Connecticut State University, and Porter-Gaud School (Charleston, South Carolina). Martin currently serves as the Dean of Upper School and History Department Head at the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Daniele Massey

Lecturer

Daniele Massey has over 13 years of experience as a classroom teacher, virtual teacher, mentor, instructional coach, teacher leader and educational consultant at the district, state, and national level. Massey is the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) 2013 Teacher of the Year.

Jennifer M. Matos

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education

Jen Matos is a licensed high school teacher and an educational researcher. Her research is focused on racial identities in classroom settings. She is currently working with students on two different research projects. In the first project, she and her research team are examining Latinx parental resiliency in public school systems. In the second project, they are looking at best practices for the retention and graduation of Black and Latinx students in college. Having had experience as a first-generation college student, Matos welcomes students who want to talk about their own experiences.

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Jennifer Walker

Lecturer

Jennifer Walker is passionate about urban educational issues and is currently a Supervisor of School Improvement in a diverse, urban district. In this role, her primary responsibilities are to support educators and administrators, and district and state reforms designed to promote student growth and performance.

Sarah Brown Wessling

Lecturer

Sarah Brown Wessling is a 20-year veteran of the high school English classroom. While a member of the faculty at Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa she has taught courses ranging from at-risk to Advanced Placement and has served the department and district in a variety of leadership roles. Wessling is a National Board Certified Teacher since 2005 and in 2010 was selected as the National Teacher of the Year.

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