Master of Arts in Teaching, Mount Holyoke Professional and Graduate Education
Phone 413-538-3478 — Fax 413-538-3098


Beverley J.M. Bell

Director of Graduate Education Programs

Beverley Bell taught in public education in South Africa for 16 years before coming to the USA in 1997 where she has taught in a range of Teacher Education Programs. Bell’s work focuses on empowering teachers as agents of change and collaborating with colleagues to develop sustainable partnerships, ranging from field study internships in South Africa, to her most recent work within Holyoke Public Schools in Massachusetts.

Beverley Bell

Gwen Bass

Assistant Director

Gwen Bass is a doctoral student in special education at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and holds an M.Ed. in school counseling. Her professional experience includes 10 years of teaching in Pre-K–12 special education and general education settings. Gwen teaches courses on special education and inclusion at the Five Colleges. The focus of her scholarship is on enhancing opportunities for marginalized students and improving educational access and outcomes for children with learning differences.

Gwen Bass

Catherine Swift

Associate Director, Masters of Art in Teaching Program

Catherine Swift, Associate Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program, has been in the field of education for 25 years with a focus on Elementary and Early Childhood 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 reflective practice, culturally responsive teaching, and effective ways to use writer’s workshop and Children’s Literature to teach social emotional skills.


Amy Nichols

PAGE Senior Administrative Assistant

Before coming to the Pioneer Valley, Amy lived in New York City where she worked in the Admissions office of a prestigious girls’ K-12 for ten years.  She joined Mount Holyoke College in August 2013 where she started in the Presidents’ Office, but now works in the Professional and Graduate Education office. You may also see her on stage in Chapin or McCulloch playing clarinet and saxophone with the Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College.  When not at work, Amy enjoys crocheting amigurumi toys; reading LitRPG and other fantasy fiction; and spoiling her dogs: Marley and Dexter.  

Amy Nichols