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 the Master of Arts in Teaching Program

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

Catherine Swift

Assistant Director, Masters of Art in Teaching Program

Catherine Swift, Assistant Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program, has been in the field of education for 24 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.


Gwen Bass

Placement Coordinator, Masters of Art in Teaching

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.

Amy Nichols

PAGE Senior Administrative Assistant