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

Directors

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

Ruth Hornsby

Assistant Director, Teacher Licensure Programs

Prior to working with Mount Holyoke College, Ruth worked as an elementary school teacher and before that, she worked in international corporate communications for over ten years. She brings to the division her experience of working, living and being educated on three different continents (Europe, Asia and North America), as well as her expertise in special education and English language learners.

Ruth graduated from the University of Manchester in Theology and Religious Studies in 1997, and obtained her Master of Arts in Teaching from Mount Holyoke College in 2015. Ruth is currently enrolled to study towards her doctoral coursework in education at UMass Amherst.

Ruth Hornsby

Faculty

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 Ph.D. 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 pre-K–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

Kelly Carriere is an Adjunct Faculty member 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 Special Education from Springfield College, and a B.A. in Early Childhood from Fitchburg State University. Her 20 years of professional experience includes 10 years of teaching special education for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities in residential treatment facilities and public schools from PreK-6.  She has vast experience as a Teaching Assistant, a Practicum Supervisor for Masters Students, and Adjunct Faculty member.

Kelly Carriere

Erin Casioppo

Lecturer

Erin Casioppo is a visiting lecturer who currently works as a Special Education teacher in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her background includes working as a generalist/classroom teacher, reading instructor, and ELL teacher in both middle and elementary classrooms in Oakland, California and Springfield, Massachusetts, as well as in the role of Teacher of the Deaf and Consultant across western and central Massachusetts. Erin is particularly interested in supporting the linguistic, academic, and behavioral needs of students in inclusive settings, in the neuroscience of learning, and in the integration of art, language, and academic learning.

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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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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Dinah Mack

Lecturer

Dinah Mack has been a middle school Social Studies teacher for 18 years. She has Masters degrees in both Education (UMass Amherst) and Cultural Anthropology (New School for Social Research), has published two books, and has written curriculum for the NY Times Learning Network. She utilizes technology on a daily basis to enhance student engagement and learning, and has years of experience teaching technology workshops to teachers, graduate students, and secondary students in her classroom.

Dinah Mack, MAT Faculty

Lisanne Manzi

Lecturer

Lisa Manzi is the instructor for Teaching with Technology in the Master of Arts in Teaching program. She has been a middle school instructional technology educator for over 18 years at the Michael E. Smith Middle School in South Hadley. She is a graduate of St. Michael’s College and has a Master of Education in Educational Technology degree from Lesley University. Her other interests are professional development for educators and curriculum development in Computer Science.

Lisanne Manzi, Lecturer, Master of Arts in Teaching

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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Jennifer Onopa

Lecturer

Jen teaches theater at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School. She has worked as a teaching artist, taught high school English in the NYCDOE, coached new teachers through the New York City Teaching Fellows, and taught undergrad theater courses at UMass Amherst. She was Nationally Board Certified in Adolescent Literacy in 2011.

Jennifer Onopa

Allegra Osborne

Lecturer
Allegra Osborne

Lincoln Smith

Lecturer

Lincoln Smith is the music director at Veritas Prep Charter, a 5-8 public middle school in Springfield Massachusetts. Lincoln is a vocal advocate of social justice and equity in music education. He has presented workshops and clinics on racism and the culture of power in music education at the Massachusetts Music Educators State Conference in Boston, and the National Association for Music Educators National Conference in Dallas, Texas. His most recent article, Four Foundations of a Music Program that Serves Black and Latino Students was published in the October edition of the Hechinger Report. His article, Digital Music for Social Justice was published in the February, 2018 edition of the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal.

Lincoln Smith

Tammy Sullivan-Daley

Lecturer
Tammy Sullivan Daley

Micah Winston

Lecturer

Micah Winston has over 25 years of teaching experience in a variety of frameworks. After completing his student teaching in Holyoke in 1993, he moved to Israel for 16 years where he taught at an American school, a kibbutz school and a drug rehabilitation facility for teens. Since returning to the USA he has spent nine years teaching in Springfield, including the last six teaching 7th Grade Science at The Springfield Renaissance School.

Micah Winston

Staff

Amy Asadoorian

Admissions and Communications Coordinator

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.

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Corinne Miller

Program Coordinator

Mary Corinne is the Program Coordinator for Professional and Graduate Education. In this capacity, she supports all of the programs offered through the department. Prior to working at Mount Holyoke College, Corinne served as the Program Coordinator for Executive Education at NYU Stern. She also has extensive experience working in the fields of Theater and Arts Education having previously served as the Director of Education at Barrington Stage Company, and the Assistant Director of Education at TADA! Youth Theater. Corinne holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an MA from New York University, Steinhardt, and a BS from Skidmore College.

Corinne Miller