People

Our faculty are expert teacher leaders and educators who want to help you and your students reach their full potential.

They are state teachers of the year, National Board Certified Teachers, and educators in instructional leadership, policy leadership, advocacy, and association leadership who are dedicated to improving public and private education. We strive to create as many opportunities as possible for you to interact with, learn from, and collaborate with these distinguished mentors by offering:

  • Several courses facilitated by nationally-recognized teacher leaders
  • One-on-one coaching from experts during the capstone course
  • Guest experts who attend classes and illuminate multiple viewpoints related to policy and practice in teacher leadership

Directors

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

Tiffany Espinosa

Executive Director of Professional and Graduate Education

Tiffany Espinosa has worked in higher education since 2001, in both public universities and private colleges. She builds the vision, strategy, resources and community to support emerging leaders in their personal and professional growth. Her favorite part of the work has always been supporting passionate people who are contributing to the vitality and success of their communities. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Professional and Graduate Education at Mount Holyoke College. 

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Eric Schildge

Assistant Director, Teacher Leadership Programs

Eric is an eighth grade English teacher at the Nock Middle School in Newburyport, MA. He is also the Interim Assistant Director for Outreach at the Mount Holyoke School of Professional and Graduate Education (PaGE). He is active in organizing for unions and political campaigns, and he has experience working in independent, parochial, charter, and public schools. He collaborates with artists, writers, actors, journalists, and other creative professionals to bring learning to life for students. He believes in the power of live theater to build community and transform people's lives.

Eric Schildge

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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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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Karen Harrington

Lecturer

Karen Harrington is currently Assistant Director of the Center for Youth Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a master’s degree in education and a certificate   in advanced graduate studies in school counseling and has worked in the field of educational research and evaluation since 2005. Her professional interests include career development for incarcerated youth, curriculum design, the role of social emotional factors in academic achievement, and Early Warning Indicators.

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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.

Daniele Massey

Sarah McQuade

Lecturer

Sarah has spent 20 years working as a performance coach development consultant. Initially based in the UK, she led the technical development of the UK Coaching Certificate, a professional coaching qualifications framework. In response to the culture shift in UK sports she created e.t.c coaching consultants, an independent coaching consultancy practice and worked with numerous sports to create their coaching systems and coach development programs.

Sarah McQuade

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.

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Ryan Wallace

Lecturer

Ryan Wallace is the English Department Chair for Tolman High School in Pawtucket, RI. In addition to his 18 year career in the ELA classroom, he has also served as a Data Analysis Coach for the Rhode Island Department of Education, a professional learning facilitator for the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers, and currently serves as Chair for the Rhode Island Teacher Advisory Council.

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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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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