Megan M. Allen is the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year, and a finalist for 2010 National Teacher of the Year. Allen has taught for nine years, most as an elementary and special education teacher, serving in Title One schools in Tampa, FL. She is a huge policy nerd who enjoys researching leadership, education policy, and teacher advocacy, as well as, blogging for Education Week at An Edugeek’s Guide to K12 Practice and Policy. She is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Teacher Advisory Board for Teaching Partners.
Beverley J.M. Bell
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.
Mike Flynn leads the Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching program. Flynn's latest book, Beyond Answers: Exploring Mathematical Practices with Young Children centers on creating interactive and engaging online learning. He also designed the dynamic hybrid learning model which blends on-campus and online students for live, interactive learning in mathematic classrooms. Flynn also travels around the country providing professional learning experiences for K-8 teachers.
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 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.