Tiffany Espinosa has been in higher education administration for 16 years in both public universities and private colleges. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, financial and administrative operations, program development and assessment, graduate education, online and distance learning, marketing and community engagement, and policy development with the goal to increase accessibility and flexibility for students. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Professional and Graduate Education at Mount Holyoke College.
Gwen Bass is the Director 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 School Counseling, and an M.A. in Sport Management. Her professional experience includes 10 years of teaching in PreK–12 special education and general education settings, primarily in roles that involve the intersection of mental health and learning.
Sarah Bent is the Assistant Director of Math Programs in the Professional and Graduate Education Division. In this capacity, she oversees the Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics program and supports the professional learning programs for K-8 math teachers locally and nationally. Prior to working at Mount Holyoke, Sarah was a fourth-grade teacher at the New Hingham Regional Elementary School in Chesterfield, where she integrated technology and created engaging math lessons in which students could then construct arguments, share ideas, listen to each other and reason, toward the goals of becoming life-long problem solvers and confident mathematicians.
Mike Flynn is the Director of Math Programs in the Professional and Graduate Education Division. In this capacity he runs the Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics program, oversees all the programming for the department, and develops new innovative ways to make the work of Mathematics Leadership Programs more accessible to teachers.
Catherine Swift, Director of the Graduate Licensure Program, has been in the field of education for over 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.
John M Burt
John’s time is shared between the Office of Professional and Graduate Education at Mount Holyoke College and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. For the Office of Professional and Graduate Education, John processes financial transactions, analyses financial data and prepares reports. He’s earned a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an MBA from William Carey University in Mississippi, and a MSA from Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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.