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 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.
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, Associate Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program, has been in the field of education for 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.
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.
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. When not at work, Amy enjoys crocheting amigurumi toys; reading LitRPG and other fantasy fiction; and spoiling her dogs: Marley and Dexter.