Two-Summers Program 2019 Cohort
Karlyn Adler has taught since 2011 at The School at Columbia University, a co-ed K-8 school in New York, NY. She has taught Kindergarten, 3rd Grade, and 5th Grade. Karlyn graduated from Colby College in 2011 and Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014.
Madeleine Ayala-Lopez has taught fourth grade and held various administrative roles since 2005 in the Lower School at Hackley School, a K-12 co-ed, day and boarding school, in Tarrytown, New York. Madeleine, a graduate of Hackley School, received a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Manhattanville College. In addition to being a fourth grade lead teacher, Madeleine is currently the Director of the Lower School After-School Programs, Co-Director of the Assistant Teacher Program, Lower School Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator, K-12 Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, and an active member of the Diversity Committee.
Michael Berglund has taught 9th - 12th grade literature at Holland Hall, a co-ed, PK - 12 day school in Tulsa, OK, for the last 11 years. With a team of teachers, he designed and implemented the eleventh-grade American Studies curriculum and has served as the English department chair since 2011. Michael received his Ph.D. in English from The University of Tulsa.
Kelsey Berry has taught history since 2012 at the Holderness School, a co-ed, day and boarding 9-12 school in Holderness, NH. She currently serves as the history department chair, the varsity field hockey coach, and is a dorm parent to 22 boys. Before Holderness, Kelsey taught at the Ethel Walker School, a girls school in Simsbury, CT for one year after finishing her M.Ed. in Heritage Studies Education at Plymouth State University. Kelsey graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2010 where she studied history and government.
Bobby Bonilla-McMahon has taught lower and middle school math, history, and English since 2012 at The Buckley School, a K-9 all boys day school in New York City. He was raised in El Paso, Texas, before attending Columbia University where he studied Creative Writing, graduating in 2012.
Kathryn Brooks has taught social science at Lakeside Upper School, a co-ed day school in Seattle, since 2012. In addition to teaching psychology, bioethics, and world history, she has co-chaired the admissions committee and directed a summer STEM-oriented program for middle schoolers. Before joining the Lakeside faculty, Kathryn earned a Ph.D. in social psychology at UCLA, where her research addressed the effects of stress on physical health.
Gabe Burnstein has taught humanities since 2009 at the Gordon School, an independent, co-ed, N-8 school in East Providence, RI. During his time there he has coached girls basketball, coordinated the annual Civil Rights Trip to Alabama and Georgia, and served as the faculty representative to the board of trustees. He previously taught at Campbell Hall in Los Angeles, CA and earned a B.A. in English and Film from the University of Michigan.
Harold Chang has taught, coached, served as grade level dean at Trevor Day School, a coed PK-12 day school in Manhattan, since 2009. He is currently the math department chair. He also taught math at Hackley School for 4 years and Millbrook School, his alma mater, for 3 years.
Michael Chapman has taught middle school science and coached cross country and track since 2010 with the Arrupe Division of Boston College High School, a boys 7-12 day school in Boston, MA. Originally from Hampton, Virginia, Michael started teaching after graduating from UVA with B.A. (Biology) and Master of Teaching degrees. Michael also serves as co-coordinator for the middle school New Student and mentoring programs, has blogged and served on a task force for the American Chemical Society, and enjoys learning about educational technology and innovative teaching practices.
Chris Chun has been at Black Pine Circle School, a K-8 day school in Berkeley, California, since 2004, where she has served as the English teacher, Diversity Coordinator, and Academic Dean. She is on the steering committee of the Asian Educator Alliance national conference, created by and for Asian-identified educators. Chris is interested in leadership as service, as well as the promise of the independent school as a community resource.
A.J. Colianni has served as Upper School Dean of Studies since 2013 at Breck School, a co-ed, Episcopal, PK-12 school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He started at Breck in 2005 as Academic Technology Director, and has also been an advisor as well as coaching FIRST Robotics and the Alpine Ski team. Prior to Breck, he worked for 4 years in banking, building custom data warehousing applications.
Paula Cuello has taught middle school and high school science at the Dalton School in New York since 2013. Prior to that, she taught at the Maret School in Washington, D.C for four years. She was also an adjunct professor at George Washington University in 2012. Paula studied Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, then stayed at Oxford to do a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. She moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked as a research scientist at the NIH. She is originally from Argentina, but also grew up in the UK and Canada.
Austin Davis has taught high school English since 2016 at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, a co-ed PK-12 Jewish day school in New York City. Previously, he taught high school English, as well as coached varsity swimming and water polo, at Phillips Academy and Choate Rosemary Hall. He graduated from Williams College in 2012 as an English and mathematics major, and he finished a master's degree in English last summer at the Bread Loaf School of English. At Heschel, Austin also serves as the advisor to the student newspaper, and he started a podcasting club.
Since 2008, Sean Duncan has held various administrative and teaching positions during two tours of duty at The Winchendon School, a co-ed 9-12 boarding school in Winchendon, Massachusetts. Prior to his most recent stint at Winchendon, Sean taught and coached at The Lakeside School (WA), Gould Academy (ME), and Success Academy (NY). Sean is a graduate of Middlebury's Bread Loaf School of English.
Peter Emmet has served on the French faculty since 2015 at the Greater Atlanta Christian School, a co-ed K-12 college preparatory school in Atlanta, GA. Previously, he spent 7 years at Boston Trinity Academy, a co-ed 6-12 college preparatory school in Boston, MA where he taught French and served as the Dean of Students. He has enjoyed the opportunities to lead language students on numerous trips abroad and coach soccer, wrestling, and lacrosse. Peter graduated from Harvard in 2006 with a degree in French and Italian Language and Literature.
Brendan Faughnan has served as ACT prep coordinator and has taught English since 2006 at Cristo Rey New York High School, a Catholic coed high school serving low-income students in New York City. He received his B.A. in English and history from Georgetown University and M.S.T. from Fordham University.
Amanda Fox has worked at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, a PK-8 French/English bilingual school in Berkeley, California, since 2008, when she began as the ESL Specialist. Since then, she has taught preschool and fifth grade, and she currently serves as the Lower School English Curriculum Coordinator. Before coming to Ecole Bilingue, Amanda taught English as a Second Language in France, Brazil, and in a variety of settings in California.
Robert Fudge has served as instructor in fine arts and technical director of theater since 2010 at Memphis University School, a college-preparatory day school for boys grades 7-12 in Memphis, Tennessee. Robert is active in outdoor education and has served as director of conservation for Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico since 2015. He holds a B.F.A. in theater design and technical production and a B.A in German from the University of Memphis.
Ghassan Gammoh has taught AP Capstone Seminar, AP Art History, and 9th Grade History, Geography, and Civics since 2014 at King's Academy, a co-ed day and boarding 7-12 school in Madaba-Manja, Jordan. Gammoh was a member of the first graduating class of King's Academy in 2010 and went on to get his B.A. in History from Harvard University.
Jenel Giles has taught kindergarten for 10 years at Bank Street School For Children, a co-ed, pre-k-8, independent school in New York City. She brings her passions of baking and planting into the classroom through integrated studies. Jenel is a graduate of both Barnard College and Bank Street College of Education.
Jay Heath has served the Director of Technology at The Overlake School in Redmond, WA since 2015. Prior to Overlake, Jay was the Assistant Director of Technology at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in NYC. An active participant within NYSAIS and NWAIS, Jay has assisted with the development of an emerging leadership program, numerous technology, library, equity and inclusion conferences, and reimagining accreditation. He has taught ethics, health and human sexuality, future studies and engineering. Jay has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Philosophy from Whitman College.
Kate Hewitt has served as librarian and English teacher since 2010 at Far Brook School, a co-ed progressive N-8 school in Short Hills, New Jersey. Before arriving at Far Brook, Kate taught English in public schools in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and worked as an education reform consultant. A graduate of Brown University with a degree in English and American Literature, Kate earned her Master's in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University in 2010.
Katherine Huamaní was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Educational Studies from Swarthmore College. She began her teaching career abroad in South Korea and Morocco and returned to New York to work in language immersion schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Katherine is in her fourth year at Avenues the World School and currently in her second year as Associate Division Head.
David Hutchings has taught and coached at Ravenscroft since 2015, a co-ed, PK-12, day school in Raleigh, NC. He previously taught middle and upper school Spanish at Stuart Hall School in Staunton, Virginia for five years. David graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010.
Since 2015, Marshall Johnson has taught seventh grade English and history at New Canaan Country School (NCCS), a co-ed PK-9 day school based in New Canaan, Connecticut. In addition, he has served as a head coach in the boys' varsity hockey and lacrosse programs. Prior to working in the Upper School at NCCS, Marshall taught seventh grade history and served as a recruitment liaison from 2012-2015 at The Hockaday School, an all-girls preparatory school in Dallas, Texas.
Nora Krulwich has taught since 2014 at St. Luke's School, a PK-8, co-ed, Episcopalian school in New York City. Previously, she taught at a Montessori middle school in Connecticut and at a residential semester school for high school juniors in Washington, DC.
Since 2013, Nick Malick has served as Dean of Students of Prospect Sierra, a co-ed, K-8 day school in El Cerrito, California. Prior to his time at Prospect Sierra, Nick taught literature and writing at the middle school, high school, and undergraduate levels. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Colby College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Oregon.
Adam Materasso has taught Upper School Spanish and has held various administrative roles since 2003 at Ranney School, a co-ed, JK-12 day school in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Prior to serving as Associate Head of Upper School, Adam served as Dean of Students and Co-Director of College Guidance. Adam is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey where he studied romance languages.
Emily McCauley has taught history since 2007 at the Fay School, a co-ed day and junior-boarding K-9 school in Southborough, MA. She also lives in the dorm, coaches soccer, and has served as a Class Dean.
Katie McKellar was born and raised in Homer, Alaska before attending Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, a 9-12 independent boarding school. She returned to Phillips as a Teaching Fellow in History in 2010. She taught history at the Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA for three years and also coached track & field and swimming. She has taught history at Brentwood School since moving to Los Angeles in 2014. She is currently serving as the History Department Chair.
Nidhi McVicar has taught since 2006 at The Benjamin School, a co-ed PK-12 day school in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She also serves as the head of the school's Honor Council. Prior to teaching, Nidhi worked for several years in investment banking and then non-profit advancement for a symphony orchestra. She has an M.B.A. from Duke University, and her teaching focuses on economics, financial literacy & business strategy.
Rashna Mehta was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. She has taught third grade since 2003 at The Meadowbrook School of Weston a co-ed PK-8 day school in Weston, MA. In addition, Rashna has served as coordinator for grades 3-5 and participated in two school-wide initiatives under the Meadowbrook Leadership Institute. For the 2017-2018 school year Rashna has been appointed Interim Head of Lower School. Rashna attended Wellesley College where she studied psychology and education.
Chris Mizell has taught 5th grade Humanities since 2013 at the Town School for Boys, a K-8 boys school in San Francisco, CA. Previous to that, he taught English at George Jackson Academy, a K-8 School focusing on under-represented communities in New York City. He is a graduate of Horace Mann School in the Bronx, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia’s Teachers College.
Jonathan Moser has taught at Perkiomen School, a 6-12 co-ed boarding and day school in Pennsburg, PA, since 2007. Presently, Jon serves as the school Chaplain and teaches AP US History, AP Psychology, and various religious studies courses. He recently completed a five-year term as History Department Chair. Jon received his M.A. in Religion from Yale University Divinity School, where he concentrated in Ethics and pursued his interest in American religious history. He graduated from Saint Mary's College of Maryland with a double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies.
Mark Newton has worked at Menlo School, a co-ed day school in Atherton, CA, since 2003. He has taught World Religions, World History, U.S. History, and Mindfulness. He has also served as a Director, Producer of Student-Directed One Acts, Grade-Level Dean, Faculty Admissions Associate, and Head Varsity Football Coach. Mark studied history at the University of California at Davis and acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.
Jonathan Page has led and served classes from 4th to 6th grade since 2015 at New Hope Christian Academy, an urban, co-ed, PK-6th day school in the Frayser community of Memphis, TN. Jonathan has worked in elementary education in Memphis for four years. Jonathan holds a master of urban education from Union University, and bachelor degrees in computer science and business administration from the University of Arizona. Previously, Jonathan spent five years in software consulting and product management within the financial services industry.
Catherine Pearson has led the experiential learning programs, taught history and coached tennis at Georgetown Day School, a co-ed K-12 school in Washington, DC, since 2011. She currently serves on the steering committee of Private Schools with Public Purpose, an annual conference for educators that focuses on community engagement and partnership. Catherine graduated from Loyola University Maryland, where she studied history and political science.
Sarah Peeden has taught English since 2012 at Pacific Ridge School, a 7-12, co-ed, day school in Carlsbad, California. She has also served as Ninth Grade Dean since 2014. Sarah began her career as a coach, teacher, and residential life faculty member at Rabun-Gap Nacoochee School in Rabun Gap, Georgia. She earned her M.A. in English Language & Literature and B.A. in History and English Language & Literature at the University of Virginia.
Zilkia Rivera-Vázquez was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she has taught history and social studies for six years. Currently, she serves as the Chair of the Social Studies Department at Saint John's School, an independent, PPK-12 school in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Zilkia holds a B.A. in Communications and Political Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico, as well as an M.A. in History from the University of Manchester, England.
John Rogers has taught 9th grade and 12th grade Humanities classes since 2011 at Culver Academies, a co-ed boarding School for grades 9-12 in Culver, Indiana. Along with teaching at Culver, John has coached football, crew and baseball, and has served as a curriculum team leader since 2012. Prior to arriving at Culver, John taught 7th and 8th grade history and English at The Stanwich School in Greenwich, Connecticut for two years.
Phoebe Search has taught in New York City independent schools since the fall of 2000, acting in various roles and capacities along with her teaching responsibilities. Currently, she is working at the Elisabeth Morrow School as a fifth grade advisor and as the co-leader for the Diversity of Identity electives for 5th through 8th graders.
Tote Smith has been a boarding school instructor, coach and residential faculty member for the past 14 years. He recently moved from all-boys Salisbury School in Connecticut, where he had served as Math Chair, Director of Entrepreneurial Studies, and head rowing and squash coach, to co-ed Brooks School in Massachusetts, where he continues to teach mathematics, coach these two sports and help manage a dormitory. Before becoming an independent school educator, Tote spent an 11-year career as an investment banking advisor at Alex. Brown and Sons and its successor firms including Bankers Trust and Deutsche Bank.
Kate Spelman has taught since 2010 at Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, a 5-12 girls' school in Newton, MA. There she serves as the dean of the senior class, the director of the rowing program, and a member of the history department faculty. Kate is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she earned her B.A. in art history.
Liz Squindo is the Dean of Students at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, a day and boarding school for grades 6-12/PG in Wilbraham, MA. Before becoming the Dean in July 2017, she worked at WMA in the Center for Entrepreneurial and Global Studies teaching history, coached field hockey and lacrosse, and was a dorm parent. Through school, she has enjoyed many travel opportunities including Italy, Croatia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and China.
Cynthia Swanson has taught Latin for eight years. She has recently transitioned from Frederica Academy, St. Simons Island, GA, to The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA. At Frederica Academy, she served as Foreign Language Department Chair and advised the Honor and Service Councils. Previously, she taught English and Latin at St. George's School in Newport, RI, where she also served as a dorm parent and squash coach. She earned her B.A. in Ancient Greek and Latin from Boston University and her M.A. in Classics from Brown University.
Anisha Vinod has taught astronomy, physics and math since 2015 at Taipei American School, a co-ed K-12 day school in Taipei, Taiwan. Prior to TAS she taught at Phillips Exeter Academy for one year as the astronomy teaching intern. In addition to teaching, she enjoys coaching varsity girls soccer and varsity track and field. She is also the proud adviser of the student club, Dumbledore's Army, lead by a group of students committed to using the spirit of imagination to empower the student body.
Emily Wilken teaches mathematics at Palmer Trinity School, a co-ed, 6-12 day school in Miami, Florida. Emily is the 8th Grade Lead Advisor. She founded and coaches the middle school competitive math team. Emily started teaching in 2009. Emily studied secondary mathematics and Spanish education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Emily has taught in Mexico, Illinois, and Florida.
Maggie Wollner has served as an associate head of the upper division at Avenues: The World School, a PK-12, co-ed, day school in New York City, since 2016. Since joining Avenues in 2012 as a founding middle grades science teacher and head of grade eight, she has also taught upper grades biology and served as the STEAM cohort leader for grades 11 and 12. She began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Maggie received an A.B. degree from Harvard University in history and science, with a secondary concentration in the classics.
Ray Wright has taught biology, forensic science, and leadership; coached freshman soccer; and run freshman orientation since 2011 at Landon School, a boys day school for grades 3-12 in Bethesda, Maryland. He will assume the role of sophomore dean this fall. He was previously a director at an experiential education organization, running medical and law programs for high school students and various inquiry-based programs for elementary students. He holds a Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Boston University.
Tina Yen, beginning in August 2017, will serve as the Dean of International Students at Abington Friends School, a co-ed PK-12 day school, located in Jenkintown, PA. Tina previously taught Mandarin at the Baldwin School. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and is a former Fulbright Scholar.