Klingenstein Summer Institute 2019 Cohort
Gerardo Aguilar Molinari has been teaching Spanish at the high school level for the past three years and has been at Marin Academy, a co-ed day school in San Rafael, CA, since 2018. Gerardo holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh. His teaching approach draws heavily on a social justice perspective focused on Latin American native societies.
Joe Ali has been teaching French and leadership for five years and has been at Calvert School, a co-ed day school in Baltimore, MD, since 2014.
Alana Allen has been teaching for four years. After graduating from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Science in Physics she joined Teach for America where she was assigned to teach in in Newark, NJ; there Alana continued her education by earning her Master of Arts in Teaching in general and special education from Relay GSE. After completing her master's degree and her commitment to TFA she moved on to a teaching role at Princeton Day School. She is currently teaching physics and engineering to grades 10-12. Alana also serves as a faculty advisor for both ThinSat and Science Olympiad.
Rachel Annunziata has been teaching middle school math for four years and has been at Greenhill School, a co-educational independent school in Dallas, TX, since 2014. A native New Yorker, Rachel moved to Dallas after completing her undergraduate degree in elementary education from American University. Rachel recently completed her Master of Education from Southern Methodist University. In addition to teaching, Rachel is the fifth grade team leader and coaches cheerleading.
Nathaniel Beckman has been teaching mathematics for five years and has been at the Miami Valley School, a co-ed day school in Dayton, OH, since 2015. He earned his undergraduate degree from Thomas Aquinas College using the Socratic method steeped in the scholastic and classical tradition. He achieved his Master of Science in Computational and Applied Mathematics at Old Dominion University. He incorporates the historic, liberal art, and mathematic lenses in a classroom engaging in the immersive method.
Chris Beeson has been teaching English and social studies for five years and has been at The Park School, a co-ed day school in Brookline, MA, since 2013. Before becoming a classroom teacher, Chris worked for NOLS for over a decade, teaching wilderness skills and leadership to adolescent and adult students on expeditions throughout the mountains and deserts of the American West. Chris enjoys being a student almost as much as teaching. He received his Bachelor of Arts in history and American studies from Princeton and a Master of Education from Harvard.
Joshua Bendik has been teaching first grade for two years and has been at Lake Ridge Academy, a co-ed day school in North Ridgeville, OH, since 2017. Joshua is a 2007 graduate of Ohio University in Athens. He mentors and tutors for the Boys and Girls Club in Lorain.
Sara Benge has been teaching science for three years and has been at the Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center, a boarding school in Estes Park, CO, since 2013. Sara is originally from rural Ohio, and studied at Willamette University in Salem, OR. In her classroom, Sara strives to create learning environments that spark curiosity and investigation.
Zoe Bennett has been teaching kindergarten at BASIS Independent Brooklyn, a co-ed preK-12 day school, since 2017. Hailing from East Tennessee, Zoe received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee (summa cum laude), a Master of Fine Arts in Dance and an Iowa Arts Fellowship from the University of Iowa, and most recently completed her Master of Science in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College in New York City. In May of 2019 she and her dance partner performed their work "Known and Re-Known: Unknown," a take on and homage to Trisha Brown's "Set and Reset," at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Manhattan.
Kiran Bhardwaj has been teaching philosophy for eight years and has been at Phillips Academy Andover, a co-ed day and boarding school in Andover, MA, since 2017. She completed her doctorate in philosophy at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 and moonlights as an oboe player in local Boston orchestras.
Michael Bowen has been teaching history for two years at Laurel School, a girls day school in Shaker Heights, OH. He holds a doctorate in American history from the University of Florida, specializing in the history of conservative politics after World War II. He is formerly the assistant director of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida and was an on-air analyst at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Madaleine Calhoun has been teaching Spanish for two years and has been at the St. Anne's-Belfield School, a co-ed independent school in Charlottesville, VA, since 2017. Madaleine has studied Spanish for as long as she can remember and dedicated her undergraduate years at Bard College to reading, translating, and analyzing various Spanish texts. Madaleine's love for language, culture, and travel has led her to live in Spain and to travel to many other Spanish-speaking countries. She is eager to spread this joy and sense of curiosity and wonder with others.
Donna Canada-Smith has been teaching high school English for three years and high school French for a year, and she has been at the Bentley School, a co-ed day school in Lafayette, CA, since 2016. She graduated from Scripps College with honors, earning dual degrees in French and Latin American studies. She obtained her master's degree in French literature from Middlebury College and completed her doctorate in French studies at Trinity College Dublin in 2015. She loves teaching students not only about literature, but also about word, image studies and the interdisciplinary nature of literary works.
Natasha Chadha has been teaching fifth and sixth grade English for four years and has been at the Buckley Country Day School, a co-ed day school in Roslyn, NY, since 2015. Natasha earned her masters in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to teaching English, this past year she started co-teaching a class called weLEAD (Leadership, Education, Action, Determination).
Olivia Chan has been teaching MYP Science and DP Biology for three years and has been at the Gyeonggi Suwon International School, a co-ed day school in Suwon, South Korea, since 2016.
Samuel Chapin has been teaching history for four years and has been at Deerfield Academy, a co-ed boarding school in Deerfield, MA, since 2015. A native of Raleigh, NC, Samuel studied American history with a focus on Reconstruction at Williams College.
Sonia Chin has been teaching biology for two years and has been at the Friends' Central School, a co-ed day school in Wynnewood, PA, since 2017. At FCS, she teaches a survey advanced biology course to upper school juniors and co-teaches a research methods class called Genetics SuperLab that introduces the process of doing science to seniors. In October 2016, Sonia completed a doctorate in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University where she studied the sense of smell in vinegar flies. As a graduate student, Sonia also spent three summers working with rising seniors from Baltimore City Public Schools with the Biotechnical Institute of Maryland helping students to explore careers in biotechnology and hands-on lab work. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin.
Kevin Conroy has been teaching science at Canterbury School since 2016, a co-ed day and boarding school in New Milford, CT. At Canterbury, Kevin mainly teaches physics in addition to two electives, Observational Astronomy, and Cosmology & Astrophysics. Beyond the classroom, he is the head coach for varsity wrestling and boys JV tennis and serves as a dorm parent in an upperclassmen boys dorm. Kevin earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Middlebury College and has worked at Wolfeboro Camp School in New Hampshire for five consecutive summers as an assistant head of campus.
Gianna Craig has been teaching humanities for two years and has been at The Northwest School, a co-ed day and boarding school in Seattle, WA, since 2017.
LaDarius Drew has been teaching history for three years and has been at The Gunnery School, a day and boarding school in Washington, CT, since fall 2016. He coaches football, basketball, and tennis. He recieved his Bachelor of Arts in International Politics from Wesleyan University in 2015.
Madeline DuCharme has been teaching history and political science for two years and has been at Middlesex School, a co-ed boarding and day school in Concord, MA, since 2017. Madeline attended the University of Virginia, where she double majored in government and economics. In addition to teaching at Middlesex, Madeline coaches field hockey and lacrosse and serves as a dorm assistant.
Kim Duncan has been teaching science for several years and has been at the New Hampton School, a co-ed day and boarding school in New Hampton, NH, since fall of 2017. At New Hampton, she teaches conceptual physics, computer coding, and robotics. She also coaches JV women's lacrosse. Prior to joining the faculty at New Hampton, she has worked as a lobbyist, as a college chemistry instructor, and as the education director at a small space science museum. She holds a doctorate in chemistry from Princeton University, where she specialized in solid state chemistry.
Hesham Elnagar has been teaching high school social studies and English for five years and is currently at the International School of Prague in the Czech Republic, a co-ed international day school. Before moving to Prague, Hesham worked in Jordan teaching IB Global Politics, IB World Religions, IB English B, CAS and Service as Action, and MYP Integrated Humanities. Hesham completed his education in Arizona in music and interdisciplinary studies with a focus on education and anthropology. After finishing his master's, he moved to Jordan as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.
Cristina Espejo has been teaching English for two years and has been at Colegio Inmaculado Corazon, an all-boys day school in Lima, Peru, since 2018. She earned her bachelor's degree in educational psychology from the Catholic University of Peru and completed her graduate studies in English and language arts education, and literacy and language at Boston University.
Jessica Feng has been teaching pre-kindergarten for two years and has been at Friends' Central School, a co-ed Quaker day school in Wynnewood, PA, since 2017. She completed her undergraduate education at Haverford College and previously taught third grade in Texas.
Jake Ferguson has been teaching Middle School Mathematics for four years and has been at the International School of Brussels (ISB), a co-ed day school in Brussels, Belgium, since 2015. At ISB, he is the coach of the JV girls volleyball team and is in charge of a grade 9 and 10 math club. Before making a move overseas to teach, he was a student at Queen's University in Canada.
Victoria Fernandez has been teaching seventh grade Language Arts for three years and has been at St. Mary's Academy, a co-ed day school in Denver, CO, since 2016. In addition to teaching, Victoria has greatly enjoyed working with students on the soccer field, camping in the Colorado Rockies, and traveling with World Leadership School.
Ruxandra Filip has been teaching as an early childhood homeroom teacher for three years and has been at the International School of Brussels, a co-ed international day school in Brussels, Belgium, since 2016. She studied psychology and education concurrently at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, with a focus on early cognitive development and exceptional learners. Her career began with her covering a fifth grade homeroom teacher position then a pre-kindergarten homeroom teacher position- all in one school year! She is currently teaching first grade and enjoying the challenges and rewards of facilitating learning in such a formative educational year.
Lizzy Fitzhenry has been teaching kindergarten, first, and second grade for four years and has been at the Village Community School, a co-ed day school in New York City, since 2016. Lizzy also taught for one year at a charter school in Brooklyn, NY after her graduation from Harvard University. She completed her Master's degree in Childhood Education at the Relay Graduate School of Education and currently teaches in a multi-age classroom of first and second graders.
Martha Hagerty has been teaching English for four years and has been at Cushing Academy, a co-ed boarding school in Ashburnham, MA, since 2017. She serves as a dorm parent and soccer, ice hockey, and tennis coach. Prior to teaching at Cushing, Martha taught at Education First Academy, an international boarding school in Thornwood, NY. Martha was a four-year boarder at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA and graduated from Gettysburg College in 2015.
Kaylan Haizlip has been teaching AP Biology for three years and has been at the Pace Academy School, a co-ed day school in Atlanta, GA, since 2016.
Ali Hamlin has been teaching physical science and chemistry for two years and has been at the Groton School, a co-ed day and boarding school in Groton, MA, since 2017. At Groton, she coaches varsity field hockey, JV lacrosse, and runs an upper school dorm. Prior to Groton, Ali was a teaching fellow at Phillips Academy Andover for the '16-'17 school year. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 2013.
Priti Hulse has been teaching first grade for three years and has been at the Prospect Sierra School, a co-ed day school in El Cerrito, CA, since 2016. Priti received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, and most recently completed her master's degree in education from the University of the Pacific.
Krysta Ibsen has been teaching science for four years and has been at Berwick Academy, a co-ed day school in South Berwick, ME, since 2015. Krysta has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a focus in Experiential Education from the University of Vermont and a Master of Education from the Lesley University Collaborative Internship Program. She spent 10 years teaching outdoor/environmental education on the coast of Maine before working in the classroom.
John Jessup has been teaching project-based learning and working as a student support teacher for two years and has been at the Vail Mountain School, a co-ed day school in Vail, CO, since 2017. He graduated from DePauw University with a bachelor's degree in English and is currently in his second summer at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English, where he is pursuing a master's degree in English. He will be teaching eighth grade English at the Kent Denver School starting next year.
Esther Kim has been teaching elementary students for three years and has been at Gyeonggi Suwon International School, a co-ed IB school in Suwon, South Korea, since 2017. She started her teaching career as a fourth grade teacher at her alma mater. She graduated from Biola University majoring in elementary education. She enjoys team sports, especially volleyball, soccer, and spikeball.
Abraham Kirby-Galen has been teaching mathematics for three years and has been at Hopkins School, a co-ed day school in New Haven, CT, since 2018. Prior to this, Abraham taught math for two years at King's Academy, a co-ed boarding school in Jordan.
Patricia Kontrady has been teaching language arts and social studies for three years and has been at Nysmith School for the Gifted, a co-ed day school in Herndon, VA, since 2017.
Sangeeta Lekhi has been teaching middle school math at Cedar Hill Prep School, a co-ed day school in Somerset, NJ, since 2016. Though Sangeeta holds a Master of Business Administration and has a background is in accounting and business, she received a NYC Teaching Fellowship and then earned her master's degree in math education.
Natalie Liu has been teaching secondary sciences for four years and has been at St. George's School, a boys day and boarding school in Vancouver, since 2014.
McKenzie Lynch has been teaching second grade for four years and has been at Derby Academy, a co-ed day school in Hingham, MA, since August of 2018. Prior to Derby Academy, she taught first and second grade at Prospect Sierra in El, Cerrito, CA from 2014-2016 and second grade at Woodland School in Portola Valley from 2016-2018. She received her undergraduate degree and played ice hockey at Middlebury College and received a master's degree from both University College Dublin and the University of the Pacific.
Jessica MacMurtrie has been teaching Spanish and English for several years and has been at the St. Francis Episcopal School, a co-ed school in Houston, TX, since 2016. Jessica earned her master's degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. She emphasizes technology integration and project-based learning in the classroom. She loves National Geographic and constantly utilizes their resources in her classes.
Raquel Maldonado has been teaching World History for two years and has been at the Saint John's School, a co-ed day school in San Juan, Puerto Rico, since 2017. Prior to teaching at Saint John's, she taught Bilingual Special Education in the New York City public school system for three years.
Marissa McCullough has been teaching first grade for four years and has been at St. Anne's Episcopal School, a co-ed day school in Denver, CO, since 2015. She has a bachelor's degree in art history from Colorado College and a master's degree in early literacy from the University of Colorado Denver.
Claudia McGuigan has been teaching French and Spanish for five and three years respectively and has been at the Westminster School, a co-ed day and boarding school, in Simsbury, CT, since 2016. Before working in education, Claudia worked as a merchandise planner for an online clothing company in London, UK. Claudia studied French and Spanish with international marketing at the University of Northumbria and applied foreign languages with business at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France.
Maia McPherson has been teaching kindergarten for three years and has been at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, a co-ed day school in Cambridge, MA, since 2016. Previous to that, Maia taught visual art, pre-K through fifth grade, in Boston Public Schools. She is a graduate of the Bread Loaf School of English and the University of Colorado.
Amanda Merpaw has been teaching humanities for five years and has been at the Bishop Strachan School, a girls day and boarding school in Toronto, since 2016. She is also a poet, playwright, and editor. Amanda holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Ryerson University and a Master of Teaching degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
Maggie Moslander has been teaching Upper School history for two years and has been at Poly Prep Country Day School, a co-ed day school in Brooklyn, since 2017. She teaches United States history to juniors and AP U.S. Government and American Constitutional Law to seniors, and is the faculty advisor to the Gender and Sexuality Association. She is an alumnus of Middlebury College and the University of Texas at Austin.
Stephanie Nebel has been teaching fifth and eighth grade science at The Elisabeth Morrow School, a co-ed day school in Englewood, NJ, since 2014. She is an eighth grade advisor, teaches eighth grade leadership symposium, yearbook and robotics, and is the program coordinator for the EMS Summer String Festival. A marine and coastal geologist, Stephanie received her bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College and attended graduate school at the University of Delaware before deciding to pursue her dream of teaching middle school.
Rashaad Phillips has been teaching in the humanities for three years and has been at the Dalton School, a co-ed day school in New York City, since 2018. Previously, he taught at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH for two years, where he also coached both basketball and tennis. In 2016, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Davidson College, where he was an active leader in the Black Student Coalition and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. In 2018, he earned his Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Heidi Pieroni has been teaching biology and algebra for four years and has been at Thomas Jefferson School, day and boarding school in St. Louis, MO, since 2014. She lives with her husband, who is a fifth grade teacher, and their four children.
Evan Rap has been teaching Latin for three years and has been at St. Stephen's Episcopal School, a co-ed day and boarding school in Austin, TX, since 2016. Evan grew up in Tempe, AZ and attended Arizona State University. He moved to Austin to pursue a doctorate in classics in 2010, and loved the city so much he decided to never leave. An archaeologist by training, Evan has conducted field work in Italy and Israel. He is lucky enough to be able to share his interest in archaeology through material culture seminars with interested high school seniors.
Hannah Robinson has been teaching in the Upper School at Cranbrook Schools, a co-ed independent day and boarding school for grades pre-K through 12, since 2014. She is a third-generation graduate and second-generation teacher at Cranbrook. Hannah is the co-chair of the school's Senior May Program, which allows seniors to participate in internships for three weeks in May.
Lindsey Roeth has been teaching history for five years and has been at the Miami Valley School, a co-educational day school in Dayton, OH, since 2015. She teaches U.S. government, European history, and international relations. In addition, she helps lead the Aries Project, a year-long research project for MVS seniors. She coaches varsity cross country and track and advises Model UN at MVS. Lindsey has a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Studies from the University of Dayton and a Master of Arts degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University.
Alyssa P. Rooks has been teaching Pre-First for two years and has been at The Westminster Schools, a co-ed, day school in Atlanta, GA, since 2017. Alyssa is a 2014 honors graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English, concentrating in Victorian-era literature. After which, she obtained a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education with and without disabilities from Lesley University, in Cambridge, MA, in 2015. Before moving back to Atlanta, Alyssa taught in Brooklyn, NY, as a learning specialist for three years at the Bay Ridge Preparatory School. While at the Westminster Schools, Alyssa is the head of the progress report committee and serves as the conditioning coach for the varsity and junior varsity girls basketball teams.
David-Aaron Roth has been teaching English at Woodward Academy, a co-ed, K-12 day school in College Park, GA, since 2016. During his time at Woodward Academy, David-Aaron has been actively involved in community engagement and volunteerism, currently serving as the Service Learning Coordinator. A graduate of Indiana University and Mercer University, David-Aaron currently holds a Master of Education in Independent School Leadership.
Gretchen Rucker has been teaching fifth grade science for four years and has been at the Oak Hill School in Nashville, TN since 2017. She previously served as a teacher at Bradley Academy in Murfreesboro. While at Bradley Academy, she taught multiple STEAM units and was instrumental in creating daily lessons that integrated science, social studies and math curriculum with reading. At the conclusion of the 2016 school year, Gretchen was named as the First Year Teacher of the Year by the Teacher Education Association. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in K-6 education from Middle Tennessee State University.
Caroline Santinelli has been teaching English for three years and has been at the Fountain Valley School, a co-ed, boarding/day school, in Colorado Springs, CO, since 2018. She teaches ninth grade World Literature and a variety of twelfth grade English electives, and she is the head coach of the girl's varsity swim team and Model UN team. Passionate about global citizenship education, Caroline is also a founding member of the FVS Global Curriculum Committee, a faculty advisor of the student cultural organization, and a standing member of the Global Citizenship Committee with the National Council of Teachers of English.
Michael Schmidt is entering his third year at Greenwood College School, a co-ed school in Toronto, where he teaches seventh grade and eighth grade science and 11th grade Green Industries. He is also a coordinator of Greenwood's new Innovation Lab. Michael enjoys exploring the world and has visited over 24 countries to date. Michael has a passion for environmental issues and action, and he enjoys working with students in the creation and maintenance of community gardens.
Al Silva is currently completing his third year (second as full-time faculty) at Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara, CA. He runs Laguna's Academic Services study halls, is a member of the library committee, teaches a yoga & mindfulness elective for both the middle and upper schools, and teaches an upper school elective in comparative religion. Al is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the religious studies department at UC Santa Barbara, specializing in the history and philosophy of American religion. His research is on the late American author David Foster Wallace, specifically on Wallace's famous commencement address, "This Is Water." Prior to his graduate work at UCSB, Al worked as a cancer biology researcher & laboratory manager at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.
Courtney Singer has been teaching pre-K for four years and has been at Plymouth Meeting Friends School, a co-ed day school in Plymouth Meeting, PA, since 2015. Courtney graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in early childhood education and human development and family studies.
Greg Sokol has been teaching math, science, and occasionally Latin for four years and has been at the Roxbury Latin School, a day school for boys in West Roxbury, MA, since 2015. Before teaching Greg worked as a mechanical engineer and an outdoor educator.
George Sullivan has been teaching History for four years and has been at the Pingry School, a co-ed day in Basking Ridge, NJ, since 2014. He attended the Fessenden and Belmont Hill schools outside Boston before attending Williams College. Upon graduating, he worked in finance before teaching Financial Literacy at Pingry for a year, then transitioning into teaching history. He coaches wrestling and lacrosse, in addition to leading several clubs.
Jays Tan has been teaching upper school English for two years and has been at Taipei American School, a co-ed day school in Taipei, Taiwan, since 2017. She graduated from Tufts University with a double major in cognitive science and English and a minor in history.
Myles Teasley has taught history for four years, and has worked at the Potomac School - a K-12 co-ed day school a few miles outside of DC - since 2017. He graduated from Davidson College and is now also working toward a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies from George Washington University. At Potomac he teaches 9th and 10th grade world history, and electives related to the Middle East and foreign policy.
Adeline Tran has been teaching English for three years and has been at Island Pacific Academy, a co-ed day school in Kapolei, HI, since 2018. She will be teaching at Punahou School in Honolulu for the 2019-20 academic year. Adeline received a Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley in 2016.
Ryan Vachon has been teaching business studies and mathematics for five years and has been at Greenwood College School, a co-ed day school in Toronto, since 2018. Ryan has spent most of his early career teaching abroad at a private school in Hong Kong. His professional interests have included school leadership, diversity, literacy across subject areas, coaching, and the notion of program building, especially on the department level.
Juan Vidal has been teaching mathematics for five years and has been at Georgetown Day School, a co-ed day school in Washington, D.C., since 2015.
Rachel Wagle has been teaching second and third grade elementary students for four years and has been at The Long Ridge School, a co-ed day school in Stamford, CT, since 2014. Following a career in news production, Rachel volunteered at public schools in Bridgeport, CT, helping struggling readers and writers. Following this, she attended Sarah Lawrence College and completed her Master of Science in the Art of Teaching. As an educator, Rachel feels a deep commitment to honoring, guiding, and empowering young people. She strives to inspire children to stretch and take risks, challenge them with rigorous and relevant curriculum, and provide them with meaningful guidance in their social and emotional growth.
Emily Walsh has been teaching English for five years and has been at St. Luke's School, a co-ed day school in New Canaan, CT since 2018. Emily is a recent graduate of the Wesleyan Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, and she currently resides in Danbury, CT. As an English teacher, Emily loves to read and discuss literature, and she seeks to develop a passion for reading in her students.
Dan White has been teaching third grade for one year and has been at the Hewitt School, a girls day school in New York City, since 2017. He is also the lower school community service director, and middle school basketball and volleyball coach. His previously worked at The Collegiate School, where he taught third and fourth grade. Dan has a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Kenyon College and a Master of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education. Dan spends his summers as a Director at Home Run Baseball Camp, a day camp in Brooklyn, NY.
Andrés Wood has been teaching Spanish for two and a half years and has been at Crane Country Day School, a co-ed, K-8 day school, in Santa Barbara, CA the entirety of that time. He moved from Ometepec, Mexico - where he spent his youth - to the United States in 2009 and to Santa Barbara in 2012. In the classroom, he is always trying to spread his love for all things Mexico and the world, and alternates constantly between frustration and joy at student reactions to that endeavor.
Reid Wyatt has been teaching Chinese and history for five years and has been at Brooks School, a co-educational, boarding school in North Andover, MA, for two years.
Joy Xu has been teaching humanities for three years and has been at The Girls' Middle School, a girls day school in Palo Alto, CA, since 2017. Prior to GMS, she taught high school English at Punahou School in Honolulu, HI. She graduated from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies (political science, sociology, education, philosophy) and will complete her Master of Arts in English Education at Teachers College this summer.
Brett Youngerman has been teaching English for four years and has been at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center, a co-ed boarding school in Estes Park, CO, since 2015. He enjoys creating curricula for Eagle Rock's unique program which include personal memoir, journalism, argumentative writing, comic book analysis, and even the occasional art class.