Two-Summers Program 2019-2021 Cohort
Joe Addison has taught English at Hopkins School, a co-ed day school in New Haven, CT, since 2013. He is the head coach of the boys soccer team, serves as a chair for faculty career reviews, and is a mentor in the Penn Fellows program. He previously worked at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, D.C., and the American School of Pachuca in Hidalgo, Mexico. Joe graduated from Amherst College in 2009.
Jeffery Ahn is the head of school for Valor International Scholars, a secondary international boarding school (6-12) in Anseong, South Korea and a co-founder for Valor Global Foundation, a 501(c) non-profit focused on education sponsorship in developing countries. He also serves as the dean of global academics and affairs and the director of college counseling for Valor Christian School International in Portland, OR. Prior to Valor, he worked in education in both the U.S. and Korea as a science teacher, college counselor, and accreditation advisor to international schools around the world. Jeffery continually strives to understand and develop a global curriculum that focuses on building competent global citizens while incorporating faith into the classroom.
Stephanie Behrens has taught eighth grade science at The Ethical Culture Fieldston School since 2011. In addition to her role as science teacher, she is currently the grade level coordinator for the eighth grade, where she organizes curriculum, leads a team of teachers, and is in charge of grade-wide events such as orientation and a three-day exploration of New York City. She works with teachers and administration to solidify a cohesive academic program for eighth grade. Before Fieldston, Stephanie also taught science and math at the Dwight-Englewood School. She has a master's degree in secondary education with a concentration in English.
Andrew Bevan has taught fifth grade homeroom, served as the middle school diversity, equity, and inclusion liaison, and coached squash and lacrosse since 2018 at New Canaan Country School, a co-ed day, EC-9 school in New Canaan, CT. Prior to Country School, he worked at the Collegiate School and Town School in New York City, teaching fourth grade. Andrew has his master's degree in education from Bank Street College of Education.
Lindsay Bowman has taught middle and upper school history since 2013 and served as the coordinating director for the Centers for Experiential Learning and Innovation since 2017 at Harrisburg Academy, a co-ed day, preK-12 school in Wormleysburg, PA. Prior to joining the Academy, Lindsay taught at Linden Hall, an all-girls boarding and day school in Lititz, PA (2004-2008) and served as the assistant director of development at Tampa Preparatory School, a co-ed day, grade 6-12 school in Tampa, FL (2008-2013). Lindsay is a graduate of Dickinson College, having earned her bachelor's degree in political science in 2004.
Lauren Bullitt has taught history since 2014 at Crystal Springs Uplands School, a co-ed day, grade 6-12 school in Hillsborough, CA. She previously taught at Pomfret School in Connecticut and Chinquapin Prep in Texas. Beyond classroom teaching, Lauren serves as the director of senior projects and 12th grade level lead. Lauren graduated from Harvard College in 2010 with a degree in political science and film studies, and completed her master's in history from Yale University in 2012, and English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in 2015.
Chris Buonamia has taught fourth and second grades at The Town School, a co-ed, N-8 school in Manhattan's Upper East Side, since 2013. Prior to joining Town, Chris taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grades in New York City public and charter schools for 11 years. As an undergraduate, he studied philosophy, ancient languages, and religion at the University of Minnesota. Chris is passionate about student learning, team dynamics, and anti-racist work for white folks.
Julia Calantone is a math specialist at Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Manhattan. Prior to teaching at EC, she has taught at various grade levels in private, public, and charter schools. She earned her bachelor's degree at Denison University and her master's degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in elementary inclusive education.
Rachel Chabot has taught French in the upper school at Stratford Academy since 2010 and has served as the world languages department chair for the last four years. Stratford is a preK-12 independent school in Macon, GA. She also serves as the head volleyball coach. She holds degrees from Davidson College and the University of Georgia, and spent a year teaching in France as well.
Patrick Clare has taught history, government, and economics since 2017 at Berkeley Preparatory School, a co-ed PK-12 day school in Tampa, Florida. In the 2019-2020 school year he will begin a new role as a ninth and 10th grade academic dean, while continuing to teach history as well. Prior to Berkeley he worked for two years at Avon Old Farms, a 9-12 all-boys boarding school in Avon, CT. He was born and raised in Manhattan, and earned a bachelor's degree in history from Tufts University in 2013 and a master's degree in education from Manhattanville College in 2017.
Elizabeth Cutler has taught middle school social studies, as well as English, since 2014 at Viewpoint School, a co-ed K-12 day school in Calabasas, CA. In addition to her teaching duties, Elizabeth also serves as an advisor for a sixth grade homeroom and coaches upper school outdoor education. She previously taught in the middle school at Cornerstone Academy in San Francisco. Elizabeth earned her bachelor's degree in classics and history from William Smith College in 2012.
Karim Del Pozo has taught at the Pingry School, a K-12 co-ed day school, for the past two years. She previously taught Spanish and was the middle school coordinator at the Missoula International School in Montana. Prior to working in the U.S., Karim taught English as a second language and trained ESL teachers in Lima, Peru. She has more than 20 years of experience in the teaching field.
Hatim Eltayeb has served as dean of the academy at African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa since 2016. ALA is a pan-African secondary program that recruits 130 high-potential African youths each year through a needs-blind admission and financial aid process. Hatim also teaches philosophy in ALA's African studies curriculum.
Kate Farrell has taught math since 2017 at St. George's School, a boarding school in Newport, RI. Prior to that she taught at international schools in Cape Town, South Africa, and Singapore, and at Kimball Union Academy, a boarding school in Meriden, NH.
Sarah Freeman has taught at The Rivers School, a co-ed, day school for grades 6-12 in Weston, MA, for four years. She teaches middle school science, coaches in the upper school, and serves on the middle school leadership team. Additionally, Sarah works in the admissions office as a faculty interviewer. Sarah attended Bowdoin College in Maine.
Jake Galloway has held various teaching and administrative roles at African Leadership Academy since 2014. Located in Johannesburg, South Africa, this co-ed boarding institution seeks to identify, develop, and connect the next generation of leaders to solve the continent's biggest challenges. Prior to this, he worked for two years the Abaarso School of Science and Technology in Hargeisa, Somalia. While there, he taught English and served at the dean of male students. He believes that education is the best tool to redress historical injustice and promote a fair and equitable future for all.
Patrick Gomez has served as department chair in world languages since 2003 at The Buckley School, a co-ed, K-12, day school in Los Angeles. He has taught Latin, Spanish, ancient Greek, and history in the middle and upper schools there. He has enjoyed planning cultural exchanges and leading language students on trips abroad. Patrick graduated from Stanford University and UCLA with degrees in classics.
Kristjiana Gong has taught in the history and service learning departments since 2017 at the Urban School of San Francisco, a co-ed high school in San Francisco, CA. She started her career in boarding school eight years ago, at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT before moving to a pre-K-12 day school, Greens Farms Academy, in Westport, CT, where she served as the director of diversity and community. She loves how schools offer opportunities for unexpected, unofficial connections, and looks forward to forming new friendships through her studies at the Klingenstein Center.
Erin Hansen serves as the director of student life at Cate School, a co-ed boarding school in Carpinteria, CA. Prior to Cate, Erin taught for eight years in public education where she served as the English department chair. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in communication and comparative literature, her teaching credential from Westmont College, and her administrative credential from Santa Barbara Department of Education.
Emily Hewitt has taught science courses since 2017 at the Academy at Penguin Hall, a girls 9-12 day school in Wenham, MA. Previously she taught, coached, advised, and ran a girls dorm at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH. Emily received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Science and minor in Geoscience from Wellesley College, where she also played field hockey.
Caitlin Hickerson has thoroughly enjoyed working in the middle division of Horace Mann School, a co-ed, N-12 day school in New York City, for the last 11 years. She began as a full-time history teacher and has since taken on the dual roles of service learning and student activities coordinator for the school's middle division while also teaching a reduced course load of history and a seminar on identity. Prior to joining the Horace Mann faculty, Caitlin worked in the Preparatory Component at Prep for Prep for seven years, where she discovered her love of teaching. Caitlin is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Fordham University.
Tom James has taught math to high schoolers in four different states since 2012. He currently teaches at The Packer Collegiate Institute, a co-ed preK-12 day school in Brooklyn. Tom grew up in Louisville, KY and studied computer science and mathematics at Yale University, where he also completed the Yale Teacher Preparation program. For the past four summers, he taught at the Mathematics & Science for Minority Students program at Phillips Academy and served as a lead house counselor and mentor teacher. Tom earned his Master of Science in Mathematics from New York University in 2019.
Sam Jeong, by way of Bundang, South Korea and Seattle, Washington, is a university counselor at United World College (UWC) Changshu China. Prior to arriving at UWC Changshu in 2017, Sam served as an assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth College, taught elementary school students on Kinmen, Taiwan, through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program, and was a Chinese Government Scholar in Shanghai, where he studied journalism at Fudan University. Sam graduated from Williams College in 2014 with a sociology and Chinese major. He speaks Korean, English, Chinese, and Japanese. Sam plays the viola, and can be found playing with students, chamber orchestras, and semi-professional symphonies.
For the past six years, Stan Lau been working at San Francisco University High School (UHS) where he taught ninth grade English as well as various electives ranging from "Ethics & Argument" to "Things Fall Apart," a survey course on post-colonial fiction, to 11th and 12th graders. At UHS, Stan was also an Institutional Research Fellow and worked with colleagues to develop and create a diversity dashboard to measure and assess the degree to which the institution fulfilled its commitment to equity and inclusion. Most recently, he was an instructional coach and mentored colleagues on aligning their practices with the school's mission. Outside of school, Stan serves on the Steering Committee for the Asian Educators Alliance (AsEA), which hosts a bi-coastal, annual conference for self-identified Asian-American educators. Prior to UHS, Stan taught at Georgetown Day School (Washington, DC) and at Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, NH). Beginning fall 2019, Stan will be returning to the east coast to teach English at the Horace Mann School.
Christina Li has served as the secondary director at Newport Christian School, a TK-12, co-ed, day school in Newport Beach, CA, since 2017. She has also taught middle and high school math and science. Christina began her career in education as a teacher fellow at KIPP Houston. Christina holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Southern California.
Katrina Mankani wears several hats at Fortes Education, a private K-12 school and nursery education provider in the Middle East. In her role as a director of positive education for Sunmarke and Regent International schools, she works with an incredible team of 200+ educators to create a school environment where students' wellbeing and character development are taken care of and valued as highly as their academic achievement. In her role as managing director of Jumeirah International Nurseries, she leads the team of 120+ early years practitioners who serve 500+ children. Katrina holds a Master of Public Administration from Moscow State University and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Sunderland University, UK.
Marshall McCurties has taught upper school history and coached football and tennis since 2015 at MICDS, a co-ed, K-12, non-sectarian day school in St. Louis, MO. He has developed and taught a wide range of classes, and currently serves as the faculty sponsor for student council, as well as interviews prospective families and tutors in the academic center. He graduated from Principia College in 2015 where he played rugby and was active in student government and campus organizations.
Stacia McFadden currently serves as director of academic technology at The Lovett School in Atlanta, GA, where she has worked since 2011. During her 14 years of working in independent schools, she has served as director of summer programs, co-chaired faculty equity and inclusion (formerly diversity) committees, co-taught middle school mathematics, coached middle school tennis, sponsored student affinity groups, and more. Stacia holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Elizabeth City State University (NC) and a Master of Arts in Computing in Education from Columbia University's Teachers College.
Tony McKinley has been an educator for the past 14 years. His first eight years were spent as an English teacher, head boys varsity basketball coach, dorm parent, admissions representative, and diversity coordinator at Millbrook School, a coeducational 9-12 boarding school in Millbrook, NY. His last six years have been spent as an English teacher, assistant boys varsity basketball coach, and chair of the community multicultural development team at Princeton Day School, a co-educational preK-12 day school located in Princeton, NJ. Tony is very much committed to being a lifelong learner.
Luke Michel has served as middle school division head since 2018 at Pacific Ridge School, a co-ed 7-12 day school in Carlsbad, CA. He has a wife and four kids between the ages of five and 14.
Kathleen Minahan will begin the 2019-2020 school year as the history department chair at The Ethel Walker School, a day and boarding school for girls in grades six through postgraduate in Simsbury, CT. A veteran of boarding schools, she most recently taught history and was the advising program coordinator at Cheshire Academy. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Slavic Languages & Literatures from Indiana University and an Master of Arts in European and Russian Studies from Yale University.
Shrey Nagalia has taught English and the Theory of Knowledge since 2009 at The Doon School, a 6-12, boarding school for boys in Dehradun, India. He currently serves as the assistant housemaster of a boarding house comprising 95 boys, and is also the master in-charge of English theatre. Shrey received his master's degree in English literature from the University of Warwick, UK.
Donald Okpalugo has taught high school history since 2017 at the Dalton School, a co-ed independent school in New York City. Prior to that, he taught history, as well as coached varsity basketball, tennis, and track, at the Thacher School in Ojai, CA. Donald was born and spent most of his childhood in Manchester, England. Donald first came to the United States to study at Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, MA), before heading out west to study political science at Pomona College (Claremont, CA). At Dalton, Donald currently also serves as a faculty advisor to the Men of Color Affinity Group, in addition to helping build out new programs and curriculum for the Dalton Global Initiative.
Rebecca Ostrye has taught upper and middle school math since 2011 at Greenwich Academy, an all-girls school in Greenwich, CT. She serves as a field hockey coach and co-directs a summer enrichment camp for local public school students on free or reduced lunch. Rebecca also taught in Cairo, Egypt at the American International School and at the North Cross School in Roanoke, VA. Rebecca graduated from Washington and Lee University and earned a master's degree in math education from the University of Virginia.
Milyna Phillips has taught JK-5 physical education at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes, a co-ed, JK-12 day school in Alexandria, VA, since 2016. In addition to teaching PE, Milyna is the creator and faculty facilitator for the fourth and fifth grade girls' affinity group and she is responsible for the adoption and integration of a new JK-8 PE curriculum. Milyna holds a bachelor's degree from Curry College in sociology.
Darian Reid has taught Latin and ancient Greek since 2010 at Roxbury Latin, an all boys, 7-12, day school in Boston, MA. In that time, he has also served as head of the eighth grade and has coached various levels of football, basketball, and track. He will assume the role of assistant dean of students come the fall of 2019.
Ian Rumsey is the mathematics department chair at The Packer Collegiate Institute, a preK-12 co-ed day school in Brooklyn. From 2009-2015, he taught math and economics and coached football and track at The Potomac School in McLean, VA. Prior to that he taught history and economics at Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson, CT. Ian is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and Wesleyan University.
Teri Rutledge has served as the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment (DCIA) since 2017 at Villa Academy, a PS-8th grade Catholic independent school in Seattle, WA. As the DCIA, Teri oversees STEAM implementation, faculty development, and a strategic effort to modernize learning spaces in her building. Prior to her current leadership position, Teri spent ten years in the classroom teaching kindergarten, third, and fourth grades at Villa Academy and the French American School of Puget Sound and was selected as a National Geographic Grosvenor Teaching Fellow in 2015. She is particularly passionate about outdoor education, equity, and social justice.
Brian Shepard has worked at Brunswick School, an all-boys PK-12 day school in Greenwich, CT, since 2005. In addition to teaching visual arts classes in the upper school, he is associate director of college placement. Brian coaches ice hockey and tennis, and is director of the school's peer leadership program in coordination with Greenwich Academy. For the past six summers, Brian has served as Director of LINK, a scholarship program at Brunswick providing enrichment to high-performing middle school students from the local area.
Since 2009, Zakaria Sherbiny has served in various teaching and administrative roles in independent schools around the country. Currently, he is the associate head of lower school at the McDonogh School, a preK-12 co-ed school in Baltimore, MD. An early childhood educator at heart, Zakaria's greatest professional interest lies at the intersection of schools and society. Zakaria received his Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Virginia, where he sang in an acapella group.
Ryan Skophammer has taught upper school science since 2013 at Westridge School, a day school for girls, serving grades 4-12 in Pasadena, CA. He previously taught biology at Whittier College and performed postdoctoral research at the University of California, Riverside. In addition to teaching, Ryan is a class dean at Westridge and is one of the coaches of the cross country, JV soccer, and track and field teams. Ryan received a Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Pomona College.
Don Smith has served one year as the assistant director of the middle school at Brentwood School, a K-12 co-ed day school in Los Angeles, CA. He has amassed over 13 years of teaching experience in English and history, as well as music. A native of the city of Pittsburgh, Don Smith is also an accomplished singer/songwriter, and poet.
Jini Rae Sparkman serves as the director of equity and inclusion and an English faculty member at Holderness School, a co-ed, Episcopal, day and boarding 9-12 school in Holderness, NH. She joined her current community as a teacher, coach, and residential faculty member in 2014 from the Plymouth State University English Department and Women's Studies Department. She holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from Plymouth State University.
Jeremy Stubbs has served as dean of students and taught mathematics since 2017 in the Upper School for Boys at Annie Wright Schools, which offer co-ed programs in preschool through grade 8, while separate upper schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in grades 9 through 12. Prior to working at Annie Wright Schools, Jeremy taught high school mathematics for twelve years. Jeremy graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2003 where he studied mathematics and statistics.
Molly Swain has taught at Milton Academy for five years, serving in various roles in the classroom and beyond. She is currently a member of the visual arts faculty, the head varsity girls lacrosse coach, the Class II dean, and serves on the Teaching and Learning Team, Class IV Arts Committee and the Senior Project Committee. Next year she will also serve as a mentor in the Penn Residency Masters in Teaching Program. Milton Academy is a co-ed K-12 day and boarding school in Milton, MA. Molly is a graduate of Boston University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, her Master of Arts in Studio Teaching and played on the DI Lacrosse Team.
David Teller has served as the dean of students this past year at the Stark High School, a co-ed K-12 Jewish private school in Beachwood, OH, where he has focused on student development and growth academically, socially, and emotionally. He has worked at the school for the past four years, teaching psychology, philosophy, and ethics as well as serving as a grade level advisor for 11th and 12th grade. In addition to his Master of Education degree, David recently completed his master's in clinical mental health counseling at John Carroll University.
Patrick Wallace has taught middle school world history, tenth grade global studies, 12th grade economics, and served as global programs leader (11 trips), Model United Nations director, and interim middle school assistant head (2018-19) since 2009 at Chadwick School, a co-ed day school K-12 in Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA. Patrick graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004.
Ralinda Watts has been at The Buckley School, a K-12, a co-ed independent school since 2007, where she currently serves as the director of equity and inclusion and associate director of admission. She spearheaded the creation of the Los Angeles Diversity Directors' Consortium, a networking group that provides support to diversity directors in the region. At Buckley, her work has centered on identity and leadership development including writing curriculum for a ninth-grade seminar course and field trip, social justice symposia, as well as the establishment of student and family affinity groups. An avid traveler, she spent six and a half years living in Japan.
Leslie Whitfield has served as an early childhood literacy and math teacher since 2016 at Greenhill School, a co-ed, day, preK-12 in Dallas, TX. Leslie is a graduate of Columbus School for Girls in Columbus, OH. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wellesley College and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Ohio University. As a U.S. Department of Education FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship) recipient, Leslie studied in Ghana and in India. In addition to being a teacher at Greenhill School, she has taught at The Hockaday School and The Lamplighter School both located in Dallas, TX. Leslie is currently an active member of the literacy, math and early childhood admissions committee at Greenhill School. Leslie has presented at the NAIS People of Color Conference and offered a seminar entitled, "Laying The Foundation for Cross-Cultural Awareness In Early Childhood."
Ruthie Williams has taught since 2007 at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grades and coordinates the middle school advisory program and new teacher mentorship program.