Klingenstein Summer Institute 2016 Cohort

Hallie Balcomb has been teaching mathematics for two years and she has been at the Saint James School, a co-ed day and boarding school in Hagerstown, MD, since 2014. In addition to teaching, she is a dorm parent, advisor and volleyball and tennis coach. Hallie graduated from Bates College in 2014 with a B.S. in mathematics.
  
Andrew Beaule has been teaching Spanish for two years and he has been at St. Sebastian’s School, a boys day school in Needham, MA, since 2014. Andrew also coaches cross country and baseball at St. Sebastian’s School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Union College, where he majored in political science and Spanish and Hispanic studies, and pitched for the baseball team.

Amie Bergersen has taught elementary school for the past five years and she has been at the Gregory School, a co-ed day school in Tucson, AZ, since 2014. Starting next year, she will be teaching middle school science and serve as the director of the Gregory School's Fabrication Lab. Amie has a B.A. in elementary education from the University of Arizona and a M.Ed. in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. 

Kyle Boyd has been teaching history for two years and has been at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (BB&N), a co-ed day school in Cambridge, MA, since 2014.  Prior to working at BB&N, he worked with Teach for America in St. Louis, MO in both the Normandy and St. Louis City School Districts. Kyle is a Dartmouth College 2012 graduate and received his master’s from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. At BB&N, he enjoys coaching ice hockey and lacrosse as well as working with leadership groups for students of color.

Katie-Rose Breslin has been teaching high school English literature for four years. She started her full-time teaching career at Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, NM and has been at the Bentley School, a co-ed day school in Lafayette, CA, since the fall of 2013. She earned a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. from The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She enjoys reading, playing guitar and teaching Shakespeare.

Duncan Briggs has been teaching Latin for three years and he has been at Fairfield Country Day School, an all-boys day school in Fairfield, CT, since 2013. He also coaches soccer, hockey and baseball. He holds a B.A. in classical and medieval studies from Bates College in Lewiston, ME.

Tyler Cabot has been teaching history for three years and has been at the Holderness School, a co-ed boarding school in Holderness, NH, since 2013. Following his graduation from Washington College with a B.A. in history and a minor in anthropology, he moved from Maryland to New Hampshire to join the faculty at Holderness. In addition to teaching, Tyler is the assistant girls’ varsity soccer and boys’ varsity lacrosse coach and head of house in a dormitory. When he is not teaching, his hobbies include hiking, skiing and playing hockey and golf.

Connor Callahan has been teaching geometry and pre-calculus for two years and he has been at West Nottingham Academy, a co-ed day and boarding school in Colora, MD, since 2014. A graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, Connor enjoys writing poetry, running and talking about politics in his spare time.

Jackie Cavallini has been teaching English for two years and has been at The O'Neal School, a co-ed day school in Southern Pines, NC, since 2014. Jackie teaches tenth grade world literature, ninth grade introduction to literature  and she is the yearbook advisor. Jackie is also the chair of the school's athletic culture committee and she is the head coach of both the boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams. Jackie earned her B.A. in journalism and mass communication with a minor in history at the University of Iowa.

Lulu Chen has been teaching fourth grade for four years. She has been at the Kaohsiung American School, a co-ed day school in her hometown of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, since 2014. She has spent most of her life abroad in Singapore, but also lived in the U.S. She completed her degrees in Minnesota and has worked in Massachusetts and Japan. Growing up internationally, she always had a sense of wanderlust. Whenever there is a long weekend or a school holiday, she’s off to a new place. If she doesn’t have time to get out of town, she can be found hiking, reading or eating.

Carolyn Chica has taught middle school science for four years in a variety of educational settings. Currently, she is a middle school science teacher and advisor at The Hewitt School, a K-12 girls school in New York City. She also teaches science for the preparatory component of Prep for Prep. Carolyn graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in health science. Upon graduation, she became an NYC teaching fellow through which she earned her M.A. in teaching science from Brooklyn College. She is interested in collaborative learning techniques, developing inquiry-based science curricula, and teacher-to-teacher mentorship.

Amy Choi
has been teaching world history for two years and has been at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, a co-ed day school, in Atlanta, GA, since 2015. She previously taught English and American literature at Central Christian Academy, a private school in South Korea, for three years. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.A. in political science and received her M.A.T. in secondary social studies from North Carolina State University.

Kellyann Connors has been teaching religious studies for three years and has been at St. Andrew’s School, a co-ed boarding school in Middletown, DE, since 2013. She has received an M.A. in theology from Union Theological Seminary and a B.A. in religion from Denison University. At St. Andrew’s, Kellyann also coaches basketball and soccer and serves as a dorm parent for junior girls. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Liza Cowan has been teaching upper school English at Westminster, a co-ed Christian day school in Atlanta, GA, since 2014. In addition to teaching, Liza coaches squash, oversees student clubs and serves as the girls’ grade chair for the class of 2020. Before moving to the south, Liza completed a B.A. at Harvard College, worked in development at Buckingham Browne & Nichols, and apprenticed in the middle school at Shady Hill. When she’s not in the classroom, she can be found running, sailing, traveling, or resolving to keep a blog, and actually go to yoga!

Jake Davey has been teaching third grade for three years and he has been at the Nashoba Brooks School, a co-ed lower and all-girls middle school in Concord, MA, since 2012. In addition to teaching, Jake coordinates the Summer Bound bridge program and coaches the varsity soccer and squash teams. Prior to teaching at Nashoba Brooks, Jake taught first, second and fourth grade at the Chestnut Hill School in Chestnut Hill, MA. Jake holds a B.S. in communications from Old Dominion University and a M.Ed. in elementary education from Lesley University.

Teresa DiMauro has been teaching biology and chemistry for three years and has been at the Riverdale Country School, a co-ed day school in the Bronx, NY, since 2013.  There, she has worked to develop an inquiry-based biology and chemistry program, as well as implement a mindfulness program on campus. She received her bachelor’s in biochemisty from UC Riverside and doctorate in molecular oncology from NYU.

Sarah Donahue has been teaching first and second grade for five years and has been at the University Child Development School, a co-ed day school in Seattle, WA, since 2011. Prior to UCDS, Sarah ran an overnight summer camp in Massachusetts and taught at a variety of outdoor education schools in California and Washington. She has a B.A. in English and history from Boston University and a M.Ed. in instructional leadership from the University of Washington.
 
David Drabkin has been teaching English for four years and has been at Town School for Boys, a boys day school in San Francisco, CA, since 2012. He studied philosophy at Cornell and is completing his MLA thesis at Stanford. He is an amateur beekeeper and part-time college English instructor at San Quentin State Prison.

Alyssa Dudzik
has been teaching kindergarten and coaching high school field hockey for three years and she has been at North Shore Country Day School, a K-12 co-ed day school in Winnetka, IL, since 2013. Alyssa graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in psychology, and from Bank Street College of Education with a M.S. in special and general education. Prior to teaching at North Shore Country Day, Alyssa worked in clinical social work and served as an assistant teacher at Rye Country Day School in New York. Alyssa enjoys playing sports, traveling, and learning to cook.

Meryl Eisenberg has been teaching for the past three years at Fieldstone Day School, a co-ed elementary school in Toronto, Canada. She has taught first and fourth grade and some third and fifth grade subjects, and she is a certified member of the Ontario College of Teachers. She has continued to further her professional development with additional qualifications in reading, special education and kindergarten. Teaching elementary students has always been Meryl’s dream career choice, and she is passionate and proactive about adopting best practices in education and innovative in the ways she engages her students.

Jen Ferreira has been teaching lower school children for six years. She has been a head teacher and diversity coordinator at Friends Academy, a co-ed day school in Locust Valley, NY, since 2013. For the 2016-2017 school year, Jen is excited to start a new chapter in her career as a second grade teacher at the Renbrook School in West Hartford, CT. Outside the responsibilities of a normal school day, Jen enjoys watching movies, baking, reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, dancing her way through Zumba, participating in zombie runs and debating who she thinks will take the Iron Throne.

Amy Francisco has been teaching 5th-8th grade English for four years and she has been at the Saint Thomas Choir School, an all-boys boarding school in New York, NY, since 2012. She graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in literary studies and she is currently pursuing her M.A. in English and comparative literature at Columbia University, focusing in 19th century American literature. In addition to her responsibilities in the classroom, Amy develops the school’s English curriculum, serves as a dorm advisor, works as the school librarian, assists with high school placement and coaches lower school soccer and track.

Reid Fritz has been teaching integrated science for two years and has been at the Christchurch School, a co-ed boarding school in Christchurch, VA, since 2014. Before Christchurch School, he taught biology and U.S. government at Sherborne School, a boys boarding school in Sherborne, UK. Reid graduated from Princeton University in 2010 with a major in ecology and evolutionary biology and a minor in teacher preparation before moving to Xinjiang, China to teach at Shihezi University.

Michelle Fuentes has been teaching humanities for two years and has been at Culver Academies, a co-ed boarding school in Culver, IN, since 2014. Michelle arrived at Culver Academies after finishing her Ph.D. in political theory at The University of Alabama. She enjoys riding her horse, Yvette, jogging with her dog, Mrs. Mosby, and visiting her family at home in California.

Ghassan Gammoh has been teaching AP capstone seminar, AP art history and 9th grade world history for two years and he has been at King’s Academy, a co-ed boarding school in Madaba-Manja, Jordan, since 2014. He implements the College Board’s QUEST framework, the Harkness discussion method and inquiry-based learning in all of his classes. He received his bachelor of arts in history and a French language citation from Harvard University in May 2014. He enjoys singing, running, dancing, traveling, listening to R&B/pop music, watching "The Voice,” trying out new restaurants, going to Broadway shows and visiting museums and ancient ruins.

Megan Grant has been teaching fourth grade for three years and has been at St. Anne’s-Belfield School, a co-ed day and boarding school in Charlottesville, VA since 2013. She graduated from Denison University in 2009 with a B.A. in English and communication. She graduated from The University of Virginia in 2013 with a M.Ed. in reading education. In addition to teaching, she coaches JV swimming and Girls on the Run. She also works part-time for Girls on the Run as the Charlottesville 5K coordinator.

Heba Hathout has been teaching pre-calculus and pre-algebra for five years and she has been at Flintridge Preparatory School, a co-ed day school, in Los Angeles, CA, since 2015. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.A. from Harvard. She was a junior Olympic rower and rowed crew throughout high school and college. She enjoys hiking and her two dogs, Darcy and Fiona.

Aletha Haynes has been teaching grade one for three years and she has been at The Spence School, a girls day school in New York, NY, since 2012. She has a graduate degree in philosophy and education from Teachers College, Columbia University and studied at CUNY Hunter College for her undergraduate degree. When Aletha is not in the classroom, she enjoys spinning, yoga and cooking. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Andrew, and taking long walks with their miniature pinscher, Oscar. 

Jesús Hernandez Cobo
has been teaching Spanish for two years at Cheshire Academy, a co-ed 8-12 & PG boarding school in Cheshire, CT, where he has been since 2014. He is also a dorm parent and an instructor at the school's ropes challenge course. Before working at Cheshire Academy, Jesús worked as a teaching assistant and lecturer at the University of Connecticut where he received his master's degree in literatures, cultures and languages. He also holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in translation and interpretation from the University of Granada in Spain.

Elysia Jellema has been teaching math and science for four years and she has been at Greenwood College School, a co-ed day school in Toronto, Canada, since 2012. Elysia graduated from McMaster University with a bachelor’s in chemical and bioengineering. At McMaster, Elysia was the director of Venture, a science & engineering outreach program. In the summer, Elysia works as an outdoor education teacher at the Gould Lake Outdoor Centre. At Greenwood, Elysia coaches snowboarding and Ultimate Frisbee, leads the rock climbing club, and is a lead outdoor education teacher. Elysia enjoys rock climbing, camping, canoeing, hiking, Ultimate Frisbee and snowboarding.

Melvin Jones has been a head kindergarten and first grade teacher for two years and he has been at the Academy for Precision Learning School, an independent inclusion school in Seattle, WA, since 2011. Melvin earned his associate’s degree from North Idaho College and graduated from Portland State University with a B.A. in social sciences. He played college basketball for Portland State and played semi-pro basketball before teaching. Melvin is a registered behavior technician and spends time working with students on the autism spectrum. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, working on his new home and spending time with family and friends.

Masake Kane has been teaching mathematics at the Senegalese-American Bilingual School, an independent prek-12 day school in Dakar, Senegal since 2013. She teaches grades 7 through 12, depending on what she is assigned. She and other colleagues have also started a math circle at the school. Masake is completing her M.A.T in mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is an alumna of Howard University, in Washington, D.C. She also participated in the PROMYS program in number theory at Boston University. She enjoys listening to film scores, reading and traveling. 

Adrian Khactu has been teaching English at Phillips Academy, a co-ed day and boarding high school in Andover, MA, since 2014. He also works as a house counselor, academic advisor, Ultimate Frisbee coach and program coordinator for the Office of Community and Multicultural Development. He holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Stanford University and an M.A. in literature and creative writing from Temple University.

Jackson Kuong has been teaching middle school mathematics for four years and he has been at the Woodland School, a co-ed day school in Portola Valley, CA, since 2012. His first experience in a classroom, where he met five elementary students with different learning styles, was working as a teacher assistant in a public school in Oakland. There were days full of singing and dancing and there were days occupied with crying and frustration. Memories were created and connections were built. His passion in teaching grew day after day. After a year, Jackson was inspired to become a teacher.

Dorothy Lee has been teaching physics for five years and she has been at the Windward School, a co-ed day school in Los Angeles, CA, since 2015. Before joining Windward as a science teacher and as the Director of the CREATE Studio, Dorothy taught in New York City, where she also received her B.A. in physics from NYU and M.A. in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dorothy is helping to usher in a new wave of design and maker culture at Windward, promoting experiential learning and the marriage of content with "21st-century skills.” She enjoys rock climbing and desserts.

Alexa Lopez has been teaching Spanish for three years and she has been at the Berkeley Carroll School, a co-ed independent day school in Brooklyn, NY, since 2015. Prior to working there, she worked at Millbrook School, a boarding school in upstate New York. Alexa received her M.A. in bilingual/bicultural education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2015.

Lisa Mays has been teaching Latin for five years and has been at Elgin Academy, a co-ed day school in Elgin, IL, since 2011. She earned her B.A. in anthropology, classical humanities, and classical languages at Miami University and her M.A. in classical and near eastern archaeology from Bryn Mawr College. She serves as a state chair of the Illinois Junior Classical League, coaches soccer, advises the upper school student council and acts as tech supervisor of the middle school musical at EA. In the summers, she serves as an assistant supervisor at the Agora Excavations in Athens, Greece.

Buck McKenna has been teaching fifth grade for two years and he has been at Colorado Academy, a co-ed day school in Denver, CO, since 2014. Buck has been on both the language arts and math curriculum committee. He has also coached soccer, basketball and lacrosse in the high school for the past two years. During his time at Colorado Academy, he has worked with the high school on panels discussing college preparedness and language used in athletics. Buck graduated from Colorado College with a B.A in religion and a minor in education.

Krystle Merchant has been teaching history for six years, including two years as a part-time teacher. She has been at Miss Porter’s School, an all-girls boarding and day high school in Farmington, CT, since the fall of 2015. Krystle previously worked at another all-girls high school in the Washington, DC area before completing her M.A. in education and society with a concentration on women’s and gender studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

Maggie Molter has been teaching math for two years and she has been at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, a co-ed day and boarding school in Faribault, MN, since 2014. In addition to teaching, she serves as a live-in dorm parent and coaches the girls’ basketball team. Maggie graduated with a degree in physics and music from Macalester College, where she also played on the soccer team. Outside of the school day, you might find her going for a bike ride, cooking up a feast with some friends, or planning her next backpacking trip.

Terence Mooney has been teaching upper school English and history classes for four years and he has been at the Savannah Country Day School, a co-ed day school in Savannah, GA, since 2012.  Next fall, he will be teaching English at Belmont Hill School in Belmont, MA. He received his A.B. in English and American studies from Kenyon College, and has completed two summers toward his master’s degree at the Bread Loaf School of English.

Tegan Morton has been teaching science for four years and has been at the Hewitt School, a girls day school in New York, NY since 2012. Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Tegan has been teaching and living in New York City for four years after four years in the greater Boston area and four years in rural Virginia. When not teaching, Tegan spends her time hiking, practicing yoga and planning future travels. 

Jonathan Page has been teaching elementary education for two years and he has been at New Hope Christian Academy, an urban, co-ed, PK3–6 day school in Memphis, TN, since 2015. Jonathan holds a master of urban education from Union University, as well as a bachelor of science in computer science and a bachelor of arts in business administration from the University of Arizona. Previously Jonathan spent five years in software consulting and product management within the financial services industry. A native of Arizona, Jonathan finds joy in problem solving, enjoys being outdoors and traveling.

Victoria Pang has been teaching social studies and American history for two years and she has been at the Wellington School, a co-ed day school in Columbus, OH, since 2015. She graduated from Brown University with an M.A. in teaching. She holds a B.A. in political science and educational studies from Swarthmore College.Her goal as an educator is to create spaces where students can critically study history in order to shed light on contemporary social and economic issues. She is currently excited about creating an eighth grade constitutional law seminar for next school year. Her interests include social entrepreneurship, activism and improving her Korean.

Narae Park is currently in her fifth year of teaching at Harvard-Westlake School, a co-ed day school in Los Angeles, CA.  She is primarily a chemistry teacher, but she recently started to teach physics as well.  Narae holds a B.S. in chemistry from University of California, San Diego, and an M.S. in chemistry from California Institute of Technology.

Katharine Piller has been teaching Latin for two years and she has been at Laguna Blanca School, a co-ed day school in Santa Barbara, CA, since 2013. She has a B.A. in classics from the University of Kansas, as well as a M.A. and Ph.D. in classics from UCLA. Her hobbies include running, knitting and video games.

Sara Plunkett has been teaching Latin for three years and she has been at the Landon School, a boys day school in Bethesda, MD, since September 2015. In addition to teaching middle school Latin, she coaches soccer and ice hockey. From 2012-2014, Sara taught at the Polytechnic School, a co-ed day school in Pasadena, CA. Sara graduated from Williams College in 2010 with a B.A. in religion and classics and completed her M.A. in sport administration at Canisius College in 2015.

Abby Reed has been teaching high school English for three years and she has been at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School, an all-girls day and boarding school in Greenfield, MA, since 2015. Outside of the classroom, she coaches JV soccer and tennis and is a 9th/10th grade dorm parent. Prior to working at SBS, Abby spent two years teaching middle and high school English at an international school in Singapore. She holds an M.Phil. in medieval literature from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in English from Middlebury College. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, reading and the outdoors. 

Derek Reinhold
has been teaching fourth grade for two years and has been at Harding Academy, a coed day school in Nashville, TN, since 2014. Derek has a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from Vanderbilt University. He enjoys running, hiking, cooking, watching great films and traveling to new places around the country and world.
Tyler Ritchie has been teaching history for four years and he has been at University School of Milwaukee, a co-ed day school in WI, since 2012. He has a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and an M.A. in history from Brandeis University. He is particularly interested in sports, politics and movies. 

Erica Roth has been teaching pre-school through fourth grade Spanish for three years and has been at the St. Anne’s-Belfield School, a co-ed day and boarding school in Charlottesville, VA since 2013. She received her B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles in Spanish literary and cultural studies and her M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in bilingual bicultural education. Erica loves to travel and has lived in Costa Rica, Argentina, the Dominican Republic and Spain. She is also a Girls on the Run coach and will be moving on as a dorm parent this coming fall. 

Sam Sareen
has been teaching mathematics for four years and he has been at Bali Island School, a co-ed day school in Indonesia, since 2015. He loves learning new things and he is currently studying history of art with the Open University. He grew up in Belgium for eight years and avoids mentioning it was mostly in Waterloo, as he has a deep-seated hatred of Abba. He qualified as a teacher in London and worked in Mexico for two years. He typically struggles to think of informative things to include in biographies but he finds typing out 100 words surprisingly therapeutic.

Selassie Sayon has been teaching history for two years and has been at The Mandell School, a co-ed independent day school in New York, NY, since 2014. Born in the Bronx to a Ghanaian family, Selassie holds a B.A. in politics from Mount Holyoke College.

Jacob Sheetz-Willard has been teaching American history for two years and he has been at the High Mountain Institute, a co-ed semester school in Leadville, CO, since 2014. A graduate of Hamilton College, he spends most of his time outside of the classroom in the nearby Sawatch Mountains on his mountain bike or skis. He has no pets but once lived out of a van named “Angus.”

Raquel Sherman has been teaching science for three years and she has been at the Kent Denver School (KDS), a co-ed day school in Denver, CO, since 2015. She taught physical science in a public high school for two years and she now teaches chemistry and psychology. Raquel grew up in Merrick, NY and attended the University of Michigan where she majored in chemistry and minored in psychology. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she spent a year in Montana before making her way to Denver. Raquel (like a stereotypical Coloradan) enjoys being outside, doing yoga, hiking, skiing and getting entrenched in a good book.

Geoff Silver has been teaching English for three years and he has been at the Loomis Chaffee School, a co-ed boarding and day school in Windsor, CT, since 2014. In addition to teaching, Geoff coaches varsity football and girls’ varsity tennis and lives in an upperclassmen boys dorm. A graduate of the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA, Geoff earned a B.A. in English from Duke University in 2011 and has completed graduate coursework towards a master of liberal arts at Stanford University. Geoff is an avid traveler and can often be found proudly cheering on his Boston sports teams.

Rabihah Simmons has been teaching grade three in the IB PYP for three years and she has been at Gyeonggi Suwon International School, a co-ed day school in Suwon, South Korea, since 2013. Before joining GSIS, Rabihah spent a year working in the West Des Moines, IA schools. She has a bachelor of science in education: elementary education from Drake University, with endorsements in K-8 reading and special education. She enjoys art, reading, rock-climbing and learning about other cultures through traveling.

Jini Rae Sparkman has been teaching English and humanities for five years and she has been at the Holderness School, a co-ed, day and boarding school in Holderness, NH, since 2014. She previously taught at Plymouth State University in the English Department. She holds a B.A. in English literature and film and a M.Ed. in teaching of writing, educational leadership and language in education.

Julie Spector-Sprague
has been teaching physics for four years at the Bentley Upper School, a co-ed day school in Lafayette, CA, since 2012. She is also the co-head coach for the underwater robotics team and the adviser for the Shalom Squad (the Jewish culture club). She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in chemistry from Brown University and Stanford University, respectively. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, dead languages, hiking with her dog, and cooking.

Ngan Ta has been teaching Chinese for three years and has been at the 'Iolani School, a co-ed day school in Honolulu, HI, since 2015. She also teaches psychology and serves as a class advisor, planning social events for the middle school. Before coming to 'Iolani School, Ngan taught at Kent Denver School in Denver, CO from 2013-2015. She earned her B.A. in Chinese and Asian studies at California State University, Long Beach and her M.A. in teaching Chinese as a second language at National Taiwan Normal University. Ngan's hobbies include traveling, learning languages, practicing martial arts, running and reading.

Cherry Rose Tan has been teaching mathematics for three years and she has been at The Study Academy, a co-ed day school in Toronto, Canada, since 2015. She has previously taught at The Bishop Strachan School and Crestwood School, where she first specialized in mathematics. Cherry Rose holds a H.BSc. in psychology and an M.A. in child study and education from the University of Toronto. During her time there, she published research with the Institute for Knowledge Innovation and Technology. Cherry Rose is active in Toronto’s startup scene, having co-founded two startups in education x design.
Alicia Taylor has been teaching chemistry for five years and she has been at the Branson School, a co-ed day school in Ross, CA, since 2014. Alicia went to college in Maine and enjoys running, playing tennis and cooking.

Matt Tilford has been teaching social studies and language arts for three years and he has been at the Ayeyarwaddy International School (AIS), a co-ed day school in Mandalay, Myanmar, since 2014. Previously, he worked at an international school in Anaco, Venezuela. Matt has taught multiple courses and grade levels, but his favorite classes have been grade eight world geography and grade ten modern world history. He is also the co-advisor of the AIS Student Council and active in various school committees. He holds a B.A. in history from Bucknell University and an M.U.Ed. from Union University.

Graham Toben has been teaching middle school English for three years and has been at the Castilleja School, a girls day school in Palo Alto since 2014. He graduated from Whitman College with a B.A in English and from Stanford University with an M.A in secondary education – teaching of English. On the weekends, when he’s not planning lessons, he is an avid disc golf player and road tripper.

Zachary VanKirk has been teaching upper school physics and math for three years and he has been at the Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, a co-ed day school in Baton Rouge, LA, since 2014. He has a B.A. in physics and political science from SUNY Geneseo, and an M.S. in ocean engineering from the University of Delaware.

Anisha Vinod has been teaching astronomy and math for two years and has been at the Taipei American School, a day school in Taipei, Taiwan, since 2015. Anisha received her bachelor’s in astronomy from Boston University and enjoys bringing the subject to life in a high school classroom. She also enjoys travelling and learning about the diversity of lifestyles around the world, especially when the experience involves food!

Sonja Vitow has been teaching French for three years, Spanish for two years and creative writing for one year. She has been at Meridian Academy, a co-ed day school in Boston, MA, since 2013. In addition to teaching classes, she co-chairs the MAPS program (Mentorship and Peer Support), oversees the literary magazine and serves as eighth grade advisor. She received her B.A. from George Washington University in 2009, and her M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College in 2013.

Karla Vogt has been teaching mathematics for five years and has been at the The Webb School, a co-ed, day and boarding school in Bell Buckle, TN, since Fall 2011. She completed her B.A. in mathematics at Mercyhurst College and her M.Ed. in teaching and learning at the Peabody College of Education & Human Development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She currently teaches AP statistics and precalculus. Additionally, she is the head coach of the girls and the varsity boys soccer teams, and a dorm head parent. She has two dogs and loves to play ultimate Frisbee.

Ash Warner has been teaching fourth grade for four years and has been at Vail Mountain School, a co-ed K-12 day school, since 2013. She holds a B.A. in environmental studies from Oberlin College and an M.S. in natural science education from Teton Science Schools’ graduate program and University of Wyoming. Prior to discovering her passion for fourth grade, Ash taught middle and high school science at The Winter Term in Switzerland, and High Mountain Institute in Colorado. When not immersed in school-related responsibilities, Ash can be found trail running, skiing, reading and creating art.

Janay Washington has been teaching multi-subjects for three years and she has been at the International Community School of Abidjan, a co-ed day school in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, since August 2016. Before joining ICSA, Janay worked for two years in Portsmouth Public Schools in Portsmouth, VA. She has a B.A. in political science from Hampton University and a master’s of elementary education from Tennessee State University. She is the lead teacher for grades three to five, and the social studies chair for the lower school at ICSA. She enjoys reading and learning about the various cultures of her students.

Hunter Wight has been teaching Latin for four years and has been at Culver Academies, a co-ed day and boarding school in Culver, IN, since 2015. Outside of the classroom, he serves as an assistant boys and girls tennis coach, varsity quiz bowl coach   and academic advisor. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor of arts in classics.

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