Klingenstein Summer Institute 2017 Cohort

Kate André has been teaching World Religions and Philosophy & Ethics for two years and has been at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, an independent Catholic girls day school in New York City, since 2015. An Ohio and Colorado native, Kate studied music and drama at UNC-Chapel Hill and religion at Yale Divinity School. 

Allison Armstrong has been teaching sixth grade for two years and has been at the Laguna Blanca School, a co-ed, day school in Santa Barbara since 2014. She graduated from Whitman College in 2010 with a degree in history and an interest in museum education. She then worked for the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a guest ambassador and supervisor for three years. She attended UCSB's Teacher Education Program in Santa Barbara in 2013, and began work with Laguna Blanca as an instructional assistant the following year. 

Savannah Barker has been teaching kindergarten and first grade for one year and has been at the Linden School, a girls day school in Toronto, Ontario since 2016. She previously taught at Royal St. George's College, a boys day school also in Toronto. Savannah completed a Bachelor of Science degree, specializing in Psychology, at the Western University, and then obtained a Master of Arts in Child Study and Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. 

Sam Baroody has been teaching Latin at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, a co-ed day school in Atlanta, Georgia, since 2014.  Sam graduated from Davidson College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics, and from the University of Georgia in 2014 with a Master of Arts in Latin.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Sam is the assistant varsity cross country coach, the varsity tennis coach, and serves as Mount Vernon's international coordinator.  

Conrad Bauer has been teaching Mandarin for two years and history for one year in the upper school at Taipei American School, a co-ed, PreK-12 day school in Taipei, Taiwan. His wife, Pana, teaches technology in the lower school. Conrad grew up in New York and studied Chinese language, history, and literature as an undergraduate at Columbia and as a master's student at UMass. He is currently pursuing a teaching certification through The College of New Jersey. 

Katja Behrend has been teaching middle school math for four years and has been at The Barnesville School of Arts and Sciences, a co-ed day school in Barnesville, Maryland since 2013. She loves the energy level of middle-schoolers and how every day is different from the one before with them. 

Tatum Bell has been teaching English at Virginia Episcopal School, a co-ed boarding and day school in Lynchburg, Virginia, since 2013. In addition to teaching, she coaches lacrosse and field hockey, serves as a head dorm parent, and leads diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Tatum earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Yale University.

Kurt Bennett has been teaching at Peddie School for the past five years. Peddie is a co-ed, combination day/boarding school in Highstown, New Jersey. Kurt currently teaches junior and senior English, but in the past has also taught freshman humanities and junior US History. Kurt coaches basketball and baseball, is a dorm supervisor, and oversees Peddie's Writing Center and Summer Signature Experience. Originally from California, Kurt attended Amherst College and spent one year as an intern at the Culver Academies in Indiana before beginning at Peddie.

Dante Benson has been teaching history for one year and has been at the Taipei American School, a co-ed day school in Taipei, Taiwan since 2016. In addition to teaching history, Dante has taught middle and high school mathematics for three years at various schools in the United States and Taiwan. In 2010, after graduating from Pomona College with a degree in Asian Studies, he traveled to Taiwan as a Fulbright Scholar. He returned to Taiwan as a Princeton in Asia scholar, where he has lived since 2013. 

Andrew Bevan has been teaching fourth grade for three years and has been at the Collegiate School, a boys day school in New York City since 2016.  Prior to Collegiate he taught at the Town School in New York City for two years.  He spent three years as an assistant teacher at the Collegiate School while completing a master's degree in education at Bank Street College of Education.

Claire Birkhauser has been teaching for four years and has been at the North Shore Country Day School, a co-ed day school in Winnetka, Illinois since 2015. Claire received her bachelor's degree in psychology and history from Vanderbilt University and master's in education from Northwestern University. She is also certified in SLANT, a multi-sensory reading intervention program. Prior to teaching at North Shore Country Day School, she taught first grade for two years at St. Vincent Ferrer.

Rakiya Brown has been teaching kindergarten for four years and has been at the Gilman School, a K-12 boys day school in Baltimore, Maryland since 2012. Rakiya has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Bowdoin College and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University. 

Sarah Bryan has been teaching mathematics for two years and has been at The Montgomery Academy, a co-ed day school in Montgomery, Alabama since 2016. Sarah graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in education. Sarah spent her first year teaching in the Montgomery Public School System, but returned to her alma mater of Montgomery Academy ('11) in 2016. Sarah has taught fourth grade math, eighth grade Algebra 1, and eighth grade Geometry. She will transition to sixth grade math for the 2017-2018 school year.

Sarita Burns has been teaching middle school mathematics for five years and has been at St. Luke's Episcopal School, a co-ed day school in San Antonio, TX since 2014. In addition to teaching a variety of classes and grade levels in the middle school, she has been a volleyball coach, track coach, advisor, and tutor. She earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies with a math/science emphasis at Texas A&M University.

Filipe Camarotti
has been teaching math and physics for three years and has been at St. George's School, a co-ed boarding school in Middletown, Rhode Island since 2014. Filipe will begin working at Choate Rosemary Hall, a coeducational boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut, in the fall of 2017. Majoring in math and physics and minoring in music, Filipe graduated Bowdoin College in 2014. 

Ben Charpentier has been teaching elementary school for four years and has been at NIST International School, a co-ed day school in Bangkok, Thailand since 2016. Graduating from the University of Cumbria, England, he then went on to complete his Canadian Education degree from Acadia University. Upon completion he then traveled to Thailand to take up his first teaching position at a small international school for three years before moving onto a bigger international school this last year. 

Eric Cowell has been teaching earth science and integrated science for the past two years at Calvert School, a co-ed independent school in Baltimore, Maryland. Eric received his degree in environmental studies from UC Santa Cruz and is a native of the San Francisco Bay area. Before moving to Baltimore, Eric was a resident teacher in the New Teacher Institute at the Town School for Boys in San Francisco, and also taught outdoor education in several places across the country. 

Kathryn Danner has been teaching second grade for five years and has been at the Bi-Cultural Day School, a co-ed Jewish day school in Stamford, Connecticut since 2012. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, her teaching certification, and a Master of Education from Sacred Heart University. 

Aly Dowey has been teaching chemistry for two years and has been at Blair Academy, a co-ed boarding school in Blairstown, New Jersey since 2015. Aly is also the head varsity girls lacrosse coach in the spring and assistant varsity girls field hockey coach in the fall. On campus she lives in a freshmen boys dorm. Aly graduated from Bates College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. 

Rebecca Drage has been teaching Kindergarten for four years and has been at the High Meadows School, a co-ed day school in Roswell, Georgia since 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia and earned a Master of Education from the University of West Georgia. S

Since 2015, Andrea Dunchus has been teaching world history, world religion and coaching the girls crew team at the Berkshire School, a co-ed boarding school for grades 9-12 located in Sheffield, Massachusetts.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with a focus in Middle Eastern Studies from Williams College where she also competed on the crew team, having graduated the same year her career at Berkshire began. She deeply enjoys class discussion and, probably more surprisingly, dorm duty. 

Spencer Duran has been teaching Spanish for two years and has been at St. Francis Episcopal School, a co-ed day school in Houston, Texas since 2015. Spencer received his bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University, where he majored in Spanish and environmental studies. In addition to teaching, Spencer coaches volleyball, soccer, and baseball at St. Francis. 

Alex Eng has been teaching math for two years and has been at The Hudson School, a co-ed day school in Hoboken, New Jersey since 2015.  He graduated from Shippensburg University in 2014 and spent time as a general manager of a restaurant in the West Village in Manhattan. He is a middle school and high school teacher and was recently a part of an NJAIS visiting accreditation team.

Lauren Faralli has been teaching Latin for three years and she has been at the Haverford School, a boys day school in Haverford, PA, since 2014. She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Greek and Roman Classics and English. 

Caleb Florence has been teaching math and economics for three years.  He taught at Vermont Academy, a co-ed boarding school in southern Vermont, for two years and now teaches at the Island School, a co-ed semester school in The Bahamas on southern Eleuthera. In addition to his teaching duties, Caleb is an academic advisor, coach, dorm parent, and expedition leader.

Nathan Ginnetty has been teaching English for five years, first at Covenant Preparatory School, a tuition-free, all boys day school in Hartford, Connecticut and then at the Benjamin School, a co-ed day school in North Palm Beach, Florida since 2016. He graduated cum laude from Hobart College in 2012.  In addition to teaching, Nathan writes songs and plays music professionally. 

Kristy Glasheen has been a Spanish teacher, dorm parent, and coach at Kents Hill School, a co-ed college-preparatory boarding school in Kents Hill, Maine since 2015. Previously, she taught elementary Spanish as a Teaching Fellow at Pine Cobble School, a co-ed day school for children in preschool through ninth grade. Kristy received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Colby College in 2014 and is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Spanish at Middlebury College. 

Michael Gold has been teaching math for three years and has been at the Hopkins School, a co-ed day school in New Haven, Connecticut since 2014. He earned his bachelor's degree from Williams College, where he majored in math and chemistry. 

Shanna Gonzales has been teaching second grade for one year at The John Cooper School, a co-ed school in The Woodlands, Texas. She has experience teaching in public, private, charter, one-on-one and homeschool settings. She graduated cum laude from California State University Northridge in 2005. 

Jordan Graham has been teaching history for two years and has been at the Holderness School, a co-ed day and boarding school in Plymouth, New Hampshire since 2015.  At Holderness, Jordan has taught a number of different courses in history, coaches football and baseball, and works in a dormitory.  Before coming to Holderness, he completed his Master of Arts in History at the University of Montana, focusing on modern American history.

Xenia Hammer
has been teaching mathematics and economics since 2013 at Castilleja School, an independent day school for girls, grades six through twelve, located in Palo Alto, California.  Previously she worked for 15 years in the computer industry in software development, marketing and strategy.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Yale and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford.

Emily Hart has been teaching biology and environmental science for three years, and has been at Gann Academy, a co-ed pluralistic Jewish day school in Waltham, Massachusetts since 2014. Emily holds a biology degree from Smith College and a Master of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where her thesis research centered on aquaponics as a STEM teaching tool.

Ned Heckman has been teaching biology for four years at St. Paul Academy, a co-ed day school in St. Paul, Minnesota. He started in 2013 after graduating from Carleton College that same year. He recently completed his Master of Science in Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. He lives in St. Paul with his fiancé Ryan and two cats: Mochi and Mousse. He originally hails from Westchester County, New York.

Jozeph Herceg has been teaching English for three years and has been at Xavier High School, a boys' day school in New York City, since 2014.

Jenny Howell has been teaching science for three years and has been at the University of Toronto Schools, co-ed day school in Toronto, Canada since 2014. She graduated with a Master of Science in Organic Chemistry from the University of Toronto in 2012, and is a co-author of six peer-reviewed research papers. At UTS, Jenny coaches seventh and eighth grade students for the "Let's Talk Science Challenge" and writes questions for the Canadian Chemistry Competition.

James Hubbard has been teaching fourth grade for one year and has been at Shore Country Day School, a co-ed day school in Beverly, Massachusetts since 2016.  Before arriving at Shore, he taught fifth grade homeroom and humanities for three years at Saint David's School in New York. James graduated from Colby College in 2012, majoring in history.  

Luke Ivey has been teaching history for five years and has been at the Charlotte Latin School, a co-ed day school in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2014. He previously lived and taught for two years at Darlington School, a co-ed day/boarding school in Rome, Georgia. His responsibilities outside of the classroom include leading the upper school Model United Nations Club, coaching middle school boys lacrosse and the middle school football team. Luke graduated in 2012 from Kenyon College with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in classics. 

Natasha Blitz Jones has been teaching interdisciplinary high school classes focused on developing critical thinking, creativity, empathy, and self-awareness for five years.  She has been at the Maharishi School, a co-ed day and boarding school in Fairfield, Iowa since 2012 where she is also director of their project-based learning program.  She studied art and philosophy at Colorado College and has been taking graduate courses in business and education.

Aaron Jones has been teaching upper school humanities for four years and has been at Trinity School, a classical co-ed day school in Durham, North Carolina, since 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Humanities from Milligan College and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. His current courses cover a wide range of topics, and include Western Civ and Shakespeare and Rhetoric and Theology. 

Laura Jordan has been teaching third grade for three years and has been at The Lovett School, a co-ed K-12 independent school in Atlanta, Georgia since 2012. Before becoming a lead teacher she was a co-teacher in second grade for two years. She completed her undergrad degree in elementary education from the College of Charleston and graduated in 2012. While working as a co-teacher she received her master's in elementary education from Kennesaw State University. 

Alex Kerensky has been teaching English and earth science for two years and has been at River Oaks Baptist School, a co-ed day school in Houston, Texas since 2015.  She will continue to teach English full time next year.  She attended Ohio Wesleyan University and obtained a degree in English and education.

Anna Lawrence has been teaching mathematics and computer science for three years and has been at the Asheville School, a coed day and boarding school in Asheville, North Carolina since 2014. Anna earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from North Carolina State University and her Master of Divinity from Duke University. 

Christina Li has been teaching in lower elementary for five years and has been at Newport Christian School, a co-ed day school in Newport Beach, California since 2013. Christina is a proud USC Trojan and loves making math and reading centers for her students

Paulina Lopez Gonzalez has been teaching English as a second language for four years and a half years and has been at Instituto Quetzalcóatl, a co-ed day school in León, Guanajuato, México since 2011. Having originally pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, she found her passion in teaching. Paulina obtained a Master of Arts in International Educational Management from the University of Leeds in 2016. 

Rachel Martin
has been an English-language elementary teacher for four years and has been at the French Immersion School of Washington, a co-ed day school in Bellevue, Washington since 2013. She is passionate about teaching across a communication gap. Rather than seeing a dual-language / two-teacher classroom as a division, Rachel sees it as an opportunity. She presented about co-teaching at an AEFE conference in 2016, and has been invited to teach an online class for teachers who are interested in starting to co-teach. Rachel holds a Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education, a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, and a TESOL Certificate.

Stephanie Martino has been teaching English for 5 years and has been at Greenwood College School, a co-ed day school in Toronto, Ontario, since 2012.  Her classes consist of grades 10-12 English, as well as the grade 12 AP course. Stephanie attended the University of Toronto for both her BEd and MA, and the University of Ottawa for her BA.  At Greenwood, she also coaches soccer and volleyball, and produces the school newspaper.

Philip McCarthy has been teaching world history at All Saints Episcopal School, a co-ed day school in Tyler, Texas since 2014. Before working at All Saints, Philip earned his undergraduate degree at Arcadia University located in suburban Philadelphia. While earning his history degree, Philip also spent time studying British History at the University College of London. 

Marshall McCurties has taught history for two years and has been at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, a co-ed, day school in St. Louis, Missouri since 2016. He coaches varsity football, JV tennis, tutors, and does diversity work. He graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois in 2015 with degrees in history and educational studies. He played rugby in college, joined the on-campus fire brigade, and traveled abroad to Tibet, Trinidad, and Switzerland. 

Rick McKnight has been teaching Spanish for three years and has been at the Albuquerque Academy, a co-ed day school in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 2014.

Scott Mulloy has been teaching history for two years at the Calvert School, a co-ed day school in Baltimore, Maryland since 2015. He also coaches soccer, basketball and tennis at Calvert. Previously, he was a teaching apprentice for one year at The Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts. In his free time, he enjoys playing various sports, attending concerts and spending time with friends. Scott received his bachelor's degree in history from Boston College.

Marcus Murphy has been teaching Mandarin Chinese at the McCallie School for five years. McCallie is an all-boys day and boarding school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He originally studied Chinese at Sewanee: University of the South, before moving to Qingdao, China to work and eventually get a master's degree in teaching Chinese as a second language at Qingdao University. In addition to being the director of international students, he is also heavily involved with McCallie's outdoor program.

Alison O'Brien has been teaching English for three years and has been at Vermont Academy, a co-ed day and boarding school in Saxtons River, Vermont since 2014. Alison graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts in English and student-taught adult ELL's for three of her undergraduate years. This inspired an interest in the exchange of languages and cultures of immigrants, refugees, exchange students, and all language learners in the American classroom setting.

Christine Park has been teaching fourth grade for four years and has been at the Town School for Boys, an independent boys school in San Francisco, California, since 2012. She attended Boston University and has been clearing her teaching credential this year. Christine has a strong interest in math differentiation as well as in using books and literature circles to think deeply about perspective and bias. 

Lindsay Peterson has been teaching history for four years and has been at Millbrook School, a co-ed boarding school in Millbrook, New York since 2013. She teaches U.S. History and Modern World History and will be teaching a new senior elective next year called Immigration and Migration. In addition to teaching history, Lindsay is also a dorm head and coaches varsity soccer and softball at Millbrook. Lindsay graduated from Colby College in 2013 where she double majored in history and government and earned her professional certification in teaching.

Louise Place has been teaching English/humanities for four years and has been at the Chestnut Hill School, a co-ed day school in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts since 2011 (with a year of graduate school in between). In addition to classroom teaching, she coaches Girls on the Run and co-leads a cappella and Zumbalates. She graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and English (minor: Spanish) and from Stanford University with a master's degree in secondary education, teaching of English. 

Kurt Prescott has been teaching religious studies and philosophy for three years and has been at Phillips Academy, a co-ed day and boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts since 2016. He particularly enjoys teaching thematic courses, such as "Views of Human Nature" and "Pilgrimage: Sacred and Secular," as well as coaching the horizontal jumpers on the Indoor/Outdoor Varsity Track and Field teams. Kurt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Anthropology from Dartmouth College and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.

Hannah Puckett has been teaching history for three years and has been at Noble and Greenough School, a co-ed day and boarding school in Dedham, Massachusetts since 2014. She received her bachelor's degree at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and her Master of Arts in European Studies at New York University. She teaches AP European History to 11th and 12th graders and History of the Human Community to ninth graders. Her academic interests are in Balkan history.

Emmet Quinn has been teaching social studies for four years and has been at Saint Johnsbury Academy, a co-ed day and boarding school in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont since 2013.  He received his bachelor's degree in English from Harvard in 2011 and his master's degree in English from Penn State in 2013.

Samantha Reich has been teaching chemistry and physics for five years and has been at Bishop McNamara High School, a co-ed day school in Forestville, Maryland since 2014.  She will be moving to Boston next year to teach at Beaver Country Day School, a co-ed day school in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and an Master of Education in Secondary Education, both from the University of Notre Dame. 

Kate Rice has been teaching biology and chemistry for three years and has been at the Pine Crest School, a co-ed day school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida since 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Biotechnology from Florida Atlantic University, and is currently working on a post-master's certificate in sequence analysis and genomics from Johns Hopkins University.

Freemon Romero-Bodden has been teaching Spanish for five years and has been at the Fenn School, an independent boys day school in Concord, Massachusetts since 2012. A Boston native, Freemon received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Bryant University, where he studied marketing and psychology. In addition to teaching grades six through nine, Freemon is an assistant coach for varsity soccer, the junior varsity basketball coach, and a seventh grade advisor. 

Richard Samulski has been teaching physics for four years and has been at St. Andrew's School, a co-ed boarding school in Middletown, Delware since 2014. He also coaches swimming and soccer at St. Andrew's. Richard earned bachelor's degrees in both physics and psychology from Virginia Tech in 2010 before beginning his teaching and coaching career.

Max Schneider has been teaching English at the Sanford School, a co-ed day school in Hockessin, Delaware since 2014. Max has a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Max taught in the Republic of Georgia and in Tirana, Albania for a year before returning to the United States to teach middle school English and coach soccer, basketball, and baseball.

Maria Smith has been teaching French for four years and has been at the Garrison Forest School, a girls day and boarding school in Owings Mills, Maryland since 2014. In addition to teaching in the middle and upper divisions, Maria is a dormitory parent and middle school field hockey coach. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in intercultural communication with a concentration in francophone studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Kelly Smolinski has been teaching math for four years and has been at Greenwood College School, a co-ed day school in Toronto, Ontario since 2012. Kelly graduated from Concordia University with her Bachelor of Science in Physics. She then went on to complete Master of Science degrees in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, Georgia. Before her teaching career, Kelly worked as an Environmental Consultant in Miami, Florida.

Harrison Soebroto has been teaching English for five years and has been at the Northfield Mount Hermon School, a co-ed boarding and day school in Mount Hermon, Massachusetts, since 2015. After studying English and philosophy at Columbia University, he taught for two years at Eagle Academy in Brooklyn through Teach for America while earning his master's at Fordham's Graduate School of Education. He then completed a master's in human development and psychology at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and directed the humanities tutoring program at Codman Academy in Dorchester.

Traci Spacek has been teaching first grade for one year and has been at Roland Park Country School, an all-girls day school for three years. Traci has a bachelor's degree in literary studies from Beloit College.

Julie Stein has been teaching history for four years and has been at Georgetown Day School, a co-ed day school in Washington, D.C. since 2013. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in US History with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from University of California, Berkeley in 2013. In addition to teaching ninth, 10th, and 11th grade history, she advises the student feminist club and co-facilitates SEED, a year-long diversity seminar for faculty.

Maggie Thompson has been teaching middle school science for four years and has been at Foothill Country Day School, a co-ed day school in Claremont, California since 2013. Next year, she will be teaching at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. She is a proud alumna of Wellesley College and completed her master's degree in chemistry at Caltech. 

Jennifer Torry has been teaching English for three years and has been at St. George's School, a boys day and boarding school in Vancouver, British Columbia, since 2014. She is also the head of soccer at the school and plays soccer for a local women's team and a co-ed indoor team in her spare time. Jennifer completed two bachelor's degrees and played NCAA Division I soccer at Lamar University from 2009-2013, has recently completed her post-baccalaureate diploma at Simon Fraser University, and will begin a master's degree program at the University of British Columbia in the fall.

Cyndy Traverso has been teaching math for five years and has been at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, a girls day school in Summit, New Jersey since 2012. She holds two degrees in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and a teaching certificate from Caldwell University. She has taught a variety of upper school math courses and especially enjoys teaching seventh and eighth graders. Cyndy is passionate about STEM and through the introductory engineering course she teaches; she encourages young women to pursue STEM careers. 

Catherine Tung has been teaching math for four years and has been at the Sequoyah School, a co-ed day school in Pasadena, California since 2008.  Teaching pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry is never boring with her seventh and eighth graders.  She attended California State University, Los Angeles for her Bachelor of Science in Biology, multiple subjects credential, and Master of Arts in Math Education.  

Lauren Vargas
has been teaching US history and government at Crystal Springs Uplands School, a co-ed day school in Hillsborough, California since 2014. 

LaRita Williams has been teaching advanced chemistry for three years and has been at the Galloway School, a co-ed day school in Atlanta, Georgia, since 2015. At Galloway, LaRita also works on the professional development committee and sponsors two student-led clubs: the Minority Empowerment Forum and Science Olympiad, all of which allow her to further cultivate her passions for education, science, and diversity inclusion.  LaRita has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Howard University in Washington, DC and a Master of Science in Organic Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. 

Katy Yan has been teaching science for four years and has been at the Bentley School, a coed day school in Lafayette, Calfornia, since 2015. She will be teaching science at College Preparatory School, a coed day school in Oakland, California, starting in the Fall of 2017.  Prior to teaching high school chemistry, biology, and environmental science, Katy worked at an international environmental nonprofit focusing on climate change policy and the impacts of dams in southwest China. 

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