Klingenstein Center Staff Profiles
Nicole L.B. Furlonge, Professor of Practice and Director of the Klingenstein Center, earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her M.A. from the University of Michigan and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Teachers College, Dr. Furlonge served as Director of Teaching and Learning at the Holderness School, where she facilitated professional learning for faculty and developed LEARNS (Listening, Engaging, Asking, Reflecting, Networking, Sharing), a framework for formative professional learning and inquiry. She has taught English and served as English Department Chair and Director of Diversity at several independent schools, including St. Andrew's School (Delaware), The Lawrenceville School, and Princeton Day School. Dr. Furlonge is the author of Race Sounds: The Art of Listening in African American Literature, published by University of Iowa Press. Her book demonstrates listening as an interpretive, creative, and civic act that leads to deeper engagement with identity and racial difference. Currently, Dr. Furlonge’s research examines the intersections between listening, cognitive neuroscience, cultural competency, school leadership and adult learning. Ultimately, she is interested in investigating ways to cultivate the habits of a listening mind.
Kidest Fikremariam joined The Klingenstein Center in 2017. As program associate, she serves as executive assistant to the Director and provides general administrative management and support for all Klingenstein programs. Prior to joining the Klingenstein Center, she worked as an ESL teacher in Osaka, Japan as part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. She holds a B.A. in political science and East Asian languages and cultures from Columbia, and has studied at the School of African and Oriental Studies in London, as well as International Christian University in Tokyo.
Jessica Sepke manages communications and special projects at the Klingenstein Center and is a alumna of the Full-Year Master's Degree program. Prior to coming to New York, she worked at Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, NC in a variety of roles including Director of Technology and Communications, computer science and chemistry instructor, and residential faculty. Between her time as a Klingenstein student and returning to join the staff, she served as the operations director at Harlem Village Academies High School.
Cindy Uejio has been with the Klingenstein Center since 2003. As operations manager she handles the Center’s contracts, requisitions and reimbursements, as well as the administration of the non-degree programs, the Klingenstein Heads of Schools program and the Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers. She earned an M.S. in information and digital resource management from Columbia and a B.A. in sociology/anthropology from Carleton College, spending a year in Kyoto, Japan.