2015 Summer Scholars

Abbe Karmen

Abbe Karmen, a native New Yorker, has taught a seventh-grade history course in Greenwich, CT, for the past sixteen years. In addition to teaching, she serves as an advisor to a small group of students and coaches Middle School field hockey, swimming, and tennis. She earned a BA from Smith College, a MA from the University of Maine, and a PhD from the University of New Mexico.... continue reading

Akesa Mafi

Akesa Mafi was born and raised in St. Paul Minnesota.  She was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in The Philippines where she co-taught English in a high school  This is where she realized that she wanted to work in education.   She returned from abroad, received her master's from UMASS Amherst in the Bilingual/ESL/Multicultural Education department and began teaching ESOL in Springfield... continue reading

Amanda Patrick

Amanda Patrick currently works as a Reading Specialist in Winthrop, MA.  Prior to this school year, she taught high school U.S. History in Boston and Lawrence for five years.  She is passionate about her work with struggling readers, and loves the freedom she has to explore her and her students' interests through print. Amanda holds a B.A. in History and Studio Art from Tufts... continue reading

Amy Curtis

Amy Curtis teaches Second Grade at Sandy Spring Friends School, a Quaker school in Maryland, just outside Washington, DC. She has an undergraduate degree in Art History from Wesleyan University, and a masters degree in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Prior to her 20 + year teaching career, she worked as an educator at the Smithsonian Institution's... continue reading

Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris has been teaching American Lit and AP Lit at Salesian High School in Richmond, CA, for 22 years. Before that he spent ten years working construction; 10 years driving long haul semis (these while returning to school and raising his son by himself); about 6+ years in the wholesale and retail flower business; and 4 years in the Coast Guard. He grew up in Minnesota, came to... continue reading

Betsy Fleche

Betsy Flèche has been an educator for twenty-five years. Flèche has a Masters and PhD in English and has written on Shakespeare, Walter Benjamin and critical theory. She has taught Shakespeare, world literature, contemporary women’s literature, and modern novel at the University of Connecticut, the University of Hartford, the University of Nebraska, Western New England University and other... continue reading

Caitlin MacLeod-Bluver

Caitlin MacLeod-Bluver is an English and ESL teacher at Boston International High School in Boston Public Schools. Her students are all recent immigrants to Boston, coming from nearly 15 different countries and speaking over 10 languages. In her classes, Caitlin uses both fiction and nonfiction to study race and power, oppression and resistance, and membership and communities. She... continue reading

Carol Huben

Carol Huben is a History teacher in the Special Education department at HEC Academy in Northampton, MA. She will be returning to school as a student of the Social Justice Education Master's Program at UMass Amherst in the fall of 2015. Her undergraduate thesis focused on racism towards Native peoples in the form of the sports mascot. Outside of education, she spends her time practicing and... continue reading

Denise Descoteau

Denise Descoteau was born and raised in Worcester, MA before moving to Holyoke to finish her B.A. degree at Smith College in Northampton.  She completed her M.A. +30 at the University of Massachusetts / Amherst.  She has been employed by the Holyoke Public Schools as a Visual Art Teacher for the past 19 years and has had the pleasure of working with the students at Kelly School during that... continue reading

Edward Collins

Ted Collins has been teaching Honors Social Studies 9 and Modern European History at Monument Mountain High School in Great Barrington, MA since 1996.  In addition to teaching he has coached both cross country and track for the past 18 years. In both the Honors Social Studies and European History novel classes, students use short stories and works of nonfiction as points of departure to... continue reading

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