Abby has been teaching U.S. History in Kansas since 2004. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education from Emporia State University in 2004 and Masters of Arts in History from the University of Kansas in 2009. She has also coached softball since 2005 and volleyball since 2006 for Olathe North High School. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, friends, and her dog Martha.
I am a fourth grade special education teacher residing in Brooklyn. I live with my husband and cat, Theo. I teach at P.S. 295, also in Brooklyn, and have been teaching for 11 years. I have taught many grades but my favorite is fourth grade, mostly because of the incredibly rich social studies curriculum. In my free time, I love to read and am currently studying Italian. I love to read about history and share what I know with my students. I’m excited to learn a lot this summer.
Angela Stepancic has been an educator in Washington, D.C., for more than 12 years. Upon graduation from Georgetown University, she served as the administrator at the Washington Middle School for Girls (WMSG), which serves underprivileged youth, for seven years. In 2012, she opened the LAYC Career Academy, a public charter school that serves students ages 16-24, who benefit from academic and career skill development. During this time, Stepancic also received her master’s in education from the George Washington University. She then achieved accreditation for WMSG, after which she expanded her professional palate and transitioned to the public sector.
Angelica Tolentino is a developing teacher who loves working within South East San Diego, a community she was born and raised in. She strives to help students learn to love themselves within the diverse stories of struggle and resistance of marginalized communities throughout history. She also is greatly interested in developing students as critical thinkers, researchers, knowledge producers and problem solvers within their community. Ms. Tolentino has also previously taught in Oakland, California at Arise High School. She has a M.A. in Urban Education and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco and a B.A in Ethnic Studies from University of California San Diego. Angelica Tolentino’s interests include Hip Hop, art, dance, surfing and storytelling.
My name is April Tondelli and I teach Social Studies at Von Stueben HS in Chicago. Von Steuben is an ethnically and economically diverse magnet school located in a neighborhood which is known for its worldwide immigrant community: Albany Park. I have been teaching in Chicago Public Schools for 13 years, and I have taught at Von for the past 5 years. I received my National Board Certification in English, but I have been teaching Social Studies for the last 6 years. During the 2015/16 school year, I started a Latin American Studies class at Von, a school which is 54% Latino, but that has never offered ethnic studies. I am passionate about literacy and have focused on extensive reading and writing across the social studies curriculum. I am always building a summer reading list for myself, but I frequently end up focusing on texts I am considering teaching in the upcoming school year.
Christine Olson is one of the founding teachers of the James Baldwin School in New York City. The James Baldwin School serves students who have transferred from other high schools. Christine has been a teacher and administrator in NYC Public Schools for over 15 years. Christine also has begun coursework towards a PhD in Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
My name is Elizabeth McMichael. Most people call me Beth. I am originally from Texarkana, TX. I have taught 4th grade for 10 years. Currently, I teach at Don Roberts Elementary in Little Rock, AR. I teach all subjects and use social studies as a way to integrate them.
My favorite thing to do is explore other places in the world, and NYC is one of my favorite destinations!
My favorite thing to do is explore other places in the world, and NYC is one of my favorite destinations!
Erin Townsend is completing her ninth year teaching eighth grade American History at Nevada Middle School in Nevada, MO, but will be “graduating” to high school and ninth grade American History in the fall. She loves all things American History, but is passionate about social history, reform movements, and Alexander Hamilton. She is an avid fan of the Kansas City Royals and her Nevada Tigers. She can’t wait to meet you in NYC!
Eugene V. Resnick
Eugene V. Resnick lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has taught at Midwood High School for 22 years. For the past 12 years, he has taught Advanced Placement United States History; he also teaches an elective class in Urban History. Eugene also has done writing for Barron’s Publishing. He received his Master’s degree from Brooklyn College–his thesis was entitled, “The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch and the Politics of Memory.”
Hollie Blake is a first-year social studies teacher at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, N.C. Before that, she was a K-3 teacher assistant in Charlotte, N.C. Hollie is a member of Organize 2020, the social justice caucus of the North Carolina Association of Educators, and is passionate about fighting for the schools our students deserve. She’s geeking out that she gets to spend two weeks in Brooklyn discussing Angela Davis and growing as a teacher with like-minded educators at the NEH Summer Institute.
Jazmen Moore is a Chicago-based educator who currently teaches English, Performance Art, and Sociology /Gender-Studies at Chicago Math and Science Academy. There, she also serves as the tenth grade Team Chair, Spoken Word club advisor, and a Young Scholars Program mentor. Jazmen earned her BA in English and in Women’s and Gender Studies from Michigan State University and her MA in Teaching from Dominican University.
Jennifer Casey Maier
After practicing law for twelve years, Jen made the switch to teaching in 2006. Now finishing her tenth year at The Episcopal Academy, Jen has taught all four years of Upper School English as well as United States history. In addition, Jen coaches Middle School field hockey and serves as advisor to EA’s debate and mock trial teams. Jen’s greatest loves are her fellow law-to-teaching-convert husband, her two sons, and her three-minute commute.
Hi! My name is Jessica Stovall, but I go most often by “Jessie.” I’ve taught English at Oak Park River and Forest High School (OPRFHS), a large, racially diverse school in Oak Park, Ill., just outside Chicago, since 2007. Besides teaching, I love to coach the long sprints on our Boys’ Track and Field team, and I’ve taken leadership roles to try to interrupt the systemic racial achievement disparities and provide equitable educational experiences for all students. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to have this opportunity to learn in NYC with all of you! My blog is www.MsStovall313.com and my twitter/instagram handle is @msstovall313.
Currently, I am a Social Science teacher at Red Hill High School. This last year I taught Current Events, Sociology, Psychology, American Government, and Consumer Education. I am excited to be participating in this workshop because I will be teaching two dual credit courses next semester, American History to 1877 and American History after 1877, and am excited to incorporate the themes of this workshop within them.
John Rieman Klingler
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio but only returned to my hometown this year after having spent most of the past decade in school or abroad. I taught ESL in South Korea and Turkey and also spent a year studying classical literature in Rome. I just received my teaching licensure with a Masters of Education last spring and am currently wrapping up my first year as a 10th-12th grade teacher of American Government, Economics, and German.
Joy Canning is a Special Education Middle School Teacher at MS 447, The Math and Science Exploratory School in Brooklyn, NY. She co-teaches 6-8 grade students in an integrated classroom setting. She teaches Exploration, an interdisciplinary, hands-on, project based curriculum that incorporates social consciousness and justice along with the arts, math, science, social studies and writing into units such as Forensics and Justice, Perception: Critical Media Literacy, Food Justice, Service Learning, and Water Stewardship.
Kanene Holder is an artist, activist and educator dedicated to systemic change through critical analysis and creativity. She currently teaches global studies and social justice by devising Common Core standard based interdisciplinary lessons about the ancient origins of Intersections of Injustice (race, class and gender) and fosters critical thinking to analyze current societal ills. Through project based learning, students create poems, comic strips and dioramas, which synthesize information based on the facts and feelings of the victims and transgressors of justice within an era in history. Holder received her B.S. from Howard University and M.S.Ed from City College and fellowships from Coro and The Colin Powell School.
This is my thirteenth year teaching at C.D. Hylton Senior High School in Prince William County, Virginia. I currently teach AP U.S. Government and Politics and AP Comparative Government. I earned a B.A. in Political Science from Fairfield University, a Juris Doctor from Boston University, and an M.A. from George Mason University. I have been passionate about women’s rights since I was in middle school. Highlights of my activism include a college internship with the National Organization for Women, a leadership position with the Women’s Law Association, and an internship with an interest group called Social Justice for Women. This was the third time that I applied for the Freedom for One, Freedom for All seminar, so I am absolutely thrilled to be a participant.
Kelsey Snyder is an AP US History and Psychology teacher at Eden Prairie High School in a suburb outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Along with these courses, she also teaches an elective she created called Assassination Fascination analyzing the transformational nature of political assassinations. Kelsey serves as the department chair of the Social Studies Department, volleyball coach, advisor of the Young Moderates and the Ukulele Clubs, and helped found an anti-racist student leadership organization called Dare 2 Be Real. She has been honored with both the Mount Vernon Lifeguard Fellowship as well as the Monticello Barringer Fellowship. @EPHSSnyder
Hello! My name is Laurie Walsh and I am from beautiful, Bend, Oregon which is situated east of the Cascade Range. In Bend, I enjoy numerous outdoorsy activities such as hiking, biking, and gardening. It’s pretty tough to leave Bend in the summertime, but I’m thrilled and honored to be part of this institute!
“All children can and will learn! It is up to the educator to awaken the genius within and guide students into the right direction above the obstacles that they face onto the path of mastery.” These are the words that my life has been guided by from kindergarten till present day. My philosophy and pedagogical practices are rooted within my past and intertwined within creativity. Teaching history in a creative manner is both rewarding and leaves me in awe on various occasions throughout the course of the school years. It has been with great pleasure that I have been a teacher at Arts High School located within Newark, NJ for the past 12 years teaching the courses of US History II Honors, AP US History and World History: students are required to embrace their creativity and use it as a tool to sharpen their historical pencils. They are reminded frequently that they are “living and making history on a daily basis”. Thus, social activism within the school and community is embraced and required.
Marge is that rarest of all Floridians, a Florida Native. Born in Miami, Marge has taught and travelled in a variety of venues including Barcelona and Rome. She revels in the great cultural and linguistic variety South Florida provides. Presently, Marge teaches Advance Placement English Language and Composition at Pompano Beach High School and a variety of English courses as a dual enrollment adjunct professor at Broward College. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Megan (Ms. Huber) teaches 8th grade US History at Alice Deal Middle School (DCPS) in Washington, DC. After graduating from American University with degrees in Political Science and Secondary Education, she began her career teaching history in the best possible city to teach it in! When not in the classroom, Megan enjoys running, spending time outside, adventuring in the city with friends, and traveling to her home state, California.
Natasha Cruz teaches World History at Heights HS (formerly John H. Reagan HS) in Houston, TX. While obtaining her M.A. in Teaching from Rice University, Natasha realized her passion in social justice and education, and has since sought out opportunities to grow and impact the education system from within. Her primary goal is to ensure that all students have access to equitable opportunities that will inspire curiosity for the world, and a passion for life.
O’Brian has just completed his second year of teaching. With an interest in social and political history, nurtured by an educator/alderman paternal grandfather, and a childhood job mowing a family cemetery alongside his father in rural Arkansas. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in History from Fisk University and Masters of Arts in History from the University of Delaware under the advisement of Erica Dunbar Armstrong, Ph.D. Prior to teaching, O’Brian worked to re-elect President Barack Obama and in museum education at the Liberty Museum in Philadelphia. Currently, he teaches Government, U.S. History and a rotation of electives–Women Studies, African American History, Public Policy, and Social Issues–at Oxon Hill Science and Technology High School in Prince George’s County Public Schools. In his down time, you can find him consuming pop culture–he is fond of all things Beyonce, Kanye West, Childish Gambino, and Chance the Rapper.
Robert Fish teaches history at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. He also serves global studies coordinator, assistant squash coach, and as a dormitory parent. Previously, he was Director of Education at Japan Society of New York, Assistant Professor of East Asian History at Indiana State University, and a history teacher at Tenafly High School. He earned his Ph.D. in modern Japanese history at the University of Hawaii. Twitter: @RobertFish1
Susanne Saldivar teaches seventh grade Medieval World History and eighth grade United States History in Rosamond, California. Susanne received both her bachelor’s degree in History and her Masters of Arts of Teaching from the University of San Francisco. As a second year teacher, she actively seeks out professional development opportunities, including conferences, A.V.I.D. Summer Institute and the James Madison Legacy Project. She is very excited about attending “Freedom for One, Freedom for All?” this summer in New York City!
Teresa Tartaglione has been a high school librarian for the past 8.5 years, currently working on a campus of six high schools in Manhattan. She is the former President and current Past President of the New York City School Librarian’s Association and has raised over $62,000 worth of grant funding for her library. She lives in Astoria, Queens and loves cooking, eating, traveling, reading Harry Potter and posting pictures of her cat on Instagram.
Theresa Quindlen is a 17 year veteran teacher who lives and works in San Francisco. Ms. Quindlen teaches at Burton High School, a multi-cultural, low-socioeconomic school in the south east quadrant of the city. Currently, she is the History Department Chair at Burton, teaches US History and AP Art History, and serves as a new teacher coach. She is the advisor for student government and coordinates all student activities. Theresa has participated in a number of different summer seminars, where she has met teachers from all over the country. Ms. Quindlen only has rave reviews from those experiences as she has learned so much, both from the seminar experience itself, as well as from other educators.
Tristan Richardson is an 8th Grade English language arts and social studies teacher at Blythewood Middle School in Columbia, SC. She recently graduated from the University of South Carolina with her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. She teaches to facilitate an environment of conscious, critical thinkers who want to make a difference in the world. She recently started a self-care blog for educators entitled Own Escape. Tristan enjoys books, family, friends, and new adventures. Twitter Handle: @Richardson_128