Learn About Our Fellows
Originally from Houston, Ruth graduated from Haverford College (located near Philadelphia) in 2017 with a major in linguistics and minors in computer science and Chinese. She wants to become a math teacher adept in progressive teaching techniques because she believes in their efficacy in terms of both fostering students’ curiosity as well as facilitating real understanding rather than memorization of the material. Outside of education, Ruth has a variety of eclectic interests, including learning foreign languages, doing puzzles, playing piano, traveling, knitting, and coding.
Arielle is from Lexington, MA. She graduated from Colorado College in 2016 with a degree in Art. She spent most of her art student career working in drawing, oil paint, and printmaking. She attended The Cambridge School of Weston and graduated in 2012. Recently she has been working as an instructor at the Hulbert Outdoor Center. Her days can include everything including silly tag games, facilitating team building challenges, and belaying on a high ropes course. She is fascinated by science, especially when it pertains to the nature that surrounds her. As an educator she strives to help students discover their strengths and learn about themselves through art and creativity.
Hailing from Acton, MA, Matt graduated from Cornell University in 2017 with a double major in History and Linguistics. Outside of the classroom, Matt loves to sing, do stand-up and improv comedy, and cook; he is also a fan of many sports, especially European soccer. Matt is thrilled to be a part of the PEL program and is looking forward to starting a career as an educator by learning from some of the best teachers around.
Sarah hails from Chicago by way of southern California. She graduated from Pitzer College in 2017, where she studied human biology and participated in the Bhutan exchange program; she also tutored peers in the writing center, participated in the campus outdoor leadership program and was an active member of Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault. Sarah spent her final year researching contemplative learning in higher education and exploring the power and efficacy of mindfulness practices in the classroom. Aside from reading and writing, some current passions include attempting to play string instruments, practicing yoga and listening to the Hamilton soundtrack. This past summer she led back country trips for adolescents, hiking and kayaking in the North Cascades and the islands of British Columbia. She is very excited to have the opportunity to continue exploring experiential learning and education in a new environment as a PEL fellow.
Jeff grew up in Sharon, Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University, where he majored in Human Development and minored in Education, while also dabbling in studies of Women, Gender, & Sexuality, and Health & Wellness. Jeff is interested in providing educational experiences to youth that combine developmental psychology, health and wellness, and social justice studies. He is sure that these topics can be taught in such a way that provides powerful opportunities for students to see more clearly, and want to better, themselves and the world around them. In the time between graduating from college and starting PEL, Jeff will have worked at two different educational summer programs, volunteered full time on a Heifer International educational farm, backpacked in Nicaragua, and driven to California and back. In his free time, Jeff enjoys exercising, cooking, reading, watching movies, and staying in touch with friends from high school and college.
Kyle is a recent graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts where she fulfilled a double major in Studio Art and Education. Her concentrations were in painting and adolescent education respectively. Kyle served as the president of her house at Smith and captained the ultimate frisbee team; she hopes to develop her coaching skills as part of her teaching portfolio while enrolled in PEL. Kyle is also a dancer who studied ballet and modern while at Smith and hopes to continue this passion in her personal and teaching life. Kyle loves rats, is a native of Concord, NH, and is currently from Durham, NC.
Prior to PEL, Caleb most recently was a science teacher and behavioral interventionist at Kindle Farm School in Newfane, Vermont. He graduated from Mount Holyoke College is 2015 after studying biology and chemistry. As an educator, Caleb strives to understand the developmental and psychological underpinnings of best teaching practices. He is also passionate about supporting LGBTQ youth both in and out of school settings. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys horseback riding, rock climbing, and crocheting.
Emma is a writer, runner, lover of rivers, cellist, occasional visual artist, vegetarian, and a Virgo. She grew up in Washington DC and attended a small progressive school called Edmund Burke, where she did way too many things but loved them all. She then went on to Bates College where she studied English with a focus on creative writing. Her senior year she wrote a 100 page thesis of poems which was the most challenging, intense, and deeply fulfilling project she’s ever undertaken. Since graduating, she has worked as a barista, cross country coach, donut-maker, environmental canvasser, development and marketing intern, bike courier, and most recently as a preschool teacher at a tiny progressive school in Portland, Oregon. It’s taken these two years of total uncertainty and chaotic employment to realize how much she loves and misses the classroom, and the community of learning that surrounds it. Right now she is reading bell hooks’s Teaching to Transgress, which is making her feel inspired and alive; she loves thinking about education as the practice of freedom, and the classroom as a site of joy and radical possibility.