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.
Sigal Rose Gerson Kadden
Sigal entered the Progressive Education Lab having received her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) in the spring of 2015. While at Hampshire, Sigal's interdisciplinary concentration was focused in education, theatre, arts integration, and photography, culminating in her senior thesis, which was titled Defining Personal Pedagogy; Alternative Teaching Philosophies and Theatre with Young People.
Hailing from Nanuet, New York, Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics/Statistics from Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts in the spring of 2014. Prior to PEL Michael worked as a Farm Intern at The Spannocchia Foundation, an organic farm and education center in Italy that encourages cultural and environmental sustainability.
Abby received her Bachelor of Arts from Bates College in 2013. While at Bates, Abby majored in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Global Environment and Social Change. Additionally, Abby pursued a General Education Concentration in Science Education for Prospective Teachers of Children and Early Adolescents. Following her time at Bates, Abby taught at The Ecology School at Ferry Beach in Saco, ME, teaching multi-day residential programs for middle school students based around various topics of coastal ecology, while learning more about classroom management and effective lesson planning.
Placement from PEL: CSW Art
Hailing from Monroe, New Hampshire, Caleb earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in the spring of 2014. While attending RISD, Caleb's artistic focus was in jewelry and printmaking. Before attending RISD, Caleb studied printmaking and oil printing at The Art Students League of New York.
Highland Park, NJ
Placement from PEL: Marin Academy, Math
Natalie graduated from SUNY Geneseo in May 2013. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biophysics. Before PEL, Natalie was the Title III Math Educational Assistant at Vista Grande High School in Taos, New Mexico and a Teacher's Assistant at Northeastern's MathPower Algebra Plus Summer Academy.
Placement from PEL: White Mountain School, English
Jacob received a Bachelors of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Haverford College in 2012. After graduating Jacob worked as an intern on organic farms in New Hampshire and Oregon and as a backcountry caretaker with the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Placement from PEL: Blue Oak School, Kindergarden
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College in 2013. Growing up in Taipei, Taiwan, Stephanie attended Taipei American School from 1st through 12th grade before returning to the States to obtain her undergraduate degree. While at Wellesley, Stephanie majored in Biology and Education Studies. She also spent a semester abroad at The Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, studying child diversity and development.
Placement from PEL: Putney School, Humanities
Eileen graduated from Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Educational Studies and International Area Studies, and minoring in Chinese.
Placement from PEL: Westtown School, Upper School English
Sue is a 2012 graduate of The University of Michigan. Studying at the college of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Sue earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English and Neuroscience.
Placement from PEL: Unquowa School, History
Alice graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH in the spring of 2013, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion, modified with Art History.
Placement from PEL: CSW, Science
Kevin Smith is a 2011 graduate of Bowdoin College. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, Kevin completed a wide range of advanced Biology courses while attending college, including Plant Physiology, Advanced Independent Study in Plant Community Dynamics and Ornithology. In 2009, he held a research fellowship position at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, where he studied the impacts of an invasive snowshoe hare population on forest succession in the area.
Placement from PEL: The Unquowa School, Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
Placement from PEL: The Cate School, Art Teacher
Placement from PEL: The Key School, Middle School Humanities Teacher
New York, NY
Placement from PEL: The Calhoun School, Lower School Associate Teacher