Past Fellows


Sigal Rose Gerson Kadden
Olympia, WA

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. 

Michael Vercillo
Nanuet, NY

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 Verney-Fink
Orange, CT

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.


Caleb Colpitts
Monroe, NH
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.

Natalie Naranjo
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.

Jacob Northcutt
Windham, NH
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. 

Stephanie Shieh
Taipei, Taiwan
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.


Eileen Lai
Pullman, WA
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.

Sue LiAnn 
Arbor, MI
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.

Alice Lloyd
Southport, CT
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.

Kevin Smith
Portland, ME
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.


Sam Egilman
Fairfield, CT
Placement from PEL: The Unquowa School, Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

Aspen Golann
Carpinteria, CA
Placement from PEL: The Cate School, Art Teacher

Hallie Herz
Annapolis, MD
Placement from PEL: The Key School, Middle School Humanities Teacher

Dana Wolfson
New York, NY
Placement from PEL: The Calhoun School, Lower School Associate Teacher