Meet the Staff
Nicolas Stahelin has worked in the field of experiential learning, international and cross-cultural exchange, school-community partnerships, and urban educational development for nearly ten years. Originally of Swiss-Brazilian nationality, Nicolas lived for twenty years in Brazil and Venezuela, and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French. He obtained a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College in 2002, and subsequently worked as a program coordinator with the School for International Training in the Amazonian region of northern Brazil. He began working for the Peace Corps Fellows Program in 2006 developing service-learning initiatives, leading professional development workshops with over 40 teachers in more than a dozen public schools. He has managed the AmeriCorps Professional Corps grants since 2008, and as Director he now oversees all program operations. Nicolas holds a M.A. in International Educational Development from Teachers College, in which he focused on school-community partnerships for the education of immigrant youth in New York City, and currently works towards an Ed.D. in the same field.
Elizabeth Bishop has taught global history, literature, writing and media studies in New York public schools for several years and has worked for leading youth development organizations across the city, including Global Kids, CAMBA, and Columbia's Double Discovery Center. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Language, Literacy and Culture at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education, and her research explores the intersections of adolescent literacy, cultural theory, global studies and international youth organizing. She recently conducted a critical literacy study of urban youth activists in New York and is currently concluding her dissertation. While in Pittsburgh, she served as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Instruction and Learning, teaching undergraduate and graduate students in English Education and Social Studies Education programs. Originally from Newtown, Connecticut, she holds a BA in Planned Studies from Ithaca College, an MA in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MST in Adolescent Education (English 7-12) from Pace University.
Josie Bergin is a native Minnesotan who is currently a M.A. candidate in the International Educational Development program at Teachers College. After earning her B.A. in Sociology from DePaul University in Chicago, teaching and developing ESL programs in South Korea for more than 3 years, as well as traveling different parts of the world, Josie has realized her true passion lies in subject matters pertaining to resource allocation and sustainability for disadvantaged populations. Josie has been a member of the Peace Corps Fellows program since May 2013 and continues to enjoy learning from and assisting the fellows and educators that pass through the office each day.
Amber Webb is a second year Master’s student in International Educational Development. Prior to coming to Teachers College, she worked on educational grants in Washington D.C., facilitating cross-cultural exchanges between the U.S. and countries of Eastern Europe/Central Asia. Amber also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Yasinuvataya, Ukraine 07-09. Having worked and traveled abroad for many years, Amber developed particular interests related to conflict and education, and is currently concentrating her degree in the field of Peace and Human Rights Education. Amber joined the Peace Corps Fellows team in September 2013 and is enjoying the opportunity to work with returned Peace Corps volunteers.