Viola Huang is a Ph.D. student in the Program in History and Education. Before beginning her doctoral studies at Teachers College in 2012, she completed a teaching degree in secondary education in a seven-year program at the University of Konstanz in Germany. She also studied, as a visiting student, at the University of Windsor in Canada, the University of York in the United Kingdom and the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. She has taught literature, linguistics, philosophy, English and German on multiple teaching levels. Her research interests concern 20th African-American history, specifically the history of social movements, community activism, and alternative and transformative education.
Jean Park is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Program in History and Education. She recently served on the Nominating Committee and on the Graduate Student Committee for the History of Education Society. Jean was Development Director at St. Joseph School in Lower Manhattan before beginning her doctoral studies at Teachers College. She earned an A.B. degree from Princeton University in 2008, where she majored in History (U.S.) and received a Certificate in East Asian Studies. Jean's research focuses on early-20th century diasporas and educational experiences on the east coast.
Jennifer Mitnick (2012-2013) is a Ph.D. student in the Program in Social Studies Education, for which she is the Associate Student Teaching Coordinator and edTPA Fellow. Before coming to Teachers College, Jenny taught social studies for nine years at Seneca Valley Middle School near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Brown University, where she majored in American history. In 2003, she earned a master’s degree in the Program in Learning and Teaching at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was the recipient of the Junior James Madison Memorial Fellowship (Pennsylvania) for teaching in 2002 and the James Madison Congressional Fellowship for teaching in 2008.
John Shekitka (2013-2015) is a Ph.D. student in the Program in Social Studies Education. He is interested in exploring the intersection between religion and the teaching of history and social studies. He earned a B.A. degree in history and religion at Columbia University and completed a M.T.S. at the University of Notre Dame in 2009, and a M.A. in teaching at Bard College in 2010. John taught high school in Wappinger Falls, New York, and middle school in Delano, California, before entering the doctoral program at Teachers College.
Antonia Abram Smith
Antonia Abram Smith (2012-2013) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in History and Education. Her research interests include prison education and reform, industrial education, and the history of children and families. Currently, Antonia is Graduate Coordinator and Adjunct Lecturer in the Humanities at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, City University of New York. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in 2003, with a concentration in art history and early modern European history.