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.
Steve Lynch is a midwesterner that has been working in teaching and learning for the past nine years. After graduating from The Ohio State University in 2004 with a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature, he served in the Peace Corps for two years as an English Teacher and Teacher Trainer in Turkmenistan. Steve was a member of the 2008 Peace Corps Fellows cohort, graduating from Teachers College with his M.A. in Secondary English Education. Since then, he has been an English teacher in New York City, having taught all grades between 7th and 12th in schools in both Queens and Brooklyn, while also serving as a teacher educator in Classroom Management and Project Based Learning for the Peace Corps Fellows Program and the Office of Teacher Education. In 2014, he was selected as a New York City Department of Education Big Apple Award Semi-Finalist for Excellence in Teaching.
Josie Bergin is a native Minnesotan who has been working in education for the past six years. After graduating from from DePaul University in Chicago with a B.A. in Sociology, she moved to Busan, South Korea where she taught ESL for more than 3.5 years. Since moving back to the U.S., Josie has worked in multiple formal and informal education settings as a long-term sub, after school tutor, ESL teacher to newly resettled immigrants, and graduate education research assistant. She holds a M.A. in International Educational Development from Teachers College, where her research project focused on perspectives on international, intercultural experiences with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Josie has been a member of the Peace Corps Fellows Program since May 2013.