Hannah is from Columbia, Maryland and attended St. Mary's College of Maryland, a small liberal arts school, from 2006-2010. She graduated with a degree in Political Science with a concentration in African Studies and a minor in Theater Studies. She served with the Peace Corps in South Africa from 2011-2013, where she taught 7th grade Mathematics and co-taught English and Social Studies classes throughout the elementary and middle school level. Hannah also developed extracurricular activities for children, organizing dance, music, and art lessons. She also designed a GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) program for young women targeting HIV/AIDS education and prevention in the community, developing leadership skills and addressing career development. While studying at Teachers College, Hannah is currently teaching at Robert F. Wagner Middle School in Manhattan while pursuing her Master's degree in Intellectual Disabilties and Autism.
Kevin DeNunzio was born and raised in the New York metropolitan area and received his B.A. in Professional Writing from Western Connecticut State University's Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process in 2010. Thereafter, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania where he taught English at all academic levels and managed social justice projects for Roma youth. Since returning to the United States, Kevin has remained in contact with Romanian educators, sharing best practices and methodologies in English education. Currently, Kevin is a Peace Corps Fellow at Teachers College and a 10th-grade English teacher at Pelham Preparatory Academy in the Bronx.
Liam Flaherty is from New York City and has been teaching English Language Arts for four years. After graduating from Hunter College with a BA in Creative Writing and a minor in History, Liam joined the Peace Corps, where he served in Sierra Leone. For two years he taught English and Math at a Girls Junior and a Boys Senior Secondary School in a small, rural community. Along with his teaching duties, he wrote grants and raised money, partnering with WorldVision to create a computer class using the internet and build toilets for his schools. He extended his service for a third year after being selected to be the first "Stomping out Malaria in Africa" coordinator for Sierra Leone. Returning to America in 2013, Liam became a member of the January cohort for the Peace Corps Fellows program, completing the SIT certification program in August 2014. Liam is currently teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at MS 343 in the South Bronx, where he teaches Humanities, focusing on writing skills, as well as current and social studies.
Abbey Kornhauser is from the Chicago area and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science. She served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 2011-2013 as an Eduation and Youth Development volunteer. She is a member of the 2014 cohort of the Peace Corps Fellows program. She is currently teaching Global History and Health in an Integrated Co-Teaching classroom at the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Brooklyn.
Christina Martin is from Southern California. Christina attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in Environmental Conservation. She graduated with her B.S. degree, with high honors, in 2004. Upon graduating, Christina began her Peace Corps service in Guatemala where she specialized in environmental programs which included environmental education and eco-tourism facilitation. Christina moved to New York to commence her Peace Corps Fellowship in May of 2014. She is in the process of completing her M.A. in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism at Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently teaches as a fifth grade special education teacher at PS90 in Coney Island, Brooklyn.
Szasha is from Petrolia, a rural town nestled along the Lost Coast of Northern California. She earned her B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley where tutoring, developing after-school programs for at-risk middle school students, and volunteering as a summer English teacher in Nepal led her to her passion of education as a means to social equality and justice. After spending her final semester of college studying abroad in Ireland, Szasha served as a 6th-10th grade English teacher in both Cape Verde and Mozambique. Aside from teaching, Szasha spearheaded several youth and community development projects including youth leadership and life-skills camps, girls empowerment groups, an English Theater Club, a Malaria outreach campaign, an HIV/AIDS peer education group, and an HIV/AIDS Sports Education program which included the construction of a community basketball court and mural. Now, Szasha is looking forward to revisiting her love for History and jumping back into the classroom as a high school Social Studies teacher. She is passionate about providing a high quality education for all students and is looking forwards to continuing to change the world one young empowered mind at a time.
Michael Skvarch is a Florida native who moved to upstate New York, where he attended high school in a small town outside of Syracuse and university at SUNY Buffalo. He graduated from SUNY Buffalo in 2011 with a B.S. in Physics and B.A. double major in Mathematics and Spanish. Michael was involved in a variety of activities throughout his undergraduate career. His activities included: tutoring, first-year orientation leader, and research in Computational Mathematics. Michael studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain his junior year of college which sparked his interest in both languages and travel. After graduating from college, Michael joined the Peace Corps where he served for two years in Mozambique and taught English and Computer Science at the secondary level. While in Mozambique, Michael organized science fairs at both the local and provincial levels, managed the building of a local community center, as well as facilitated, organized, and managed workshops at the local, provincial, and national levels around topics of women's empowerment. Michael currently teaches Physics to seniors at the Brooklyn International High School.
Craig Smith, an Oregon native, has been an educator since 2005. After graduating from Vanderbilt University with High Honors in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and Spanish, Craig was named the First Year Teacher of the Year at Garinger High School in Charlotte, NC. In 2007, Craig worked to found an international development non-profit in Ecuador. He went on to teach middle school Spanish in Oakland, CA prior to serving in the Peace Corps as a co-English teacher in the Kingdom of Jordan. In his career, Craig has taught all grades between 2nd and 12th and now works as a 3rd grade bilingual educator in Brooklyn, New York.
Matt Thornton hails from Massachusetts, where he received his B.A. in English Literature from UMass Amherst in 2009. He has worked with adolescents in every facet from summer camps to after-school enrichment programs. Upon graduating, he spent three months volunteering at the Early Intervention Program in Namibia, which sparked his interest in youth development and education. After the invaluable experience of teaching English in rural Azerbaijan from 2010 to 2012, he is devoted to applying his holistic educational philosophy in the diverse communities of New York City. Prior to attending Teachers College, he was teaching ESL at Kaplan International College in Boston.
DeLana DuBois grew up in Walton Hills, Ohio just 15 miles southeast of Cleveland. She graduated from Miami University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. For one year she worked as a substitute teacher primarily with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In 2011 she accepted an invitation to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa. As a volunteer in the Northern Cape province in the Kalahari Desert, she taught basic computer literacy and reading classes to primary school learners. DeLana helped organize over 1,000+ donated books into a functional library, and also encouraged geographical exploration with a World Map project. Currently, DeLana is teaching 4th grade at P.S. 396 in the Bronx, a school that is a part of the NYC Nest program, which offers a supportive, inclusive environment for students with high-functioning ASD.