Jennifer Donovan (LINE Fellow - India 2014, 2015) currently teaches Science at Trinity School in New York City. Ms. Donovan earned a B.S. in Education from Miami University, a M.S. in Natural Science from the University of Wyoming and a M.S. in Entomology from Michigan State University. The founder and project leader of The Biodiversity Project, she is also a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Teacher (RET) grant recipient and a 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching nominee. She has been a three-year participant on previous RET projects and has worked on the Ecuadorian Bio- diversity Discovery Project. Ms. Donovan served in the Peace Corps in Haiti and Costa Rica, and this experience solidified her commitment to developing education programs with global and scientific focuses. She is interested in connecting classrooms, teachers, scientists and students with each other.
Amy Liebov (LINE Fellow - India 2015) taught kindergarten for 36 years beginning at Hunter College Elementary School (a school for gifted children) and then at The School at Columbia University, where she was a founding faculty member. She has created an exciting art curriculum inspired by exhibitions from museums and galleries throughout the city and has more recently created curricula that revolve around the discovery of other cultures including India, Ancient Egypt, Japan, China, and Mexico. Amy has taught elementary math education at Hunter College and Brooklyn College, and an intensive workshop at Teachers College on the young gifted child for parents and teachers. Amy has a B.A. from Brooklyn College in Education, a M.S. from Yeshiva University in Curriculum and Instruction, a M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Gifted Education and a Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum and Teaching.
Emily McCarren (LINE Fellow - India 2014) is the Academy Principal at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was the Director of the Wo International Center at Punahou where she supported the global education initiatives of the School and professional development opportunities for educators all over the world. She is also a Spanish teacher who who has dabbled in teaching biology and geometry. Emily is pursuing a doctorate in educational technology at the University of Hawaii, where her principal area of research is investigating online learning in independent schools. Previously, Emily taught at the Thacher School, in Ojai California. She has an MA in Spanish Literature from St. Louis University, and an Ed.M in Educational Leadership in Independent Schools through the Klingenstein program at Columbia University’s Teachers College. @emilymccarren
Emily Schorr Lesnick (LINE Fellow - India 2015) teaches theater at Riverdale Country School in New York, and also serves as the Upper School Coordinator of Service Learning and Diversity Coordinator. She is also an alumna of Riverdale. She received her B.A. in American Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Macalester College and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Educational Theatre and Teaching Social Studies at New York University. She studied Social Movements and Human Rights in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2009. Emily is passionate about the ways performing and politics connect, and performs comedy regularly in New York. @eschorrlesnick
Kelly Tracy (LINE Fellow - India 2015) is the Head of the Science Department at Riverdale Country School in Bronx, NY. She teaches Biology and Biology II Honors and works with the Community Engagement Team. She is also a lead teacher at the Klingenstein Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers through Columbia University. Prior to moving to New York, Kelly was on the science faculty at Collegiate School in Richmond, VA where she taught various science courses and worked on the school’s diversity initiatives. Over the past few years she has had the opportunity to travel to Changzhou, China and New Delhi, India with students. Kelly has a BS in Psychology from the University of Georgia, an MS in Genetic Counseling from Indiana University, and a PhD in Human Genetics from the Medical College of Virginia. @08Tracy
Dwight Vidale (LINE Fellow - India 2015) is in his seventh year of teaching at Riverdale Country School, a coed day school in the Bronx, New York. He teaches English in both the middle (6th) and upper school (9th) and considers himself to be a social justice teacher because he focuses his students’ attention on diverse topics in literature. Dwight also serves as the Director of Community Engagement, the department responsible for organizing and executing the diversity and inclusion initiatives on the Hill campus. His team supports student affinity groups, family discussion groups and faculty training. In addition to being a senior administrator, Dwight also co-facilitates a leadership program, which examines what leadership looks like at Riverdale. Dwight attended Riverdale Country School as a high school student and went on to graduate with honors from Brown University. He joined Teach for America and taught English at Sam Houston High School in Houston, TX for three years. @dwvidale
The following Heads of School were sponsored for our first exploratory trip to India:
Amani Reed, The School at Columbia University
Matthew Stuart, Caedmon School
The following teachers have supported long-distance collaboration with partners in India:
Karlyn Adler, The School at Columbia University
Jessica Soodek, Ethical Culture Fieldston School