2018 Athena Summer Fellows Announced!

We are thrilled to announce the 2018 Athena Summer Fellows.

This summer's cohort brings backgrounds in English, History, Humanities, Religion & Philosophy, and Classics.  Teachers come from 45 schools and 18 states, and they range in experience from 2 years to 48 years. 

"Athena aims to to build a global department office by connecting teachers across schools and experience levels," said Peter Nilsson, Executive Director, "and the breadth of this summer's cohort greatly expands the colleagues each teacher can draw from and collaborate with."

Over the course of the summer, the Fellows will participate in a vibrant exchange of practices, feedback, and questions -- and in so doing, not only improve and inspire their own practice, but also contribute to a growing and dynamic shared knowledge base. 

"After the extraordinary feedback from last year's pilot fellowship," continued Nilsson, "we're thrilled to expand our capacity for supporting teachers, and are grateful to the Edward E. Ford Foundation and our matching sponsors for making this fellowship a possibility."

With a present focus on independent schools, the 2018 Summer Fellowship brings teachers together from New Hampshire to Florida to Texas and California:

Rika Drea, Crossroads School
Toby Elmore, Stevenson School
Dale Hinckley, Stevenson School

Caitlin Charette, Cheshire Academy
Amy Foster, Choate Rosemary Hall
Beth Krasemann, Suffield Academy
Eric LaForest, The Loomis Chaffee School
Maureen Lamb, Kingswood Oxford School
Edrik Lopez, Choate Rosemary Hall
Laura Rochette, The Loomis Chaffee School
Sierra Thomsen, Kent School

Mia Franz, Tampa Preparatory School
John Peruggia, The Benjamin School

Jennifer Sikes, Darlington School

Bettina Morrish, Sayre School

Rachael Abernethy, Northfield Mount Hermon
Richard DaSilva, Tabor Academy
Joshua Emmott, Milton Academy
Elizabeth Falco, The Academy at Charlemont
Meghan Gayton, Dana Hall School
Dan Houston, Deerfield Academy
Tom Kane, Phillips Academy
Katharine Millet, St. Mark's School
Dan Mirsky, Prospect Hill Academy
Olivia Robbins, Milton Academy

Samuel Keyes, Saint James School

New Hampshire
Jennifer Blue, Kimball Union Academy
Travis Glennon, Proctor Academy
Darren Redman, Tilton School

New Jersey
Lisa Durkee, Blair Academy
Rebecca Findlay, The Lawrenceville School
Matthew Roach, Peddie School

New York
Cotter Donnell, CITYterm at the Masters School
Emily Haug, Convent of the Sacred Heart
Michael Ingrisani, The Browning School
Moira Murphy, Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music
Trinity Thompson, CITYterm at the Masters School
Susannah Wales, Spence School

Kevin O’Brien, University School

Eric Fulmer, Church Farm School
Rachel Kamm, Delaware County Christian School

Rhode Island
Cory Cramer, St. George’s School

South Carolina
Sara Burrows, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Bryan Hunt, Allen Academy
Amanda Lucas, The Emery/Weiner School

Katie Ryan Kantz, Episcopal High School
Alex Northrup, Foxcroft School

Washington, DC
Ben Labaree, St. Albans School
Krystle Merchant, The Maret School

Sarah Odell, University of Wisconsin-Madison


What do Fellows most look forward to this summer?  Here is a selection of responses from the opening online orientations, grouped by theme:

Professional Development

"Most excited about participating in a community of learners (I have nine-month-old twins, and so this is my PD for the summer!)"

"Usually I spend the summer scouring Twitter for PD throughout the summer, so I’m really excited to have a set community of people to share ideas with before the next school year begins!"

"As self-motivated as I often am, I am thankful for this creative kick in the tail during the summer months!  Having a specific focus toward the year ahead is a gift."

Collaboration across differences

"I am excited to collaborate on this platform with other passionate educators with different experiences than my own."

"I’m excited about being more organized- now that I know I want to be a teacher and am growing as a professional, I am eager to [share] my work and let it grow with the help of others."

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Specific pedagogical goals

"I just got back from an AP exam reading, and I'm looking forward to discovering and exploring some new teachable texts and strategies on approaching them."

"I’m psyched to get some ideas and inspiration for my Modern World History class, which I look forward to revising for greater relevance and immediacy."

"I’m going to be teaching Othello for the first time this upcoming school year. I’m excited to get ideas from colleagues all around the country!"

"Hoping to pick up a lot of short writing assignments that are attached to various texts that I can use for our developing workshop model."

Bringing learning back to colleagues and students

"I'm excited to learn and gain new ideas from my peers and to bring new ideas back to my colleagues as we continue to improve and grow."

"I am also excited to receive feedback from and collaborate with switched-on educators so that the learning experience for students will improve."


To learn more about future fellowships and opportunities with Athena, sign up here: