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Deborah Hirsch ([email protected]) is the President of the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning. Previously she served as the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and the Founding Executive Director, providing leadership for the planning, development, and launch of the WW Academy, a competency-based teacher education program.

Dr. Hirsch served as Vice President for Development and Director of External Relations at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA where she was previously Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Prior to Mount Ida, Deborah was the Executive Director of the Boston Higher Education Partnership and Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education.  She has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and at Boston College.

Dr. Hirsch has served as a visiting team member for the New England Association for Schools and Colleges and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education; she was a Fellow for the Salzburg Seminar’s Universities Project and a Senior Fellow at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.  She has served on several nonprofit boards, has presented widely and published numerous articles on teacher preparation, college access and success, student retention, civic engagement and service learning.

Dr. Hirsch graduated summa cum laude from Boston University, holds master’s degrees in education from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Harvard University and a doctorate in education from Harvard University.

Dr. Hirsch is a champion of the “Try, Learn, Try” mantra at the academy. See more in this video.

Courtney Castle ([email protected]) is the Senior Assessment Designer at the Woodrow Wilson Academy. Courtney joined the Academy after completing the doctoral program at Boston College where she studied measurement and statistics and did research on multidimensional assessment and teacher professional development in science. She also holds dual bachelor’s degrees in psychology and mathematics from the University of Dayton.

Dr. Castle explains the assessment methodology at the WW Academy in this video.

Matthew Gaydos ([email protected]) is a design researcher at the MIT Playful Journey Lab. He studies and develops games for play-based learning, working at the intersection of theory, design, and policy. He is interested in better understanding how to apply principles of learning to the development and use of playful interactive media.
Rupal Jain ([email protected]), the Director of Clinical Practice and Student Support at the WW Academy, previously spent nine years as an award-winning educator, curriculum designer, and educator preparation specialist. During this time she was a Director of Curriculum and Instruction with the Breakthrough Collaborative. A former graduate research assistant with the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten group, Rupal holds an Ed.M. in technology, innovation, & education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as a B.S. and M.A. in education from the University of Connecticut.
Manjula Karamcheti ([email protected]), the Director of Equity and Student Support, has been a counselor, educator and administrator in diverse school districts for the past 13 years. Her areas of expertise and passion include promoting equity and access of opportunities for all learners as well as the design and delivery of authentic social-emotional learning and mental health programs. Manjula earned her B.S. from Colorado State University. She holds an M.Ed. in risk and prevention from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.A. in community social psychology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and is a licensed school counselor.
YJ Kim ([email protected]) is the project director of the MIT and Woodrow Wilson Partnership, and a research scientist at the MIT Playful Journey Lab. She oversees the partnership and leads the research and development collaboration. Dr. Kim’s research focuses on new forms of assessment that are authentic, playful, and seamlessly embedded in learning environments. She received a Ph.D. in learning sciences from Florida State University.

YJ leads the playful assessment and learning happening through the MIT collaboration.

Catherine Kinyua ([email protected]) is an Administrative Assistant at the WW Academy. Before joining the Academy in August 2018, Catherine worked as a paralegal and has over seven years’ experience in operations management. She speaks four languages and holds a B.A. in International Relations and Affairs from Suffolk University..
Peter Kirschmann ([email protected]) is a Learning Designer at the MIT Playful Journey Lab, where he helps codesign learning experiences for and with teacher candidates. He is interested in creating opportunities for learners to design, create, and invent. He has designed and facilitated learning experiences at museums, libraries, and other informal learning spaces. He holds a B.A. in media studies from Macalester College and an Ed.M. in technology, innovation, and education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Peter Laipson ([email protected]) is the Chief Academic Officer of the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning. Most recently the Emily H. Fisher Research Fellow of Bard College, he served from 2011 to 2015 as the Provost of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, the nation’s only four-year residential early college. Prior to joining Bard, Peter taught in higher and secondary education, including 12 years at Concord Academy, an independent secondary school outside of Boston, where he also served as Dean of Faculty. Peter earned his undergraduate degree in religious studies, magna cum laude, from Brown University and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Laipson explains why the WW Academy is a competency-based program in this video.

Meredith Moore ([email protected]) is a design researcher at the MIT Playful Journey Lab, where her research focuses on the design of environments that foster teacher learning. She is also a veteran educator with nine years of K-12 teaching experience and seven years of experience as a teacher educator. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College, an MS from Bank Street College of Education, and a BA  from Harvard University.
Raha Moussavi ([email protected]) is a Learning Designer at the MIT Playful Journey Lab, and helps co-design learning experiences with and for teacher candidates. Prior to joining the Teaching Systems Lab, she worked as a science educator, as well as on the design and assessment of an intelligent tutoring system for science inquiry. Raha holds a Ph.D. in learning sciences and technology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an A.M. in chemistry from Brown University, and a B.S. in chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Joye Nagle ([email protected]) is the Woodrow Wilson Academy’s Chief Financial Officer. Joye is a CPA with over 20 years’ experience in budgeting, planning and financial management. She has worked in government, corporate and non-profit settings, including at Dow Jones and Company and at the United States Department of Agriculture.  Joye holds a B.S.B.A. in accounting from Old Dominion University and an M.B.A. from Rider University.
Julianna Stockton ([email protected]) joined the WW Academy staff in December 2016 as its first Faculty Mentor in Mathematics. She now also serves as Director of Program Design. She was previously Associate Professor of Mathematics and Director of the 3+2 Engineering Program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. An Olin Partner and member of the first graduating class of Olin College of Engineering, Julianna graduated with her B.S.M.E. in mechanical engineering from Olin, then earned her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in mathematics education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

As a faculty mentor, Dr. Stockton organizes weekly practicum seminars in math. See more in this video.

Andrew Wild ([email protected]), is the WW Academy Faculty Mentor in Science. Andrew was formerly a Senior Fellow and Research Associate for the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. He has experience as a high school science teacher and served in teacher leadership roles in San Francisco Bay Area public high schools. Over the past decade, he has designed, facilitated, and researched science-learning experiences. He recently co-authored: Arguing From Evidence in Middle School Science: 24 Activities for Productive Talk and Deeper Learning. Wild graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College; Andrew earned a master’s degree in teaching and a Ph.D. in science education from Stanford.

Dr. Wild explains his role as a faculty mentor in this video.

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