Faculty and Staff

James Tracy ([email protected]) was unanimously selected as the first President of the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning in 2018. The Stanford University Ph.D. is a leading national voice on education innovation and the use of technology in school improvement. Formerly the Head of School at the Rocky Hill School, Dr. Tracy has also been on the Board of Boston University’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. He currently serves on the advisory board of Boston University’s Digital Learning and Innovation effort, co-chairs the MassRobotics Work of the Future Committee, and is a Board Member of the Boston-based edtech accelerator and convener LearnLaunch.
Deborah Hirsch ([email protected]) is the WW Academy’s Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. She most recently served as Vice President for Development and Director of External Relations at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, 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 graduated summa cum laude from Boston University and holds master’s degrees in education from the University at Buffalo and Harvard University, as well as a doctorate in education from Harvard University.


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.
Dan Coleman ([email protected]), the WW Academy’s Chief Learning and Design Officer, was most recently a founding partner at Big Sky Blue and a principal at Continuum, both firms that focus on design and innovation. Dan previously spent 20 years in the world of education, teaching literature, writing, and philosophy at the graduate, undergraduate, and secondary levels; co-founding a teacher education program at Bennington College; serving in a number of academic administrative roles; and driving learning design for the ELA division of Amplify, an educational technology firm. Dan holds an interdisciplinary humanities degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in English from Cornell.
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.
Peter Laipson ([email protected]) is the Chief Administrative 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.
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 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.
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.

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