Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning



The WW Academy is reinventing American teacher preparation for the 21st century.

Leadership and Staff

Arthur Levine ([email protected]), Founding President of the WW Academy and President of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, has spearheaded the creation of the WW Academy and is a member of its Board of Governors. Before his appointment at Woodrow Wilson in 2006, he was president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author or co-author of ten books and dozens of articles and reviews, including a series of reports for the Education Schools Project on the preparation of school leaders, teachers, and education researchers. Dr. Levine’s numerous commentaries appear in such publications as The New York Times; The Los Angeles Times; The Wall Street Journal; The Washington Post; Education Week; and The Chronicle of Higher Education. | Full bio
Stephanie J. Hull ([email protected]) is the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Hull has oversight responsibility for a wide range of Foundation operations and programs—including the WW Teaching Fellowships and the WW MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership. She previously served as Head of the Brearley School, a girls’ K–12 college preparatory school in New York City, where she led a highly successful capital campaign and long-range planning process and oversaw the introduction of a number of new initiatives. | Full bio
Deborah Hirsch ([email protected]) is the WW Academy’s Executive Director. 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 at Bowdoin College and Grinnell College and 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.
Diana Miceli ([email protected]) is the WW Academy’s Program Assistant. She has spent the last 5 years teaching English and Spanish in both Rochester, NY and Spain, earning her Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification in the process. Diana comes to the Academy from Education First, where she worked as an Account Manager with the Cultural Care Au Pair program. A graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, she holds a dual B.A. in Spanish and Communication Studies and is currently pursuing her M.A. in International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in Cambridge.
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.
Jose Ochoa ([email protected]) directs admissions for the WW Academy and is also Director of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships. He was previously Director of MPP Admissions and Programs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, joining the Woodrow Wilson Foundation staff in 2013. He previously served as Associate Director for Enrollment Management at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education, and was Assistant Director of Scholarship Programs at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. He earned his B.A. in political science from Rutgers University and an M.A. in liberal studies from NYU. He is an alumnus of the U.S.-Spain Young Leaders Program.
Patrick Riccards ([email protected]), the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Chief Communications and Strategy Officer, heads WW Academy outreach efforts. Patrick began his career on Capitol Hill, where he served in senior communications positions for members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. The former executive director for communications and public affairs at American Institutes for Research, he has also served as executive director of the Pennsylvania STEM Initiative and de facto chief of staff for the National Reading Panel. Pat is widely known on social media for his blog and Twitter feed, @Eduflack, and he has won numerous national awards for his work in education communications and public engagement.
Beverly Sanford ([email protected]), Vice President of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, works with WW Academy internal communications and, in particular, branding and marketing. She also serves as Secretary of the Foundation, a position elected by the Woodrow Wilson Board of Trustees. Prior to joining the Woodrow Wilson staff in 2002, Ms. Sanford served first as communications director for the president of the University at Buffalo (SUNY), then as associate director of the UB Regional Institute. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she completed an M.A. and Ph.D. coursework at the University at Buffalo.
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, Dr. Stockton 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.
Audra Watson ([email protected]), advises the WW Academy on mentoring and clinical preparation. As the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Director of Curriculum, Mentoring, and Assessment, she has lead responsibility for the mentoring components of the Foundation’s various Fellowships. Prior to coming to the Foundation in 2010, Dr. Watson worked with the New York City Department of Education, directing mentoring and teacher development programs.
Andrew Wild ([email protected]), is the WW Academy Faculty Mentor in Science. Dr. Wild 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, Dr. Wild 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; he earned a master’s degree in teaching and a Ph.D. in science education from Stanford.