RESPECT FOR STUDENTS
In Rivers and Revolutions, we aim to disabuse our students of the idea that they somehow have more or less to offer than any other student, or that somehow their voice matters less than an instructor's voice; if we are all part of this exploration, and if the exploration is open-ended and connected to our own lives, we of course all have something of value to bring to the discussion.
PASSIONATE & CARING
All of the instructors in the Rivers and Revolutions program are highly qualified educators, who are passionate about their content areas – Math, Science, English, Social Studies and the Arts – and care about the well being of students. They bring knowledge and skills to the learning community that go beyond academic disciplines, such as jogging, hiking, traveling, musicianship, yoga, and more. In order to instruct and bring out the best in each student, instructors aspire to offer and model their whole selves. They take instructional risks, make mistakes, ask questions, ask for feedback, and make themselves and their instruction an integral part of the learning community. They are simultaneously academic instructors and curious “students of life”.
& Visual Arts Instructor
Tracie Dunn has taught studio arts at the high school level in Massachusetts' public schools since 2001. Her instructional practices encourage positive interpersonal experiences and substantial learning opportunities through the process of making art. She has also designed arts opportunities for under-served children and families living in New York City, taught in Virginia's Summer Residential Governor's School, and co-founded "Rivers and Revolutions" at Concord-Carlisle High School. In addition to teaching, Tracie leads Professional Development at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and continues to explore and improve her professional practices through Art21’s Summer Institute in New York City. Tracie holds a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and an M.A. from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
& Performing Arts Instructor
Michael Goodwin has extensive teaching experience at the high school level in public and private schools across New England, having worked with a wide range of student populations. He has served as the academic director of the Great Books Summer Program, has developed instructional programs for at-risk youths, and co-founded “Rivers and Revolutions,” a school-within-a-school at Concord-Carlisle High School. Michael is also a co-founder of the Concord River Institute - an organization dedicated to improving instruction at scale for students of all backgrounds and abilities. Through this organization, he provides professional development opportunities for educators and administrators from across the country. Michael holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Amherst College and a M. Ed. in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Will Kemeza has worked as an educator in a variety of settings: as a backcountry ranger in the mountains of northern New England; as a program manager at an environmental non-profit organization; as an English teacher in Boston, and now in Concord-Carlisle High School’s Rivers and Revolutions program. Will holds a BA in English from Boston College, and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School.
Social Studies Instructor
This is Mary McCabe’s 15th year teaching and coaching at Concord Carlisle High School. She has taught both World Cultures & Civilizations and International Issues. Mary’s tenure in and out of the classroom builds on extensive experience working with diverse student populations. She as served as a teaching fellow to undergraduates in an Intro to Legal Studies course at Brandeis University, as a student instructor in Temple University’s Legal Education and Participation program helping to educate high school students about the law and citizenship, and as a volunteer attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocacy working on behalf of victims of child abuse. Mary coaches cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track. She is always on the look out for new recruits! In the summer of 2010 Mary was the social studies instructor for the pilot program of Rivers and Revolutions. She later taught in the program’s inaugural year. She is thrilled to be back! Mary and her husband Sam are passionate outdoor adventurers. Together they have sea-kayaked the Sea of Cortez, skied the backcountry of British Columbia, and circumnavigated Ireland by bike, among many other adventures. Mary has degrees from Boston College, Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Vermont Law School.
Peter Nichol loves the Rivers and Revolutions program and our planet. He's been teaching Earth and Environmental Science for 21 years in NYC, Sharon, MA and at Concord Carlisle. After his tenth year at CCHS he is thrilled to join the Rivers Team. Peter has a BS in Geology from St. Lawrence University and a Masters in Secondary Science Education from Teacher's College at Columbia University. He studied in Kenya and served for three years in the Peace Corps as a water resource specialist in Mali West Africa. He has visited over 20 countries and been down the Congo on a riverboat. Peter loves the Canadian shield where he has led wilderness canoe trips for Keewaydin Camp and taught white water skills at the Madawaska Kanu Camp. On one particular summer, he paddled 700 miles in 7 weeks to reach Hudson's Bay via the Winisk River through northern Ontario. Peter lives with his wife and three kids in Concord Riverwalk, a net zero pocket community in West Concord. Peter is so impressed with the passion that students bring to the Rivers and Revolutions Program!
Mike has been teaching and coaching for over 15 years in the communities of Chelmsford and Concord-Carlisle/Boston. His passion for geography, history and mathematics led him to Rivers, where he is excited to lead instruction as well as be a student. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Delaware with a focus in Third World Development and Sub-Saharan Africa and an M.Ed. in Teaching Mathematics from Cambridge College.
Ashley Cohane (Math Instructor)
Jeff Fuller (Math Instructor)
Johanna Glazer (Social Studies Instructor)
Matt Goldberg (Science Instructor)
ALUMNI ACADEMIC SUPPORT
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