Alumni in the Field

Below is a list of Wesleyan alumni who are in the field of education and are willing to speak with current Wesleyan students! To view alumni contacts sorted by category, click the following links:

Classroom teacher
School administration
Other nonprofit or consulting work

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Name/class year: Grace Asleson ’13 (B.A. Sociology and Italian Studies)
Current position: Director of Operations at San Francisco RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), a startup/nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area. In partnership with Major League Baseball, San Francisco RBI brings a vibrant baseball-inspired reading curriculum to youth in under resourced communities. San Francisco RBI believes that all children, regardless of circumstances, should read at or above grade level.
Other experience in education:

Name/class year: Babette Audant ’92 (B.A. COL)
Contact information:
Current position: Assistant Professor of Culinary Arts, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY; Executive Director, Center for Economic and Workforce Development (a program focused on helping under and unemployed adults succeed on their career and college pathways)
Other experience in education: Taught for CUNY’s Online Baccalaureate Program, involved in multiple cross-disciplinary research projects at CUNY

Name/class year: Christine Bennett ’85 (CAS Earth Science)
Current position: Retired
Other experience in education:
-Taught middle school English; high school science (biology, earth
science, A & P, AP Bio); science department head.
-Involved in staff development; state teacher assessment; mentoring;
student teaching; curriculum development and revision.
-BS CCSU English
-MS CCSU Reading
-CAS Wesleyan Earth Science
-+20 UCONN Administration

Name/class year: Craig Badger ’04 (B.A. Government); GLSP ’12
Contact information:
99 Green Hill Rd
Washington, CT 06793
Current position: Teacher at The Gunnery, a 9-12 boarding school. He currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and the Associate Head Hockey Coach
Other experience in education: Served as the Assistant Men’s Hockey Coach at Williams College

Name/ class year: Kim Carrell-Smith ’79
Contact information:
Lehigh Community Fellows Program
Maginnes Hall
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Current position: Director, Community Fellows Program and Professor of Practice in Public History, Lehigh University
Other experience in education:
Community Schools movement in the Lehigh Valley (Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton/Bangor area). Compass (COmmunity PArtners for Student Success) has won national recognition for its leadership in this model, which seeks to turn every CS into the hub of its community, building strong neighborhoods in which all families and children find support and connections that will lead to stronger communities and student success. See
For more on national Community Schools models and initiatives see

Name/class year: Peter C. Cherr ’79 (B.A. Philosophy)
Contact; 48-42 44th Streeet, Apt. 5J, Woodside, NJ 11377
Current position: Interpersonal communications and organizational behavior consultant; in April 2013, retired as a New York City English teacher
Other experience in education:
Set up and ran the Time Education Program for Time Inc.
Set up and ran the performing arts program and was an English teacher at Pomperaugh High School in Southbury, CT
Union representative for the New York school that he taught at

Name/class year: Rebecca Coven ’13 (B.A. English & Sociology, certificate in the Study of Education)
Current position: Research Assistant in the K-12 Education Policy Area at MDRC
Other experience in education:
Research Assistant to Professor Daniel Long (education research)
Intern at the National Center on Time & Learning
Tutor/Coordinaor for WesReads/WesMath

Name/class year: Sal d’Alessandro ’72 (B.A. Music)
Contact; 183 Killingworth Rd, Higganum, CT 06441; 860-345-2562
Current position: Music 3-5 and middle school jazz band director – Cromwell public schools
Other experience in education:
Private lessons instructor for 40 years

Name/class year: Zach Fischman ’13 (B.A. COL)
Contact; 631-406-3903
Current position: Fellow, Wesleyan Center for Prison Education
Other experience in education:
Wesleyan’s Writing Programs (tutor)

Name/class year: Andrew Frishman ’97 (B.A. Biology)
Current position: Director of Program Development and Innovation at Big Picture Learning (
Other experience in education:
2011-present Doctoral Candidate, Education Leadership, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
2007-2011 Educator/Administrator at The Met Sacramento (
2002-2006 Educator at The Met High School, Providence, RI (
1999-2001 Educator at Hackley School
1997-1999 Educator at Renbrook School
“I work with Big Picture Learning ( and am excited
to talk with Wesleyan alums (and others) who are interested in
learning more about our work across the US and internationally to
transform, re-imagine and fundamentally redesign education in the
United States, Big Picture Learning’s (BPL) vision is to catalyze
vital changes in K-Adult education by generating and sustaining
innovative, personalized learning environments that work in tandem
with the real world of their greater community.”

Name/class year: Sarah Gillooly ’06 (B.A. Psychology)
Contact information:
Current position: High school social studies teacher and Head Softball Coach in South Florida (Fort Pierce Central High School)
Other experience in education:
Has taught Geography, Economics, Government, Psychology and AP Psych

Name/class year: Chelsea Goldsmith ’13 (B.A. American Studies & English)
Current position: Teaching Resident, Urban Teacher Center (working towards a Masters in Elementary Education and Special Education)
Other experience in education:
Summer School Teacher at Corazon a Corazon, Chicago (summer 2011)

Name/class year: Rebecca Graziano ’87 (B.A. American Studies)
Contact information:
Office #: 201 236 5578
One Lake Street
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Current position: VP, Product Development, Instructional Solutions, K-12 Math and Literacy, Pearson North America
Other experience in education: 
-18 years in product development including literature anthologies,
writing programs, elementary integrated curriculum, math intervention,
digital products, professional development, and assessment
-5 years teaching grades 6-12

Name/class year: Alex Hartley ’10 (B.A. Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior)
Contact informationalexbrynnhartley@gmail.com615-289-1057
Current position: Community Education Worker at the South End Technology Center at Tent City
Other experience in education:
Breakthrough Collaborative (Philadelphia)
Urban Education Leaders Internship Program at DC Public Schools
Boston Teacher Residency

Name/class year: Sydney Hausman-Cohen ’13 (B.A. Psychology)
Contact; 512-289-6216
Current position: Associate Teacher at Success Academies Charter Schools
Other experience in education:
Camp counselor – Young Judaea Israel, Camp Young Judaea Texas
ESL teacher – Scuola Zamboni, Bologna, Italy

Name/class year: James Jacobus
Current position: Communications and Marketing Designer and Girls’ volleyball coach for a private San Francisco prep school
Other experience in education:
Fundraising Event and Pledge Manager in school’s Development Office
CRM database manager (salesforce platform)
Design/Architecture/Art teacher
9th grade Heatlh & Wellness Instructor
Boys’ volleyball coach

Name/class year: Rebecca Lange ’13 (B.A. Psychology & Philosophy, certificate in the Study of Education)
Current position: Research Assistant with Facing History and Ourselves (“an international non-profit  headquartered in Boston that teachers kids about social justice and teaches teachers how to teach about social justice. [Rebecca is] doing psychometric/psych/social science research evaluating the impact of the programs on students in the classooms around the world who take classes using FH’s curriculum, or whose teachers have been trained by FH.”)
Other experience in education:
-Research in Anna Shusterman’s Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan
-Research in Yale’s Mind and Development Lab
-Research in Professor Stemler’s Psychometric Lab at Wesleyan
-Peers for Queers (leading discussions with Middletown High School students about sexuality and gender)

Name/class year: Keith Lee ’09 (B.A. Economics)
Contact information:
Current position: Currently live in Nanjing, China working as a private college counselor at New Oriental Vision Overseas. Works with students who want to go America for their undergraduate degree.
Other experience in education: 
Taurus Education

Name/class year: Becky Lloyd DesRoches ’90
Contact information:
Current position: Professor of graduate education and human development (psychology) part time at Regis college (Boston area)
Other experience in education: Currently teaches the curriculum adaptation course for the MA licensure program.

Name/class year: Kathleen Mozak-Pezza (’97) (B.A. Bio and E&ES)
Contact Information:
Current position: Curriculum Director for the Somers Public Schools in Connecticut
Other experience in education: 10 years as a biology and earth science teacher in grades 6-12 and 2 years as a building level administrator

Name/ class year: Heather Natour ’98 (B.A. ECON)
Contact Information:
Current position: Director, Program Management, Blackboard, Inc.
(Blackboard creates, among other things, Learning Management Systems- it was the system Wesleyan used before switching to Moodle)

Name/class year: Mark Nelson ’04
Current position: Director of Performing Arts, Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY
Other experience in education: Has taught at the following schools:
Lake Forest College (Assistant Professor of Music)
Wabash College (Chair, Department of Music)
Wesleyan University (Visiting Assistant Professor, Music)
Hawken School (Chair, Performing Arts)
Ross School (Chair, Performing Arts)
Webb Schools (Chair, Fine and Performing Arts)

Name/class year: Angela Penfold ’93
Current position: Working in education consulting, evaluation, program implementation for RMC Research in Portsmouth, NH
Other experience in education:

Name/ Class year: Linda Perlstein (’92) (GOVT)
Contact information:
Current position: Consultant, self-employed
Other experience in education: Education writer, The Washington Post
Author, Not Much Just Chillin’: The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers
and Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade
Public editor, National Education Writers Association

Name/class year: Glamildi Rondon ’12 (B.A. Sociology & Psychoogy)
Contact; cell phonen available upon request
Current position: Relay Teaching Fellow – Citizen Schools
Other experience in education:
Breakthrough Collaboraive NY and SF
Prep for Prep Alum
Americorps volunteer at Macdonough

Name/class year: Lena Sadowitz ’99
Current position: Assistant Director of the Teaching and Learning Center – National Cathedral School, Washington, DC
Other experience in education:
Intermediate Cross-Categorical teacher – Evanston District 65, IL
Learning Behavior Specialist – Chicago Public Schools
Learning Resource Teacher – Latin School of Chicago
Student clinician and T.A. – Northwestern University
3rd Grade Transition Teacher – Boston Public Schools

Name/class year: Rachel Schwartz ’11 (B.A. English)
Contact information:
Current position: Masters in Teaching student, graduating June ’13.
Other experience in education: Tutoring

Name/class year: Aaron Shansky ’07 (B.A. English)
Aaron Shansky
85 Club Pointe Dr.
White Plains, NY 10605
Current position: English Teacher, 2009-present, Mamaroneck High School (Mamaroneck, NY)
Other experience in education:
-Ed. M in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard Graduate School of
-Student teacher at Boston Collegiate Charter School
Comments: “Before deciding to get my Master’s as a teacher, these were
experiences I found particularly helpful:
-volunteering through 826
-mentoring at Woodrow Wilson Middle School
-working as a substitute teacher
-interning at the Partnership for After-School Education (PASE)”

Name/class year: Andy Spear ’90 (B.A. English & Theater)
Current position: High School Teacher (English, Drama, Journalism) and Administrator at
The Head Royce School, an independent K-12 school in Oakland, CA.
Other experience in education:
Taught in a range of summer camps, developed summer camp programs, ran professional development workshops for teachers. Taught briefly at the undergraduate level while in graduate school himself (he has an MFA in fiction writing as well).

Name/class year: Erika (Kika) Stump ’94
Contact information: or
Current position: Research Associate – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research & Evaluation – Univ. of Southern Maine
Other experience in education: 
M.Ed. – Secondary English
PhD student – Public Policy, concentration: Education Leadership
10 years teaching high school English – Maine public schools
3 years adjunct instructor Maine Community College – Humanities
3 years assistant coach, Bates College

Name/class year: Jeff Taylor ’68 (B.A. COL)
Current position: Retired; finishing a PhD in mathematics education
Other experience in education:
30+ yrs as math, technology, social studies teacher, including 7 years
in administration.
Mostly middle school work: some HS, some upper elementary, some
college teaching as well.
Comments: “I’m particularly interested in rural education right now.”

Name/class year: Madeline Joy Weiss ’09 (B.A. Sociology and Math)
Contact informationmjweiss@wesleyan.edu
Current position: Data Analyst, Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University Teachers College
At CCRC, she has worked on a variety of both quantitative and qualitative research projects. Some highlights:
– An experimental design evaluation of developmental summer bridge programs for graduating high school seniors who weren’t college-ready
– Estimating the labor market returns to community college credentials using administrative data from three states
– Mixed methods research examining program structure in Washington community and technical colleges
Other experience in education:
She got her start in education research back at Wesleyan, working with
both Professors Daniel Long and Steven Stemler. She says, “they’re great
resources and amazing people, so take advantage of them!”
Comments: “CCRC is a bit of a hybrid between an academic and a policy center. I’m
happy to share my experiences with students who might want more
information on the differences between academic, policy, and
practitioner career paths within the broader education research world
– distinctions I’m not sure I realized existed when I graduated Wes!”