Audrey Fairchild is a middle school teacher in Northern California, in the SF Bay Area. She has been teaching for sixteen years, both as a primary teacher and as a secondary teacher. She has credentials in Social Studies and English Language Arts, and also holdsa National Credential. She earned her Ph.D. in Education in 2001 and is currently finishing her third Master’s Degree and soon to be licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Each year, Audrey travels outside the country with students, and they are returning from Cuba late June this year. Audrey also supervises the Community Service and Service Learning programs at her school, with a focus on local homelessness and international hunger. Audrey’s special focus in Social Studies is tying the medieval units of history to what is currently happening in each of the 10 geographic areas covered in the7th grade standards. Acting as “global citizens,” Audrey’s students have made outreach videos to share with international students in Korea, West Africa, Mexico, Arabia, and Canada, hoping for a reciprocal video to return in exchange. Audrey is continuously looking for ways to expand her teaching and to enrich instruction with real world connections.
Mary T McCullagh
Mary T McCullagh teaches AP and Honors US Government and US History in Miami FL. She holds a Master of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education, and recently served on the National Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors.In her 25th year at the school, she moderates the National Council for the Social Studies Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society and the History Club through which students explore history and participate in community service. She actively participates in local, state and national Social Studies organizations, and serves as educational consultant for the Transatlantic Outreach Program, Discovery Education, Centropa, and with the Florida Task force on Holocaust Education. Mary T's commitment to global education deepened when she participated in international meetings in Kenya and Belgium during which students from every continent engaged in robust discussions about their interests, concerns and dreams of the future for their communities and home states. She continues this commitment through professional development seminars and programs in a variety of settings in the US and abroad, and through cross-cultural projects with colleagues and students beyond classroom walls.
Gerald received his Bachelors degree in music from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh. Post-Masters degree studies in Administrative and Policy Studies at the Univ. of Pittsburgh. In addition to being an educator, Gerald is musical artist (composer, arranger, vocalist, director, and pianist), ethnomusicologist, and advocate for using music as a support for health and well-being. He is presently the chairperson of the Vocal Department at Pittsburgh School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) 6-12; named a ‘Blue Ribbon School’ in 2009 by Newsweek Magazine, and, in 2016, was ranked #15 among schools in the State of Pennsylvania. Teaching in an urban environment, Gerald seeks ways to enhance the curriculum in providing students with a balance of a quality education in both academics and the arts.
Gerald travelled extensively as an educator, musical artist and private citizen; over 20 countries in all. In 2009, he travelled to Brazil as a Fulbright-Hays scholar, resulting from a collaboration between the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and a joint effort between The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), and The Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói (Museum of Contemporary Arts, Niteroi, Brazil). More recently, in 2014, Gerald was the part of a group of teachers and students who took a ten-day visit to Poland in 2014. He served as teacher/music facilitator with Classrooms without Borders (http://classroomswithoutborders.org/); an organization that sponsors teachers and students to learn and teach about the atrocities of the Holocaust. The trip included visiting various sites throughout Poland, including Warsaw, Auschwitz, Majdanek, and Treblinka.
Gerald also has a certificate in Sound Healing from the Globe Institute of Sound and Consciousness, located in Oakland, CA, and presently teaches a course in Music Theory. He is a member of Musical Educators National Conference, the International Society of Ethnomusicology, and is on the Teacher Advisory Committee for the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus.
Christian Scott is a middle school Social Studies teacher in the Boston Public Schools. His roster of classes includes World Geography & Cultures, Ancient Civilizations, and Civics. Christian earned his M.Ed and BA in English from the University of Massachusetts and recently completed a two-year program for Teaching Social Studies to English Language Learners. He serves as the Professional Learning Community lead teacher for Social Studies across the district and sits on the Educator Advisory Board of the Edward M Kennedy Institute. Christian is passionate about Experiential Learning and Place Based Education. This past year he revamped the 7th Geography curriculum to include a focus on indigenous lifeways and adaptations. Mr. Scott is committed to his ongoing professional development. This summer, in addition to attending the Bridging Cultures program, Mr. Scott will study American Government at George Washington's Mount Vernon Institute and developing Geography curriculum as a fellow at Leventhal Map Center.
Amanda Hilliard Smith is committed to creating a more globally aware classroom. She is traveling throughout Southeast Asia this summer in order to bring back knowledge and resources to her students. She has participated in several professional development opportunities at home and abroad including the Transatlantic Atlantic Outreach Program, National Endowment of Humanities Institutes, and Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars. She developed and continues to monitor the “Teachers Travel for Free” page after seeing a need to provide k-12 teachers with an online forum to learn about professional development opportunities. Smith is currently teaching World History and Civics & Economics at Beaufort County Early College High School in Washington, NC. Most of her students are first generation college students who will earn their associate degree along with their high school diploma. She received her BA in history at Meredith College and a MA in public history at North Carolina State University.
: Lori Stubben is a teacher at an arts integrated Waldorf charter school in Northern California. She takes the same group of students from first through eighth grade, teaching in a block system. She is bringing her second group through the process and will be in seventh grade with them in the fall. When not figuring out how to add dance, theater, music, literature and art into history and science blocks she is enjoys gardening, raising chickens, international and healthy cooking (ask her about spiralizing!), dancing, acting, singing, and fiber arts (sewing, weaving, spinning, and knitting). While completing her Cultural Anthropology and Southeast Asian Studies degrees, she spent one summer studying archeology in Israel, and two semesters studying Indonesian culture in Java. After graduating she spent three years teaching English and theater in Japan.
Jamie Warner graduated from New York University in 2005. While there, she was immersed in History and Education classes enroute to earning NYU’s Founder’s Day award. Between 2007 and 2009, Jamie was an active participant in the James Madison Seminar for Teaching U.S. History at Princeton University. In 2012, Jamie earned her Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Kean University. Since 2013, Jamie has been actively taking additional graduate level classes in Cultural Competence, Global Education, Prejudice Reduction and Holocaust Studies. This work has resulted in Jamie earning a post-Baccalaureate certificate in Holocaust Education and Prejudice Reduction. Additionally, Jamie was an Alfred P. Lerner Fellow at Columbia University’s Summer Institute for Teachers through the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. In an effort to continue to learn and grow in the area of Global Education, Jamie is also an active participant in the League of Global Scholars. She has been teaching middle school Social Studies in suburban Cranford, NJ for the past nine years. Over that time, Jamie has taught Ancient History, US History and Medieval History while developing engaging lessons and activities. Jamie is currently working diligently to foster connections between her Medieval History curriculum and Human Rights issues in the modern world. To further this work, Jamie is also actively participating in a Blended Learning cohort.