Globalizing the Classroom Fellowship

Launched in 2015, the Globalizing the Classroom Fellowship Program brings together secondary and community college educators from across the country who have distinguished themselves through their work and passion for integrating global content into their classrooms. While Harvard’s regional study centers[1] have long engaged with educators through professional development programming and resource building, the fellowship presents an opportunity to extend and deepen this working relationship, supporting rigorous teaching on world regions at multiple grade levels. 

The 2016-2017 fellowship program will allow a select group of educators to take part in ongoing conversations and resource development that was begun during the 2016 summer teacher’s workshop devoted to “Journalism: Production and Consumption across the Globe.” Each fellow is expected to develop classroom materials for use in their own classrooms but with potential value to classrooms throughout the country. The trainings, drawing on Harvard resources, will be devoted to both area studies content and pedagogical approaches, and will primarily take place through online connective technology. The fellowship continues the partnership between Harvard area studies centers (two of which are considered National Resource Centers) and the educational research group Project Zero

Gale Carter, East Chicago Central High School, East Chicago, IN

Gale Carter has taught Social Studies courses at East Chicago Central High School in Indiana for her entire teaching career. Gale attended Bard College, she received her BS in Education from NYU and she received her MA in American History at Purdue. Gale is active in her profession by participating in History organizations and by providing historical content for other institutions. Gale creates opportunities for her students to contribute to the field of History by having them actually 'do' History. For example, her Freshmen transcribed a Civil War diary and then visited the sites mentioned in the diary in Alexandria, Virginia. Gale published her first book, 'Why did these Great People Bend?' - a work of historical poetry.

Sara Mann, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Acton, MA

Sara Mann currently teaches 11th grade English, Contemporary Nonfiction, and Creative Writing at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, MA, where she has been since 2012. She received her BA in English and MAT in Secondary English Education from Brown University. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys playing folk music, drawing, painting, and swimming.

LaTasha Sarpy, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA

LaTasha Sarpy is an Associate Professor in the Behavioral Sciences department at Bunker Hill Community College. Her work has included curriculum development, program expansion and working extensively with the advising department. In addition to teaching she spends her time advocating for quality education for the children of the City of Boston. LaTasha holds a BA in Criminal Justice, MA in Applied Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a MSW from Wheelock College. She is currently finishing her doctorate at Northeastern in the Law and Public Policy program. She is a wife and the mother of 2.

Angela Harriston, District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, D.C.

Angela Harriston began her career teaching high school English at a suburban public school in Prince George’s County, Maryland before she transitioned to teaching English at an urban school district. During her tenure as an English teacher, Angela taught Honors English, AP English Lit, Humanities, Journalism, and SAT Prep. After serving as a high school English teacher for ten years, Angela was promoted to the Instructional Coach/Master Teacher position where she was responsible for helping to increase the pedagogical abilities of teachers within her school. Besides teaching and instructional coaching, Angela has served as Summer School Principal, was a judge for the District of Columbia Poetry Contest, earned the Prestigious Highly Effective Award for Highly Effective Teaching and Coaching for five years in a row, has successfully led three overseas trips with her students, and was in Cohort Five for the New Leaders for New Schools during school year 2015-2016, where she successfully increased the writing abilities of over 80% of students in grades 11 and 12. Angela earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and her Master’s Degree at Bowie State University. In the near future, she will pursue her Doctorate’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

Jeff Rogers, Lycée Français de New York, New York, NY

Jeff received his BFA in Photography and Media from CalArts and a MS.Ed in special and general education from Bank Street College. He has pursued documentary photography and film in the Middle East and Asia and is fond of learning foreign languages. Jeff discovered his love for teaching as a high school English teacher at the Lycée Français de Séoul in South Korea and has been working in special and general education classrooms for the last eight years. He is now the media integrator at the Lycée Français de New York where he teaches media literacy, journalism and cinema.

Lena Papagiannis, John D. O’Bryant School, Boston, MA

Lena Papagiannis is proud to be an educator in the Boston Public Schools, currently teaching curious and comedic 10th and 11th grade students at the John D. O'Bryant School. While her official title is "History Teacher," she strives to impart more on her students than the standard (and bland!) names and dates for which her discipline is known. Her desire to teach relevant, rigorous, and skills-based "history" was cultivated through a Masters program with the Boston Teacher Residency (BTR). Since her residency at the Burke High School, Lena has been interested in multiple pedagogical threads, in particular social studies teaching as a vehicle for the cultivation of empathy, communication skills, and civic engagement. Prior to teaching, Lena worked in Morocco as a Fulbrighter, both at a university and with a budding refugee legal aid clinic in the capital city, Rabat. Her experiences at home and abroad motivate her to teach as a form of activism.

Edith Ducket, Joseph E. Soehl Middle School, Linden, NJ

Edith Duckett is an ESL teacher at Joseph E. Soehl Middle School in Linden, NJ. Edith has taught ESL with the Linden Public School District for 8 years, and has taught ESL in New Jersey for 10 years. Edith has experience teaching at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels. She holds a K-12 certification for ESL as well as New Jersey Supervisor, Principal, and Superintendent certifications. Edith has earned a B.A. in English, M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, and M.A. in School Administration/Educational Leadership. Edith is currently working to complete an M.Ed degree in Literacy and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture. Edith’s two favorite things are education and travel. She’s spent the last 10 years traveling to countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Central America, learning more about the people, history, culture, and languages. Locally, Edith has also volunteered her time as an advocate for children and with organizations such as Literacy Volunteers of America. Recently, Edith participated as a fellow in a Fulbright-Hays group project abroad coordinated through Teacher's College at Columbia University. She has a deep passion for teaching and learning, language and literacy, working with English language learners, and continuing to pursue additional study around the intersections of language, literacy, society, and culture.

Kevin Aylmer, Roxbury Community College, Boston, MA

Historian, archivist, and world music consultant, Kevin Aylmer has been immersed in folk music as an expression of popular culture since childhood. He currently teaches world history and US history at Roxbury Community College, Boston, employing interdisciplinary ecological approach emphasizing continuities and cultural contributions to our present world. This is in addition to teaching nursing research at Laboure College of Nursing & Allied Health in Milton, MA. He has completed graduate work in Psycho-politics and Conflict Research at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and American history at Lesley University. He has held a variety of teaching assignments including middle school, secondary and college. He has had an extensive background in field research as well as print and broadcast journalism, memorably enhanced through concert production at Boston's fabled Channel Club, which preceded a six-year residency at the Original House of Blues, Cambridge. At present, Aylmer is completing a revisionist account of the black nationalist, social activist and controversial Jamaican Marcus Garvey's American sojourn: Word, Soud & Power: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Marcus Mosiah Garvey.


[1] Support for this program comes, in part, from the US Department of Education’s Title VI/National Resource Center (NRC) Grant.Two of the centers involved in the Global Studies Outreach Committee, the Center for African Studies and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, are Title VI/NRC grantees.