Bridging Cultures 2015 Participants

Adu Gyamfi, Sandra

Adu Gyamfi

Sandra Adu Gyamfi is originally from Ghana but now lives in the United States. She graduated from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, with a Bachelors of Education in Social Science and a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, Arizona. Sandra taught Social Studies in one of the Secondary Schools in Ghana for three years. She also worked in mental health in North Carolina precisely (Greensboro, High Point and Winston Salem) with at-risk children, their parents and guardians at home and in school. Working with at-risk children motivated her to go back to teaching because she became familiar with the school system and how to handle challenging students and their families. She is currently teaching Social Studies (World History and Psychology) in Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, North Carolina. This fall will be her third year teaching in Ragsdale. In 2014, Sandra attended Advanced Placement Summer Institute organized by College Board at Wake Forest University. She also participated in Guilford County Schools Global Education Conference at James Town Middle School, 2014. The knowledge that she gained from these workshops has been very useful in her work. She is interested in learning more about the different cultures and history that she teaches based on the realistic perspective of the natives about their country.

Regina Chamberlin

ChamberlinRegina Chamberlin is a History and Social Studies teacher in Tucson, Arizona. She has been teaching for 10 years at the high school level. Regina holds an MA in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from the American College of Education and graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Education with an emphasis in Social Studies in 2004. She is the Instructional Team Leader for Social Studies and is a Cognitive Coach in her school district. She taught high school in San Bernadino, CA for three years and has been teaching in Tucson where she grew up for the last seven years. Regina loves teaching high school students and traveling. She oversees an international travel program at her school and has taken students on trips to Europe over the last few years. She will be starting a Foreign Exchange program with South Korea and will be teaching a World Cultures class for Grand Canyon University soon as well.

Cindy Collier

CollierCindy has taught for twelve years at Lake Forest High School, in Lake Forest, IL, a suburb of Chicago. She has taught AP US History, Middle Eastern Studies, and Sociology. This year she will be teaching a new course, Modern Global Issues, which will be a project-based underclassmen course that asks students to evaluate the world from multiple perspectives, connect past and present, and act as global citizens. She has participated in a Fulbright Hays scholarship to Jordan in 2006 and study tours to Japan and Korea with other teachers. For the last eight years, she has coordinated a student exchange program between Lake Forest and a high school in The Hague, Netherlands. She has an undergraduate degree in History and a master’s degree in Social Studies and Global Education both from The Ohio State University.

Lisa Dadush

DadushLisa has been teaching history to high school students for eight years in New York City public schools, where she taught a culturally diverse student population and a private day school, with a very insular student population lacking in diversity. She graduated from the State University of New York-Albany in 2007 with a BA in History and a dual minor in Secondary Education and African Studies. She went on to earn her MA in Secondary Education Social Studies from NYU-Steinhardt in 2008. She is a member of The Academy of Teachers through the New York City Public Library, and has been trained in multiple teaching methods including PBL (project/problem/passion based learning), Layered Curriculum, and BOLD (blended online learning).

 

 

Jennifer Finch

FinchRaised in the U.S. Foreign Service, Jenna completed most of her schooling in Spanish schools, but graduated from high school in the U.S. (Washington D.C.). She returned to Spain for the first year of university focusing on interpreting, translation, and the various cultures of Spain. After a long hike from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela, Jenna returned to the U.S. and received a BA in Spanish at Grinnell College, an MA in Spanish Literature at the University of Kansas, and completed preliminary exams and received a Humanities Dissertation Fellowship for a doctorate she did not complete. Jenna did complete an additional MEd and certification in Spanish.  She is active in the non-profit/social justice community and still leads trips to Spain. At present she is completing her Oral Proficiency Interviewing certification, involved in Restorative Practices (Restorative Justice) training for educators, and preparing for the ATA national certification as a translator. She has taught high school and college (off and on) for 26 years.

David Janociak

JanociakDavid earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 2011 in History Education. David has taught both English and Social Studies in Middle and High School. He spent several years teaching at Monument Valley High School on the Navajo Reservation. While there, he helped develop a curriculum for remedial english learners. He also taught U.S. History and World History as an honor class and core curriculum. He has completed a Teaching English as a Foreign English certification and has continual interest in foreign cultures. In his history instruction David is continuously looking for ways to expand his perspective to enrich his instruction.

 

Cheryl Singer

SingerCheryl Singer is a Navajo Language teacher who has taught at Monument Valley High School for over 28 years on the Navajo reservation and has attended many conferences and workshops (e.g., Navajo Language Academy, workshops on revitalizing the Navajo Language, etc.) and received her Master’s Degree in Bilingual/Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University to educate the youth on and off the Navajo reservation about the importance of revitalizing and rediscovering the beauty of the Navajo language as well as its cultural teachings/values and history. The topic of “The American Dream: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of a Cultural Heritage” will focus on the modern day Navajo youth and encouraging them to rediscover their Native tongue through various types of teaching styles that could be incorporated into the Navajo Language Curriculum at the secondary level.

 

 

Barbara Zaun

ZaunBarbara Zaun holds a BS in English and French from Clarion College and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches Advanced Placement and Honors French at North Allegheny Senior High School, the largest public high school in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, where she sponsors the high school French Club, mentors language students in international marketing competitions and has chaperoned many student trips to France. In addition to teaching French, Barbara has both taught and supervised adult ESL evening and summer programs housed at the University of Pittsburgh. She is one of the founding members of the Cultural Communications Alliance, a Pittsburgh 501C3 non profit organization and business-to-education partnership whose mission is to develop students for tomorrow’s challenges while emphasizing to high school students the importance of their continued study of world languages.

 

Letitia Zwickert

ZwickertLetitia Zwickert teaches International Relations, World Cultures, and Ethnic Minorities at Naperville Central High School. She holds a BA in Political Science from ISU, an MA in International Relations from Loyola University Chicago, and a MAEd in Secondary Education. She worked at the European Parliament as a researcher and at Harvard University on an EU Grant before becoming a teacher. Recently, Letitia was selected as the first K-12 teacher Fulbright Schuman Scholar and will conduct research on the achievement gap in France, Belgium, and Luxembourg next school year.