2017 Summer Fellows

Nancy Boyles

King Middle School

Nancy will attend the Centrum Jazz Workshop in Fort Townsend, Washington this summer. She mainly wants to work on improvisation which is extremely hard to teach and gain new, creative ideas to help her students gain confidence and skills in this area.

Roland Brown

Willard Middle School

Roland will attend the “Band Director Power Course,” held by the Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology this summer. He will complete a course in basic band instrument repair to facilitate quick and inexpensive basic repairs on students’ instruments.

Sarah Cline

Berkeley High School

Sarah will attend the Centrum Jazz Workshop in Fort Townsend, Washington this summer. She is excited to collaborate with other music teachers to discuss pedagogy and observe classes led by professional jazz players.

Michelle Contreras

Rosa Parks Elementary

Michelle will be attending the Teacher’s College of Reading and Writing Project in New York this summer. She’s looking forward to creating classroom systems and expectations that allow for helpful writing conferences to happen and raise the level of writing for all students.

Michael Hammond

Longfellow Middle School

Michael will attend the Centrum Jazz Workshop in Fort Townsend, Washington this summer. He attended the workshop a few years back and still uses the materials from the previous workshop in his classes. He is looking forward acquiring new materials and concepts.

Jodi Hardy

Washington Elementary

Jodi will be attending the Responsive Classroom Advanced Course in San Francisco this summer. Her goal is to increase her knowledge of how to create a positive learning environment, learn new instructional strategies and reflect on her own teaching practices.

Joemy Ito-Gates

Thousand Oaks Elementary

Joemy will be attending the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice in Los Angeles this summer along with a team of 4 other educators from Cragmont Elementary, Jefferson Elementary and the District Office. By having representatives from different sites come together, the goal is to plant and nurture a widespread social justice educator network in the district.

Matilde Merello

Rosa Parks Elementary

Matilde will be attending the Teacher’s College of Reading and Writing Project in New York this summer. She is looking forward to completely immersing herself in a writing institute with experts who have been studying how to teach writing to elementary students for decades.

Lisa Shurtz

King Middle School

Lisa will be attending the Organic World Language (OWL) bootcamp in Massachusetts this summer. She aims to facilitate successful student pairing and grouping and gain more expertise around incorporating a variety of authentic texts and multi-literacies to appeal to all different types of learners.

Anna Speiglman

Malcolm X Elementary

Anna will be attending the Teacher’s College of Reading and Writing Project in New York this summer. She hopes to expand what she and her colleagues are currently doing at Malcolm X in terms of supporting all students with their writing.

Lynn Zamarra

LeConte Elementary

Lynn will travel to Peru to study Spanish this summer. She will work one-on-one with a language teacher and visit several museums, mainly those pertaining to pre-Columbian art to share with her students. She will also travel with the school group to Machu Picchu.