Fellows, Interns, and Volunteers

Teaching for Change’s mission is advanced not only by our staff and board, but also by the dedicated focus on special projects by fellows and volunteers.

In 2014, the fellows are:


Sara Evers. Assistance with curriculum development.

Ravon Ruffin. History research for the Zinn Education Project and digital technology advice for all Teaching for Change projects.

Katy Swalwell. Preparation of an evaluation plan for the Zinn Education Project for 2014 and field test of a labor history lesson.




Sara Evers, Fellow

Sara Evers has always enjoyed a good story. Going through school she soon realized the history classroom is where the best ones are told! Today it is the construction of stories that interests Sara. Sara will graduate from George Mason University this summer. She will receive a BA in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Curriculum Theory and a minor in Social Justice. She plans to spend her summer working on a research project that involves creating an interdisciplinary high school level course curriculum for The Sandman graphic novel series. Sara is also excited to contribute to and learn from her volunteer placement with Teaching for Change.


Ravon Ruffin, Fellow

Ravon Ruffin is currently pursuing a MA in American Studies with a focus on museums and material culture at The George Washington University. She comes to Teaching For Change by way of a slew of volunteer and work experience in Richmond, VA, where she also received her Bachelor’s in Anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her passion for cultivating community grew out of her love for working toward greater multicultural competence with the Global Education Office at VCU. Up until her last year she was set to become a U.S. cultural ambassador, when suddenly the possibilities for the museum as the center for these cross-cultural interactions fell into her lap. And the two have been attached at the hip ever since. Ravon’s hope is to spur museum education development toward innovative and interactive exhibition. She is informed by Black Feminist thought, visual culture, urban studies and sustainability, pop culture rhetoric and digital media. Originally from Illinois, Ravon looks forward to finding the underground coffee shop scene, give food trucks a chance and overstay her welcome in the city’s museums.


Katy Swalwell, Fellow

Katy Swalwell is a relatively new transplant to D.C. from Madison, Wisconsin where she was active in the 2011 protests against the Budget Repair Bill. She completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory & Research with a minor in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was lucky to work with the editors of Rethinking Schools, incredible elementary teachers in the Madison Metropolitan School District, and colleagues from activist communities around the world. After two years working at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, she is now an assistant professor of education in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. As a high school teacher in rural Minnesota and a boarding school summer program in Connecticut, Katy was grateful for resources like Teaching for Change to develop a social justice social studies curriculum. Now that her focus is on research, she is investigating social justice educational efforts within affluent segregated communities, educational resources for the primary grades from a critical perspective, and teacher activism in relation to educational policies. Katy is the author of several articles published in Teaching Tolerance, Rethinking Schools, and academic journals as well as the book Educating Activist Allies: Social Justice Pedagogy with the Suburban and Urban Elite (Routledge, 2013).


Previous Fellows, Interns, and Volunteers

Sarach Slchter (Vassar College, Summer 2014)

Neha Singhal (Summer 2014)

Pat Scallen (Summer 2014)

Rachel Mullin (Summer 2014)

Tristan Brosnan (Fall 2013)

Elizabeth Behrens (University of Chicago Human Rights Program, Summer 2013)

Charity Porotesano (Truman Scholar, Summer 2013)

Anne Preston (Truman Scholar, Summer 2013)

Shelly Wen (Swarthmore, Summer 2013)

Dominique Hazzard (Truman Foundation, Summer 2012)

Sarah Neitz (Truman Foundation, Summer 2012)

Bridget Feldman (Bates College, Summer 2012)

Amy Rothschild (Summer 2012, Summer 2014)

Noor Kalkat (GWU, Spring 2012)

Sarah Trumble and Victoria Kimmerling (GWU, Spring 2012)

Gabriel Deerman (Queen’s University, Spring 2012)

Ariela Rothstein (Summer 2011)

Chelsea Caveny (Truman Foundation, Summer 2011)

Nadine Foty (Summer 2011)

Michael Remillard (2011)

Lily Brown (George Washington University, Fall, 2010)

Yasmine Taylor-Hart (Teacher volunteer, Summer and Fall, 2010)

Ibrahim Elshamy (Truman Scholar, Summer 2010)

Heather Fluit (Truman Scholar, Summer 2010)

Darlene Germino (General Board of Church and Society Ethnic Young Adult Intern Placement, Summer 2010)

Julie Smolinski (Volunteer, Summer 2010)

Ijeoma Njaka (Brown University, Summer 2010)

Lauren Reed (American University, Fall 2009)

Lauren Elizabeth Mitchell (Vanderbilt, Summer 2009)

Zach Crago (Truman Scholar, Summer 2009)

Jonathan Kim (General Board of Church and Society Ethnic Young Adult Intern Placement, Summer 2009)

Amy Rothschild (Yale, Summer 2009)

Heather Torretta (4th grade teacher volunteer, Summer 2008)

Rachael Debnam (Morehead-Cain Fellowship, Summer 2008)

Ali Lange (Truman Scholar, Summer 2008)

Eagan Heath (Truman Scholar, Summer 2008)

Liz Morasso, (Catholic University, 2007-2008 school year)

Lindsay J. Kopitzke (FCPS, 2007-2009 school year)

Rebecca MacMillan (Cornell, Summer 2007)

Kourtney Bettinger (Truman Scholar, Summer 2007)

Danielle Escontrias (Truman Scholar, Summer 2007)

Bruce Haupt (Truman Scholar, Summer 2007)

Jennifer Magaha O’Looney (George Mason University, Summer 2007)

Kameelah Rasheed (Truman Scholar, Summer 2006)

Victoria Luhrs (Truman Scholar, Summer 2006)

Lauren McAlee (Truman Scholar, Summer 2006)

Stacia Stribling (George Mason University, Spring 2006)

Rebecca Helgerson (George Mason University, Spring 2006)

Tammi Cioffi (George Mason University, Spring 2006)

Patti Longoria (Morehead Fellow, Summer 2005)

Katie Li (Truman Scholar, Summer 2005)

Robyn Lingo (University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Summer 2004)

Megan Wells-Jamieson (Truman Scholar, Summer 2003)

LaTasha Tucker (UMBC, Spring 2003)

Rashida L. Roberts (Georgetown University, 2002-2003)

Luis Valentin (Pilar Barbosa Fellowship, Summer 2002)

Kathleen Suarez Reyes (Pilar Barbosa Fellowship, Summer 2002)

Rachel Lander (Spring 2002)

Rishi Awatramani (Vassar, Summer, 2000)

Amber Young (Amherst, Summer 2000)

Leslie Smith (Antioch, Spring 2000)

Lynn Evans (American University)

Kristina Fiorillo (American University)

Taher K. Manasterli (American University)

Heidi Shin (Wellesley College)

Nyere Miller (Edmund Burke)

Melissa Belli (Summer, 1991)

Maria Pilar Zamora (1990-91)

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