Interns, Fellows, 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 interns, fellows, and volunteers.
Interns & Fellows
Hannah Grace Howell
Hannah Grace Howell is a rising senior at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, where she majors in Rhetoric and Communication Studies and Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies. On campus, she works at the Speech Center and the Writing Center and is involved with Omicron Delta Kappa. In her classes at Richmond, Hannah Grace has fostered passions for social justice and historical activism and is committed to achieving education equity. From Memphis, Tennessee, she will join Teach For America in their Chattanooga region in 2023. Hannah Grace is grateful for the opportunity to serve at Teaching for Change to foment equitable histories and promote curricula that amplifies people’s voices.
She is excited to support Teaching for Change’s collaboration with the Virginia Interscholastic Association and with the Zinn Education Project on the Teach Reconstruction campaign.
Joanna Kenty is an educator and instructional designer with a background in higher education. She earned her BA from Wesleyan University and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in the field of Classics. She taught at the University of New Hampshire, Radboud University in the Netherlands, and Temple University Rome. She has published articles on Roman political rhetoric and a book, Cicero’s Political Personae, as well as public scholarship on teaching the ancient world in an engaging, inclusive way with connections to today’s world (check out her Medium page for links).
Maddy Kessler is a class of 2024 student at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, where she is majoring in history and minoring in education. Maddy was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and is an alumni of Wilson High School. Maddy’s community engagement and interest in historical struggles for justice drive her commitment to education organizing. She is committed to working with educators to build pedagogies that students see themselves in and that foster critical historical inquiries.
She is ecstatic to be doing research that amplifies people’s history, meeting passionate educators, and supporting Teaching for Change in her internship.
Brad Manker, Ed.D., is an educator, curriculum designer, and independent researcher with a background in elementary education. He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching degree from National-Louis University in Chicago and his doctorate in Educational Technology – Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida. He has taught grades K-8 at a variety of public and private schools in the United States and abroad.
He strongly believes in the power of neighborhood public schools and is a staunch supporter of the Zinn Education Project and the #TeachTruth movement. His wish is to dismantle inequitable educational practices and to center marginalized voices and perspectives through curriculum evaluation, revision, and development.
His interests include teaching social justice at the elementary school level, critical digital literacy, open educational resources, and service learning. He has also researched inquiry-based learning, best practices for technology integration, Makerspaces and STEAM education, and assessment methodologies.
Chris Seeger, Ph.D.
Chris Seeger, Ph.D., is a teacher, researcher, and curriculum designer. He has taught middle school social studies in the DC area and currently teaches at the college level. As a researcher, he studies race, gender, and class issues in the social studies curriculum. He is also the creator of History Dilemmas, a collection of narratives about diverse perspectives in U.S. history. Chris is passionate about music and art from the 20th century and often includes those themes in his curriculum design projects. His favorite musicians include Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix, A Tribe Called Quest, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. As a Teaching for Change fellow, Chris contributes to curricular design with Teaching for Change projects including the Civil Rights Teaching and the Zinn Education Project.
Pro Bono Volunteer – Graphic Design
Nikita Baker is a secondary English education major who dedicates her time to working with organizations that are committed to social justice. She has over five years of experience in graphic design, photography, and project management. As a Teaching for Change volunteer, Nikita provides design briefs, general graphic design support, and website support. Her other areas of expertise include team building, as she was a supplemental instruction leader at Ivy Tech Community College. During this time, she was responsible for creating study groups and providing students with feedback on their work. She was also a tutor and mentor at George Washington Public High School in Indianapolis, IN. Some other organizations she has worked with include Turning Point Domestic Violence Center, Su Casa Columbus, and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Columbus.
As a Teaching for Change volunteer, Nikita hopes to learn more about inclusive practices in the classroom and how to apply them. She is also happy to help Teaching for Change amplify our mission and appreciates our efforts in advocating for inclusivity in schools.
Pro-Bono Volunteer – Financial Management
Francesca Fiore has devoted her career in the nonprofit and higher education sectors to developing and scaling programs that promote educational access and economic opportunity. She provides pro bono services for nonprofit organizations in the areas of grant writing and fiscal and operations management and serves on the Board of Directors of the Kingston Land Trust. She holds an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.P.A. from New York University, and both an M.A. and a B.A. in Economics from Hunter College.
The daughter of two public school teachers, Francesca values the transformative power of education and is deeply honored to be supporting Teaching for Change.
Pro-Bono Volunteer – Human Resources
Shawnda H. Howard is a human resources executive with over 20 years of experience in publicly traded and private equity-backed companies, as well as local government and nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Her strong interest supporting education, youth development, equity and social justice causes grew from earlier experiences as a youth development program participant. Shawnda earned a M.S. degree in organizational development and strategic human resources from The Johns Hopkins University. She is an alumna of the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia and possesses the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP)® designation from the WorldatWork Total Rewards Association.