Circuitous Career Paths in Education (8/6)

August 6


Zoom link will be shared with those who register- watch for it on August 6!


Education is the most represented career sector in the Spouse/ Partner community. Individual professional tracks vary widely, however, and the types of involvement in education go far beyond teaching at local schools. Our community includes consultants, curriculum developers, teachers-turned-administrators as well as remote and in-person classroom teachers.

In this “coffee-time gathering” (see below), we will meet panelists who will describe how their career activity evolved, especially in relation to being in Berkshires. We will have a chance to break out into smaller groups to follow-up and share, as well as reflect together on current urgent changes in education and how various institutions are responding.

This is a great chance to get to know others in your field, or explore a different direction by learning more about the many path in education.

Panelists (so far):

  • Ed Bianchi, MEd. Director of College Partnerships, IDEA Public Schools. Formerly SPED teacher at PK level and Assistant Director of Admissions at Lafayette College.
  • Betsy Burris, PhD and LCSW. Founder, Trainer and Facilitator, Teaching Through Emotions.
  • Barbara Fisher, MEd. Elementary school teacher, Lanesborough Public School. Formerly in budgeting and programming for the state Transportation Department and Storey Communications.
  • Ben Klompus, Ed.L.D. Dean at the Relay Graduate School of Education. Previously principal of the local BART charter school.
  • Matt Martin, MA. Learning Support Specialist at Buxton School. Previously online high school social studies teacher.
  • Catherine McKeen, PhD. Visiting faculty member at Bennington College and owner of small grants development business. Formerly served in administrative roles at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Southern Vermont College.
  • Peter Starenko, PhD.  History Department at Lenox Memorial High School. He has also taught in pre-college programs and at the college level.

Moderator: At the end of our gathering Nick Stroud will help moderate a short remote discussion. He serves as Professor of Science Education at MCLA (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts).

Coffee Break! Register!

A cold drink/ coffee of your choice will be available through a Williams tab at Tunnel City Coffee in Williamstown and North Adams from 11AM to 4 pm.

RSVP here by August 6, 9am.