Bradford Fairbanks will be presenting Act to Teach – Teach to Act and is currently the Performing Arts Chair at Santa Fe Preparatory School. He has directed numerous plays and musicals and is also a trained actor. Brad is currently signed with The O’Agency in Albuquerque and auditions regularly for TV and film produced in New Mexico. Recently he landed a part in Jackie, a film starring Holly Hunter. Brad graduated from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in NYC, the home of the Meisner Technique, and has studied with many acting teachers. Brad is most proud of his small role on Broadway in Inherit the Wind with George C. Scott and Charles Durning. He received a Masters in Education from The City College of New York and moved to Santa Fe from Manhattan eleven years ago to pursue his teaching career.
Confluencia will be facilitated by Sheena Chakeres. Sheena earned her BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida and spent a semester abroad in Granada, Spain. Sheena’s passion for travel and culture continued after university, when she spent a year traversing ruins and volunteering in Central and South America, led two trips to Costa Rica with high school students from her previous school in Florida, and worked as an Academic Dean for Oxbridge in Barcelona, Spain. Sheena maintains an active lifestyle and enjoys hiking, yoga, and snowboarding.
Liz Friary will be presenting Creating Space, Creating Place. Liz is an Upper School English teacher and Dean of Students at Santa Fe Prep. A native of Western Massachusetts, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing at Trinity College and her master’s degree in Writing and the Teaching of Writing at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. It was through Bread Loaf that Liz first came to New Mexico and began to explore the area’s landscape and culture, both through her own experiences and through the literature she was studying. She is thrilled to lead a class as they explore in depth, through writing, historical and cultural context, and conversation, New Mexican sense of place amidst a variety of striking and beautiful locales found in the specific pieces of literature they are studying.
Joey Reich offers Here’s Looking at Euclid. After earning his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Brandeis University, Joey embarked on a career as a professional artist and glassblower. He studied glass art at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Pilchuck Glass School, before following his future wife out to New Mexico in 2003. After building and operating a glass shop and gallery in Pojoaque, Joey returned to his first love of philosophy and academia, teaching math and chess at Pojoaque Valley Middle School. He has been teaching math and chess at Santa Fe Prep since 2012. Joey is an amateur scientist, proud nerd, voracious reader, gardening enthusiast, and chess fanatic who enjoys backpacking, skiing, and biking the mountains of New Mexico.
The River Why is brought to you by Sam Ritter. Sam Ritter has worked in education in Santa Fe, was a National Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools at De Vargas Middle School, and was an intern and Director of Breakthrough Santa Fe. Throughout, he has taught history at the middle and high school levels, currently teaching 11th grade at Santa Fe Prep while also directing the Davis New Mexico Scholarship. Sam graduated from Carleton College in 2010 with a B.A. in History and Religion and earned a M. Ed. from Lesley University in 2012. An avid outdoorsman, when Sam is not fly fishing or biking, he’s trying his other favorite piscine pastime: training trout not to bite his lure.
Alex Peña will be bringing us The Teaching Artist. Alex received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma and his Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an active artist and shows his work regularly in galleries, museums, and other venues throughout the U.S., Europe, and China. He has taught college courses since 2009, including in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Santa Fe Community College.
Robert Wilder will be presenting What’s Your Story? Rob is the author of one novel, NICKEL, and two critically acclaimed books of essays: Tales From The Teachers’ Lounge and Daddy Needs a Drink, both optioned for television and film. He has published essays in Newsweek, Details, Salon,