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Breaking Bard will be facilitated by Breshaun Joyner.  Breshaun teaches tenth grade British Literature at Santa Fe Prep. When not teaching at Prep, she is pursuing her doctorate at the University of New Mexico studying Shakespeare pedagogy. The title of her dissertation is “From WTF to Aha!: An Educator’s Journey in Teaching William Shakespeare’s Macbeth”. She recently completed a graduate certificate in Applied Shakespeare at the University of Colorado Boulder and is an official Reader at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. For seven years, Breshaun directed the Youth Shakespeare Company for Bloomington Playwrights Project in Bloomington, Indiana and was the assistant director for three years of the Summer Shakespeare Initiative for Theater-in-the-Making and Vortex Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Breshaun has also given lectures on the topics of Shakespeare’s appeal to students of color and teaching Shakespeare as a second language.


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.

The Colloquium is pleased to welcome Kristin Kalangis back to teach a sequel to her very popular CultureLab course.  Kristin received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Arts degree in cultural anthropology from California State University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in language, literacy and sociocultural studies at the University of New Mexico.  Kristin is a native Santa Fean who knows a great deal about the culture, history, and interpersonal dynamics of this unique and beautiful city.

Liz Friary will be presenting Death Comes for the Archbishop. Liz Friary 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 masters 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 literature, historical and cultural context, and conversation, sense of place amidst a variety of striking and beautiful New Mexican locales.

Field School of the Ancient Southwest is brought to you byMark Bixby.  Mark is the 11th/12th Grade Dean of Students, U.S. History Teacher, and Director of Strength and Conditioning at Prep. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Masters of Arts in liberal arts from St. John’s College.  Mark co-owned a gym for eight years and wrote on strength, fitness and movement for Breaking Muscle and The Wirecutter.  Mark teaches the 11th grade U.S. History course that covers the colonial period through WWII.  The class offers a wide variety of instructional materials including a traditional text, primary and secondary source scholarship as well as fiction, essays, podcasts, etc.  As the students are kids of the Southwest, the class also includes a great deal of regional history and current events discussion to further connect them to the problems and possibilities of their home region.

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.

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, Parenting, Creative Nonfiction, Working Mother and elsewhere. He has been a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition, The Madeleine Brand show, On Point and other national and regional radio programs. Wilder’s column, also titled “Daddy Needs A Drink,” was printed monthly in the Santa Fe Reporter for close to ten years. He was awarded the inaugural Innovations in Reading Prize by the National Book Foundation. Wilder lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has been teaching at Santa Fe Prep since 1996.

What the Junco and Coyote Know is presented by Marc Reynolds.  Marc has  been teaching Biology, Research  in Science  and Ecology  while guiding  participants from  elementary school to  adulthood in outdoor education,  wilderness and  traditional skills,  nature connection, and  sports development. Marc taught an experiential  education program called Nature’s Classroom before  going back to graduate  school to earn an MS in Environmental  Ecology from Saint  Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.  Marc  went on  to develop  outdoor programs  at Salisbury School  (CT), Collegiate School  (VA), and at Santa Fe Prep.  Marc also developed  a nonprofit  called Earth Lacrosse, which used a partnership  with the Iroquois community  to develop  stronger connections  between the roots of the game and contemporary  lacrosse players.   Marc received  wilderness and mentoring  training at Bushy Hill Nature Center in CT; Two Coyotes Wilderness  School in Newton, CT; Wolftree Programs  in Montague MA; Tom Brown’s  “Tracker School” in southern  New Jersey;  and engaged in training at “The  Art of Mentoring” at the Wilderness Awareness School  in Duvall,  Washington.  

Drew Nucci teaches Math and is the Director of EE Ford Summer Teachers’ Colloquium. Drew has taught three different EE Ford Courses including Mathematics as a Gateway to Western Metaphysics, Advanced Geometry, and Gödel Escher Bach.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire, and his master’s degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College. He is also a CPA. Prior to joining Prep nine years ago, he taught at the Academy for Technology and the Classics and at Waynflete School in Portland, Maine.

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