Dr. Heather Curl is a new faculty member, teaching in Antioch’s MAT, MAEd and ARTC programs. Previously a Lecturer, Posse Mentor and Program Director at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, Heather is excited to bring her experiences in Philadelphia to Seattle! In addition to teaching courses in instruction, management, policy, philosophy, language learning, and teaching, she has taught English and social studies in a number of K-12 educational institutions. While earning her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, she served as a mentor for first-year Teach for America teachers and worked for an Executive Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. She has also been involved with Breakthrough Collaborative in Philadelphia as a teacher-coach and was a student and teacher in the program when it was called Summerbridge in Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA. She is on the board of the Monkey and the Elephant, a non-profit coffee shop that employs former foster youth.
Her primary research interests include social mobility, cultural capital, theories of change and reform and student and teacher voice. She is also interested in cross-context teacher education and has traveled abroad to China, Nigeria, Zambia, Nicaragua, and Haiti to pursue her interests in teacher development in an international context. She served as the Teaching and Curriculum Specialist for Impact Network, a nonprofit organization that builds community schools and supports sustainable teaching in rural Zambia and received the AERA Education Research Service Project Grant to conduct teacher education research in Zambia.