PIPELINE COLLABORATIVE

From College to the Independent School Classroom

WHO WE ARE

A network of ten schools and educational practitioners of color from across the country who connect directly with local colleges in order to inform and mentor the next generation of teachers at independent schools.

CREATE LONG TERM CONNECTIONS BETWEEN INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES

CREATE A PURPOSE FOR ADMINISTRATORS OF COLOR TO GATHER TOGETHER AND CALIBRATE BEST PRACTICES IN HIRING

STRENGTHEN THE NETWORK BETWEEN EARLY CAREER TEACHERS OF COLOR AND ADMINISTRATORS OF COLOR TO ENSURE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE WORK

OUR SCHOOLS

ASHEVILLE SCHOOL

Asheville, NC

Asheville School is a purposefully small boarding school amid the rugged mountains of Western North Carolina.

VARGHESE ALEXANDER

Assistant Dean of Faculty

Varghese arrived at Asheville School in 2007 as a member of the Math Department. Over the years he's helped with the Varsity Basketball Program, Academic Technology, and Community Pluralism initiatives. He is a Co-Director of the Klingenstein Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers and provides occasional feedback for Khan Academy.

ST. GEORGE'S SCHOOL

Middletown, RI

St. George’s School is a boarding and day high school for 365 students. Our 125-acre campus boasts state-of-the-arts academic, arts, and athletic facilities, and is located on a hilltop overlooking Second Beach near Newport, Rhode Island.

DR. KIM W. BULLOCK

Dr. Kim Bullock has been a member of the St. George's faculty since 1996. A veterinarian by trade, Kim teaches biology, coaches JV girls' basketball, and serves as a dorm parent. She advises the Insight multicultural student club, and has been a warm, welcoming presence to students of color for more than 20 years. Kim serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Independent Schools of New England and for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport.

CULVER ACADEMIES

Culver, IN

Culver is the leader in delivering practical experience and instructors in leadership for all students and emphasizing high expectations for personal responsibility and integrity. The leadership principles we seek to teach and develop are those that apply to leaders in all walks of life. We are a boarding and day high school for 840 students located in Culver, Indiana on a beautiful 1800 acre campus on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee.

JESSICA HARDING

Jessica Harding is the Director of Diversity and Intercultural Life at Culver Academies, a role in which she has served since 2018. As Director of Diversity and Intercultural Life. In addition to work as Director of Diversity and Intercultural life, Jessica supports students as a Chinese teacher and member of the World Languages and Cultures department.

ST. LUKE'S SCHOOL

New Canaan, CT

St. Luke's School is a secular day school located in New Canaan, CT that serves students in grades 5 through 12. Our mission is: an exceptional education that inspires a deep love of learning, a strong moral compass, the commitment to serve, and the confidence to lead.

AMBER BERRY

Amber has been a member of the St. Luke's Community since 2010. Now the Head of Middle School and a Middle School French Teacher, she was formerly the Middle School World Language Department Chair, the Director of the Fellows Program, and the summer Director of i2 Camp @ St. Luke’s School.

BERWICK ACADEMY

South Berwick, ME

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from MA, NH, and ME. Berwick empowers students to be creative and bold within a culture of innovation.

MICHAEL BUENSUCESO

Michael joined Berwick Academy in 2015 as the school’s inaugural Director of Cultural Competency.  In addition to his administrative and DEI related responsibilities, Michael teaches the 8th-grade seminar, serves as a 12th-grade class advisor, formerly coached crew, and now assists with cross country.  

GRALAND COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

Denver, CO

Centrally located in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood, Graland serves 700+ students from Pre-K through Grade 8. Since 1924 we’ve gone to great lengths to give every child the best education possible. Why? Because we want them to reach higher and go deeper. We want them to pursue excellence with passion and intent.

OSCAR GONZALEZ

Oscar joined Graland in 2017 as the school’s Director of Equity and Inclusivity.  In addition to his work within the Denver community, since 2012, Oscar has been one of three Co-Chairs who lead the annual NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference.

CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

Cincinnati, OH

CCDS is an independent, co-educational day school with students from 18 months to 18 years. Its campus is situated on 62 beautiful acres in Indian Hill.  CCDS has long been recognized for its rigorous and innovative curriculum that offers our 860 students a full range of academic, athletic, and artistic opportunities.

ANGELA BARBER-JOINER

Angela joined CCDS in 2005 as a Lead Teacher and Team Leader. She continues to serve the greater Cincinnati area as a Licensed Clinical Counselor. Angela collaborates with the Lower, Middle and Upper school divisions to support curricular efforts that will deepen conversations as Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

ATHENIAN SCHOOL

Danville, CA

The Athenian School is a boarding and day school located in Danville, California, United States. Athenian educates students in grades 6–12 on an approximately 75-acre campus at the base of Mt. Diablo, located in the San Francisco Bay area in Northern California. We cultivate the personal qualities of each student to become an integrated human being with integrity, strong moral character, aesthetic sensitivity, & physical wellbeing.

KALYAN ALI BALAVEN

Kalyan arrived at Athenian in 2008. He is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Athenian School. Kalyan sits on the Board of Standards for the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). He founded and co-leads the Inclusion Dashboard Consortium. He is the recipient of the Eukel Trust Teacher Award in 2017 and A Better Chance Scholar (ABC) Educator award in 2016.

RIVERDALE COUNTRY SCHOOL

Bronx, NY

Riverdale Country School is a Pre-K through grade 12 independent day school in New York City committed to empowering lifelong learners by developing minds, building character, and creating community in order to change our world for the good. 

Monika Le

Monika joined the Riverdale community in 2008 as a math teacher in the middle and upper school divisions. In addition to teaching math, she is the Director of the Penn Fellows Program and Co-Director of the school's Institutional Research Team.

TAMPA PREP

TAMPA, FL

Tampa Prep is a grades 6 - 12 day school in downtown Tampa, adjacent to the University of Tampa and the Hillsborough River. Our mission is simple. Think, create, be yourself, aspire to excellence, go beyond. A preparation for life with a higher purpose than self.

Kevin Plummer

Kevin joined Tampa Prep as the Head of School in 2007. Kevin’s roots also go deeply into the Tampa community where he serves on numerous community boards, including the Tampa Downtown Partnership and Moffitt Hospital Board of Directors.

THE GOALS

broaden the pipeline of teachers of color at every level

CURRENT OPENINGS

Asheville School

Asheville School - Flyover - Austin Bell

Revive Face-to-Face Campus Recruitment: The first step in the process of diversifying a faculty is to know how and where to seek teaching candidates of color. Before independent school teacher agencies existed, representatives from independent schools went to colleges to recruit firsthand. While agencies may succeed in recruiting able candidates generally, the recruitment of teachers of color will require a more concerted and more personal effort.”

Pearl Rock Kane

& Alfonso J. Orsini

The COLORS of EXCELLENCE

St. George's School

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Culver Academies

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St. Luke's School

Berwick Academy

Teaching Apprentices

Berwick has a collaborative residency program with Lesley University designed for aspiring elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Teaching Apprentices earn their M.Ed. in one year while gaining direct classroom experience.

Graland Country Day School

Teacher Resident Program

Graland Country Day School is seeking resident candidates for our Teacher Preparation Program in partnership with PEBC Teacher Residency. Participants are partnered with experienced mentor teachers at Graland and work to achieve licensure in elementary education. Options exist for obtaining a master's degree at the same time.

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Cincinnati Country Day School

Athenian School

Riverdale Country School

Riverdale is a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Day School Teaching Residency Program. Each year, Riverdale hires two Teaching Fellows to work in various disciplines while obtaining their graduate degree from Penn.

Tampa Prep

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