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Education Studies Field Guide

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On Thursday, March 12th, Middlebury alumni working in a wide range of careers in education return to campus for the Education Studies Field Guide. 

Join us for the dinner panel Thursday night at 5:30 pm in Atwater dining hall to hear how they went from campus to career.

You can also sign up for one-on-one conversations with alums on Friday morning.

This event is co-sponsored by the Education Studies department and the Center for Careers and Internships.


Event Program:

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Career Panel 5:30 p.m.
Dinner with alumni, 6:15 p.m.
Atwater Dining Hall
Reserve your spot, RSVP in Handshake!

Friday, March 13, 2020

One-on-One Career Conversations at the CCI
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Here at ADK

Read below to learn more about our alumni panelists and to sign up for the One-on-One Career Chats!

Participating Alumni

Zoe Kaslow headshot

Psychology/Education Studies
Philanthropy Officer
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

Sign up for a 1:1 chat with Zoe

Zoe graduated from Middlebury College in May 2015 after majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education Studies. After graduating, Zoe served for two years as an AmeriCorps member at College Possible in Portland, OR, a college access non-profit supporting low-income students as they apply to and graduate from college.

After finishing her term of service, she moved back to Vermont and worked temporarily in the Middlebury College Center for Community Engagement as an Assistant Director. Upon completing her term at the CCE, Zoe served as the Executive Director of Addison Central Teens, which supports the Teen Center in Middlebury in providing a safe, healthy, and a fun afterschool space for youth.

She now works at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England as a Philanthropy Officer. Her commitment to equity and access to opportunity drives her professional work and personal life. She lives in Vergennes, VT with her husband, two cat, and five chickens.

Connect with Zoe in Midd2Midd.

Colin Metzler headshot

Computer Science/Teacher Studies
Director of Academic Technology and Fab Lab
The Carroll School

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Colin is the Director of Academic Technology and Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab) at the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA. The Carroll School is a school for children with language based learning differences, such as dyslexia. He has had numerous roles during his 12 years at the Carroll School. They have ranged from teaching math and science classes to creating and designing the Learning Commons and Fab Lab, a STEAM focused 21st century learning space. He has helped to bring a constructivist pedagogy to the school. He designed a new Arts and Innovation Building with a makerspace as its centerpiece and a 6th grade project based learning program. He has collaborated with the Global Discovery Academy schools in India on a cross cultural game design and computer programming challenge for 8th grade students. He has presented at Scratch@MIT conferences about incorporating Scratch, a visual computer programing language for kids, into math classes. Colin graduated from Middlebury College with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Teacher Education. After graduation he student taught in a 4th grade classroom at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury, VT. Then, he interned at Tom Snyder Productions, an educational software company in Watertown, MA. Colin obtained his Master’s degree from Stanford University’s School of Education Learning, Design and Technology program where he designed an interactive, multi-touch platform designed to capture a learner’s process. His major interests include educational technology, constructionism, developing students’ strengths and STEAM integration. He believes that students should not only be consumers of their education, but creators.

Connect with Colin in Midd2Midd

Megan Mercier headshot

Math Teacher, Grades 8-10
Hazen Union School

Not available for 1:1 chats

A lifelong Vermonter, Megan began teaching in her home state right after graduating from Middlebury in 2014. She has been sharing her passion for math with students in grades 7-10, primarily, ever since. Through the Vermont Math Initiative program, Megan earned her Master of Science in Teaching from UVM in 2018. She is currently working on National Board Certification.

Megan enjoys coaching soccer, quilting, and spending time with her husband and 2 (soon to be 3!) kids.

Alice Pfeifer head shot

English & American Literatures
Assistant Editor
St. Martin's Press

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Alice Pfeifer graduated from Middlebury College in 2013 with a major in English and American Literatures and a minor in Education Studies. A DC native, she moved to Portland, ME after college to complete two credits (having taken a semester off Junior year) and piece together a number of part-time teaching jobs at the Waynflete School. Alice spent the following two years at a brand new STEM charter high school, first in administration and then as a humanities teacher. In the summer of 2016, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course, and in early 2017 began work in editorial at St. Martin's Press, where she works with bestselling fiction and nonfiction authors including Archer Mayor, Gregg Hurwitz, E.J. Dionne, Jr., Senator Ben Sasse, and Kim Scott

Connect with Alice in Midd2Midd.

Taylor Pierce headshot

American Studies
Graduate Student/Lead Recruiter
Tufts University/Ab Initio Software

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Taylor Pierce '15 is a lead recruiter at Ab Initio Software, an enterprise data processing software company, located in Lexington, MA. As a recruiter, Taylor’s primary responsibilities include identifying and interfacing with candidates for a variety of roles across the company. Taylor has also begun to lead efforts in the research and promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion practices for his team. Prior his current role, Taylor was a member of the Tufts Career Center’s employer relations team. At Tufts, Taylor helped to attract and maintain relationships with employers from a broad range of industry, for the purposes of increasing job and internship opportunities for Tufts students. Taylor has prior experience in the recruiting field from his time as a recruiting operations specialist at Bridgewater Associates, LP in Westport, CT. Taylor is a co-facilitator of the Tufts Africana Center’s Black Men’s Group and sits on the Board of Directors at Lexington Montessori School. Taylor holds a B.A. in American Studies, with a minor in Education Studies from Middlebury College and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Educational Studies, with concentrations in Higher Education Administration and Diversity & Inclusion from Tufts University