Marilyn Del Donno
Marilyn Del Donno is presently a science teacher and the Sustainability Coordinator at The Cambridge School of Weston, where she has been on the faculty for 36 years, and acted as the Science Department Chair for 15 years. She teaches Biology, Chemistry and Physics, has been involved in the development of an Integrated Studies program, and presently teaches several Integrated Studies courses, including Global Health and The Art of Prediction. In addition, she runs the off-campus Marine Biology Program where the students completed to a 23-year longitudinal study of Racing Beach on Cape Cod and are now working at the Hurricane Island Foundation for Science and Leadership. She was also a mentor for fellows of the Progressive Education Lab Program where she worked with four other schools to prepare new teachers to "become powerful educators and agents of change in the profession."
In 2002, she, along with two students, attended the World Youth Conference on Water in Quebec as the U.S. representatives. She also organized a symposium on Sustainability for an Earth Day program and was involved in the design of a new sustainable science facility on campus. She received a grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to develop a renewable energy curriculum in 2003, and presented a curriculum on wind energy at the 2004 STEM conference. In 2006, she received the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence. She earned a Sc.B. in Aquatic Biology from Brown University, and an A.B.D. from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of RI.
The entirety of Awa’s career has been dedicated to working with students ranging from 5th grade to college. Though having been predominantly teaching French and Spanish courses, Awa is an educator whose purpose is to connect with students individually and empower them to understand how they best learn. Awa’s commitment to serving students has led her to hold many positions outside the classroom. She has advised and traveled with students extensively, always seeking different ways to gain a deeper understanding of them and support their needs.
After years of teaching at private and public institutions, Awa has interfaced with many students, parents, and organizations - both domestic and international - and has built positive and trusting relationships. The exposure of working with diverse constituencies has taught me to develop a multifaceted communication style. As an international professional, Awa’s experiences immersing her in other languages and cultures have enabled her to develop a great sense of sensitivity and awareness for the students who compose her classrooms and beyond. Awa holds her B.A and M.A. from Syracuse University in French and Spanish Language, Literature, and Linguistics.
Ryan Jacobs has been teaching History at The Cambridge School of Weston for eight years, where he has taught twelve courses, and has conducted dozens of Independent Studies. He is particularly interested in exploring the origin, evolution, and impact of important ideas, ranging from revolutionary political ideologies to scientific discoveries and important cultural trends. His devotion to education first began over twenty years ago, when he spent the first of five summers teaching History to high school students at the Center for Talented Youth (CTY), an academic program run by Johns Hopkins University. There, he taught a course on comparative modern revolutions (France; Russia; and China) – which was also the first of multiple courses that he subsequently designed and implemented for CSW's curriculum.
Prior to arriving at CSW, Ryan taught at Wellesley College, where he was a professor of Early Modern European History from 2004-2012. During that time, Ryan published two articles in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to six book reviews (under his former legal name, Ryan K. Frace), and presented academic papers at over ten conferences in the U.S. and Britain. Ryan earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in History from the University of Chicago, where he also taught several History courses as a graduate student. His archival research was supported by grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Previously, Ryan graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa cum laude from Penn State University’s Honors Program.