PEL Fellows


Jeff Adams
PEL Fellow 2016-2018

Jeff Adams grew up in Sharon, MA. He received his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University, where he majored in Human Development and minored in Education. Jeff is interested in providing educational experiences to youth that combine developmental psychology, health and wellness, and social justice studies. He is sure that these topics can be taught in such a way that provides powerful opportunities for students to see more clearly, and want to better themselves and the world around them. In the time between graduating from college and starting PEL, Jeff worked at two different educational summer programs, volunteered full time on a Heifer International educational farm and backpacked in Nicaragua.

Kyle Gouchoe-Hanas
PEL Fellow 2016-2018

Kyle Gouchoe-Hanas is a recent graduate of Smith College in Northampton, MA, where she fulfilled a double major in Studio Art and Education. Her concentrations were in painting and adolescent education. Kyle served as the president of her house at Smith and captained the ultimate frisbee team; she hopes to develop her coaching skills as part of her teaching portfolio while enrolled in PEL. Kyle is also a dancer who studied ballet and modern dance while at Smith, and hopes to continue this passion in her personal and teaching life. Kyle is a native of Concord, NH, and is currently from Durham, NC.

Caleb Teachey
PEL Fellow 2016-2018

Prior to PEL, Caleb Teachey most recently was a science teacher and behavioral interventionist at Kindle Farm School in Newfane, VT. He graduated from Mount Holyoke College is 2015, where he studied biology and chemistry. As an educator, Caleb strives to understand the developmental and psychological underpinnings of best teaching practices. He is also passionate about supporting LGBTQ youth both in and out of school settings. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys horseback riding, rock climbing, and crocheting.

Emma Timbers
PEL Fellow 2016-2018

Emma Timbers is a writer, runner, cellist and vegetarian. She grew up in Washington, DC, where she attended a small progressive school called Edmund Burke. She then went on to Bates College where she studied English with a focus on creative writing. Since graduating, she has worked as a cross country coach, environmental canvasser, development and marketing intern, and most recently, as a pre-school teacher at a tiny progressive school in Portland, OR. In the last two years, Emma has realized how much she loves and misses the classroom, and the community of learning that surrounds it. Right now, she is reading Bell Hooks’ “Teaching to Transgress,” which is making her feel inspired and alive; she loves thinking about education as the practice of freedom, and the classroom as a site of joy and radical possibility.

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