Heather Curl, currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, will lead the year-long senior capstone experience for students completing teacher certification: Education 301 (Curriculum and Pedagogy) and Education 302 (Practice Teaching Seminar) at Bryn Mawr. In addition, she is one of the instructors for the introductory course, Education 200 (Critical Issues in Education) for both the fall and spring semesters. Heather has taught English and social studies in a number of K-12 educational institutions. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she served as a mentor for first year Teach for America teachers and is currently the research assistant to the director of an Executive Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. In addition, she has prepared Bryn Mawr and Haverford students interested in pursuing careers in education to teach in a non-profit summer program for high school students from Philadelphia.
Her primary research interests include social mobility, cultural capital and knowledge, social class and stratification. She is also interested in youth culture, particularly when it is used as a curricular tool for student engagement, and has travelled abroad to Nigeria, Zambia, Nicaragua and Haiti to pursue her interests in teacher development in an international context. She serves as the Teaching and Curriculum Specialist for Impact Network, a nonprofit organization that builds community schools and supports sustainable teaching in rural Zambia.
Heather holds a M.S.Ed in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum from The University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in History along with Pennsylvania Teacher Certification in English and Social Studies from Haverford College. She has successfully defended her dissertation proposal and is currently collecting data for her dissertation.
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