Urban Catholic Teacher Corps | UCTC

Staff

UCTC Director

Charles Cownie

Charles Cownie

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Santa Clara University, History (Focus in teaching)

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Seton Hall University (EPICS), Master of Arts in Education (Focus in Catholic Education)

Additional Studies: Loyola Law, Juris Doctor (Focus in Public Interest)

What attracted you to working with UCTC? "Working with UCTC allows me to fully utilize my education and work experience in a ministry that I am tremendously passionate about: the ministry of Catholic education. Additionally, being able to engage in this ministry in a place like the Lynch School with such a special and essential mission is truly a blessing."

UCTC Research Director

Cristina Hunter

Cristina Hunter

Hometown: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Boston College, Elementary Education and Human Development

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: New York University, Educational Psychology

Additional Studies: Boston College, Ph.D in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology

 

UCTC Instructional Coaches

Michelle Janowski

Hometown: Bolton, MA

Undergraduate Institution and Program of Study: Stonehill College, Elementary Education and Sociology

Graduate Institution and Program of Study: Boston College, Applied Development and Education Psychology (UCTC Cohort 12)

Current Work: Math and Literacy Academic Coach for grades 3-5 at Saint Columbkille

What attracted you to coninue working with UCTC? "I was very passionate about volunteering and knew I wanted to be a teacher, so UCTC seemed like the perfect fit. I grew up Catholic, but never attended Catholic school, so I was very interested in the opportunity to strengthen my faith through my work with students and with my peers in the program. Throughout my time in UCTC, I fell in love with Catholic Education and grew so much in my faith, in my profession, and as a person. My experience in the program was truly an invaluable experience, and I will forever treasure the lessons I learned and the friendships I made. When the opportunity to work with the new UCTC members arose, I was happy to jump on board! It will be a blessing to reconnect with the community and be able to give back some of what I learned from the program."

Lauren Johnson

Hometown: Southington, CT

Undergraduate Institution and Program of Study: Fairfield University, English and Secondary Education

Graduate Institution and Program of Study: Boston College, Curriculum and Instruction (UCTC Cohort 15)

Current Work: English Teacher, Cristo Rey High School

What attracted you to continue working with UCTC? "I was a member of UCTC from 2011-2013 and simply loved the experience of living in community as I experienced the trials and triumphs of first year teaching. I grew so much over those two years in both my teaching and in my faith life. And, all of this alongside the most wonderful people, who have become lifelong friends. Now, as a sixth year teacher, I am eager to work with the new UCTC cohorts so that their years in the program may be as formative and life-changing as mine."

 

UCTC Graduate Assistants

 Mary Kate Cervin

Mary Kate Cervin

Hometown: Barnstable, MA

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Fordham University, English

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Fordham University, Curriculum and Teaching

Current Studies: Boston College, Theology and Ministry

What attracted you to working with UCTC? "Straight out of college, I began working as an English and Religion teacher at Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School in Brooklyn, NY. While working there, I also attended Fordham University to obtain my MSE. I was a member of Cristo Rey Brooklyn's Residential Volunteer Program, and found the experience fulfilling and rigorous. When looking at GA positions at BC, I was immediately drawn to UCTC as it incorporated many of the values that my year at CRB had instilled in me. My goal at UCTC is to help support and develop a program that creates successful and devoted teachers in urban Catholic schools."

 

Elizabeth Looney

Elizabeth Looney

Hometown: Mansfield, MA

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Providence College, Elementary and Special Education

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Boston College, Curriculum and Instruction (UCTC Cohort 18)

Current Work: Special Educator and Exceptional Learner Support Specialist at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School

What attracted you to continue working with UCTC? "The people and experiences I encountered throughout my two years in UCTC have helped form me into the educator and person I am today. UCTC surrounded me with dedicated and loving educators. The opportunity to continue working with UCTC has allowed me to continue to learn from this amazing group of people. Additionally, the mission of UCTC, to form teachers into educators who enhance both the academic and spiritual lives of their students, is one I am very passionate about. UCTC has been the best way I could have began my career and continuing to work with the program is a huge blessing in my life."

Sam Rosenbaum

Sam Rosenbaum

Hometown: Stratford, CT

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Emmanuel College, Secondary Education and English

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Boston College, Curriculum and Instruction (UCTC Cohort 19)

Current Work: UCTC House Manager

How did UCTC help you to grow professionally? "The most important learning occurs when we encounter differences. In a community and network of educators from different backgrounds and schools, with different pedagogies and passions, there is room for growth in every conversation. Our common purpose brings us together, allows us to utilize each other as resources, and to push each other in our practice. In partnership with the education we receive at the Lynch School, there are endless opportunities to develop our knowledge in order to better serve our students. The academic component of the program puts us in relationship with colleagues professionals full of insight and resources that force us to be critical of what we do, why we do it, and what we want to do moving forward."

Matthew Keppel

Matthew Keppel

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Loyola Marymount University, Philosophy

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Boston College, Theological Studies 

Current Work: Boston College, Curriculum and Instruction (School Leadership)

Why did you feel called to work with UCTC? After teaching in Catholic schools for 5 years, I have noticed that there is still much to be learned about the Catholic school system. Working with UCTC offers me an opportunity to work with Catholic schoolteachers and the school system to understand what makes Catholic schools unique and excellent. 

 

UCTC Alumnus Reflects

The people and experiences I encountered throughout my two years in UCTC have helped form me into the educator and person I am today. The opportunity to continue working with UCTC has allowed me to continue to learn from this amazing group of people.
Elizabeth Looney, UCTC Alumnus, Cohort 18