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

 

Kathryn Bois

Kathryn Bois

Hometown: Westbrook, ME

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with Concentration in English

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Boston College, M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction

Current Work: Assistant Principal, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy Lower Mills

What attracted you to continuing to work with, UCTC?: I remember in my first two years of teaching how beneficial I found my instructional coaching experience to be. I loved having coaches in my classroom to give me feedback to improve my instruction and assessment. I continue to work with UCTC in the hopes that I can provide the same positive experience for new teachers!

Ashley Gabriel

Ashley Gabriel

Hometown: Slickville, PA

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Mercyhurst University, French Education

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Boston College, M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction, University of Notre Dame, M.A. Educatonal Leadership

Current Work: Theology Teacher and Campus Minister, St. Joseph Preparatory School 

What attracted you to work with UCTC?: I am a UCTC alum and was a member of Cohort 10. The UCTC played a pivotal role in forming me as a teacher and as a spiritual person. My experience in the UCTC has shaped who I am as a teacher leader in my school and I wanted to give back to that community as an instructional coach.

Michelle Janowski

Michelle Janowski

Hometown: Nashua, NH

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Stonehill College, Elementary Education and Sociology

Current Work: Math and Literacy Academic Coach, Grades 2-5, St. Columbkille School

What attracted you to work 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.

 

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, M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction

Current Work: Special Educator and Exceptional Learner Support Specialist, 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.

Maria Moreno

Maria Moreno

Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico

Undergraduate Institution and Major: University of Notre Dame

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Creighton University Magis Program, M. Ed in Secondary Teaching

Current Work: Science Teacher, Xavier High School in Chuuk, Micronesia

What attracted you to work with UCTC?: Supporting first year teachers is imperative to ensure their success.

Cristina Rivera

Cristina Rivera

Hometown: Boston, MA

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Emmanuel College

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Salem State University

What attracted you to working with UCTC?: As an experienced middle school educator, who has worked the last six years at in a Catholic middle school, one of my focuses as a teacher-leader has been supporting other teachers in developing strong classroom management and curricular practices through coaching and building a positive, team-oriented culture. During these past years, I have benefitted from the UCTC program both as a mentor and through working with UCTC members on my team. These novice teachers consistently come better prepared than the average teacher, and leave the program better prepared to continue their careers too. I admire the work the program does in building the next generation of educators.

Laura Villalona

Laura Villalona

Hometown: Hingham, MA

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Eastern Nazarene College, Mathematics 

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Boston University, MAT Urban Math Teaching

What attracted you to working with UCTC: Being inspired by the amazing people who are in this program!

 

UCTC Graduate Assistants

Vincenza Bartholomew

Vincenza Bartholomew

Hometown: Derby, CT

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Saint Joseph's University, Elementary and Special Education

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Boston College, M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction

Current Work: Graduate Research Assistant/Projects Coordinator for UCTC; Title One Teacher at St. Columbkille Partnership School

What attracted you to working with UCTC? "I was a member of UCTC's Cohort 20, Class of 2018, where I credit my personal, teaching, and spiritual growth to my two years in UCTC. I decided to work with UCTC when the opportunity arose to work on the Special Education Professional Development Initiative to help teachers grow in their ability to serve all learners."

 

Kat Clarke

Kat Clarke

Hometown: Laytonsville, MD

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Boston College, English

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Candidate, Master of Social Work, Boston College, Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry, Boston College

Current Work: Graduate Assistant 

What attracted you to  working with UCTC? "After graduating from BC, I served as a volunteer at Cristo Rey New York High School in East Harlem for two years. My two years at Cristo Rey cemented my commitment to ensuring quality Catholic Education for all students. I love that working with UCTC's recruitment process allows me to play a direct role in the recruitment of teachers who are committed both to their students, and the long-term future of Catholic Education in Boston."

Kristen Millar

Kristen Millar

Hometown: Dillsburg, PA

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, Elementary Education, minor in Social Work

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Boston College, M. Ed Curriculum and Instruction

Current Work: UCTC House Manager

What attracted you to continuing to work with UCTC? "I am continually attracted to working with UCTC because of the program’s mission and values. As a graduate of the program, I find the values of simple living, teaching as ministry, community and spirituality to be fundamental as I continue my career as an urban Catholic Educator."

Clara Shim

Clara Shim

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Yonsei University (South Korea), Comparative Literature and Culture

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed. M in International Education Policy, Boston College Lynch School of Education, PhD Candidate in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment

Current Work: UCTC Graduate Research Assistant

What attracted you to continuing to work with UCTC? "UCTC not only has a strong teacher effectiveness program, but it also has a well-structured research team passionate about using data-driven methods. I felt that I could be a part of the UCTC community as a graduate assistant, engaging my quantitative skills to approach UCTC from a research point of view."

Eric Williamson

Eric Williamson

Hometown: Plano, TX

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Loyola University Chicago, Communications and Multimedia Studies

Graduate Institution and Area of Study: Boston College, Ph.D in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment

Current Work: Doctoral Graduate Research Assistant

Why did you feel called to work with UCTC? "Having attended a Catholic elementary and high school and recognized the value of such an education, I want to contribute to a body of research literature that examines Catholic education from a variety of perspectives. The experiences of UCTC members--in addition to those of their students and school communities--offer one such series of perspectives, and I'm excited to grow in my ability as a researcher while working with the UCTC community."

UCTC Undergraduate Assistants

Nanayaw Appiah-Kubi

Nanayaw Appiah-Kubi

Hometown: Newark, NJ

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Boston College, Applied Psychology and Human Development, English

Current Work: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Why did you feel called to work with UCTC? "More than anything, I was attracted to a dual opportunity: first, to become a research assistant for a department committed to the betterment of education and the person. Second, to be a member of a community where teamwork and growth is its mission."

Roberto Gabriel Garcia

Roberto Gabriel Garcia

Hometown: Providence, RI

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Boston College, Applied Psychology and Human Development, Communications

Current Work: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Why did you feel called to work with UCTC? "As a person of color, I understand the need for teachers in UCTC. The reason I enjoy working with UCTC is because they work towards creating teachers that confront messages of inferiority that many students in urban education internalize. Growing up, I received an urban education. I grew up thinking that I wouldn’t get far in life because of who I was and my current circumstances. I can recall two high school teachers that saw potential in me. They truly cared about more than just my academic performance, but my emotional and mental well-being as well. They took care of me as a whole and UCTC creates teachers in urban education that care about the whole student."

Zachary Patterson

Zachary Patterson

Hometown: Boston, MA

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Boston College, Applied Psychology and Human Development

Current Work: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Why did you feel called to work with UCTC? "As someone who has attended many different Catholic schools around Boston, what attracted me to work with UCTC was the opportunity to work with people who are passionate about serving the Catholic schools of the Boston area while gaining perspective on education from the perspective of an educator."

 

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