New Director of Education!

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Kathleen Haughey as our new Director of Education!

Kathleen has a diverse background in education, ethnomusicology, collaborative ethnography, and public humanities administration. As a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at Brown University, Kathleen co-led an audio and video documentary project with Mbyá-Guarani musicians in southern Brazil. This project focused on the importance of negotiation and collaboration in small, community-based ethnographic projects. She wrote her masters thesis on how this type of work can foster place-based learning and cross-cultural dialogue.

Kathleen also has years of experience as an educator, having taught in both K-12 and higher education settings. She has additional years of experience teaching early childhood music and cello in private music studios. Kathleen received a BA in Hispanic Studies and a BM in Cello Performance from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and a MA in Ethnomusicology at Brown University in Providence, RI.

Kathleen believes strongly in the potential for collaborative projects between students and their surrounding communities to effect social change. Specifically, she is committed to educational approaches that engage students in their hometowns and ecologies through ethnographic fieldwork, which strengthen community and individual identities while also solving concrete problems. Kathleen looks forward to combining her expertise in ethnography and documentation with her commitment to place-based learning as the Director of Education at the VFC. Kathleen starts officially on June 15, 2015. We are thrilled she is joining the team!