Our team of educators, ethnographers, and media makers is here to support student learners as well as offer high quality, transformational professional learning opportunities for educators.
Mary Rizos, Director of Education
Mary was a high school and middle school Spanish teacher for twelve years before joining the Folklife Center. During that time, she also taught photography and Latin American Studies, and led students on international trips built around history, identity, community, and cultural exchange. Mary has a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and an MA in Journalism (with an emphasis on documentary photojournalism) from the University of Montana. She has produced multimedia work exploring the culture of bodybuilding, daily life on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, and microfinance and water access in the Andes. Mary has also worked collaboratively with students on projects about their personal and educational experiences in rural Vermont.
Myles Jewell, Education Outreach/Media Instructor & Filmmaker
Myles graduated from the University of Vermont, where he double majored in English and Anthropology with a Film Studies minor. He then went on to earn a Master of Arts from New York University with an Advanced Certificate in the Program of Culture and Media (technical training in Documentary and Ethnographic filmmaking). After graduate school, Myles began making documentaries (www.strangleholdthemovie.com, www.tylerjewell.com) and experimental films full time (www.mylesdavidjewell.com). To supplement his filmmaking career, he also developed media literacy workshops to promote minimal resource filmmaking in disenfranchised areas. He ran workshops for the San Francisco Film Society’s Filmmaker in the Classroom Program and ran his own independent workshops in the Bay Area, Boston, and Los Angeles.
Kathleen Haughey, Executive Director & Ethnomusicologist
Kathleen has a diverse background in education, ethnomusicology, and collaborative ethnography and media making. As a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at Brown University, Kathleen co-led an audio and video ethnography project with Mbyá-Guarani musicians in southern Brazil. 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 Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature and a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and a Masters in Ethnomusicology at Brown University in Providence, RI.
Ned Castle, Digital Media Instructor & Photographer
Ned is a native Vermont photographer who focuses on documentary and ethnographic subject matter. His work includes In Their Own Words, a collection of stories from refugees resettled in Vermont, Indigenous Expressions, comprising portraits of Native Peoples from the Lake Champlain Basin, and most recently the HIGHLOW Project, which is now touring the state. Ned attended photography school in Florence, Italy and New York City, and is a graduate of Williams College, where he majored in Biology and Psychology.
Ned also is Program Director and Media Producer at the Vermont Folklife Center.
Evie Lovett, Education Outreach/Media Instructor & Photographer
Evie Lovett is a photographer, artist and teacher who describes her work as documentary portraiture. She was first exposed to the work of the Vermont Folklife Center when she collaborated with the VFC on an exhibition of her photographs of drag queens in Vermont, Backstage at the Rainbow Cattle Co., which culminated in a tour of Vermont’s 14 counties, with funding from the Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. She attended the Discovering Community workshop and now serves as a volunteer Educational Outreach/Media Instructor for the VFC in southeastern Vermont. She teaches photography at Vermont Academy and The Putney School and is currently working on an NEA-funded public art project for the town of Brattleboro, Vermont.
Her work can be seen at www.evielovett.com and http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/vision-voice/rainbow/. She lives in Westminster West, Vermont.
Greg Sharrow, Co-Executive Director & Folklorist
Greg serves as the VFC’s Co-Director and Folklorist. Sharrow brings to the Center a history of academic excellence and years of teaching experience. He holds a BA from Oberlin College, a MEd from UVM and has his PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Sharrow taught at the Braintree School in the Orange Southwest Supervisory Union (Vermont) for several years and was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year for that district in 1983. He was also appointed as the Mellon Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania for the 1987-88 Academic Year. His current research interests include the interplay of folklife and personal identity and the role that culture plays in our construction of self.