- President -
One of the founding members of The Learning Cooperatives, Joel has over 11 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools. Joel holds a degree in secondary education from Miami University in Oxford, OH, with minors in history and political science. He is also a founding member of Liberated Learners. You can find out more about Joel’s work for the larger movement by watching his TEDx talk or getting a copy of his book The Teacher Liberation Handbook at his website, JoelHammon.com.
- Treasurer -
Co-founder and executive director of North Star, Kenneth has been working intensively with teenagers and their families since 1991. Previously a middle school social studies teacher, first in Prince George’s County, MD, then in Amherst, MA, Kenneth left the Amherst school system to found North Star. He brought with him extensive education and training, including a B.A. from Amherst College in Psychology and an M.A.T. in Social Studies from Brown University.
- Clerk -
Alison is a former board member and current staff member at Princeton Learning Cooperative. Alison has been working with Princeton area homeschoolers since 2003 and is co-founder of E-Cubed--a weekly meeting of teen homeschoolers organized around teen-led activities. She previously worked for ETS and has taught graduate level statistics for Rutgers University. Alison holds an M.Ed. in learning and cognition and an Ed.D. in educational measurement and statistics from Rutgers University.
- Trustee -
Formerly a core staff member of North Star, 2003-2015, Catherine is co-founder of LightHouse Personalized Education for Teens in Holyoke, MA. Catherine holds two B.A.s from University of California, Santa Barbara, in English and History, a Master's in Education from Lesley University, and primary teacher certification from the American Montessori Society.