Sarah Dillard, founder
Sarah Dillard has been working in education for over a decade. Kaleidoscope grew out of her interest in making high school more practical and interesting. She was on the policy team at the U.S. Department of Education, the founding team at the National Math and Science Initiative, and the management team at Quad Learning. She started her career at Bain & Company. Sarah is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where she was an A. B. Duke Scholar and won the Holton Prize for education research. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School where she was a Reynolds Fellow and a George Fellow. She is a trustee at Capital City Public Charter School, on the alumni advisory council at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership, and a founding advisor at Guild Education. With Tom Eisenmann and Eric Ries she is the co-author of the Harvard Business School note, "Hypothesis-Driven Entrepreneurship."
Benjamin Haynes, business development
Benjamin Haynes is a young professional passionate about mental health and elevating student voices. Prior to Kaleidoscope, Benjamin received a U.S. Fulbright grant to teach English in Malaysia for 2018. While there, he launched and spearheaded a 4-month initiative focused on building student agency through student projects with ~400 students and dozens of schools from across Malaysia taking part. He draws on other experience in the education field as well, having worked in EdTech at Quizlet and as a Research Assistant for Dr. Jane Fruehwirth exploring the intersection of mental health outcomes and race for high schoolers in North Carolina. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill where he graduated magna cum laude with degrees in Economics and Political Science.
Our classes are designed with students for students by expert teachers. Over the summer, we develop and test pilot concepts in our fellowships that we then refine into full-year classes.
katharina matro, social studies for social problems
Katharina Matro is a teacher, historian, and writer. She teaches history and economics at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, and has taught at Stanford University, and the Free University in Berlin. She also writes and speaks to academic historians about bringing their academic research into the high school history classroom. Katharina graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College, where she majored in History and French; she holds an M.A. in International Economics and European Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Ph.D. in Central European History from Stanford University. Before finishing her PhD, she was a pre-doctoral fellow at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland, and a Mellon Fellow at George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. Her dissertation won the 2016 Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize for the best doctoral dissertation on a topic in German history written at a North American University.
In summer 2019, we’re welcoming back more than half of our 2018 fellows as part of our Kaleidoscope team. They’ll be working with us on our classes and on building our organization. Look out social media, here we come!
Lyla Bhalla-Ladd, a rising junior at National Cathedral School, and William Ahn, a rising senior at Churchill, will be working as business development interns.
Naazneen Gill, a graduate of National Cathedral School who will be attending Lehigh University in the fall, and Karenna Nambiar, a graduate of Churchill who will be attending High Point University in the fall, will be working as marketing interns.
Leila Wass, a graduate of National Cathedral School who will be attending Harvard University in the fall, will be working to build community amongst current and alumni fellows.
A number of our 2018 fellows will also be returning as teaching fellows. They’ll give feedback on the design of the summer fellowship, help facilitate our sessions, and give advice as we build out a full year class from the experience.
Science in Society
Giovanna Eichner, a graduate of Churchill High School who will be attending Boston College in the fall, will be a teaching fellow for Science in Society.
Jessica Bowen, Thomas Mande, and Anoushka Sharma will be teaching fellows for Practical Psychology. Jessica is a rising senior at Churchill. Thomas is a graduate of Whitman and will be attending Duke University in the fall. Anoushka is a graduate of Churchill and will be attending UC-Berkeley in the fall.
Storytelling & Narrative
Najá Crockett and Ariel Derby will be teaching fellows for Storytelling & Narrative. Najá is a graduate of the Field School and will be attending Bates College in the fall. Ariel is a graduate of Churchill and will be attending Tufts University in the fall.
Analytics for Current Events
Karenna Nambiar will be the teaching fellow for Analytics for Current Events.