Meet Our Faculty

Meet our faculty

They hail from countries around the world and bring with them long lists of impressive credentials: UWC-USA’s faculty are committed to their profession, their students, and to the school’s mission.

UWC-USA faculty are not only experts in their respected fields, but they also share a commitment to the UWC mission and a belief in the students who will carry it forward.

“How can there be peace without people understanding each other; and how can this be if they don’t know each other?”

— Lester B. Pearson, former Canadian Prime Minister and UWC supporter

Brent

Drama
What do you love about teaching?
The creativity involved in helping students craft and shape theatrical experiences that engage their hearts, minds, voices, and bodies.
What do you do on the weekends?
Visit my parents in Albuquerque, cook, and explore northern New Mexico.
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What’s your favorite food?
Lebanese.

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?

Canadian eccentrics involved in the Shakespeare authorship controversy (in an article cheekily called “Canadian Bacon” and published by University of Toronto Press).

Education
B.A. Baylor University, English-Professional Writing/Philosophy 
M.A. University of Durham, Seventeenth-Century Studies

Ph.D. University of British Columbia, English literature

 

 

Kadir

Math

North American University -Texas

Inonu University, Malatya

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Kalilou

Math
What do you love about teaching?
I like teaching because I feel the sensation of being both a donor and a recipient of a lot of knowledge from teaching exchanges. I also like the power to motivate the learner to take ownership of their own learning. It is always a pleasure to see that  advice, coaching and having helped a student to succeed in his life projects. These are indescribable sensations for the teacher that I am.
What do you do on the weekends?
I really enjoy watching  soccer and NBA games,  and Formula 1 racing with fans like me. This entertainment helps me disconnect from work to better dive back.

 

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What’s your favorite food?
Fried chicken alloco, an Ivorian specialty made from fried plantain bananas and fried chicken with spices.
 
What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you have researched?
What would have been the world without writing?

 

EDUCATION

M.S. Université de Bamako, applied physics

B.S. Université de Bamako, applied physics

Chandniée

French
What do you love about teaching?

What I absolutely love about teaching is the opportunity that teaching gives us to be life-long learners. Teaching and learning are a symbiotic process and we would never know how and when we switch places with our students! Teaching to me is rejuvenating, empowering and extremely fulfilling as it gives me the feeling that I am contributing everyday to help young people shape their reality for the better. 

What do you do on the weekends?

During weekends, I like reading classics, mostly French but also other languages. I love cleaning and occasionally trying out different types of cuisines. I also like singing and relaxing by walking bare feet on grass to re-energize myself.

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Favorite food

My favorite food is French and there are many types. One of them I can think of is le gratin dauphinois with salade verte and a nice café liégeois for dessert.! I also love the Indian masala dosas with green chutney.. yumm..!

Most esoteric research?

I did a personal research in language and cognitive science for a conference paper on the absence of concepts of time and numbers and the non-recursive spoken segments in the Pirahã  language as a challenge to the Chomskian theory of ‘universal grammar.’

Education

M.A. Pune University
M.S. Université de Rouen
Ph.D. Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III

 

Aaron

Science
What do you love about teaching?

Interacting with students and bringing joy or peace while communicating with students.

What do you do on the weekends?

Once I have a car, my very first car ever in my life, I will explore New Mexico.

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What’s your favorite food?

All types of cuisines with little food restrictions, which I feel very lucky about.

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?
How to buy a used car as your very first car, I learned a lot about cars as a no-car person for the majority of my life.
EDUCATION

B.S., East China University of Science and Technology, pharmaceutical scienceM.S., Brown University, chemistry

Denika

English
What do you love about teaching?

I love that I have the opportunity to discuss and explore topics that interest and inspire me. It is also wonderful being able to see my students begin being inspired by the same things that I am. On top of that, watching them learn and grow is amazing.

What do you do on the weekends?

Most weekends I make time to read and write for fun and spend time with friends and family. I also try to make small trips to Santa Fe, Albuquerque, or Taos to explore, do activities, and just get away and focus on myself for a while.

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What’s your favorite food?

All breakfast foods. I could eat breakfast any time of day.

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?

Trauma fiction, specifically concerning domestic abuse, and the use of writing as a form of therapy.

Education

English, MA, New Mexico Highlands University

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