Our INSTRUCTORS

instructors

Katie Campbell

Katie Campbell is a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Saxe Middle School with eleven years of teaching experience. In addition, she has coached girls volleyball at the middle and high school level for ten years. She has her BA from Skidmore College and MA from Sacred Heart. She feels strongly about empowering girls to discover and explore the dynamic characteristics which make them unique and valuable parts of the larger community. Her life motto is, “Don’t forget to be awesome!"


Michelle Soto

Michelle Jiménez Soto is currently a Community Educator at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. In this role, she provides education to the city of Stamford and its surrounding towns in different settings such as community based organizations, group homes, and schools. Topics most often covered are birth control methods, healthy relationships, sexually transmitted infections, anatomy, gender expression/identity, and pregnancy prevention. From a young age, Michelle had an interest in the empowerment of women and girls, which prompted her to seek and a complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. Michelle was able to combine her interests in women and girls empowerment with her work in sexuality education in the completion of a Master of Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University.


Lytasha Marie Blackwell

LyTasha is a writer, educator, motivator, and lover of words. She has been featured on stages with legends such as Nikki Giovonni, Dr. Johnetta B. Cole, Ericka Huggins and the late Dr. Maya Angelou. She is currently teaching an Intellectual and Creative Inquiry Seminar at Southern Connecticut State University. She has a M.A. in Women's Studies from Southern Connecticut State University where she focused on Programming and Curriculum Development. Her special project centered on creating and implementing her signature program, "She's A B.O.S.S.-- Beyond Ordinary Setting the Standard" which focuses on young urban women ages 14-25. LyTasha is passionate about helping the next generation of women use writing as a therapeutic outlet to discuss the issues that they face within their lives and communities.


Colleen Szabo

Colleen is a seventh grade Language Arts teacher at Bethel Middle School. Colleen earned her Master's in Education from the University of New Haven and and attended the University of Connecticut where she studied Human Development and Family Studies, English and Women's Studies. She previously worked as a workshop facilitator for the Violence Against Women Prevention Program. In this role, she led discussions on topics such as gender equality, sexual assault prevention, consent, women's rights, education, self-esteem, women's health, dating violence, healthy relationships, and body image. Colleen is dedicated to girls’ empowerment and education. Colleen enjoys working with girls as a middle school dance team coach. 


Sara Nelson

Sara is a seventh grade Social Studies teacher at Saxe Middle School in New Canaan. Sara attended the University of Connecticut where she studied History and Secondary Education. Sara previously worked as an Assistant Trip Director for the Alternative Breaks Program overseeing and training team leaders. She also served as an intern at the Connecticut Historical Society where she taught diverse students in grades K-12 from the Hartford area using artifacts, images, exhibits, and hands-on activities. Sara is passionate about gender equality, equal educational opportunity, and community service. In her spare time she likes to work on art projects, go hiking, try new foods, and spend time with her friends and family.


Brooke Pelli

Brooke is a teacher at Apples Preschool in Stamford, Connecticut. She taught elementary school for the last three years in Philadelphia through the Teach for America program. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education form the University of Delaware and her Masters Degree in Urban Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Brooke is passionate about the equal educational opportunities and closing the elementary achievement gab in low income communities. She also is passionate about being a positive role model for young women. Her hobbies include reading, spinning, and traveling.


Juana Yanes

Juana Yanes is the Counseling Coordinator & Child Advocate for The Center in Stamford, Connecticut. She is responsible for providing both English and Spanish crisis intervention and counseling to victims of sexual assault and their families throughout the community. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University and received her Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from Iona College. Juana is passionate about serving as a positive role model for girls while empowering them to be leaders.