Our INSTRUCTORS

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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.


Megan Hoffman

Megan is a certified fitness instructor to celebrities and professional athletes. She is a fitness expert and has published articles for Women's Health, Oxygen Magazine, Serendipity, and Well + Good NYC. Megan provides fitness concierge services, whereby she helps clients and members attack their health and wellness goals from multiple angles and with individualized approaches. Megan also works as a fitness model and coaches youth lacrosse. She is passionate about helping girls and women achieve healthier lifestyles.


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.


Becca Tomasio

Becca is a seventh grade Language Arts teacher at Saxe Middle School in New Canaan. Becca attended Eastern Connecticut State University where she studied  English and Secondary Education. She recently earned her M.S. in Remedial Reading and Language Arts which leads to certification as a Reading and Language Arts Consultant. Becca worked with sixth, seventh and eighth grade students as the facilitator for the Creative Writing Club and the Logic Club at the middle school where she previously taught. Through LiveGirl, Becca focuses on her favorite aspects of teaching - encouraging, inspiring and helping young people to pursue their dreams. In her free time, Becca appreciates travelling to learn about different cultures and places as well as spending time with her family and friends.  


MICHELE MASON

Michele Mason has spent her professional career working as a substance abuse counselor and case manager. Previously, she served in the United States Marine Corp. She has a  passion for life and helping others.  Her personal life experiences coupled with her education has afforded her the ability to advocate and support individuals of all ages. She has a  Bachelor Degree in Human Services and is currently pursuing her graduate degree through the Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies in Springfield, MA. She cherishes serving as a positive role model for girls.