Team

Our Team
Assistant Director Josh Bookin
Josh Bookin
Associate Director, Instructional Support and Development

My main focus is developing and promoting teaching excellence at HGSE. I engage with faculty members and teaching fellows to assist them in solving problems of practice to best meet the learning needs of their students. In doing so, I offer a wide variety of development opportunities including classroom observations, one-on-one consultations, one-off workshops, and on-going communities of practice. I also help to create user-friendly instructional resources and active-learning curricular assets such as simulations and teaching cases. I am involved in major online initiatives of the school, as well as other large-scale pedagogical and curricular projects such as Instructional Moves. In addition, my role includes showcasing instructional innovations happening on our campus and interfacing with colleagues across the university and beyond to ensure that HGSE stays on the leading edge of higher education teaching and learning.

Prior to this role, I served in a similar position as the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). During my time at HKS, I built a diverse portfolio of work with faculty members, developed the school’s first-ever training program for teaching fellows, helped develop case-based assets, engaged in action research to inform classroom practice, and assisted in the redesign of the Master’s in Public Policy Program. In other work at Harvard, I co-authored with Richard Elmore a report on innovative pedagogy to help guide the university’s capital campaign planning and designed and taught Microeconomics courses for HKS Mid-Career Master’s students. I have also served as an adjunct professor at Boston University’s School of Education, where I focused on teaching instructional methods to pre-service secondary school educators. I earned my Ed. M. in Learning and Teaching at HGSE in 2008, and I am delighted to have returned to this wonderful institution in a role shaped around this essential work that I love.

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Josh Bookin
Senior Learning Designer Andrea Flores
Andrea Flores
Senior Learning Designer

As a senior learning designer at the TLL, I wear many hats throughout the day. Sometimes I’m developing and training new learning designers, devising and improving processes and systems, collaborating with faculty, and other times I’m working as a creative designer and project manager, or I’m advising and mentoring students on their projects.

I graduated from HGSE in 2014 with an Ed.M. in the Technology, Innovation, and Education program. My path to education was not a straightforward one, as I spent some time working in aerospace, transportation and logistics, and industrial supply distribution. Throughout that time, I realized that what I really enjoyed was developing people and using design and systems thinking to improve the lives of others. I was also looking for a way to continue with my love for language and other cultures. So, I packed up my bags, left the country, and worked in Latin America and Asia for many years as a TESOL educator. Since then, my interests have extended into learning experience design, adult learning and development, cross-cultural learning design, and the use of emerging technologies. In my free time, I enjoy catching a flamenco show, painting watercolor postcards, and practicing yoga.
Andrea Flores
Senior Media Producer Naomi Greenfield
Naomi Greenfield
Senior Media Producer

I have been working in the areas of instructional design, project management, creative direction and video production for over 15 years. I am passionate about weaving together these skills whenever possible.

I started out working in development and production on children's television on shows like Sesame Street, Arthur, and Curious George and then expanded and diversified my skills to digital interactive media and eLearning for all ages. I worked collaboratively with a wide range of clients—educational publishers (School Specialty, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin), broadcasters (PBS Kids, WGBH, Nickelodeon), and museums (New York Hall of Science, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, New England Aquarium)—to design media that creatively fulfills their needs and educational objectives.

Having graduated from the Technology, Innovation and Education Masters program, I am excited to be back at HGSE as part of the TLL. In my role as Senior Learning Designer and now Senior Media Producer in the TLL, I was instrumental in the design, development and delivery of the five online modules that make up HGSE’s Certificate of Advanced Education Leadership program. I am excited to be working now with the TLL team on the Instructional Moves and How People Learn projects and look forward to reaching all learners through technology and media.

The most important learners in my life are my two children, Sylvia (age 7) and Isaac (age 4). When I’m not at HGSE, I spend my time playing with them, doing political activism, community building programs in Arlington, crafting, running and making balloon animals.
Naomi Greenfield
Production Assistant Anny Guerzon
Anny Guerzon
Production Assistant

As a production assistant with the TLL, I work on a myriad of projects in varying stages of the creative process. With my BFA in Film/Animation/Video from the Rhode Island School of Design, I bring to the team a multidisciplinary visual design skillset that allows me to jump onto video projects from start to finish as well as take on graphic design challenges that come our way.

Outside of the TLL, I can be found teaching K-12 kids how to make animations and videos with various organizations including the Providence Children's Film Festival and Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC). I can also be found scouting out new places to eat, or jamming out at various concerts.
Anny Guerzon
Senior Manager Becca Miller
Becca Miller
Associate Director, Curriculum Design and Assessment

Within the TLL I lead two distinct yet interrelated initiatives: the development and design of master’s-level curricula and learning experiences, and a program of internal and applied research on teaching and curricular innovation.

In the area of curriculum design, I partner with faculty leaders, staff, research assistants, and TLL colleagues to devise and create innovative learning opportunities at HGSE that are grounded in research on learning and instruction in higher education. This work encompasses initial conceptualization—including crafting literature reviews, learning objectives and outcomes, curricular maps, and design frameworks—as well as the development of content, pedagogical approaches, and assessments. The research portion of my portfolio involves the design, execution, analysis, and dissemination of studies that inform the development and evaluation of TLL projects as well as studies that contribute to the academic literature on postsecondary learning and teaching.

I joined the TLL after receiving my Ed.D. from HGSE and following more than a decade of experience in postsecondary curriculum development, teaching, and academic writing and editing. My doctoral research interests centered on the intersection of scientific knowledge and educational endeavors, both broadly defined, with a particular interest in postsecondary STEM pathways, experiences, and identities.
Becca Miller
Production Assistant Elio Pajares Ruiz
Elio Pajares Ruiz
Production Assistant

My role as a Production Assistant at the TLL constantly fuels my passion for film and photography. My interest in education began years ago as a Coordinator for Latino youth. I created multimedia videos and witnessed their impact as a tangible way to promote wise decisions leading to a healthy lifestyle. While working for a Fortune 500 company, I developed a technology background that provided experience in international IT customer service/troubleshooting and web development. My undergraduate degree is in Photojournalism with a minor in Computer Science from Western Kentucky University. As I complete my Master’s in Digital Media Design at the Harvard University Extension School, I strive to develop innovative storytelling by utilizing the latest technology to make learning easier and more interactive. My primary objective at the TLL includes collaborating with the media team to film and edit compelling educational multimedia content. I value the opportunity to promote the mission of the TLL to create highly impactful pedagogical multimedia productions.
Elio Pajares Ruiz
Media Producer Elias Polcheira
Elias Polcheira
Media Producer

I have led media production for the TLL since its inception in 2014. Working with a team of diverse backgrounds and expertise, we design and develop media for all TLL learning experiences. Our work involves different specialties, ranging from needs analysis to project planning, filming, editing, graphic design, and publishing.

Prior to this role at HGSE, I worked in advertising, photojournalism, and even ran my own production company for a while. Although all prior experiences led me to what I do today, I feel a sense of relief to have landed in education. I appreciate the opportunity to work with the highly engaged community here and contribute to something more meaningful.

I attended the college of Communications at a Federal University in Brazil and received my B.A. in Advertising. Upon graduation, I worked on developing a better understanding of consumer behavior and marketing strategy. This helped me better target and refine my multimedia solutions. I also learned about best practices in digital storytelling, as well as the intricacies of different media including print, TV, radio and internet.

I enjoy continuing to learn and always find ways to share my expertise with others. I taught photography and visual storytelling at the former Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Waltham, MA. I hold an ALM from the Harvard Extension School in Digital Media Design.
Elias Polcheira
Assistant Director, Learning Design Prusko
Patrice Prusko
Associate Director, Learning Design

As Assistant Director of Learning Design within the TLL I oversee the design, development and project management of online and technology enhanced courses in the TLL portfolio. My team thoughtfully incorporates LX design, UDL, learning theory, and instructional design practices to create courses that are inclusive and designed for our diverse student population.  We use innovative learning strategies in support of enhancing student learning experiences and access to HGSE courses.

Prior to joining the TLL team I worked as an Instructional Designer at Cornell University in the Center for Teaching Innovation, and as a faculty member at State University of New York, Empire State College, Center for Distance Learning and International Programs. My current research focuses on using complexity theory to look at higher education as a human system, finding the weak signals and developing human centered solutions that will create conditions where all students can thrive. Through my research I look to develop course and systems level structures that support inclusive, transformational learning experiences for all students, especially first generation and underrepresented student populations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  I'm passionate about increasing global access to STEM education for all women. I believe by increasing access to education for women we can enable more communities across the globe to thrive and flourish. 

I have 15+ years progressive and multi-faceted experience with design and curriculum development, specializing in: developing innovative pedagogical approaches using multiple modalities including open educational resources and virtual meeting tools. I’ve led several design thinking studies focused on reimagining the way we deliver education, evaluate inclusive initiatives and create educational ecosystems. I hold a degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.), and Business Management (MBA) from Union College, and Curriculum and Instruction (Ph.D.) from University at Albany.
 

Patrice Prusko
Media Producer Shawn Read
Shawn Read
Media Producer

As a media producer, I have a hand in all aspects of production, but my primary roles are as a cameraman and video editor. I’ve been a freelance photographer and videographer for the better part of a decade, but before that I was an ESL Teacher in Japan. I also taught photography and multimedia production at Boston University’s Center for the Digital Arts and at the New England School of Photography.

I became interested in photography through my travels in Japan, where I lived for 11 years. I loved being a English teacher; it was a great opportunity to learn about another culture and educate others about my own. Japan is an picturesque country, and it seemed natural to turn to the camera to document my life there. Living in Japan also fueled my interest in technology. After coming back to the U.S. my obsession with tech has continued.

As a teacher, I became interested in how to use technology in the classroom to help students learn better. When I became a content creator, it became clear that the way media was produced and consumed was being rewritten by technology’s advances as well. The TLL is a fascinating place for me because it sits at the intersection where education, technology, and media meet. I am thrilled to combine my interests in these areas to work on projects that get to the core of how people learn.
Shawn Read
Learning Designer Jillian Rubman
Jillian Rubman
Learning Designer

As a member of the TLL team, I design engaging and effective learning experiences for students at Harvard and around the globe. My focus is on finding creative solutions to instructional challenges across a wide variety of teaching and learning contexts. I graduated from HGSE with an Ed.M. in the Technology, Innovation, and Education program in 2016.

My journey as an educator started in southern Spain. After completing a European master’s program in women’s and gender studies, I began teaching English to university students in Granada. Using digital tools to enhance my students’ learning piqued my interest in education technology. Completing a couple MOOCs on innovative teaching increased that fascination. That was when I made the decision to apply to HGSE.

Back in Massachusetts, I balanced my studies at the Harvard Ed. School with part-time jobs developing course content at the TLL and HarvardX. The question of how best to improve students’ learning experiences became central to my day-to-day work -- and it has stayed there, front and center, ever since. After completing the master’s, I had the opportunity to work as an instructional designer at Wellesley College. My passion for creating powerful learning experiences helped me support faculty with crafting successful blended learning projects across five departments. Today, these past experiences at home and abroad continue to shape and enrich my work as a learning designer.
Jillian Rubman
Learning Designer Annica Schjott Voneche
Annica Schjött Vonèche
Learning Designer

Throughout my career as an educator and as an instructional designer, I have made it my mission to develop efficient and engaging learning experiences. My learning environments aim to encourage students to become active and competent learners, capable of thinking critically about their own learning and its meaning beyond the classroom.

I started my career by teaching Swedish in a pilot program that helped immigrant medical personnel prepare for their medical board exams. Later, while working toward my PhD in French and Francophone Studies at Northwestern University, I taught numerous classes on French, Francophone and Italian languages, cultures and literatures, both face to face and in blended learning mode. After graduating with a dissertation focused on counter-cultural representations of history and memory in Francophone literature, I taught English as a Second language at the University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris, and French, English and Swedish at a private bilingual K-12 school. These equally challenging and inspiring experiences ignited my deep interest in teaching and learning.

In 2013-2014 I returned to Northwestern for an MA in Learning Sciences with a focus on instructional design. Since then I have worked as a learning designer, most recently at Boston University. In my present role at HGSE I draw on my experience both as an instructor and as a designer in developing, testing, and implementing learning environments that are pedagogically sound, engaging, and student-centered, and in supporting and advising faculty.
Annica Schjött Vonèche
Learning Technologist Emily Shoemaker
Emily Shoemaker
Learning Technologist

I manage and support the technology that enables cutting-edge learning design for the TLL’s courses, special projects, and events. Working side-by-side with our team of professional instructional designers and media producers, I help keep the TLL learner-centered and innovative.

My background is diverse and allows me to bring a wide variety of perspectives and experiences into my work at the TLL. I am an experienced project manager, media developer, teacher, and cross-functional/cross-cultural collaboration wrangler. I hold an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as a B.S. in IT Management and International Business from Saint Louis University. Prior to becoming a Learning Technologist, I worked as a teacher in South Korea through the Fulbright Program and as a procurement agent for the Boeing Company.
Emily Shoemaker
Learning Designer Patricia Vanderbilt
Patricia Vanderbilt
Learning Designer

I am a Learning Designer at the Teaching and Learning Lab. I earned my Masters in the Technology, Innovation and Education program at HGSE, and I have experience in UX research, formative evaluation of education products, product design and project management. I also have several years of experience teaching diverse populations of English Language Learners and I am particularly interested in problem based learning and simulations in online learning. In addition to my work at the TLL, I have also worked on an educational technology startup for Chinese language learners at the Harvard Innovation Lab, and served as a teaching fellow at HGSE. Prior to coming to Boston, I taught as a Fulbright Fellow in India, taught English as a Second Language in China, and conducted research on approaches to combating sex-selective abortion in India. I am a former graduate of Whitman College, where I served as the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and was a regular contributor to the HuffPost blog.
Patricia Vanderbilt
TLL Director Bill Wisser
Bill Wisser
TLL Director and Lecturer in Education

I oversee the TLL portfolio and ensure that the focus of the TLL remains aligned with the strategic initiatives of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I represent the department to HGSE administrators and faculty and help guide conversations about new opportunities to increase the reach and impact of faculty research and practice.

I earned my Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a dissertation that examined the rise of a political print culture in early nineteenth-century Brazil. After teaching World History and Modern Latin America at several universities, I realized that my real interests lay in teaching and faculty support for teaching. Before coming to HGSE I was the Associate Director for Faculty Development and Support at Simmons College where I led the Sloan Foundation-funded Blended Learning Initiative. In that role I oversaw the development of two blended programs and one fully online program while also supporting the effective integration of technology in the traditional classroom.

Since arriving at HGSE I have helped numerous faculty members consider how technology can be leveraged to help them meet their learning outcomes. I have also been involved in the development of several new online courses and programs that help increase the reach of HGSE faculty research and practice. In 2017 I co-chaired the Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching (HILT) Teaching and Learning Collaborative and have published and presented on issues related to alternative credentials and electronic portfolios.
Bill Wisser
TLL Cradles to Crayons
 
Team-Based Approach
The TLL is a collaborative, process-driven organization. All project planning begins with a detailed needs analysis that includes stakeholders and outlines roles, responsibilities, timeline, and budget. Once approved, projects are led by a TLL staff member who maintains a project plan and ensures deadlines are met and all members of the project team stay in close communication. All projects in the TLL are developed through a team-based approach that leverages the expertise of relevant TLL staff members and other HGSE stakeholders to create an efficient, collaborative process.
 
Professional Expertise
The TLL team includes expert practitioners with experience in classroom and online teaching, multi-modal course design, product and media development, and educational research. The broad range of expertise allows the TLL to support the holistic development of learning experiences and assets, from initiation and design to development and deployment, and through assesment and improvement. We provide guidance to faculty members and teaching teams as they incorporate new assets and practices into their teaching.