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Guest Speakers

At the end of the first week, three participants from prior summer seminars—Alexa Garvoille (2014), Shelley Karren (2011), and Lingerr Senghor (2014)—will join us for a pedagogy roundtable discussion and workshop, where they will share their expertise as practitioners in adaptations-based pedagogy. As alumni of prior NEH seminars on adaptation, they can speak to the ways in which the seminar can be translated into practice, with an immediate focus on final seminar projects.


Lingerr Senghor

Lingerr Senghor teaches high school English in San Francisco. Since participating in the 2014 “Great Adaptations” Seminar, she has found literary adaptation useful in both instruction and assessment. Drawing on her NEH experience, Lingerr developed a course on “Literature on Film,” and she finds adaptations an effective tool for teaching Dickens and Brontë at all levels.


Shelley Karren

Shelley Karren holds Master’s degrees in Literature and Educational Leadership. She is an English teacher with 14 years’ classroom experience. Her appointment as Assistant Principal with supervision of English and Performing Arts programs at her school in Sandy, UT, gives her a broad view of curricular design and learning outcomes. Shelley used her final project for the 2011 “Great Adaptations” Seminar as a model for a series of adaptations-based assignments utilizing digital tools.


Alexa Garvoille

Alexa Garvoille is a graduate of Yale (BA, English) and Duke (MA, Teaching) and has 10 years’ experience teaching 9th grade English in North Carolina. An advisor for extracurricular literary projects, Alexa is also a regular presenter at NCTE conferences. Following the 2011 NEH Summer Seminar, Alexa put her extensive training in creative writing instruction to work, incorporating the study and production of literary adaptations into her courses.


In the final week, we will be visited by Jacqueline Barrios and Paul Story, teachers who are involved with the University of Southern California’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a project dedicated to improving academic performance for students in economically disadvantaged school districts with primarily minority populations in Los Angeles.


Paul Story

Paul Storey is a sixth-grade English teacher and trained actor with an impressive list of stage and television credits. As Founder and Artistic Director of NAI’s Theater Workshop, he trains students to interpret classical literature through theater and has directed successful productions of these works for the community.  He is a recurring participant at the Shakespeare at the Huntington, an institute focusing on pedagogy and the teaching of Shakespeare through performance.


Jacqueline Barrios

Jacqueline Barrios has MA degrees in English (UC Irvine) and in Teaching (UC Berkeley). An educator with seventeen years’ classroom experience, she has developed innovative strategies for extending the English AP curriculum via the performing arts. Her work with NAI and its Theater Workshop has received national media recognition.




Courtney Mahaney

From secateurs to dressmaker’s shears, Courtney Mahaney can frequently be found with scissors in hand. When she’s not gardening or sewing, Courtney takes her beagle, Millie, on therapeutic visits to area nursing homes, and serves as a court-appointed special advocate for a foster youth. She loves beekeeping, sewing her own wardrobe, and exploring antiquarian bookstores. A native Vermonter, she now calls Santa Cruz home.

Courtney will assist you with all logistical matters, such as confirming receipt of your application materials, reserving on-campus housing, and more. She will be your primary point of contact in Santa Cruz, so don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.