Meet Our New Online Course Faculty

With the launch of our 5 new graduate programs in humane education, our fabulous Director of Education, Mary Pat Champeau, has her hands full. We have three terrific new instructors to teach our online courses, and we'd like you to meet them.

Marsha Rakestraw is the course faculty for Teaching for a Positive Future (next session starts July 15). She is IHE's Director of Online Communications and Education Resources and comes from a family of teachers. She has taught at the PreK-graduate levels and her experience includes teaching high school language arts, working as a school media specialist and more than a decade as a children's/young adult librarian. She has taught several sessions of IHE's online course, A Better World, A Meaningful Life, and she also regularly leads humane education workshops. Marsha has a BFA in Dance, a BA in English, and an MLS from Emporia State University. She received her certificate in Humane Education from IHE in 2005 and has been on IHE's staff since 2007. Marsha lives in a co-housing community in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, schizophrenic cat and all-weather, all-terrain puppy. Find out more about Marsha.

Kerri Twigg is the course faculty for Raising a Humane Child (next session starts September 21). She has an M.Ed. in Humane Education from the Institute for Humane Education. She has more than 12 years experience in arts education and has taught in schools, museums, theatres, galleries, hospitals, gardens, and even a boat house. Her specialty is using creative drama and the key elements of humane education to create engaging, relevant, fun and inspiring educational experiences. She has two daughters, three rescued cats, one adopted dog, and a pretty great husband. Find out more about Kerri.

Lynne Westmoreland is the course faculty for A Better World, A Meaningful Life (next session starts September 2). She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees in piano performance and a Master of Education in Humane Education. Lynne has been a pianist, accompanist, and piano and music instructor for 30 years. After exploring many paths as an encore career, she met Zoe Weil at a festival and immediately knew that humane education was exactly what she had been looking for. Lynne lives in the Finger Lakes area of New York with her partner, Linda, and 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 horses. Find out more about Lynne.

We're so excited about what these IHE-trained instructors will bring to our online courses, so we encourage you to sign up now for one of our upcoming sessions, which offer powerful, transformative learning for educators, activists and concerned citizens passionate about aligning their actions with their deepest values and becoming more effective leaders in creating a just, compassionate, healthy world for all.

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