At the Concord River Institute, we aim to disabuse our students of the idea that they somehow have more or less to offer than any other student, or that somehow their voice matters less than the teacher's voice; if we are all part of this exploration, and if the exploration is open-ended and connected to our own lives, we of course all have something of value to bring to the discussion.


Michael Goodwin has extensive teaching experience at the high school level in public and private schools across New England, having worked with a wide range of student populations. He has also served as the academic director of the Great Books Summer Program, has developed programs for at-risk youths, and most recently founded “Rivers and Revolutions,” a school-within-a-school at Concord-Carlisle High School that serves as the basis for the instructional model of the Institute. Michael holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Amherst College and a M. Ed. in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Maura Clarke has been working in arts, education and conflict transformation for twenty years.  She has been particularly focused on using theatre and writing as a tool for community development, cultural exchange and generating civic dialogue.   In recent years, she has run theatre and writing programs for students and adults in the United States and the Middle East. Her work has also included developing arts-based conflict management curriculum for use in schools and communities, conducting arts-based teacher trainings, and training groups on public narrative.  Maura received her Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, her M.A.T. from Tufts University and Shady Hill School Teacher Training Program and her B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 


Chris Gauthier has worked with young people from many different walks of life in a variety of capacities.  As a researcher in the field of addictions psychology, he helped to design and test a computerized smoking cessation intervention for high school and college students.  While serving in Americorp, he developed and delivered educational programming for elementary and middle school students in Cambridge and South Boston.  He has also taught and mentored high school students in La Jolla, California and Concord, Massachusetts and has served as an instructor at the University of Michigan.  Christopher earned his B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.


David Green has been working in education in various capacities for the past twenty years.  He currently teaches European history and serves as Department Chair of Social Studies at Acton Boxborough Regional High School.  He has traveled extensively throughout the world and participated in various education projects in the Republic of Georgia, Armenia, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.  He holds a B.A. in Psychology and History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MAT in history education from Tufts University.


Johanna Glazer has dedicated herself to teaching the students of Concord, Carlisle and Boston for over two decades. She has taught a variety of students from court-involved youth in a Department of Youth Services facility, students in a school-to-work program, and mainstream students in European and World History courses. Johanna is Co-Chief Instructor of the Concord Self-Defense Academy where she teaches traditional martial arts for self-defense and is an adjunct professor in the Middle & High School program at Lesley's Graduate School of Education at Lesley University. Johanna holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, her M.S.Ed from Simmons College .

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