Windows and Mirrors
LaShawn Springer (she/her) is the director of the Community and Multicultural Development Office and an associate director of College Counseling. LaShawn’s leadership of CAMD has been guided by the work of elder scholars and activists such as bell hooks, Angela Davis and Grace Lee Boggs, as well as those as recent as Janet Mock, Patrisse Cullors and our very own young people who constantly remind us that we are uniquely positioned to foster a type of joy and freedom rooted in a liberatory praxis.
Emma Staffaroni, aka “Ms. Staff,” has served on the CAMD team since 2016 and is the coordinator of the CAMD Scholars program. She joined the Andover community in 2013. In addition to serving in CAMD, she teaches uppers and seniors in the English department, runs an all-gender dormitory, and is part of the Brace Center advisory board. She loves reading and podcasts, and she can often be found walking around campus with her dog Holly, playing (or inventing) games, and cooking Italian food.
Originally from Fresno, California, José Peralta joined the Phillips Academy community in 2016. At Andover, Jose has had the privilege of working with young people in all grade levels as a residential house counselor, biology instructor, and CAMD program coordinator. His favorite hobbies include running, amateur photography, baking for his dorm, and reading.
Kelicia Jessie (she/her) is an alumna, the International Student Coordinator, and a Spanish teacher (which she adores). Working with international students is a dream that she never knew she had as a student at Andover, but after learning several languages including Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Swahili among others, living, working, and teaching in both China and Spain, and even getting her second M.A. at the Universidad de Alcalá in central Spain, these experiences have all come together beautifully in the role. CAMD was home for Mrs. Jessie when she was an Andover student, and she takes much joy in making this place home for students as an alumna and faculty member now.
Yomara Cruz is the Administrative Assistant for the CAMD office. Joining the Andover community in 2018, Yomara has found great joy in not only helping the team plan projects, guest speakers and student functions in pursuit of community education in DEI, but in the love and embrace of the students and CAMD team. She hopes to foster an inclusive and comforting space in CAMD as she does at home with her own family. Yomara spends her free time in New Hampshire with her husband and 3 children telling jokes, playing video games, caring for houseplants, crocheting, and teaching/doing yoga.
Yuto Iwaizumi, is a Teaching Fellow in French and a house counselor in Stuart House. Having moved to the U.S. from Japan at a young age, he is interested in thinking about language, society, diversity, and the social sciences. During his free time he listens to music, bakes, and takes care of his houseplants. He is excited to be working as part of this team, and hopes to create an inclusive environment where students can thrive.
Zahin Ahmed joined Andover this year as a Teaching Fellow after graduating from New York University with a degree in neuroscience. In addition to his work with CAMD, Zahin teaches in the biology department, coaches volleyball and basketball, and serves as a house counselor in Bishop house. Zahin is excited to work with CAMD because he believes that education goes much further than the classroom and that creating space for students of all backgrounds to have the support and guidance that they need to succeed at Andover is crucial. In his free time, he loves to read, knit, and play basketball!