Our graduate program faculty are experienced educators and pioneers in the field of humane education. They are outstanding humane educators, mentors, and advocates for our students.
Mary Pat Champeau, the Director of Education at IHE and a faculty member at Valparaiso University, has been an educator for more than 30 years. She holds an M.A. in English from New York University. Mary Pat has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa, and has supervised teacher training programs in Southeast Asian refugee camps in Indonesia and Thailand. Before moving to Maine in 1994, she worked for organizations serving refugee populations and coordinated English language and American culture programs for the World Trade Institute in New York City. She currently lives in Maine with her husband George, son Liam, daughters Claire and Jing Hui Fan, and numerous animal friends.
Melissa Feldman is on the faculty of IHE and Valparaiso University and has been a humane educator since 1985. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s of education degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and 1991, respectively. She is currently director of Circle of Compassion, which offers humane education presentations for 6th grade through adult audiences free of charge in western Massachusetts.
Chitra Golestani is on the faculty of IHE and Valparaiso University, co-founded the Paulo Freire Institute (PFI) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and is a PFI Research Associate, educator, and educational consultant. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Science and Comparative Education from UCLA and a Master’s in Education from University of California, Santa Barbara. She is engaged in numerous grass-roots programs aimed at raising students’ capacity to play their unique role as “solutionaries” for a more just, peaceful, and sustainable planet.
Kris Tucker is on the faculty of IHE and Valparaiso University and is a veteran teacher with 14 years of classroom experience. Her interest in humane education, adult learning, literacy, special education, sustainability, outdoor/experiential education, and transformative learning is indicative of her deep commitment to social change. She is currently in the dissertation phase of her EdD in Higher Education and Adult Learning and works as full-time educator at Ridge and Valley Charter School.
Zoe Weil is the co-founder and president of IHE. She is a pioneer in the humane education movement and has been teaching humane education and training humane educators since 1987. In addition to creating IHE’s graduate programs, speaking around the world, and leading workshops, Zoe has authored several books, including The Power and Promise of Humane Education, Above All, Be Kind, and Most Good, Least Harm. Zoe received a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.