Our teachers are more likely to ask questions than to give answers. This doesn’t mean you can’t get a straight answer out of them, just that they think it is better to encourage thoughtfulness than to impose a solution from another place or time.
Core faculty provide continuity. At least one core teacher works with the students every day; sometimes it’s four. In addition to teaching classes, they carefully monitor the progress of individual students and teams, gauging where the class is as a whole and making adjustments to the timing of the subjects being presented.
Adjunct faculty and master teachers add to the experience base of the faculty by offering a depth of experience in a particular area, such as ecology. Some work with students in the studio, others interact more frequently with students in the field.
Conway students are teachers too. They have considerable life experience and have significant skills and knowledge to share. A lot of learning happens after the faculty go home.
Ken joined the faculty in 2003, with primary responsibility for humanities and as curriculum coordinator. Ken has been active in projects linking environmental and social health to community development efforts, both in the Connecticut River Valley region and abroad. His academic work draws on geography, philosophy, economics, anthropology, education, psychology, and literary theory to examine the relationship between people and the environment. //more//
Kate Cholakis ’11
Head of Easthampton Campus
Kate is a landscape designer and writer that created her own business after graduating from the Conway School. She specialized in ecological landscape design for residential clients and large-scale landscapes. Prior to teaching at Conway, Kate served as a visiting critic and presenter, and consulted with the school by reviewing and editing reports. Kate has experience teaching in an undergraduate architecture studio and as a reader for a landscape studies course.
B. Kim Erslev
Professor, Landscape Design + Graphics
Kim is both a practicing architect and a landscape architect with her own firm, Salmon Falls Ecological Design. She has more than twenty years of experience with sustainable landscape and architectural design. Her current design practice focuses on the design of super-insulated passive solar homes, ecological landscapes, and co-housing communities. //more//
Jono Neiger ’03
Professor, Regenerative Design
Jono is a conservation biologist with nearly two decades of experience in land stewardship, ecological studies, restoration, and conservation commission staffing. A permaculture teacher and designer since 1996, Jono works to help organizations and individuals further their goals for stewarding their land and for creating productive, regenerative human ecosystems. He is the principal of Regenerative Design Group. //more//
Anne Capra ’00
Distinguished Design Teaching Fellow, 2014-2016
Digital Design Instructor
Master Teacher/Design Process
Wendi Goldsmith ’90
Master Teacher/Climate Resilient Design
David Jacke ’84
Master Teacher/Conservation Innovation
Master Teacher/Conservation Law
Master Teacher/Geographic Information Systems
Erik Van Lennep ’83
Edwina von Gal
Master Teacher/Landscape Design + Conservation
Master Teacher/Sustainable Agriculture