Lynne Barker, LPS Teacher, Art at Stoklosa Middle School
Interests: Learn traditional styles and techniques of ceramics as well as document traditional shadow puppet making and performance. Plans include creating a documentary on the making, performance, and transmission of the shadow puppet traditions within Cambodia and in Lowell.
Ann Carpenter, LPS Teacher, Science at Stoklosa Middle School
Interests: Learn about basket and textile weaving and turtle conservation projects. In addition, learn about fair trade and rural sanitation and health issues to share with students.
Phala Chea, LPS Coordinator of English Language Education Program
Interests: Help facilitate the research interests, the learning and the curriculum development of participating educators and document the experience of the group using a photo journal. In addition, research and write a book about the handicrafts in Cambodia i.e. silk weaving, stone carving, pottery/ceramic making, and basket weaving.
Joe R. Eiler, MCC Professor of Graphic Design, Graphic Design Coordinator
Interests: Create modules focused on Cambodian traditional and contemporary design aesthetic.
Darlene Furdock, MCC Professor, English Language Learners & Developmental English
Interests: Create modules that introduce Cambodian heritage and contemporary culture. Use nonfiction and literary works in translation.
Stacie Hargis, MCC Assistant Professor, Business
Interests: Interview artists and creative enterprises in Cambodia, focusing entrepreneurial activities and create case studies for students.
Janet Persson Koza, LPS Teacher, Music & Math at Stoklosa
Interests: Experience traditional classical and folk music and dance in a variety of settings in order to better support and lead music education using pinpeat ensemble. Additionally, in collaboration with MCC build a relationship with micro-businesses in Cambodia to create an entrepreneurship pathway from Cambodia to the LPS with a store at the Stoklosa School, profits to support NGOs.
Larisa Kradinova, MCC Associate Professor, English & Humanities
Interests: Investigate Cambodian tales and epic legends, and compare and contrast different works of literature and different cultures, particularly as it relates to Buddhism.
Rita M. McLaughlin, LPS Teacher, Music at Murkland Elementary School
Interests: Research current practices employed in teaching and learning pinpeat classical music in Cambodia, preservation of classical repertoire through notation, recording and archiving. Plans include starting an after school program for students to learn the pinpeat.
Jacqueline J. Cathcart-Miller, LPS Teacher, Art at Pyne Arts School
Interests: Make connection between past and present ornamentation and what part they play on ceramics, architecture and fabrics. Of particular interest is the traditional ornamentation of Angkor Wat. Plans include the creation of a book with traditional and contemporary ornamentation with commentary by Master He Samorn.
Kerrianne Pearson, MCC Assistant Professor, English & Humanities
Interests: Investigate the influence of Buddhist visual culture in Khmer art and architecture to prepare curriculum units for Introduction to Humanities at MCC.
Margaret Rack, MCC Professor of Art
Interests: Help facilitate research interests of the participants and practicalities of the trip. Observe and document adaptations in vernacular architecture in response to development and relocation pressures. Investigate and document contemporary and past wood fire traditions with goal of publishing articles linking Yary’s Kiln project in Lowell, MA to practices in Cambodia. Work on collaboration for an international ceramics exhibit comprising the work of Yary Livan and contemporary Cambodian ceramicists.