Meet the Teaching Fellows for the High School Summer Program!

From July 2 until July 17, 2020, six Harvard College students fill internships teaching the CHS High School Summer Program (HSSP). The teaching fellows (TFs) along with the HSSP faculty members plan, coordinate, and teach the college-level seminar. The internship has two phases: spring preparation, and the seminar itself. This year the program was transferred online due to the pandemic. Program faculty members and managers, along with TFs and participant students, have joined a learning management system (LMS) and participate in the HSSP remotely, working with web-based tools offered by Harvard. Learn more about the teaching internship program.

HSSP 2020 Teaching Fellows

Sophia Armenakas

Originally from Greece but having grown up in New York City, Sophia is a rising junior at Harvard College studying Philosophy and Art, Film, and Visual Studies. With a background in journalism, visual arts, and environmental policy, she has spent her academic career pursuing the intersection of these interests in the realm of problem solving and philosophical thought. She has written for the Huffington Post and Harvard Crimson, and currently serves as a Harvard Writing Center tutor and director of Harvard’s Fashion Magazine. In her free time she oscillates between ballerina, painter, aspiring creative writer, and passionate devotee of Nietzsche.

Ben Bryant

Ben is a Junior at Harvard, from Brookline, Massachusetts, studying Social Studies and Philosophy. In particular, he is very interested in criminal justice reform, leadership, and education. Previously, Ben has worked as the inaugural Director of Programs for United 4 Social Change, an educational nonprofit, and as a congressional Campaign Fellow on the Committee to Elect Jesse Mermell (MA-04). On-campus, Ben participates in the IOP’s Politics of Race and Ethnicity program, volunteers at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, and is a member of the varsity soccer team.

TJ Dulac

TJ is a rising junior at Harvard College studying religion and social studies. He transferred to Harvard from a two year college in the California desert, where he lived in a small democratic community with thirty students. At the broadest level, TJ is interested in the intersection between politics and religion. More narrowly, he is interested in the Roman Catholic social movements and spaces of freedom, imagination, and autonomy in religion. In his free time, TJ likes to play racquet sports, walk along the Charles River in Cambridge, and talk with friends and family.

Allison Scharmann

Allison is a rising senior at Harvard College studying Social Studies and English. She grew up in rural Western Massachusetts, where she worked in a donut shop and cultivated a love of hiking, reading, and cold-brewing her own iced coffee. At Harvard, she runs the Arts section of The Harvard Crimson newspaper, produces stage productions with the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, and promotes college access for students who will be the first in their family to attend college with the Harvard First Generation Program. Her academic interests include educational access and equity, the history of social movements, and contemporary feminist literature. She’s having a wonderful time sharing her love of social theory and debate with students at HSSP 2020!

Grace Sullivan

Grace is a rising senior at Harvard College studying Social Studies and history. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. Grace’s academic interests include legal history, critical theory, and gender studies. Outside of class, Grace enjoys model United Nations, kayaking, trying new cuisines, and watching movies with her friends via Zoom.

Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas is a rising senior at the college, concentrating in Social Studies with a focus in history and government. Born, raised, and social distancing in Los Angeles, he has a special passion for U.S. history and the American presidency. Outside of class, he plays on the varsity baseball team, advises first-year students, devours any Mexican food he can get his hands on, and competes with his roommates to see who can make the corniest joke.