Meet Our Staff

Thea MacFawn, Co-Director and Founder

Thea MacFawn is a 2018 Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, a National Board certified teacher, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellow.  She has been teaching English since 2003 and has taught at Shaker High School since 2005. Graduating from the University at Albany with an honors B.A. in English and M.A. in Teaching English Language Arts, Thea is also an instructor for NYSUT’s Education and Learning Trust. She facilitates professional development workshops for area school districts, teaches  courses for Adelphi and Mercy College, and has presented at local and regional conferences on Holocaust and human rights education. Thea serves as Secretary for GLSEN-New York Capital Region and is a Greater Capital Region Teacher Center Policy Board member.

Kelly Wetherbee, Co-Director

Kelly Wetherbee has been a Library Media Specialist at Shaker High School since 2004. Prior to her work at Shaker High School, Kelly was marketing specialist in the Financial Services industry until returning to the University at Albany to earn a Masters in Library Science, and additional teaching certification to work as a School Library Media Specialist.  Kelly’s Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in English, is also from the University at Albany. She and Mrs. MacFawn have spent the past four years working together on human rights awareness and projects with students at Shaker High School.

Bill Reilly, Associate Director

Bill Reilly has been a social studies teacher since 1990 and a teacher at Bethlehem Central Middle School since 1994.   He has a BA from UAlbany in Anthropology/Archaeology, a MA from UAlbany in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology and SBL/SDL certifications from MCLA.   He is the founder and coordinator of an international project called “The Global Coalition for Peace, Education and Cultural Awareness” and has traveled to over 30 countries serving as a teacher-ambassador connecting schools.   He was a 2004 U.S. State Dept. exchange teacher for Azerbaijan, a 2006 recipient of the National Disney Creative Teacher Award and a 2009 recipient of the Saudi Aramco teacher exchange to Saudi Arabia.   He serves as a board member for the non-profit World’s Window Inc. and a volunteer with The Giving Circle Inc. helping to feed and educate impoverished children in Uganda and Belize.