- The Institute for Part-Time Faculty Engagement & Support
- Part-Time Faculty Associates and Coordinators
Part-Time Faculty Associates and Coordinators
Senior Part-time Faculty Associates
Dr. Sandra R. Brown was born on January 1 in Kansas City, Kansas. She moved to the Washington, DC area in 1991. She is a seasoned educator who has been teaching for over 30 years in elementary, high school, adult education and college. She has been teaching for Montgomery College since 2010. Sandra has a Bachelor of Science degree in English, a Master’s degree in Administration of Justice (now called Criminal Justice), an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. In her spare time, Sandra enjoys traveling, shopping, reading, writing short stories, bicycling, watching her favorite tv show, Supernatural, walking, listening to gospel, Reggae and r & b music, collecting stamps, books, bookmarks and anything purple. She is a member of Unity of Washington, DC, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the NAACP.
Carlos has working experience at national and international (Europe and Latin America)
corporations where he has occupied positions of trust, and at large national and international
Non-For-Profit Organizations, where he has written and implemented programs to positively
impact the lives of children and youth at risk. Carlos also has national and international
experience working in K-18 Education, including working at Montgomery College. Besides
being an avid researcher, he is well involved with the DELMARVA Latin American Community.
Carlos holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Military Sciences and Arts, a Bachelor’s Degree
in Human Resource Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, a Master Degree
in Entrepreneurial Engineering (Business Administration), a Master Degree of Education
in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Political and Sociological
Sciences with emphasis in Applied Economics. He serves as Assistant to the Chair of
the President’s Advisory Committee on Equity and Inclusion and as a member of MC Foundation
Innovation Advisory Committee.
Carlos is married to Elis, a Primary Montessori Teacher, and has two children, Lorena and Miguel, who respectively graduated from Wellesley College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
M.B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Jon Pointer serves the Institute as a founding Senior Associate. He has more than twenty years of teaching experience in higher education, including at Montgomery College. In his role with the Institute, he has enjoyed bringing part-time faculty members together to share and learn from one another. Jon values these relationships developed over time and continues to look for opportunities to continue fostering a strong learning community. An alumnus of Montgomery College, he appreciates the educational journey our students are now taking and works to make their experience as memorable and as valuable as his experience was. With a keen interest in supporting student success at various stages of this journey, Jon serves on several educational boards. This experience with governance contributes to his work with the Institute and allows him to further impact students wherever they are on their educational path.
Part-time Faculty Associates
Brian Berman graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD in 1981. He attended Syracuse University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Marketing and Psychology in 1985. After graduation, Brian sought out his dream to work on Wall Street and moved to New York City to begin a career in finance. While working on Wall Street, Brian also attended New York University and attained his Master’s Degree (MBA) in International Finance. Retiring after a 30+ year career as a bond trader, Brian then became an adjunct business professor for MC a few years ago.
Erika was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and completed her B.A. in Humanities at Western Washington University. She minored in Latin, Greek, and Classical Studies and spent her summers working at Starbucks in downtown Seattle. Erika then moved to Lexington, Kentucky to pursue a Masters in Classical Studies at the University of Kentucky and achieve additional certification from the Institute of Latin Studies. She has since lived in Virginia and Japan before moving into the area two years ago. Here at Montgomery College, Erika currently teaches English 102, Latin 101, am ATPA embedded coach, and serves as the secretary for the Academic Services Council. Additionally, she teaches English at Hood College and, on the home front, spends an inordinate amount of time fussing over her children and chickens. Erika is thrilled to accept this new role as Part-Time Faculty Associate and in this capacity looks forward to assisting part-time faculty, departments in her area, and the Part-Time Faculty Institute.
Originally from Costa Rica, Naomi Daremblum is a specialist on Latin American culture,
art and politics. She has taught at NYU and The New School. Naomi has also written
on a wide range of subjects, from the rise of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela to the literature
of Isabel Allende and her pieces have been published in magazines such as The New
Republic and Letras Libres.
At present, Naomi teaches at the Lifelong Learning Institute.
Liz Feldman is a part-time professor in the Media Arts & Technologies Department.
She began teaching at Montgomery College in 2009. She has nearly 20 years of experience
teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Liz previously taught at American University,
George Washington University, and Northwestern University.
Liz has served as a part-time faculty associate with the Institute for Part-Time Faculty Engagement and Support since its founding in 2015. She also has participated in Governance and served on the Employee Services Council.
Besides her teaching experience, Feldman is a broadcast journalist. She has nearly 40 years of experience as a writer and producer. She has worked for all of the local TV stations in the DC market (WUSA-TV, WRC-TV, WJLA-TV, WTTG-TV) plus she has worked at CNN and NPR.
I was born in Minnesota, but grew up mostly on the west coast of the US. After graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz, with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution, I spent some time working as a field assistant in central California studying Acorn woodpeckers. After some time (and a failed attempt to become a scientific illustrator), I decided to head to graduate school and eventually graduated from the University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS – such a nice town!) with a Ph.D. in Biology (research focused on the genetic basis of ectomycorrhizal traits in loblolly pine). Afterwards I moved on to a post-doctoral position at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C (another nice town!). My husband and I recently relocated to Maryland to be closer to family. I have been teaching as part-time faculty at Montgomery College since the Fall semester of 2019. (Most of my teaching history and publications are under my maiden name: Piculell)
Teresa Peachey has been with Montgomery College for over ten years. She currently teaches Meteorology courses at the Rockville Campus Department of Engineering Physical and Computer Sciences. Her academic and professional experience afford Teresa the ability to offer her skills and to teach in both the Math and Physical Science disciplines.
Teresa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, with a minor in mathematics, graduating cum laude, from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She earned her Master of Science degree in Meteorology from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Prior to joining MC academia, Teresa worked for 10 years as a senior programmer/analyst and contractor for the Science Applications International Corporation at the National Weather Service (NWS) Headquarters in Silver Spring. There, she designed, developed, and tested meteorological software for the minute-to-minute operations of NWS forecast offices nationwide.
Taking a strong skill set developed from her academic background and professional experience into the classroom, Teresa earned the TP/SS Math Department Adjunct Faculty Award for teaching excellence in 2012. She was also a Smithsonian Faculty Fellow for 2020
Professor Peachey, married with two sons, and presently living in Silver Spring, has life-long close ties to MC. She grew up in the College Park and Bethesda suburbs of DC. In fact, her father was one of MC’s first students, starting in Takoma Park in the Fall of 1951.
Professor Peachey has given back to the community in many ways through her numerous volunteer efforts including: (1) tutoring middle school students in math at St. Gabriel’s School (now the Center City Public Charter School) in its after-school weekly homework program; (2) coordinating the American Meteorological Society, DC Chapter, awards banquet for science fair winners; (3) serving as a Science fair judge for county-wide fairs in the DC area; and, (4) serving as a volunteer GED® teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools and providing one-on-one help for adult students in evening GED® classes.
Toby Rabbin has been an adjunct professor of Communication at Montgomery College since June 2001. She teaches COMM 108, COMM 112, COMM 204, and high-school students in the Dual Enrollment program. Toby is thrilled when students realize how what they are learning in class is relevant to their personal lives, no matter what career path they choose. Professor Rabbin's academic career began when she designed and Chaired the first Department of Communication at Trinity College in Washington, DC. In addition to her long full-time and part-time academic career, she was a staff member of the Leadership Development Department at Goodwill Industries International, consulted and facilitated workshops on improving communication between employees with and without disabilities, and served as the Director of Bereavment at Caring Matters, a hospice in Gaithersburg, MD.
Patricia Robinson has been teaching for 33 years. Her career began in the Baltimore City Public School System and continued in the Howard County Public School System, where she retired in the year 2019. A new chapter opened in Patricia’s career, teaching English in the community colleges. She decided to settle at Montgomery College in the year 2017 as a part-time adjunct faculty member.
Matthew Theis has been a faculty member for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program since 2012 when he graduated from Montgomery College. He came to the DMS Program after earning an undergraduate degree at MTU and changing careers from the engineering field. Matthew is a practicing sonographer and holds credentials in Vascular Sonography.
Shannell Thomas is a PhD Candidate in Howard University’s Department of Sociology and Criminology. Her research interests are centered around black political power and black liberation movements, with a specific focus on how suppression of the black vote is enacted and resisted. She is a member of multiple professional organizations (i.e. the American Society of Criminology, the American Sociological Association, and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists) and is currently serving as an Associate Editor for Social Problems, the official journal of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Shannell has been with Montgomery College, as an Adjunct Professor, since 2018 and is honored (and excited) to serve as the Part-Time Faculty Associate for the Education and Social Sciences Area.
Part-time Faculty Project Coordinators
Ariel is a charismatic and persuasive communications subject matter expert with a great sense of humor and high ethical standards. She has over 10 years combined practice working in both government and private sector where she has cultivated expertise in the areas of customer relations and social media as well as presentation and training development. Ariel is currently the Internal Communications Lead in the Office of Chief Information Officer at the Small Business Administration (SBA). She also teaches Foundations in Human Communication and Business Communication at Montgomery College Rockville and serves as the Social Media Specialist for the Institute for Part-Time Faculty Engagement and Support.
While at DeVry University, Professor Grosse provided academic oversight, oversaw faculty
hiring, ensured academic quality, resolved student complaints, and drove local academic
strategic planning as determined by corporate-level University Academics. Responsibilities
included direct oversight for three campuses in the DC Region and dotted line oversight
for one campus in Norfolk, one in Charlotte, and one in Raleigh NC. Eric supervised
a staff of approximately 20 individuals, including two dotted line employees at remote
locations. While at Strayer University, he directed the professional development of
all academic staff, including 150 full-time and 1,200 adjunct faculty, at 51 campuses
throughout the eastern and southern United States; evaluated needs; developed and
implemented training programs; coordinated budget preparation; managed faculty data
systems; planned faculty
meetings and workshops; participated in Faculty Senate deliberations and the University’s outcome assessment efforts; managed the regular revision of academic-related procedures and training manuals; and managed the Doctoral Tuition Reimbursement Program for eligible faculty and Deans, serving 31 individuals and budgeted at $180,000 per year.
Michael Petty has worked at Montgomery college since 1989, first as a part- time PE
professor teaching a Backpacking Class and then as a part-time professor teaching
American History, World History, and since 1985, American Sports History. He also
worked with former Honors Director Dianne Ganz and co- taught an Honors Class called
"The American Wilderness", a modular class incorporating PE, History, and English.
His other part-time job involves conducting Underground Railroad Experience tours in nearby Sandy Spring. These tours follow the Upper Anacostia River and the discussion of important enslaved peoples' escapes and noted figures involved in the abolitionist movement such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman as well as local people involved.
Michael is married to the noted children's books author Valerie Tripp and father of Katherine, a cognitive and behavioral therapist who lives in Boulder, CO with her
husband and faithful dog Lula. An avid hiker, Michael hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in l981 and has published articles about his journey.