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MEL CORYELL
2015 Bezos Scholar Educator
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Scholar Spotlight: 2015 Educator Scholar Mel Coryell

What are you up to right now? What projects and new ideas are exciting you personally, academically, professionally
Probably too many things! I've been learning a lot about educational research over the past few years, working as a Senior Research Fellow with Teach Plus and studying quantitative research with the Teacher Researcher Experiment. I've also been leading International Baccalaureate (IB) workshops, serving as the president of the Indiana regional organization for IB schools, and teaching and coordinating at good old Shortridge High in Indianapolis. Personally, I've been learning to sew and to play the banjo and enjoying the company of my “office mates,” i.e. my daughters and my dogs. 

Which influential books, albums, podcasts, or films would you personally recommend to the BSP community of curious minds?
My album of the year for 2020 is Fiona Apple's Fetch the Bolt Cutters. It’s a feast for the senses and for the brain. I finally read Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, which I'll place on the shelf beside Toni Morrison's Beloved and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, all of which deal in different ways with how impossible it is to express individual and collective trauma. 

Who or what are you finding inspiration in right now?
I’m finding inspiration all around me—so many have had to be brave and strong and “pivot” and “build the airplane while we're flying it,” that every human who is getting up and engaging with life is a wonder to me right now. 

Anything else you want to share with the BSP community?
I'm so happy to have memories of this program to keep, and it's a pleasure to be part of this community. I love watching fellow BSP educators and students grow and engage with the world.

Contributed by
MEL CORYELL
2015 Bezos Scholar Educator
Categories
Educator Stories