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Our Fellows

Thomas J. Fare, M.ED.

Special Education Fellow, 2017-2018

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in 2008, Thomas Fare pursued a job teaching second grade in at Hall’s Cross Roads Elementary School in Aberdeen, Maryland.  After being faced with the exciting challenges of meeting the many different needs of his students, he developed a passion for early literacy instruction. This led Thomas to pursue a Master’s degree in reading education, with a reading specialist certification from Towson University in 2016.

Thomas has held several leadership responsibilities including roles as a second grade chair and a member of the School Improvement Team, both for 2 year terms. Thomas was also elected to serve as a board member for the Harford County Education Association and served two consecutive terms. To expand his leadership skills, he attended the National Education Association Leadership Training with educators from across the country. Additionally, Thomas spends his summers as a residential camp director, where he successfully manages an overnight camp and implements a camp-wide curriculum aimed at physical, social, and emotional well-being that varies each week.

Thomas wishes to utilize the groundbreaking research and innovative treatments taught in this fellowship to further his students’ success.


Brooke Horney, M.ED.

Special Education Fellow, 2017-2018

Brooke Horney has been in the field of education for eight years and has served in various capacities. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lynchburg College, Brooke worked as a residential counselor for the Little Keswick School. During that time, she built therapeutic relationships with students, planned social and leisure activities for them, and gained experience in an innovative behavioral intervention program.

As an Urban Teacher Center Fellow, Brooke earned a dual Master’s degree in secondary mathematics and special education from Lesley University in 2015. For the past three years, Brooke has been working as a special education teacher at Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, where she teaches a self-contained Algebra and Geometry class and manages a caseload of students.

It is Brooke’s hope that this program will help strengthen her skills and train her to become a future leader in the field of special education and neurodevelopmental disabilities.


Molly O'Brien, M.ED.

Special Education Fellow, 2017-2018

Molly O’Brien received her Bachelor’s degree in public administration with a minor in business administration from Ohio University. She has worked in the field of education since 2006, when she began her career has a sixth and ninth grade teacher and math department head with Breakthrough Collaborative. She then worked as an AmeriCorps Member coordinating an after school program and recruitment with City Year in Columbus, Ohio.

In 2013, Molly was accepted into the Urban Teachers program, where she earned a dual Master’s degree in both mathematics education and special education from Lesley University. Throughout her time with Urban Teachers, Molly began providing push-in as well as pull-out services for students with special needs in the general education program. She also created an outreach program to increase communication and participation of the families and the community that the school served.

Molly currently holds several leadership responsibilities in Baltimore City Public Schools, including roles as family community engagement coordinator, 21st century schools core team leader, and student support team chair. With this fellowship, Molly hopes to expand her skills to provide families with the best evidence-based practices so they can make the best decisions for their child.


Ketia Stokes, M.ED.

Special Education Fellow, 2017-2018

Ketia Stokes received her Bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from James Madison University, and her Master’s degree in special education from Coppin State University. She has been a special educator with Baltimore City Schools for the past eleven years. She has worked in the self-contained, pull-out, and inclusion settings with a caseload comprised of students diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, intellectual disability, speech and language impairment, and specific learning disability.

For the past five years, Ketia has served as a Lead Teacher in the Program for Autistic Learners (PAL). As the instructor of middle school aged students diagnosed with moderate to severe autism, she has gained an in-depth understanding of the complexity of the disability and the differentiated, individualized approaches required to optimize learning. Throughout her career as a special educator, Ketia committed hours well beyond the school bell to develop a comprehensive program that includes a support group for parents, community-based training, a paid summer vocational program focused on horticulture and an after-school professional learning community comprised of related service providers and para-educators. She developed and led an Autism Sensitivity Training for inclusion classes and community presentations. In 2013, Ketia’s commitment to student growth and individualized success was recognized through the honor of Teacher of the Year for Baltimore City and a finalist for Maryland State Teacher of the Year.

This program connects two of Ketia’s passions, neuroscience and education. Throughout this fellowship, she wishes to add to the body of research on recognizing and treating trauma in children with autism spectrum disorder.

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"This program thoughtfully brings together cutting edge partners that together will create a high-caliber, hands-on environment for learning. Those that complete the program will be sought after by many school systems for leadership positions in special education."
Kim Lewis, EdD

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