Mrs. Ariel Sykes
Ariel Sykes is the Assistant Director of the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School. She is a skilled educator and teacher trainer with over thirteen years of experience working in philosophy and education. Ariel specializes in philosophy for children (P4C) and dialogic pedagogy, with a focus on ethics and service-learning. She is connected to philosophy in k-12 community across the globe, and serves on the boards of the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO), the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum (SEAC), the National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB) and the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC). Mrs. Sykes is an endorsed practitioner of the IAPC (Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children), the world’s oldest organization devoted young people’s philosophical practice. Mrs. Sykes holds a BA in Philosophy of Education from Mount Holyoke College and an MA in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining the Ethics Institute, Mrs. Sykes taught a variety of education and ethics courses at local colleges and universities, ran after-school and summer philosophy programs for kids, organized High School Ethics Bowls, and developed a philosophy in the art museum program with the Montclair Art Museum.
Ms. Missie Sheehy
Melissa Sheehy earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Stonehill College. Most recently, she worked in business development for a fundraising and management consulting firm with a focus on nonprofits, independent schools, higher education, and faith-based organizations. She enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Mr. Matt Ferguson
Mr. Ferguson is the Ethics Institute Resource Coordinator. Matt has a BA in Classics from Georgetown University and an MA in Philosophy and Social Policy from American University. Much of his research in graduate school centered around ethics, trans philosophy, and public philosophy. His prior work experience is in social services and small nonprofits. Matt enjoys reading, cycling, playing rugby, and crocheting.