Our faculty is comprised of Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, and Fulbright scholars; top academics from local universities and acclaimed institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Columbia; and creative professionals and performers. Each has been chosen for their qualifications and experience, and especially for their love of teaching young people.

Jeremy Allan Hawkins

MFA from University of Alabama in Creative Writing, BA from Université de Strasbourg in Philosophy, BA from Kenyon College in Literature and Creative Writing

Jeremy is the author of "A Clean Edge," selected by Richard Siken as winner of the 2016 BOAAT Chapbook Contest. Born in New York City and raised in the Hudson Valley, he has been the recipient of a grant from the US Fulbright Program and a teaching fellowship from the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. His poetry has appeared in Best New Poets 2016, the extended program of the 2018 Venice Biennale di Architettura, and the inaugural 2018 edition of the Rencontre Mondiale de la Poésie, as well as literary journals in the United States and Europe. He lives in France, where he has recently launched the Slight Dérive Reading Series.

Tom Kielbasa

Lead Chef, Peonies Paris; Professional training at Ferrardi Paris - Pastry and Bakery

Tom is a professional chef in Paris. His main passions are baking and pastry, but in his recent role as lead chef at Peonies Paris, he created and directed the entire menu. He completed his formal training in Paris and also studied in Australia. He learned the art of pastry from some of the most well-known masters at Stohrer, Cyril Lignac, and Sicard.

Dr. Tijn Van Winden

Doctor of Medicine, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Dr. Van Winden teaches human anatomy to first- and fourth-year medical students at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. When he is not teaching, he is conducting research for his PhD on preterm labor. Dr. Van Winden is a regular volunteer at the Children’s Hospital in Amsterdam, as well as an avid web designer in his free time.

Pierre-Antoine Vettorello

BA, MA Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp

Pierre-Antoine manages and designs for his own fashion label. His garments seek to mix precision and creativity, poetry and drama. "Vice" magazine has praised them for their "intriguing peeks into a fantastical world." He trained at the Royal Academy in Antwerp and has worked with an array of famous designers, including Zac Posen in New York. Pierre-Antoine regularly gives lectures on fashion history in museums across Europe.