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Ashley Hayes


Currently pursing her master's in multidisciplinary education, Ashley taught art and English at Pioneers.  Using her time at PBS as the foundation for the rest of her career, she lives in Shanghai, China, teaching visual arts at an international school.  She even met her husband while working at Pioneers.

I often reflect on my time at PBS and feel so fortunate to have met so many wonderful people in Palestine.  The students are among the most motivated, compassionate, and creative students I've taught.  There is a strong sense of community and pride.

Anna Zelenz


After teaching English for two school years, two summer sessions, a year of college counseling, Anna is pursuing her PhD at the University of Washington.

     The PBS community re-shaped the way that I think about Palestine and about the world. These people will always be a part of who I am, and I am so thankful to be part of this project.  

Kelly Jones


Kelly studied Middle East Studies and Government and earned her Master's in Security Studies before joining Pioneers in the English Department.  She taught first, second, fifth, and sixth grade during her time at PBS and helped coach Girls' Sports.  Kelly now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, doing work that deals with refugees and asylum seekers to the US. 

[PBS] provided me the opportunity to take on a variety of roles in leadership, management, training, and logistics which would serve me well in subsequent roles.  The experience challenged my values and expectations, teaching me about who I was and who I wanted to be.

Sarah Mixon


Sarah spent three years teaching at Pioneers in both the English and math department, including subjects like geometry and algebra. When she wasn’t teaching, she could be found eating kanafeh by the kilo.  After completing her tenure at Pioneers, Sarah began pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Chicago and hopes to become a policy advisor on the local or state level in the US.

At PBS I saw students working to make positive changes in their own community, and this passion inspired me to seek change in my own community, here in the US.

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