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Keri Lambert

Across all parts of her job, Keri's goals are to support students to make sense of perspectives different from their own, challenge students to become critical thinkers and thoughtful community members and empower students to realize that they can be agents who make tomorrow's history. Indeed, as an instructor of history, Keri technically teaches about the past, but she considers herself a historian who is anchored by her commitment to working toward a better future. She first became hooked on history courses as a means of better understanding the challenges presently facing the world as well as the array of ways in which ordinary people-- workers and youth, artists and athletes-- have confronted related problems in big and small ways over time. This led her to obtain a doctorate in African history from Yale University, and today one of her goals is to complete and publish her book manuscript entitled Elastic Allegiances: Producing Rubber and Belonging in Ghana, 1880-2017, which is based on over two years of archival and oral historical research conducted on three continents from 2013 to 2017. An avid athlete, Keri is the Head Coach of the Girls Cross Country team as well as the Director of Andover's Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field program. She ran competitively for twelve seasons as a student at Amherst College, earning All-American honors seven times, and during graduate school, she was a graduate assistant coach for Yale’s Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams. In addition to her teaching and coaching roles, Keri is also the lead house counselor in Draper Cottage. To relax, she enjoys listening to audiobooks, cooking with her husband, Matt, and exploring the outdoors with their Labrador retriever, Mackenzie.

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