Meet our Education Team!

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Katherine Hodge, BA, MS   she/her/hers 
Youth and Family Program Coordinator 

Katherine Hodge graduated from the University of Chicago with a double major in Anthropology and History and earned a Master of Science in Science Education from Montana State University. She has previously worked at Project Archaeology as the Interim Director and at The Field Museum of Natural History. Her research focuses on scientific accessibility, the ethics of museums and their collections, and Inca architecture. At the OI Museum, she teaches, writes new lessons, and develops new programs for guests to enjoy and explore the galleries and history of the ancient Near East. She has excavated sites in Peru, Spain, as well as Tell Keisan in Israel. 

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Catherine (Catie) Witt, BA, MS   she/her/hers 
Education Facilitator  

Catherine (Catie) Witt is an Egyptology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago. She obtained her M.A. from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago in 2018 and received her B.A. in Archaeology and Theological Studies from the University of Evansville in 2015. Catie has worked for the OI for over 6 years and has also worked with The Field Museum and Trickster Cultural Center. She specializes in ancient Egyptian royal women and material culture


Samantha Suppes, BA   she/her/hers 
Education Facilitator  

Samantha is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago studying the history and archaeology of ancient Israel and West Asia. She has excavated at the sites of Ashkelon, Tel Shimron, Tel Keisan, and Megiddo. She loves visiting and teaching in museums, especially museums about history, like the Penn Museum and the OI Museum. She especially loves art of humans and animals like the lamassu and other Assyrian wall art at the OI Museum.


Chloe Brettman   she/her/hers 
Education Facilitator  

Chloe Brettman is an environmental and energy history major at the college currently working on a thesis about the history of uranium mining in Colorado. Her favorite artifact in the galleries at the OI Museum is the Pazuzu demon figurine. When she is not exploring the ancient world at the OI Museum with students, she loves exploring the city of Chicago and spending time in the mountains in Colorado. 


Natalie (Nat) Larsen   she/her/hers 
Education Facilitator

Natalie "Nat" Larsen is a second-year undergraduate at the University of Chicago, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Natalie brings her interests in international civilizations and Arabic language to OI educational programming. Having taught Middle Schoolers with Breakthrough Houston, Natalie is excited to continue working in education with families and schools.  


Madeleine Roberts-Ganim   she/her/hers 
Education Facilitator

Madeleine Roberts-Ganim is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in History and French. Throughout her undergraduate career, Madeleine has worked as a summer camp teacher, a curriculum developer, and a tutor for K-12 students. These experiences have all fostered her love for teaching. Madeleine is passionate about using museum education to both connect students with the past and to help students learn more about the present in the process. 

Tasha Vorderstrasse, PhD   she/her/hers 
University and Continuing Education Program Coordinator 

Tasha Vorderstrasse is the University and Continuing Education Program Coordinator at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. She received her PhD in Near Eastern archaeology from the University of Chicago in 2004. Her work forcuses on understanding the identity of past communities through archaeological and textual evidence as well as the interconnections between different regions. She administers and teaches in the OI adult education program, and also does teacher workshops and tours of the OI Museum for UChicago students and other groups on a variety of topics from post-colonialism and the OI to legal history, medicine, and queens and princesses in the ancient world. Her classes for the OI have included Nubian Queens, Red Sea and Indian Ocean Trade, and Frank Lloyd Wright's unrealized plans for Baghdad. She recently curated the OI Museum special exhibition Antoin Sevruguin: Past and Present and edited the catalog. In 2015, she was the co-curator of the OI Museum special exhibition A Cosmopolitan City: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Old Cairo. She has excavated throughout the Middle East, primarily in Turkey, but was also the co-director of the OI excavations at the site of Ambroyi in Armenia.