Amelia Pace-Borah, Academic Director
Amelia Pace-Borah began her work with Free Minds in 2012 returning to her native Austin after earning her MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago and teaching writing to college freshmen. Amelia’s first encounter with a Free Minds-type classroom came when she volunteered for a similar program on Chicago’s north side. There she met a group of students who had braved the bitter cold and multiple train lines to spend their evening unpacking Wordsworth’s, “My Heart Leaps up When I Behold.” She was hooked. Amelia is proud to work on behalf of Free Minds, where she gets to experience the transformative power of the humanities every day. Her other true loves include her daughter Mirabai, partner Andy, a daily walk, and a good cup of coffee.
Zoё Fay-Stindt, Program Coordinator
Zoё Fay-Stindt is a bicultural poet raised simultaneously in the North Carolinian boondocks and a small town in southern France. Growing up with a poet mother and a visual artist father, the humanities have always been essential to her existence. After earning her bachelor’s degree in poetry and publishing at Emerson College, she left Boston for the welcoming warmth of the heartland, where she has since worked with Boys and Girls Club members who have taught her a lot about brilliance and creativity. She brings this inspiration to Free Minds, eager to expand her relationship with Austinites, this time with those beyond K-12. When she’s not recruiting new Free Minds students, you’ll find her working to harness the power of narrative for progressive change with Literary Women in Action, reading, and practicing amateur photography.