Meet the Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Homa Tavangar

Homa Tavangar

Will Richardson

Will Richardson

Steve Sostak

Steve Sostak

Aaron Monitz

Aaron Monitz

Concurrent Sessions Speakers

Alexcia

Alexcia
(GIN)

Erma Anderson

Paul Andersen

Ana Lucìa Arce

Ana Lucía Arce

Angelina

Angelilna
(GIN)

Esther Bettney

Liliana Borrero

Lauren Berkley

Lauren Berkley

Angela Broeckel

Gabriela Campoy

Terry Chadsey

Terry Chadsey

Marcela Chiarada

Jamie Day

Sheila Escobedo

John Mark Filcik

Douglas Fisher

Alejandra Galindo

Geoffrey Godfrey

Geoffrey Godfrey

Teresa González

Matt Hajdun

Lisa Hekel

Lisa Hekel

Nola Heckmann

Gloria Jiménez

Lee Ann Jung

Katie Knowlton

Jaqueline Kruger

Charlie Kuhn

Austin Levinson

John Littleford

Patricia Martí

Ewan McIntosh

Britta McCarthy

Emily Meadows

Emily Meadows

Juanjo Moreno

Michael Nachbar

Michael Nachbar

Betzabé Orenos

Waleska Pérez

Alysa Perreras

Alysa Perreras

Hortensia Prieto

Heather Rich

Barbara Ramirez

Barbara Ramírez

Stephanie Rodgen

Paulina Sánchez

Paul Sanders

Paul Sanders

Linda & Ashley Sills

Linda & Ashley Sills

Sofia

Sofia
(GIN)

Anne Sugarman

Sean Truman

Sean Truman

Julie Ward

Rosalind Wiseman



Steve Sostak

Steve Sostak

Following 15 years teaching elementary and middle school on three continents, Steve Sostak founded Inspire Citizens, an independent educational organization working with diverse partners to reimagine schools as thriving community centers of transformative learning.

Steve wears many hats in his work with Inspire Citizens. He guides administrative teams on future-focused strategic planning around transformative learning goals; co-designs Empathy to Impact project-based units with both teachers and students; implements elements of the Global Impact School Self-Study to monitor student learning and agile systems needs; facilitates experiences connected to the Future Now student leadership toolkit; supports Futures Media member communities; and continues to offer professional workshops while leading the Inspire Citizens Master Teacher Endorsement, a 25-week deep-dive into the art of education for global citizenship and sustainable development.

In the end, his goal remains centered on teacher creativity and enhanced student learning. He aims to enable youth to develop more compassionate empathy; think critically about information and global issues; solve problems creatively through the application of interdisciplinary skills and civic literacies; embrace the challenges of uncertainties and complexities; make ethical decisions; and take informed action. 

 

 

Aaron Monitz

Aaron Monitz

Following 10 years of supporting teachers and students in inclusive education and success strategies for remedial readers and English Language Learners, Aaron brings this frame into his work with administrators, teachers, students, and community members within the three Inspire Citizens’ Impact Frameworks.  Aaron’s experience at the innovative Futures Academy at the International School of Beijing also developed his expertise in Project-Based Learning, Inquiry, Design Thinking, and best practice pedagogies for authentic and impactful action

Now, as the Co-founder of Inspire Citizens, Aaron works with schools to link the world’s greatest needs to applied learning and holistic education and move teachers, programs, and schools towards designing impact projects through best practice professional learning and whole school deep implementation approaches. By embedding the tools for global competence, community well-being, and sustainable development into existing curriculum or school programs, Aaron helps any school to become a Global Impact School and strives to help any stakeholders realize that all schools have potential for positive impact in the world.


 

Homa Tavangar

Homa Tavangar

For over three decades, Homa Sabet Tavangar’s work has addressed themes of culture, innovation, leadership, global citizenship and global competence, and deep diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion. She connects timely topics of the moment with the timeless desire to work with purpose and make a difference – whatever one’s circumstances.

Homa’s clients range from Fortune 50 corporations to public, international and independent K-12 schools around the world; from an Ivy League university to Disney Channel and numerous not-for-profit public and multilateral organizations and professional associations. Co-founding the Big Questions Institute represents a natural extension of her work, especially during a time of unprecedented global challenges.

Homa is the author of widely-acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House, 2009), Global Kids (Barefoot, 2019);  The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners (Sage/Corwin, 2014), contributor to Mastering Global Literacy, Heidi Hayes-Jacobs, ed. (Solution Tree, Nov. 2013) and the 3-book Take-Action Guide to World-Class Learners (Corwin, 2016) series with Professor Yong Zhao. Growing Up Global  was the inspiration behind NBC-Universal’s animated series Nina’s World, starring Rita Moreno, and has been hailed by international education and business leaders and media ranging from Dr. Jane Goodall to the BBC, NPR, NBC, ABC, Washington Post.com, Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, Boston Globe, PBS, Scholastic, Parents Magazine, Rodale, and many more.

Homa has lived on four continents, has heritage in four world religions, and is the mother of three daughters. She and her husband live just outside Philadelphia.

 

 

Will Richardson

Will Richardson

A former public-school educator of 22 years, Will has spent the last 15 years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks, education, and systemic change. Most recently, Will is a co-founder of The Big Questions Institute which was created to help educators use "fearless inquiry" to make sense of this complex moment and an uncertain future.

In 2017, Will was named one of 100 global "Changemakers in Education" by the Finnish site HundrED, and was named one of the Top 5 "Edupreneurs to Follow" by Forbes. He has given keynote speeches, lead breakout sessions, and provided coaching services in over 30 countries on 6 continents. (Come on Antarctica!) He has also authored six books that have sold over 200,000 copies worldwide, and given TEDx Talks in New York, Melbourne, and most recently Vancouver.

Will has two adult children, Tess and Tucker, and lives in rural New Jersey with his wife Wendy.

 

 

 

Stephanie Rogen

Stephanie Rodgen

Stephanie Rogen, Principal and Founder of Greenwich Leadership Partners LLC (GLP, www.greenwichleadershippartners.com), is a consultant, coach, and facilitator to educational and not-for-profit leadership. Her work integrates more than twenty-five years’ experience in the corporate, educational and not-for-profit sectors. Stephanie brings a fresh approach to strategy, leadership development, and transformational change in schools and organizations. An experienced executive coach and facilitator, she works with a diverse range of nationally recognized schools and not-for-profits ranging from Columbia University to The White House Project and Northwell Health. 

Stephanie’s approach to innovation in organizational systems is enhanced by her collaborations with educational thought leaders such as Tony Wagner (author, The Global Achievement Gap, Creating Innovators) and her work with young professionals in corporate and not-for-profit environments. She has established herself as an expert in Gen X and Gen Y populations and helps organizations to “bridge the gap” between generations in communications, performance management, and collaborative learning. She served as Educational Advisor to the 2015 Sundance Selected Documentary “Most Likely to Succeed” and the associated movement to change education nation-wide. She regularly writes and speaks on topics related to education and leadership development of young adults and women, and has been featured in Forbes, The Glass Hammer, Career-Intelligencer, and other major industry publications.

Stephanie’s path to the not-for-profit sector was a long and winding one. During the period of 1992 to 2000, she was Vice President, Strategic Planning and senior advisor to the CEO of IBJ Whitehall Financial Group (NY). In this capacity, she worked with the CEO and his executive team through a period of financial crisis, organizational restructuring, and ultimately a sale. She managed major bank wide consulting projects and investment banking relationships. In addition, Stephanie was responsible for developing a CEO succession plan and transition process, which she managed to completion.

Stephanie serves as an instructor at the UPenn Graduate School of Education and as a trustee for the High Tech High Graduate School of Education.. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Organizational Behavior from Brown University (1986) and a Masters of Education (EdM) in Administration and Policy from Harvard University (1992). She received her certification in executive and organizational coaching from Columbia University in 2011. She has served on the boards of Blair Academy, St. Luke’s School, the Greenwich United Way, and Year Up.
Stephanie is based in Greenwich, CT.

 

Katie Knowlton

Katie Knowlton

Katie Knowlton, Associate Partner and Director of Client Projects, joined Greenwich Leadership Partners in 2018. Katie manages major clients projects and designs and delivers mission driven programs and services at GLP. She is passionate about helping others solve problems and unlock their full potential. A lifelong learner and skilled collaborator, Katie contributes her millennial perspective, systems-thinking, and project management skills to all aspects of her role at GLP. As a trained Immunity to Change Facilitator, Katie continues to grow as a coach and adult learning specialist. She earned her Columbia Coaching Intensive Certificate in 2020 and her certification in the use of the Neethling Brain Instruments suite of assessments in 2021. She is currently completing her coaching practicum at Columbia.

Prior to working with GLP, Katie was a founding member of the Professional Development team at AlphaSights, a fast-paced, high-growth, knowledge search firm that specializes in connecting clients with industry experts. She built functional capabilities, working across all aspects of the talent lifecycle from onboarding to senior leader development. She developed and delivered training programs, managed talent processes, and designed learning experiences for all global offices, including New York, London and Hong Kong. Katie served as the Vice President of AlphaSights' Women's Initiative Network — an internal organization that focuses on enhancing the careers of professional women. After attending Chapin and Taft, Katie graduated with a BA and honors in English from Kenyon College in 2016. She also completed the Tuck Business Bridge program at Dartmouth.
Katie is based in Boston, MA.
 

Terry Chadsey

TErry Chadsey

Over 45 years, Terry Chadsey has built engaged communities of learners as a public school teacher, administrator, change leader, and as former Executive Director and current Senior Fellow of the Center for Courage & Renewal. Terry is also co-founder of Sound Discipline, an organization dedicated to helping all of us rethink how young people and adults solve the inevitable human problems of behavior and relationship in ways that engage and connect. Throughout his career, he’s presented at state, national and international conferences and consulted with organizations and leaders across sectors. Terry holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Chicago and school principal credentials from the University of Washington.


 

Heather Rich
 

Heather Rich

Heather Rich - Heather is the Elementary Instructional Coach for Science at ASF-Monterrey, from Nursery to Grade 5. She has also taught elementary aged kids in multiple international schools and in New York City public schools. Heather is trained in NGSS implementation, and ASFM is currently in its 4th year of teaching NGSS-aligned units.

 

 

 

 

 

Britta McCarthy

Britta McCarthy

Britta McCarthy - Britta is the Assistant Director of Learning for Curriculum Development at the Columbus School in Medellin, Colombia. She is a former teacher of secondary science and social studies and K-12 NGSS Science Coach. In addition to being a science nerd, she loves Design Thinking, sustainability, systems thinking, and Project Based Learning. She is native to Flagstaff, AZ but has lived and taught in Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Colombia. 

 

 

 

 

John Mark Filcik

John Mark Filcik

John Mark Filcik - John Mark is a middle school and high school science teacher and NGSS Lead at Colegio Nueva Granada in Bogota, Colombia. Prior to teaching in Colombia, John Mark taught science in the American public school system and worked with Teach for America.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Lee Ann Jung, PhD

Lee Ann Young

Lee Ann Jung, PhD, is Founder of Lead Inclusion, Clinical Professor at San Diego State University, and a consultant to schools worldwide. She provides support to schools in the areas of inclusion, standards-based learning and grading, designing individualized goals and interdisciplinary supports, and measuring progress. Before beginning a career in higher education she worked in special education for eight years in the roles of teacher and administrator. She is a former full professor and director of International Partnerships in the University of Kentucky's College of Education. Lee Ann leads the International Inclusive Leadership Program, a professional learning and graduate program for educators in international schools in partnership with San Diego State University. 
 
Lee Ann has authored 6 books, more than 45 journal articles and book chapters, and has been awarded more than 4 million dollars in federal funding to support personnel preparation and research. She has served as associate editor for Young Exceptional Children (YEC), section editor for The Routledge Encyclopedia of Education, guest editor and editorial board member of Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, and editorial board member for Journal of Early Intervention. Lee Ann is past chair for the Classroom Assessment special interest group for the American Educational Research Association. She can be reached at jung@leadinclusion.org and ljung@sdsu.edu.

 


 

Gloria Jiménez

Gloria Jimenez

Gloria Jiménez tiene una licenciatura en psicología de Loyola Marymount University y maestría en educación de California State University, Dominguez Hills. Ha sido psicóloga de preescolar por doce años. Adicionalmente, trabaja de manera intensiva con jóvenes que tienen problemas con su identidad y/o orientación sexual.

 

 

 

 

Patricia Martí

Patricia Marti

Patricia Martí tiene una licenciatura en psicología por el Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, una especialidad en Psicoterapia Gestalt del Instituto Gestalt Guadalajara y una maestría en educación por Framingham State University. Ha ofrecido diferentes conferencias y talleres sobre temas como prevención de hostigamiento y comunicación. Actualmente es consejera de primaria e imparte clases de sexualidad a niños de seis años.


 

 

 


 

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D.

Dougas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is formerly an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator.

Doug is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE, as well as a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education.

He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design as well as books, including Better Learning Through Structured Teaching, Rigorous Reading, and Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading.

 

 

Matt Hajdun 

Matt Hajdun

Matt Hajdun is the Assistant Director of Learning for Language Development at TCS in Medellín, Colombia. He has worked at international schools in Honduras, Brazil, Belgium, and Colombia as well as in the United States. Matt has worked as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, language learning teacher, and school leader. He has regularly facilitated learning experiences throughout Central and South America through Tri-Association, AMISA, and through partnerships with WIDA.

 

 

 

 

Liliana Borrero

Liliana Borrero

Liliana Borrero is the Associate Director of Learning Programs at CNG. Liliana holds a BA in Psychology from U. de los Andes, an MA in Early Education from the U. of Alabama, and a Certificate in Teacher Leadership from Lehigh. She is also a NBPTS certified early literacy teacher and an official translator. She is the author of Enseñando a Leer: Teoría, práctica e intervención[?], a book published in 2008. In 2018, she translated to Spanish the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education. She has served in AdvancED/Cognia Engagement Teams and is also an International Evaluator for Character.org.

 

 

 

Marcela Chiaradia

Marcela Chiaradia

Marcela Chiaradia is the Community Service and Social Responsibility Coordinator at CNG. She has a background in Business Administration and was involved in founding the Points of Light Institute's HandsOn Network affiliates in Japan and Colombia. Her experience in the service and volunteering field is focused on inspiring youth to become active members of society, making a positive impact in their communities. Marcela is a CNG Character Education Core Team member, co-leads the Character for Parents Planning Team, and is a member of the Intercultural Competence committee. She is also a Character.org International Evaluator.
 

 

 

 

Lisa Hekel 

Lisa Hekel

Lisa Hekel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has been providing clinical treatment for over 18 years in a variety of settings including private practice, school-based, outpatient and disaster/crisis response. As an expatriate, Lisa has spent over ten years providing personalized services world-wide, using her experiences to support individuals and their families living cross-culturally, including issues related to unaccompanied deployment. Her work with active duty military and veterans focuses on adjustment and trauma issues using an integrative style of mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral interventions. She specializes in issues related to grief, loss, and attachment, through a solution focused approach. Lisa has extensive experience working alongside international schools providing guidance for teachers and administrations in regards to the unique needs of transient students and their families. She meets clients where they are at and guides them through purposeful and goal oriented practice.

 

 

Sean Truman

Sean Truman

Sean Truman spent the majority of his childhood in Nairobi Kenya, where his father worked for the United Nations and his mother was a teacher at the International School of Kenya.  He attended college in the US and received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut.  He was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he worked both at the Child Study Center and in the Department of Psychiatry.

In 2010 Sean co-founded Truman Group, a practice of 70 clinicians that provides mental health care to expatriates living around the world.  In his role as the Chief Medical Officer, he is frequently invited to speak and consult regarding mental health in international communities, including international schools. 

Sean currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

 

 

John Littleford

John Littleford

John Littleford served as teacher, trustee and head of school for over 25 years. For the past 18 years he has been a consultant to over 6000 independent and international schools. His clients also include corporations, foundations, universities and a range of other non-profit organizations. 
 
Mr. Littleford's areas of expertise are board governance, strategic planning, executive and faculty compensation and evaluation; executive searches; marketing strategies including admissions; fund raising, managing change; school climate; institutional and financial audits; and team building. His widely read landmark book, “Faculty Salary Systems in Independent Schools” was published by the National Association of Independent Schools for 20 years. 
 
John Littleford speaks, and leads workshops at Conferences for independent and international school and nonprofit leadership all over the world. Littleford & Associates’ Newsletter is published four times a year and is widely read by 25,000 trustees and schools and not for profit leaders.

 

 

Paul Andersen

Paul Andersen is an educational consultant and YouTube creator living in Bozeman, MT.  Paul is an experienced educator having taught science in Montana for 20 years.  Paul was the 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year, and was also one of four finalists for the 2011 National Teacher of the Year.  In addition to teaching Paul has created hundreds of YouTube science tutorials that have been viewed millions of times by students around the world.  Paul has provided training for thousands of students, teachers, and administrators around the world.  Paul enjoys providing meaningful professional development that can be applied immediately in the classroom. 

 

 

 

 

Erma Anderson

Erma Anderson

Erma Anderson is a former high school physics and mathematics teacher and Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow in the United States Senate. She was a Senior Program Officer with the National Research Council assisting in the development of the National Science Education Standards and a Christa McAuliffe Fellow with the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education. She has worked with the National Science Teachers Association on several projects including, the Mentoring Initiative e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS), development of sciLINKS (www.sciLINKS.org) and Project Manager of Scope, Sequence and Coordination of Secondary School Science, a science curriculum reform project of NSTA. She was Associate Project Director for the Council for Basic Education’s Schools Around the World (www.s-a-w.org) project, developing and implementing the Evidence to Excellence protocol and a series of professional development activities that use student work from nine participating countries to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. She worked with the Council in the writing of state and district curriculum frameworks and benchmarking of state standards to NAEP and Japanese Standards, and designing a tool for reviewing state science frameworks.  

She has considerable experience developing and facilitating workshops, on site and online with multiple national entities such as Educational Field Studies; National Institute of Medicine; United States Forestry Service; National Park Service, the Jason Project, Kidsnet, school districts, and states. Currently she is a Mathematics and Science consultant working with international schools on implementing the AERO Common Core Plus Mathematics Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. She also serves as Project Director of the Math Specialist in International Schools (MSIS) initiative. In the past fourteen years, she has facilitated conversations about the K to 12 math and science curriculum, instruction, and assessment in over 130 international schools. 

 

Anna Sugarman

Anna Rose Sugarman

Anna Rose Sugarman has been a specialist in educating the gifted for over thirty years. From 2005 to 2017, Anna served as an Associate Member of the Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children and Youth to the Office of Overseas Schools, US Department of State, providing training and consultant services through international conferences and in various international schools. While actively working with administrators, teachers, parents and students, Anna designs and implements professional development options to create optimal learning environments to enhance educational programming for all children. She currently works as the Professional Learning Coordinator (K-12) for Shenendehowa Central Schools in Clifton Park, New York and is a contributing member to Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) working on the New School Project.

 

 


Emily Meadows

Emily Meadows

Emily Meadows (she/her) is an LGBTQ+ consultant and published author specializing in international schools. Emily creates an environment that is non-judgmental and engaging for her clients, while taking an intersectional approach that addresses both the why and the how of inclusion so that educators become confident and competent supporting LGBTQ+ students. 

In addition to her doctoral degree, Emily holds master's degrees in both Sexual Health and Counseling, and has worked as an international school counselor for over a decade. She researches, publishes, and trains school communities on equitable policy and practice, while also teaching for the LGBT Health Policy & Practice graduate program at George Washington University. 

Emily has developed inclusion standards, referenda, and trainings for professional organizations such as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), The Fulbright Commission, the Association for International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC), the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and the American Psychological Association (APA). Having spent more than half of her life in international schools, Emily specializes in culturally-relevant solutions to promote equity and inclusion worldwide. 

 

Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh


Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh, the learning strategy company. He and his team work with both schools, governments and corporations to change the way they choose to work. They help create more agile, happier and productive learning and working environments. www.notosh.com.
 

 

 


 

 

Michael Nachbar  

Michael Nachbar

Prior to founding GOA, Michael served as Lakeside School’s middle school assistant director, and worked for seven years at Village Community School in New York City in a variety of roles, including teacher, curriculum coordinator, and director of technology. Michael started his career in education as a Teach for America corps member, teaching high school English in Roma, Texas.

He is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator at national and international conferences, and has presented dozens of times on such topics as educational trends impacting schools, modern teaching and learning, and global education.

Michael is an active board member for several education organizations, including the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Independent School Association Network (ISAnet), and Jump! Foundation, and serves on the advisory board for Sea Change Mentoring. Previous boards include the Mastery Transcript Consortium and Summer Search. He lives in New York with his family.

 

 

 

Juanjo Moreno

Juan Jose Moreno

Juanjo Moreno's passion is education. He has been teaching for over 15 years, and has taught pretty much everything. His areas of expertise include classroom management, technology integration, incorporating students’ voices, and building relationships. As an educational leader for over 6 years, he gets to motivate, mentor, train, encourage, and work with colleagues who have greatly impacted his career and life. He loves learning new strategies to use in his classroom and as a leader.

 

 

 

 

 

Nola Heckmann

Nola Heckmann

Nola Heckmann is a passionate concept based educator with experience as a MS & HS science teacher, curriculum coordinator and instructional coach. She believes deeply in the power of pedagogy to transform lives and the responsibility of teachers to instill in every child self-belief to achieve greatly. Nola works to build students' conceptual understanding, personalize learning, and grow learner agency. A science geek, who loves all 3-dimensions of NGSS, the challenge of online learning & her family.

 

 

 

 

Matt Hajdun

Matt Hajdun

Matt Hajdun is the Assistant Director of Learning for Language Development at TCS in Medellín, Colombia. He has worked at international schools in Honduras, Brazil, Belgium, and Colombia as well as in the United States. Matt has worked as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, language learning teacher, and school leader. He has regularly facilitated learning experiences throughout Central and South America through Tri-Association, AMISA, and through partnerships with WIDA.

 

 

 

 

Esther Bettney

Esther Bettney has spent the past 15 years engaged in multilingual education in Central and South America, as a classroom teacher, school administrator, teacher educator, and educational researcher. Esther’s research explores how international schools engage with innovative approaches to language education by moving away from an “English-only” model to the implementation of equitable language policies and pedagogies. Esther is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Project Assistant with the WIDA International School Consortium and is currently based between Medellín, Colombia and Kingston, Canada.

 

 

 


Jacqueline Kruger

Jaqueline Krueger

Jacqueline Kruger is the Secondary School Principal at the American Nicaraguan School. She first joined the ANS Faculty in 2007 teaching Middle School English and has served the community as a teacher, instructional coach and most recently in the Administration in an instructional leadership role.

 

 

Paulina Sánchez

Paulina Sánchez de Aycinena

Paulina Sánchez de Aycinena - Inspired by the amazing process of learning, Paulina has been involved in the education world since 1997, where she found her true passion in education. Paulina is an American/Ecuadorian, who has lived in Guatemala for the last 25 years. She graduated from the American School of Quito and obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida at Gainesville, FL. She holds a Masters in Multidisciplinary Studies from Buffalo State University of New York. She is currently a High School Principal.

 

 

 

Waleska Pèrez

Waleska Perez

Waleska Pérez - Motivating for education and the lifelong process of learning. Eager to guide the students to find their path in their personal and professional life. 20 year of experience in the educational field. Psychologist with a Master Degree in Counseling and Mental Health and an Educational Psychologist certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

Sheila Escobedo

Sheila Escobedo

Sheila Escobedo - Ongoing learner, and always seeking for new opportunities for growing in the educational field. 25 years of experience in the education field. High School Assistant Principal. BA in School Management, and a Masters Degree in Education from Universidad del Altántico, Spain.

 

 

 

 

Betzabé Orenos

Betzabé Orenos

Betzabé Orenos - Passionate about learning and educational innovation with 20 years on this wonderful journey through education. Google Certified Trainer. Leader of the Google Educators Group in Guatemala. Instructional Coach, Secondary Level Innovation Teacher, English Language Teacher and Master's Degree in Online Teaching. Dedicated to discovering and learning new technologies and mainly sharing them and empowering other teachers and students.

 


 


 

Hortensia Prieto

Hortensia Prieto

Hortensia Prieto is the General Director of San Roberto International School (ISR), a private school in Monterrey, México. She has been with the school since 1991, and has served as Curriculum Coordinator, Academic Coordinator and Principal. She actively participates in school improvement processes for ISR and other schools of the Region as an external review team member. She is passionate about the use of data and strategic management. She is a proud mother of three ISR alumni and granny of two girls who are ISR students.
 

 

 

 

Julie Ward

Julie Ward


Julie Ward is a high school English teacher at the American School Foundation of Monterrey. Her teaching experiences have spanned socioeconomic demographics, resulting in a teaching framework focused on critical consciousness. She firmly believes in education as a tool for liberation, accomplished through design thinking, collaborative cross-curricular teaching, and fierce student empowerment.

 

 

 

Bárbara Ramírez

Bárbara Estefanía Ramírez Rivas. I have been a math, methodology, and science teacher for the last 14 years. Being a member of the Puebla American School has allowed me to follow my professional passion, educational technology. I have proposed as well as implemented a number of innovative projects for many years. I have been a speaker in various editions of our school's Tech Day, participated in the ISTE 2011 convention, and attended as well as gave a talk at the Live Curious, Go Beyond event in 2019 and 2020.

 

 

 

Dr. Angela Broeckel

Angela Broeckel

My name is Dr. Angela Broeckel and I am currently the Vice-Principal of JFK: The American School in Queretaro, Mexico. I also teach Intercultural and Multicultural Communication at a private university in Oregon State. Having lived and worked in Asia, Central America, North America, and Europe, I have had the privilege of meeting people from all over the world. My work in intercultural communication has helped with my interactions and has helped me build relationships, and make friends, globally.

 

 

 


Austin Levinson

Austin Levinson

Austin Levinson is a second grade teacher at Colegio Nueva Granada and runs an afterschool STEAM program. His class is student-centered and he seeks instructional strategies that increase student agency and resourcefulness.

 

 


 

 


Ana Lucía Arce

Ana Lucia Arce

My name is Ana Lucía Arce, I have worked in the education field for 14 years. I have a degree in Clinical Psychology and a Masters degree in Family Counseling. I’m currently the School Counselor at Colegio Maya, The American International School of Guatemala. I’ve been fortunate to explore the different ways in which learning comes to life in a school community and how student life and wellbeing play such an important role in this process. I’ve also had the opportunity to collaborate with parents, faculty members and administration in building structures that support students’ living and learning.

 

 

 

Jamie Day

My name is Jamie Day. I have 15 years of experience working at Colegio Maya, The American International School of Guatemala. I’m a Secondary Teacher and SEL/Service Learning Coordinator. I’m certified as a Tribes Trainer with experience training teachers and parents at various international schools in Guatemala. Most recently my role has transitioned to Service Learning and SEL program Coordinator for Secondary. I have a BA in Kinesiology, Theology and Philosophy and two Masters, International Education and Educational Leadership. I'm passionate about SEL and how it supports students in building competencies needed to THRIVE, socially, emotionally and academically!
 

 

Gabriela Campoy

Gabriela Campoy

Gabriela Campoy, M. Ed., is a Middle School Assistant Principal at the American School Foundation of Monterrey, where she has worked since 2009. She has 30 years of experience in the field, a Master's Degree in Education, and is certified as a teacher trainer, the Fundamentals of Mindfulness, and the Essentials of Mindful Education and Mindful Communication. She obtained a certificate by Yale University for completing the Science of Wellbeing and has been certified as a Mindful coach.

 

 

 

 

Teresa González, Psy. D.

Tere Gonzalez

Teresa González, Psy. D., is a lawyer and a psychologist, with a Master’s degree in Education, certified in Positive Discipline, and with a Digital Badge in Inclusive Education. She completed a doctoral program in Children and Adolescent Gestalt Psychotherapy, is pursuing a doctoral degree in Human Development and Leadership, and has 33 years of experience working in education. She has worked at ASFM since 2005 as a learning specialist and department head, and is currently one of the Counselors.
 

 

 

 

Alejandra Galindo

Alejandra Galindo

Alejandra Galindo es actualmente Instructional Coach en HS en la Escuela John F. Kennedy. Desde el 2009 es Educadora IBEN para el “Primary Years Programme” habiendo impartido talleres de capacitación y realizando visitas de Autorización y Evaluación en escuelas de EU, México, Sudamérica y España. Es maestra en Ciencias de la Educación Familiar con reconocimiento de CENEVAL por un examen sobresaliente. Egresada del ITESM Campus Querétaro como Ingeniera Industrial y Maestra de Inglés (P.S.T.C) con Mención Honorífica. Ha trabajado en Educación desde 1998 desempeñando diferentes roles (Docente en los Grados 2º - 9º, Coordinadora PYP, Directora de Preescolar, e Instructional Coach en High School). Presentadora en la Conferencia Anual de la Tri-Association 2019.

 

 

 

 

Lauren Berkley

Lauren Berkley

International School of Panama, Middle School Instructional Coach
MTSS Coordination
Intervention Specialist
Reading Coach
Department Head
Teacher for grades 5, 6, 9-12

 


Geoffrey Godfrey

Geoffrey Godfrey

BA in Literature York College of PA, Minored in Philo and Psych
MA in Writing Temple University
BA French Literature Towson U, Minor in Ed
MA in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University
Taught Writing in the ELECT Writing Program Temple U 93-94
Taught English and Writing (adjunct) at Towson Univ '98-'03
Curriculum Writer for Success for All 2004-2005
Taught English Language Arts at Booker T. Washington Middle School in Baltimore 2005-2006
Taught English Language Arts at WC March Middle School in Baltimore 2007-2008
Taught Humanities at Southwest Baltimore Charter School 2008-2018
Taught MS Social Studies at ISP 2018-Present
 

 


Alexcia
 

Alexcia

Alexcia currently attends the American International School of Kingston in Jamaica. She joined GIN in 2015 and has led projects focused on addressing poverty alleviation, and addressing climate change through sustainable and systemic means such as the implementation of electric charging stations in Jamaica. She is passionate about social change and is the current GIN GAP Youth Director and Head of the Logistics and Operations Department.

 

 

 

Sofia

Sofa

Sofía currently attends the Golden Valley School in Heredia, Costa Rica. She joined GIN in 2020 and is currently leading projects focused on reducing carbon dioxide emissions globally and building GIN local, regional, and global networks. In line with GIN’s mission and vision, she is passionate about empowering youth through education to solve local-global issues. Currently, she is a member of the GIN Student Admin Team and a member of the GIN Learning and Innovation Lab.

 

 

 

Angelina

Angelina

Angelina currently attends Golden Valley School in Heredia, Costa Rica. She joined the Global Issues Network in 2020 as a Global Bridge Program Founder and worked towards building sustainable and equitable networks of change makers to grow GIN on a local, regional and global scale. She is currently a member of the GIN Student Admin Team and works in the GIN Learning and Innovation Lab.

 






 

Sills

Linda Sills, CEO of the Global Issues Network. Click here for more information
Ashley Sills, Director of the Global Issues Network.  Click here for more information
 
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Paul Sanders

Paul Sanders

Paul Sanders is the Executive Director, Market Management on the International Division at the College Board. Prior to joining the College Board, he was the Executive Director of the Center for College Readiness at Rice University and Head of Global Recognition at the International Baccalaureate Organization. He holds a BA in Political Science from Texas A&M University and an MLA from St. Edward’s University.

 

 

Alysa Perreras

Alysa Perreras

Over a decade in education, Alysa’s work is driven by the question, “what does it mean to be free"?”. She began her journey exploring this question as a classroom teacher, learning, laughing and growing alongside high school students in the literature classroom for eight years. Now her work has expanded over the last five years in curriculum design, adult professional learning, strategic planning and educational consulting, all through an anti bias, antiracist and justice centered lens.

Alysa partners with international schools throughout Latin America on anti bias and antiracist, human centered practices with and has presented on the work of equity, inclusion and justice in education at various conferences and schools across the globe. She combines her own lived experiences and the intentional study of practitioners of abolition and justice who have come before her to bring an intersectional lens into all the work she does. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Education for Social Justice with the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at University of San Diego.
 

 

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Rosalind Wiseman

Rosalind Wiseman

Rosalind Wiseman: From where we learn to where we work, Rosalind Wiseman fosters civil dialogue and inspires communities to build strength, courage and purpose. She is the founder of Cultures of Dignity; an organization that shifts the way communities think about our physical and emotional wellbeing by working in close partnership with the experts of those communities--young people, educators, policy makers, and business and political leaders.

Rosalind’s most recent publications include the Distance Learning Playbook for Parents: How to Support Your Child’s Academic, Emotional and Social Learning in Any Setting published by Corwin in October 2020 and Owning Up Curriculum, published in July 2020; a comprehensive social and emotional learning program for grades 4-12 which is in widespread use across the world.

She is the author of two New York Times Best Sellers: Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking, best-selling book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway Musical Mean Girls, and in 2016 was fully revised for a third edition. And Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, which addresses the social lives of boys and was awarded Best Parenting Book by Books for a Better Life in 2014.

National media regularly depends on Wiseman’s expertise on ethical leadership, conflict, media literacy, youth culture, parenting, and bullying prevention. She has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Wiseman is a frequent guest on national media like The Today Show, CNN, and NPR affiliates throughout the country.

Wiseman has served on many federal and local advisory boards and speaks throughout the US and abroad including, South by Southwest, Microsoft, The Royal Society for the Arts, the Association for the Advancement of International Education, the American School Counselors Association, the Game Developers Conference, the American Association of School Administrators, at the White House many times and numerous schools, governments, organizations, and corporations throughout the US and abroad. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two sons.

 

 

Charlie Kuhn

Charlie Khun

Charlie Kuhn is the Co-Founder & CEO of Cultures of Dignity. He is a social educator, facilitator, and education consultant. He loves the intricacies of learning, people, and system thinking. Outside of strategy and development, he currently consults with national and international school communities on school culture.  

He has presented and consulted with a diverse group of schools and educational associations including; the American School of Paris, International School of Prague, Association for Middle-Level Educators, Game Developers Conference, American School Counselors Association, International School of Amsterdam's Centre for Development, Learning & Technology, Association for the Advancement of International Education, European League of Middle Level Education and The United States Library of Congress.

In addition to his work at Cultures of Dignity, he served on the board of Attention Homes, a non-profit organization serving youth experiencing homeless for the past six years and is currently on their Strategic Planning Committee as Special Appointee to Denver, CO. He’s inspired by water, his mother, and cold weather.


 

 

 

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D.

Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is formerly an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator.

Doug is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE, as well as a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education.

He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design as well as books, including Better Learning Through Structured Teaching, Rigorous Reading, and Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading.