Jeffrey Blair teaches Humanities at the Northwest School in Seattle. Northwest, where Jeff has been teaching for 28 years, is an urban, private school that serves students in grades 6 through 12 and has a boarding program for international students. Jeff has taught Global Studies, numerous integrated Humanities courses, and World Geography & Literature. Jeff has been a teacher-leader in developing key programs at Northwest, including helping transform the school’s approaches to professional development, environmental sustainability, and global education. Among other passions, Jeff is enthusiastic about focusing on the African continent in his courses, and he has presented at statewide conferences to advocate for integrating Africa into social studies curriculum. Jeff is a past recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, an opportunity that took him to Cape Town, South Africa, where he worked both with pre-service teachers at the University of Cape Town and with active teachers in a wide-range of area schools, especially on lesson planning and student-centered pedagogy. A highlight of that experience was organizing a multi-school environmental service project that served as a model for continued collaboration among student environmental clubs. Jeff also helped found a school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia, which serves highly capable students from impoverished backgrounds, is about to celebrate its first graduating class and has joined the Northwest’s School’s network of international partner schools.
Emily Bollinger is a passionate English teacher at Park Center IB World School in Brooklyn Park, MN. She received a BA in English, a BSE in Secondary Education, and an MS in Effective Teaching: Urban Education from Drake University and has been a dedicated advocate for traditionally underserved students, consistently working toward transformational system change to remove barriers to opportunity and achievement. Emily is especially committed to supporting students’ transition from middle to high school and has been instrumental in developing Summer Academy, an equity- and literacy-based program for incoming ninth graders. Over the course of her 12-year career, Emily has been a teacher leader in designing and facilitating professional development at the local, state, and national levels on a variety of topics, primarily focusing on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and engaging, enlightening, and empowering instruction that includes global citizenship, multiple perspectives, and counter-narratives. In 2008, Emily was selected as a Freedom Writer Teacher, and in 2015, she was awarded the One Classroom at a Time Education Grant.
Amy Heritage-McDonald is a seasoned general in leading middle school students into battle against ignorance and apathy. Her troops come from all parts of the world but take their stand in Federal Way, Washington, a growing community about 20 minutes south of Seattle where rent is cheap and diversity thrives. Amy currently teaches English Language Learners but has also taught Social studies, Language Arts Humanities, and an assortment of elective classes including but not limited to health & fitness, journalism, typing, leadership and reading support. In the evenings Amy works with high school students who are new to the country and are working hard to earn the required credits to graduate. When not synergizing with young people, Amy likes to explore perspectives through involvement with Tacoma World Affairs council and Tacoma Sister Cities. Amy is National Board Certified Teacher who mentors NB candidates. As a Teachers for Global Classrooms fellow, Amy is the proud creator of a nifty website that’s full of teaching and travel resources http://globaleducation253.weebly.com/.
Delene Huggins holds a bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education from UNC-Greensboro and National Board Certification in the area of Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. A fourth through eighth-grade Social Studies teacher at the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton, she completed an intense, six-day immersion in American history at the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in the summer of 2016. Delene states that NCSD has a culturally diverse student body and that their students understand how it feels to be isolated and excluded. Their life away from campus is different from school where all students and staff are able to communicate with each other. They have limited opportunities for communication at home. A majority of their hearing parents do not sign. Delene feels a responsibility to encourage tolerance and acceptance; she led a summer program last summer that focused on the local Cherokee Nation in the mountains of NC. As a Social Studies teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing she feels her first responsibility is to expand her students vocabulary and language but secondly, her goal is to see these students go off to high school and beyond and not only coexist but collaborate with people of other faiths, cultures and political leanings.
Robert Lurie has taught social studies for 29 years at Waverly High School, an urban school of 1,100 students in Lansing, Michigan. He coordinates the global education program at school and his students have participated in several virtual exchange programs including a pilot exchange through Michigan State University that links his students in international problem solving activities with students in Cairo, Egypt using a virtual reality platform. In addition to his teaching duties, he also is the Session Director for LATTICE (Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross Cultural Education) which is a professional learning community comprised of K-12 teachers, international graduate students and Area Studies faculty at Michigan State University where he plans monthly professional development session for its members. Robert is a U.S. Department of State Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow and completed his international field experience in India. He is an active alumni of this Fellowship and serves as a program ambassador and application reader. Robert is also a Teacher Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and has traveled on several occasions with teachers and students to Holocaust sites in Europe. His two current interests are researching strategies to effectively integrate immigrant and refugee students into school culture and providing low income students access to quality global education experiences. Robert is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Christine Morris is a Social Studies faculty member at Bellefonte Area High School in Bellefonte, Pa. She has received a BA In History, Social Studies certification, and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from The Pennsylvania State University. In addition, Christine also holds a MA in Psychology from Northcentral University. Christine's teaching assignments include AP Psychology, AP European History, World Cultures, and US History in addition to several mini courses that are offered during the 4th quarter. Christine also serves as the National Honor Society adviser for the Bellefonte chapter, a volunteer adviser for the Model United Nations program and a History/Psychology tutor. Christine also teaches her Psychology and European History courses through the University of Pittsburgh's College in High School program. Throughout her 22 year tenure, Christine has been a mentor teacher for new teachers and a student teaching cooperating teacher. Her philosophy of education whether it's for the students that she teaches or the student teachers that she mentors is that everyone can be successful if they hold the keys to success - drive, determination, and willingness to do well.
Heather Panahi is a Social Studies educator at Dana Hall School, where she teaches African Studies, U.S. History and Political Science. Presently in her fifteenth year at Dana Hall--a private, all-girls' school in Wellesley, Massachusetts--Ms. Panahi has built a thriving and successful Model United Nations program, which has earned recognition as one of the top programs in the country. In 2010, Panahi received a competitive grant from the US Department of State to take part in a professional development exchange in Accra, Ghana. This experience ignited a desire to create similar international exchange opportunities for her students and fellow faculty at Dana Hall. Consequently, in 2013, in collaboration with teachers from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, Ms. Panahi co-created the SISTERS program. With the goals of developing students’ global consciousness, cultivating cultural sensitivity and fostering leadership within a global and cooperative context, the SISTERS program encourages the creation of virtual online classroom spaces for Dana Hall students to learn and engage with young people from other parts of the world as they work together to accomplish shared tasks. Panahi's has worked to help develop collaborative learning partnerships with teachers in Ghana, South Africa, Australia and Japan. She has been a guest instructor at the Achimota School in Accra, Ghana (2010), the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Henley-on-Klip, South Africa, the Wahaha WeLearning Center in Hangzhou, China and the Tokyo Jogakkan School in Japan.
Sara Romeyn hails from Rochester, New York but her education and career have taken to all parts of the globe. She earned a BA in American Studies from Yale University, and immediately after graduation moved to Hong Kong where she taught English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the George Washington University. Sara started teaching at the Bullis School (Potomac, MD) in 2002, and over the last 15 years she has taught AP United States History, Thematic United States History, Honors Global History, Women’s History, the Humanities and Global Studies Senior Capstone. She has also served as Department Chair, Director of Community Service and Chair of the Diversity and Equity Committee. Most recently, Sara has taken on a new role as the Director of Humanities and Global Studies, a K-12 position at Bullis. She is responsible for integrating global education into the curriculum, developing relevant programming, and overseeing all student travel. Sara was recently honored as the Patricia Behring National History Day Teacher of the Year for the state of Maryland. In recent years, Sara has led students on Habitat for Humanity work trips to New Mexico, West Virginia, South Carolina and Argentina. She has also led two student service trips to Cambodia. Sara recently participated in a year-long teacher exchange partnership with Johannesburg, South Africa through the World Affairs Council. A life-long learner, Sara looks forward to meeting teachers from across the country and around the world at this year's Bridging Cultures Initiative!
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Julie Yick Gilbride is a social studies teacher and global educator from San Jose, California. Julie currently teaches World Studies and US History at Mountain View High School. She also served as a Spanish and Civics instructor at Gateway High School in San Francisco. Previously, Julie taught English and Political Science instructor at the Universidad Vasconcelos in Oaxaca, Mexico from 2002 - 2005. During that time, she also worked for a Mexican NGO called Campo, whose mission was to support sustainable development in indigenous communities throughout the state. Through this NGO, she designed multicultural curriculum for youth exchange programs and coordinated the Gender Equity program. From 2010 - 2012, Julie received a fellowship from the Global Fund for Teachers, which led her to conduct research in Puerto Rico and then integrate Caribbean perspectives into the Spanish program at Gateway High. This fellowship led her to eventually live and teach in San Juan, Puerto Rico through the Upward Bound program. During the summer of 2015, Julie volunteered with a global education project at the Gitwe Medical School in Rwanda. Outside of teaching, she is passionate about African and Puerto Rican dancing, salsa music, theatre and travel, and is looking forward to participating in the Bridging Cultures Initiative.