Lindsay Clark has spent the last five years circumnavigating the world three times, documenting her experiences for global corporations and non-profits worldwide. With 52 countries under her belt at the age of 27, she takes the role of ambassador seriously. We are proud to welcome her to THINK Global.
Born in Wabash, Lindsay is a native to Indiana but has spent much of her semi-nomadic young adulthood traveling the world. She graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope College of the Arts, with a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History. She then spent her life savings to explore 24 countries on three continents during a seven month trip. In 2009, she won the World Traveler Internship from STA Travel, beating over 700 applicants for the chance to document 11 weeks of extensive travel and develop a multimedia marketing campaign.
Lindsay teamed with a friend to launch the Nakavika Project, a volunteer initiative that promoted basic health and English apprehension in the highlands of Fiji. The project lives on as an online, multimedia narrative exploring the concepts of voluntourism and cultural exchange. Most recently, Lindsay worked as the producer, editor, shooter, and photographer for an award-winning multimedia organization, producing more than 100 short films for students and young adults that promoted global education.
Along with writing and editing her own travels for enjoyment, Lindsay likes to sing, is crazy about all forms of dance, and has an affinity for mountains.
Ambika first realized that she wanted to be a teacher during her 10th grade summer, when she started a small after-school program for 20 underprivileged children in the living room of her home in Lagos, Nigeria. Ever since then, she has dedicated her time to teaching and tutoring students wherever she travelled, as she completed her undergraduate education and finally fulfilled her dream of becoming a full-time teacher.
During her undergraduate years at Columbia University, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Ambika tried to fit in as many hours of teaching as possible. She volunteered as a middle- and high-school tutor at three non-profit organizations in Manhattan, was employed as an SAT math teacher by a New York test-prep company, spent two summers as a math teacher for the Breakthrough Collaborative, worked as a statistics and chemistry tutor for Columbia University undergraduates, and was a teaching assistant at Columbia for calculus and higher mathematics courses. She culminated her undergraduate experience by enrolling in the Barnard Education Program, where she received her New York State teaching certification and was given the opportunity to teach high-school geometry in a public school in the Bronx for a year.
Ambika truly understands and values the concept of an international education, having herself studied in an international school in Lagos for the first 13 years of her life, and then at an international boarding school for five years in her home town of Bangalore, India. During her last two years of high school in Bangalore, she was a student in the IB Programme, and she cannot wait to share those IB experiences with her students at TGS.
Ambika is excited to combine two of her greatest passions — traveling and teaching — as she joins the TGS faculty as our math teacher.
IB Math Teacher
Mattie Boyce joins the TGS faculty in the role of the International Baccalaureate math teacher. Prior to joining THINK Global School, Mattie has enjoyed teaching IB and AP Math at international schools in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Far East — all experiences that bolstered her ability to relate to and appreciate students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
Mattie completed both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Mathematics at Boston University. During the course of her studies, she was a teacher’s assistant in Calculus.
During her career, she has been an Advanced Placement Calculus Reader, as well as an International Baccalaureate Standard Level Mathematics Assistant Examiner.
In 2011, Mattie traveled to the annual International Schools Math Teacher Foundation (ISMTF) math competition, where she coached students for a junior team for Milan and a senior team for The Hague. Previously, she has coached both junior and senior math teams from several international schools, including Robert College in Turkey, for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the International Schools Mathematics Teachers Foundation (ISMTF) math competitions.
Mattie has been instilled with a genuine love of foreign cultures, and one of her greatest passions is helping her students to appreciate maths while thinking outside of the box. Many of her former students – some from more than a decade ago – have stayed in contact with her via Facebook.
Her personal interests outside of work include learning about the artifacts of different cultures, and collecting both traditional and modern art from around the world.
IB History / Theory of Knowledge Teacher
Russell attended the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and is TGS’s resident Theory of Knowledge specialist. He has taught the humanities and social sciences for the past six years, based primarily in Manchester in the UK.
To enhance his teaching credentials, he pursued an MA in International Politics and earned his stripes as a teacher at Keele University, in England, where he was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Sociology and Social Studies). During this course, Russell gained the Advanced Teaching Award for excellence in the classroom and for going beyond the standards expected by the university.
His teaching experience also includes educational consultation in Sicily and in the Middle East. Russell has worked alongside some of the leading UK universities in teacher education training and inspiring future teachers. He has also introduced Theory of Knowledge workshops as an element within teacher training programs.
In an effort to further his professional development, Russell is in the final stages of pursuing a PhD in Education, studying the impact of educational policies on halting the escalating rates of childhood obesity and how children’s lives are being shaped by the fast food industry.
Russell has led many educational trips abroad, but one of his proudest moments in education to date was taking a group of 25 students to the United States, visiting Los Angeles and San Francisco. The adventure helped offer these students a “chance of a lifetime” – and he’s looking forward to making many new memories as part of the TGS team.
IB Language & Literature Teacher
Breanna counts traveling, dancing, hiking, and eating Mexican food among her many passions. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and English from Arizona State University, she began her teaching career in the Paradise Valley Unified School District, where she inspired students’ interests in literature, learning, and life. A journey to the Achimota Secondary School in Ghana as a visiting teacher and speaker kindled Breanna’s pursuit for global education and cross-cultural exchange.
In 2008, Breanna received a Fulbright Scholarship as a foreign exchange teacher in New Delhi, India, and she was nominated by the Department of State to be the Resident Director of the educational seminar India Summer Teacher Program for four years in a row. Breanna has supervised teachers and conducted visitations in over 20 different academic institutions in India, including private, modern, and government schools with national standardized curricula.
These experiences led Breanna to further research marginalized populations as a graduate student of the International Education Development Program at Boston University. She spent the last year as a Teaching Fellow for the course Education in the Civic and Social Context while finishing up her Master’s thesis. These experiences reaffirmed her passion for advocating for social change through unconventional teaching and experimental learning.
Breanna recognizes the power of personal connection and social transformation through the exchange of ideas and sharing personal accounts. She encourages her students to harness understanding of the world through literature, and she thrives just as much on seeing the human story unfold before her own eyes. For Breanna, the international classroom crosses the silent cultural divide and enables students to share those kindred moments that make them the most compassionate they can be.
Jarret Jordan Voytilla
Jarret Jordan Voytilla is a Canadian with seven years of international teaching experience at the secondary level, including five years working intimately with the IB Diploma Programme. He is a passionate advocate of the philosophy and mission of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). He believes in working within culturally diverse environments in order to secure a socioeconomically and environmentally sustainable future through holistic understanding of science, culture, and human ecology.
Jarret’s teaching area of specialization is the natural and experimental sciences, and he taught and coordinated biology, physics, environmental systems, and health sciences for seven years in Mexico. He holds IBO teaching certifications for both Environmental Systems and Extended Essay instruction.
Jarret is currently an IBO examiner, and describes himself as “a devout crusader” for the philosophy and mission of the IBO. He has involved himself in core aspects of the Diploma Programme such as TOK tutoring, CAS projects and trips, Extended Essay guidance and supervising, coaching and coordinating of faculty, and the redesign of various IB courses.
Jarret strives to create dynamic, respectful, comfortable, fun, and engaging student-centered atmospheres, while maintaining strict academic standards through clearly described expectations and learning outcomes. In addition, he enjoys working hard to enrich campus life by being directly involved with various student groups, field trips, weekend excursions, student counseling, science and speech contests, and promotional events.
World Literature Teacher
Garrett takes pride is the everyday accomplishments of his students, but two moments stand out in his mind: the day a student referred to his classroom as a family, and when a student raised his hand in class for the first time after gaining confidence in the after-school skateboard club that Garrett managed. Since becoming an educator, Garrett has committed his career to bridging the gap between experiential education and academics.
“Challenge by choice” is a motto that Garrett teaches and lives by. He strives to instill in his students the value of a challenge and the act of stepping outside their comfort zones in order to learn more about themselves. He believes that by encouraging students to make the choice of challenging themselves, they will be better able to reflect on and learn from all of their experiences. He sees the TGS’s learning model as an opportunity to fully integrate his passions for English education and personal enlightenment through challenge.
Garrett’s passion for team building and confidence-creation flourished during his undergraduate years at the University of Maryland, where he earned a Bachelors of Arts in English and was selected for a leadership and training position within the University of Maryland Challenge Course Program, leading wilderness and adventure expeditions for other college students. He continued to embrace his enthusiasm for teaching by earning a Masters of Secondary Education through the University of Maryland, where he completed an action research project studying the reflective abilities of students after emphasizing IB learner traits through the same team-building activities that ignited his passion for education.
Garrett’s commitment to growth through personal challenge influences his personal life, too. So when he isn’t focused on teaching in the classroom, you will find him teaching friends and beginners how to snowboard, rock climb, or skateboard. Garrett spends his summers backpacking, rock climbing, and traveling.
“Enthusiasm” is usually the first word that jumps out of students’ mouths when talking about Lin’s Mandarin class. With his humorous, creative, and, yes, eccentric style of teaching, one of the most complicated languages in the world becomes more fun to learn and easier to understand.
Lin’s passionate personality traces back to his college years. After winning several English public-speaking contests in China, he realized the beauty of languages. Later, he founded the first Public Speaking Club at Lanzhou Jiaotong University. As the chairman of the club, Lin and his team worked to help people improve their language efficiency and communication skills. Pursuing his interest in language and culture, Lin earned a minor degree in French while he majored in Communication Engineering for his Bachelor’s degree.
Leaving the engineering field behind in order to follow his passion for education and language, Lin began pursuing his dream career as an IB Mandarin teacher at Utica Academy for International Studies (UAIS), an IB World School in the United States. This was a new challenge for a young man coming from the other side of the world. Aware of the need to prepare himself with professional training in education, Lin applied and earned his Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum and a Mandarin Teacher Certification at Michigan State University. After years of training, teaching, and curriculum development for the IB Diploma Programme at UAIS, Lin is now well-equipped with IB knowledge and IB spirit.
If you can’t find Lin in the classroom or office, look for him outside. He enjoys a challenge and rarely says no to new experiences: skateboarding, rock-climbing, snowboarding, mountain biking, canoeing — you name it. Meanwhile, Lin still values old-fashioned Chinese culture. He appreciates different styles of Chinese tea art, and enjoys reading classical Chinese literature and practicing calligraphy. If you’re lucky enough, you can even see him practicing kung fu in the early morning.
Ana Del Moral
Ana, a native Spanish speaker, joins THINK Global School as our Spanish instructor after teaching Classical and Modern Languages and Literature in England for ten years. She has also worked as an examiner for the Oxford, Cambridge, RSA, and Cambridge International Examination boards, and held the position of Deputy Chief Examiner for Classical Languages at the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Ana studied Latin and Greek Languages and Literature, as well as Philosophy, at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels at the Universities of London and Oxford. She was awarded the qualified teacher status by the General Teaching Council of England to teach Classics and Modern Languages. Ana also received British Council grants to study Modern Languages methodology in the Universities of Lille and Paris–Sorbonne.
Ana believes that her role as an educator is to foster a teaching and learning environment where students develop their natural curiosity and exercise their critical thinking skills, and where the values of tolerance, respect, and dialogue are promoted. She hopes to prepare TGS students to understand and accept who they are, and to equip them with the intellectual, emotional, and social tools they need to thrive in a multicultural and multilingual society.
Lee ann Thomas
Art Teacher / CAS Coordinator
Lee ann loves art – making art, looking at art, thinking about art, talking about art. Simply everything about art makes her happy!
After graduating from Rhodes University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Theory of Art and English Literature, Lee ann moved from her native South Africa to Taiwan and began her teaching career. She spent almost seven years living in Kaohsiung, teaching English, practicing yoga, making art, and creating props and costumes for independent film and theater.
Soon after completing her Master’s in History of Art through the University of South Africa, Lee ann knew she needed to combine her two great passions: teaching and art. She obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the UK’s University of Sunderland, and she spent three years teaching middle school English and middle and high school art in Cairo, Egypt.
As a practicing artist, Lee ann is a collector of memories, moments, and unexpected beauty. She coaches her students to seek out inspiration from the cultures and situations they find themselves in, and she strives to cultivate a foundation in the traditions of art and discourse.
Global Studies Teacher
Nick grew up in Long Island, New York, just 40 minutes from the hustle and bustle of New York City. During this time, Nick was fortunate enough to meet and embrace people from all walks of life. This multicultural exposure shaped the way he sees the world and helped form his philosophy of teaching. Nick left New York to earn his Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education from Virginia’s University of Mary Washington in 2006. He holds certificates for International Baccalaureate Social and Cultural Anthropology, and he has offered workshops for the International Baccalaureate Organization on the effectiveness of Anticipatory Sets as well as Service-Learning and CAS.
For the last six years, Nick taught at Mountain View High School in Stafford, Virginia, where he was well-known for inspiring students to understand what it means to be human. Analyzing, understanding, and finding solutions were the concepts at the core of both his anthropology course and Learn and Serve, a program that integrates community service projects with classroom learning. To this end, he has led students on tours through Europe and on group service-learning trips within the impoverished communities of Honduras.
Nick’s leadership also extends outside of the classroom with his coaching experience. He has been an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at the University of Mary Washington for seven years, and he was named the 2011 Free Lance-Star’s Golf Coach of the Year for his work with the Mountain View golf team.
In 2007, Nick was named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction for his work teaching United States and Virginia history. And the Washington Post named Nick an Agnes Myer Outstanding Educator and Stafford County Teacher of the Year in 2011.
Nick enjoys traveling, working with non-profits, and anything involving the ocean.
Head of Operations and weXplore
As THINK Global Head of Operations, Ashley supervises the school’s human resources and finance departments, its visa procurement for students and faculty, and its external relations, including host school development. As the director of WeXplore she brings the TGS curriculum to life by taking the offerings unique to each host city and integrating them to create meaningful educational experiences that go beyond what is possible in the traditional classroom environment.
Ashley is a yoga-practicing world traveler with an insatiable, curious spirit. Her love of travel started at the age of fourteen when she went on her first international trip; spending eight weeks in Israel awakened her passion for experiencing new cultures and gaining a different perspective on life.
Travel took a back seat during her college years, as she pursued her bachelor’s in Business Management, with a focus in psychology, from the University of Florida. She was later awarded a full merit scholarship to St. John’s Law School. After a year of study, Ashley decided to dedicate her time to working with children with autism and learning disabilities. During this time, she learned about the power of differentiated learning styles and her work became a labor of love.
As National Marketing Director at Hobbs Herder Advertising, Ashley developed and expanded the company’s territories throughout the United States, and quickly became one of the top performers on the national sales team. Though successful in her advertising career, she missed both education and international travel. This led her to embark on a new adventure as a certified yoga instructor in south India. Always a global thinker, Ashley has found a home to lay her yoga mat at THINK Global.
Head of Technology
As Head of Technology at THINK Global School, Mike is responsible for creating a world-class mobile, technology-based high school environment. He is synthesizing today’s amazing developments in technology with the innovative practices of 21st-century teaching to create new ways for TGS students to learn in the classroom through digital platforms. Mike also designed SPOT, a web-based system that TGS students and teachers use to capture and share their experiences as they travel the world.
Mike spent the first part of his fifteen-year career in computer science working as an IT specialist for IBM, where he consulted for many large organizations. In 2000, he became IT Director and computer science teacher at Appleby College, an independent school in Canada. Passionate about how technology can transform education, Mike has spent the last decade building ways to manage technology in an educational environment and integrate it into the school curriculum in order to improve teaching and learning.
Mike received his Bachelor of Science with Honors in Computer Science from Queen’s University in Ontario in 1998. He completed the Queen’s Executive Development Information Technology Program in 2005, and took Master’s-level courses in Software Engineering at the University of Waterloo from 2005 to 2007.
He is also an avid road and mountain biker, trail runner, and orienteering competitor. For fun and focus, he competes in all kinds of adventure racing events.
Director of Admissions
As the Director of Admissions, Lily oversees the areas of new student recruitment, admissions, enrollment and orientation, as well as re-enrollment for continuing students. Meeting with prospective students, their parents and advisors from around the world, she is responsible for illustrating the details of our unique school model and identifying the distinctive candidates who will become new TGS students.
Lily graduated from Yale University in 1997, where she studied philosophy and psychology. In 2003 she obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Her 15-year career includes work in college admissions and financial aid as well as corporate marketing strategy and business planning.
Growing up in the U.S., Lily traveled yearly to her birth country of Mexico, learning to appreciate cultural diversity from an early age. At 15 she chose a summer youth trip around Europe instead of the traditional quinceañera party – an event that ignited her aspiration to experience as much of the world’s cultures and geography as possible. She has visited over 20 countries on five continents, and continues exploring with her husband and intrepid travel partner, Bryan.
Lily is fascinated by the workings of the human mind and enjoys keeping up with current research in psychology. She can also be found continuing her 18-year long yoga practice, jogging outdoors or reading mysteries of every kind, from traditional literature to contemporary forensic cases.
Director of Global Travel Coordination
As Director of Global Travel Coordination, Heather is responsible for assisting TGS faculty and staff with booking international travel. She also coordinates with TGS administrators and outside counsel regarding host-country immigration needs for the school.
Heather studied psychology at Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated with honors and distinction. She is also a member of the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa.
Heather’s 16-year career includes providing immigration and international assignment support with various multinational companies. She holds a paralegal certificate as well as the designation of Global Mobility Specialist.
Heather enjoys reading and spending time with her husband, her two school-aged children, and the family’s various pets.
Director of Residential Life
Sarah was born and raised in the Quiet Corner of Northeastern Connecticut. Growing up, she was always curious about the world outside of the dense forests of the area and she launched her ?rst trip overseas when she was 16, playing saxophone in a concert band on an international music tour.
Following high school, Sarah pursued a degree in Parks & Recreation Management at the University of Connecticut – and again, the call from overseas beckoned. Sarah spent a term in Eastbourne, England, at the University of Brighton’s Chelsea School of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance.
After graduation, Sarah was selected to be the first Director of Recreation for the Town of Bolton, Connecticut, and she simultaneously worked nights as a building director for the Town of Manchester’s recreation department. Seeing a need to pursue further education, Sarah enrolled at Springfield College in Massachusetts. Sarah served as a teaching assistant in the Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies, assisting with courses Undergraduate Program Planning and the History & Philosophy of Recreation.
Sarah crafted her own Master’s program in Experiential Education, marrying traditional educational philosophy with recreation programming. She then accepted the role of Director of Student Activities at Manchester High School. During her tenure at MHS, she led dozens of overnight trips with students, large-scale special events, and one-on-one student collaborations.
During the summers, Sarah has worked for People to People Student Ambassador Programs, guiding trips across Europe, the British Isles, and Australia. In her spare time, Sarah plays soccer in a local women’s league, reads, and pursues further study in the area of organizational leadership. She looks forward to the amazing adventures of the THINK Global program.
Onsite Logistics Director
Intercultural experiences have ignited Yosefa’s inner passion and propelled her on a journey to inspire others to experience life beyond the comfort of their homes. After graduating from the University of California Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Yosefa moved to Greece to teach English. After five months living and working in a fishing village on a Greek island, she moved to Israel, where she lived on a kibbutz (a collective farming community). Yosefa had the time of her life on the kibbutz as she learned Hebrew and worked with people from around the world. Eventually, she returned to the United States to enter the “real world.”
Upon her return to the United States, she battled reverse culture shock by pursuing a career in the travel publishing industry. Eventually, she realized that there was more she could do to inspire people than simply writing about her own experiences, so she decided to obtain a Master of Arts in International Education from the School for International Training (SIT Graduate Institute). Yosefa has since worked for a large international education company as both a Site Director and a Housing Director for international students of all ages. She is enthusiastic about the cultural awareness that comes from traveling and experiencing other cultures.
Yosefa loves outdoor adventures and especially enjoys mountain-biking, running, and indoor rock-climbing.
Monique was born and raised in Westbrook, Maine, right outside of Portland. She was very active growing up, and spent countless hours running through the trees in her backyard. A competitive gymnast for 10 years, she also ran track and long-distance cross country throughout high school. She continues to run regularly and hopes to organize sports activities with the TGS students!
Monique has a natural curiosity and has always enjoyed learning new things. An honors student, she holds a degree from the University of Southern Maine in Environmental Planning and Policy, with a concentration in Ecotourism. Monique is also the first student from her university to finish the certificate requirements for Environmental Education. Her passions lie in combining environmental science and education, specifically through experiential learning. She brings teaching experience from a diverse range of volunteer activities with students spanning from preschool to college level. She was an English tutor at her university and, more recently, an Environmental Educator with the Maine Audubon Society.
Monique is no stranger to travel, and spent two years with the People to People Student Ambassador Program. She served as an ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, along with France, Italy, and Greece. In college, she served as an AmeriCorps Student Leader and completed 300 hours of community service. Her leadership activities included the development of an “Alternative Spring Break” program that allowed students to travel in order to do volunteer work. When funding failed and the program was cancelled by the university, Monique fulfilled her volunteer commitment and drove to Grand Isle, Louisiana, to complete research on migratory birds. For this, she was honored as a Student Leader and featured in a video played at her graduation commencement.
Service learning remained a passion for Monique after graduation. She spent a month aboard a sailing vessel researching the condition of the Gulf of Mexico sperm whale population in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Other ongoing interests include creative nonfiction writing, hiking, and photography. She also has an extensive collection of vinyl record albums.
Monique spent two years as a Resident Assistant in college and loves to develop fun activities that help students build relationships and a sense of community. She is thrilled for the opportunity to join TGS and its ResLIFE program.
ResLIFE Advisor / Science Teacher
Compelled by the concept of coupling travel with high school education, Daniel joined the TGS team as both Ninth Grade Science Teacher and ResLIFE Advisor by way of Sag Harbor, New York. No stranger to travel, Daniel draws from his own personal experiences in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Mexico as a catalyst for learning. As a tactile and auditory learner himself, he sees tremendous value in the hands-on lessons offered through THINK Global School’s experiential learning program weXplore.
Daniel received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from James Madison University, Virginia, before completing his Master’s in Biology Education at Stony Brook University, New York.
Daniel spent four years teaching at various schools throughout Long Island, New York, including most recently a year at Sag Harbor Middle/High School. In addition to his academic duties at these schools, Daniel was also heavily involved with the athletics departments, serving as track and field coach at Sag Harbor Middle School and wrestling coach at Hampton Bays Middle School.
Daniel has received certification as both an Emergency Medical Technician and Ocean Rescue Lifeguard. He has served as a Senior Guard and Lead Junior Lifeguard Instructor for the past 10 years, and he has participated in joint training rescue teams with the coast guard and police dive-rescue teams. The position of ResLIFE Advisor demands a strong level of competency when ensuring student safety, and Daniel’s experiences exemplify why he was selected for the role.
Daniel’s passions leave little time for the indoors. He enjoys surfing, swimming, free diving, running, and – above all else – gardening.
In his role as Controller, Razi oversees THINK Global School’s accounting department and financial statements. By maintaining a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, Razi ensures that the school operates within the framework of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP) and that it complies with non-profit accounting regulations. Aside from his normal day-to-day accounting responsibilities, Razi also works closely with the TGS Director of Admissions to process and evaluate each student’s scholarship application and calculate if any scholarship award should be given.
Razi has over 30 years of experience in accounting and finance. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brooklyn College, and recently he completed his Master’s in International Finance at Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.
Razi was born in Israel, but he has lived in the United States for most of his life. Brought up in a musical family, he enjoys playing guitar, piano, and violin in his spare time. With three active children of his own, plus the students and families at TGS, Razi feels fulfilled and lucky in life.
As Bookkeeper, Herbert is responsible for monitoring all daily financial transactions by coordinating meetings and discussions with each of the school’s departments. He anticipates THINK Global School’s needs for every country and adapts to changing situations through his understanding of domestic and international financial practices.
Herbert received a Bachelor of Accountancy from Georgia State University in Atlanta. After graduating, he worked in a tax preparation firm for one year before moving to New York City, where he worked in the accounting department of an insurance litigation law firm. Finding that the work environment clashed with his preferred hands-on and pragmatic approach, Herbert began freelancing for both commercial and non-profit companies. His commitment to the latter led him to his current role at THINK Global School.
Herbert is a member of the Association of Accountants and Professionals, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation.
Herbert enjoys volunteering at local community organizations and providing assistance to societies that support the disabled; he says the work puts an endless smile on his face.
When not attempting to stay current on industry policies and standards, Herbert enjoys non-digital photography, sketching and painting, indie concerts, and outdoor exploration.
Web Developer / Systems Administrator
Jeff is TGS’s IT Specialist, responsible for developing and maintaining the school’s in-house custom social learning platform (THINK Spot) and all other technical aspects of the school’s servers and user devices.
Jeff has spent most of his professional career working with educational technology in and out of the classroom. While studying for his Computer Programming Degree at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, Jeff landed a job working at the IT help desk. His successes there resulted in an offer from Sheridan to work a summer contract as a web developer. Following his graduation, Jeff worked for Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario, as the school’s web developer and systems administrator.
Jeff’s love for technology enabled him to blossom into the technology specialist he is today. Jeff considers himself to be a true geek; he loves building custom computers and playing computer games, and he has contributed to these interests by working as a game developer.
Serving as the school’s IT Analyst, Lee is responsible for the coordination, management, and analysis of a variety of systems within the overall suite of technology, including the student information system and the website.
Lee attended William Paterson University in New Jersey, and it was there that he began cultivating interests in technology and political science. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing in 2006.
Upon graduation, Lee moved back to Texas to begin working in Dallas. During a three-year period in the private sector working as an account manager and merchandising specialist, he began considering how to turn the positives associated with his volunteer efforts into a career. Lee accepted a position with the Seven Bar Foundation, a non-profit specializing in cause marketing campaigns for women’s microfinance initiatives. Lee began overhauling the company’s online presence by implementing a social media strategy, SEO campaign, and website redesign. Lee still maintains strong ties with the organization, providing assistance as an online marketing consultant.
When not in front of a computer, Lee can often be found outdoors bird-watching at one of North Texas’s many nature reserves.
Consultants and Advisors
Global Collaboration Consultant
Julie Lindsay is an enthusiastic, global educator, leader and innovator. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, for the past 15 years she also taught and led the use of technology in schools in Zambia, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Qatar, and China. She is now based in Australia as a consultant, presenter and workshop leader and is currently Director of Learning Confluence, Director and co-founder of Flat Classroom®.
She is also co-founder of the Flat Classroom Conference and Live Events Inc. a non-profit group that facilitates live events for students and educators globally, and co-author of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time, Pearson 2012.
Worldwide she is recognized for innovative programs using a wide array of Web 2.0 tools to transform learning for the emerging digital, “world-is-flat” educational landscape. From ubiquitous mobile technology programs to Flat Classroom® opportunities for constructivist learning, she leads the way in connecting communities and brings front line experiences to share with teachers, school leaders and policy makers alike.
In addition Julie is recognized for her academic achievements, MA Music (La Trobe University in Melbourne), MA in Education and Human Development specializing in Educational Technology Leadership (George Washington University in Washington, DC), ADE (Apple Distinguished Educator), ISTE Ambassador and ISTE International Representative on the Board of Directors, Member of Horizon Report Board of Advisers 2008-2011, and is a member of the Leadership team for both the Learning 2.012 Conference in Beijing 2012 and the Global Education Conference 2010-12 (virtual).
Dr. Mavis Lord
In her role as Counselor, Dr. Mavis Lord currently consults for THINK Global School by specializing in emotional counseling. She not only counsels students, but also works as a support for faculty and staff.
Mavis graduated from the Miami Institute of Psychology with a Doctorate in Psychology and a Master of Science in Psychology. She also graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Saint Joseph’s College with a minor in Community Health. She obtained a Certificate of Midwifery from Ashton General Hospital in England, and is a licensed Registered Nurse. She has experience in counseling/evaluation/intervention service, research in women’s motivation issues, facilitators of groups and QI Team, and facilitated domestic violence awareness groups. Also, Mavis has worked as a Cultural Diversity Trainer and as a Communication Skills Trainer.
Born on May 26th, 1942, on the island St. Kitts, West Indies, Mavis completed her formal education in London, England. During her life she has traveled to England, Curacao, Thailand, Germany, Buenos Aires, Israel, and Egypt. The mother of three children, one daughter and two sons, Mavis has a strong Christian faith base.
Melanie Anderson has been consulting with the TGS admissions office since January 2012 on various functions related to student recruitment and professional affiliations. She works closely with the Admissions Director on strategic planning, recruiting initiatives, enrollment, and database maintenance.
Melanie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Florida and has 20 years experience in the admissions field, serving as an Admissions Director for a middle/high school level boarding school for ten years. She has also served on various committees and boards, including six years as President of the Southeastern Association of Boarding Schools and four years as an accreditation committee member for AdvanceEd. In her capacity as an accreditation committee member, she traveled to various public and private schools in Florida to evaluate their adherence to specific educational standards set forth by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Melanie has visited over 20 countries, including Spain, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Germany and Switzerland; but her favorite is Bermuda. She lives in Florida with her husband and enjoys fishing, camping, reading, and spending time with family.
As THINK Global School’s College Counselor, Lane Ceylan works mainly with the 11th grade students to help guide them through the university application process. She meets with the 11th grade as a class and individually to help them research and discuss possible higher education curriculums and what the best “fit” for each student would be.
Lane grew up in Rhode Island and attended Skidmore College in upper state New York for her undergraduate degree in History and Government. Later, she received her master’s degree with distinction from Boston College in History. While at Skidmore she met her husband; she was the captain of the volleyball team and he was the student coach. True love on the courts!
In 1984 Lane moved to Istanbul, Turkey. She and her husband Sinan have two daughters, Lara and Aylin. She started work at the Istanbul International Community School shortly after arriving in Istanbul as their computer teacher and later as their College Counselor. She retired from IICS in June, 2011, and has worked as an independent careers and college counselor for her company, PoP Academics (The Power of Prep), ever since. She loves working with international students and the thrill of sharing their excitement as they receive acceptances and decide on which university they will choose to spend the next three to four years of their life. She is very excited to be a part of the TGS community and looks forward to working with all of the students at TGS.
When not working with her students, Lane enjoys tennis, reading, traveling, and playing with her dog.
In his role as College Counselor for THINK Global School, Omer Kipmen works mainly with the 11th grade students by assisting them with career planning and the university application process. Omer meets with the 11th grade students both as a class and individually to help them with their research, and he also discusses possible higher education curriculums and what the best “fit” for each student would be.
Omer was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. He attended Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey for his undergraduate degree in Chemistry. Later, he went on to receive two master’s degrees: the first in Chemistry from Bogazici University, and the second in Secondary Education from University of Phoenix.
Omer currently lives in Istanbul with his family of “three girls”: his wife Ozge and his two daughters, Layla and Yasemin. He started working at the Istanbul International Community School in 1998, where he currently serves as their IB DP Chemistry teacher, Head of Science and as the Faculty Representative on the Board of Directors. In addition to his work at Istanbul International Community School, Omer also works as an independent careers and college counselor. He very much enjoys working with the students at THINK Global School by helping them shape their futures. He finds it a privilege to be part of such a unique school, and looks forward to also getting to know the students currently in lower grades and the staff in time.
When not working with his students, Omer loves spending time with his family and friends, playing with his daughters, watching movies, and travelling.