Head of School, Mr. Alun Cooper, M.A.Ed., began teaching in England in 1974 and taught in Argentina, Chile, Liberia, Egypt, Bahrain, Vietnam, and Belgium before joining TGS in 2012. He has served as a Boarding House Master, Head of English, Secondary Principal, IB Coordinator, and Head of School.
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.
Maya Bourgon joins us this year in the dual roles of ESL teacher and ResLIFE Advisor. She holds an Honours degree in Communications, a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education, all three of which were attained at the University of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada). While completing the coursework for her Honours degree, Maya had the opportunity to participate in an exchange program and study at the University of Sydney for a semester. While Down Under, she traveled across most of Australia’s East Coast and New Zealand’s South Island, meeting people from all over the world in the process.
Throughout her master’s studies, Maya placed a keen focus on learning about the education of women outside of North America. Of particular interest to her are the women living in Afghanistan and Kenya, an African country which borders the location of this year’s TGS intersession in Tanzania. Due to the similarities between Kenya and Tanzania, Maya hopes to expand upon her knowledge of East African women by using the intersession as an experiential learning outing.
Prior to joining THINK Global School, Maya has taught ESL at the primary level, and more recently she tutored students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Her ESL background includes vocabulary enhancement, essay writing, brainstorming, editing, sentence structure, and grammar. Maya has also worked with children of all ages as a camp counselor, swimming instructor and lifeguard, and she looks forward to instilling the qualities of leadership and teamwork in TGS students through her role as a Residential Life Advisor.
Maya comes from a family of teachers and is fluent in both French and English. She enjoys travel, horseback riding, hiking, and swimming. Most of all, she loves learning about different cultures and trying new foods, both of which should come in handy in her new roles at TGS!
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.
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.
Jane Cheu grew up in Singapore, a bustling little island state in Southeast Asia where people of different ethnic and religious background live in organized harmony. Although she was lucky to meet many colorful characters from all walks of life during her formative years, Jane was never satisfied in just seeing the world going by before her. Hence, four years after she received her teaching diploma from the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, she decided to move to New York and pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Living in the Big Apple encouraged Jane to step out of her island state mentality and adopt a more global mindset. Upon her graduation, Jane worked for multi-national media companies like the American Broadcasting Company in New York and Discovery Asia Inc. in Singapore for a few years, but these jobs never gave her the satisfaction that teaching does.
In 2003, Jane was approached by an Indonesian school to teach Chinese in Jakarta, Indonesia. This was a unique opportunity as it came about after the removal of a three-decade-long ban on anything related to Chinese culture in Indonesia. This included the use of Chinese names and surnames in official documents, Chinese schools, and the celebration of any Chinese-related festivals. These Indonesian students were the most enthusiastic bunch that Jane ever had. They were eager to do anything that was Chinese-related — like games, stories, movies, and even Chinese workbooks. But their enthusiasm was nothing compared to their parents. Many times Jane had parents come up to her, telling her about their “underground” Chinese-learning experience during the ban; how they had to secretly smuggle in Chinese textbooks, tune in to the Malaysian Chinese radio stations or go to a private teacher’s house, under cover, to learn Chinese. Prior to her stay in Indonesia, it never occurred to Jane that learning Chinese could be such a dangerous privilege. Her love for the language and culture seemed pale and shallow next to these Indonesian parents. Jane began to ask herself what she would do if she was in their shoes. Would she be willing to risk being thrown into jail to learn her mother tongue? That year, Jane enrolled into Nanjing University’s Master of Arts Program to rekindle her love for the Chinese Language and Literature.
After completing her Masters in Chinese, Jane was fortunate enough to teach the language to a diverse group of international students from Dubai and Singapore, which consisted of different ages, learning abilities and backgrounds. These students challenged Jane to rethink her teaching strategies. She began to research, locate and incorporate a wider variety of resources to accommodate her students via visual, audio, tactile, and kinesthetic methods. Integrating literature, games, songs, and technology to help each student to develop an appreciation for the Chinese language and culture became second nature. As a teacher, Jane is always a student. She does not consider herself the sole provider of information. She learns with and from her students. That’s what makes teaching exciting for her. It is a forever ongoing process of learning.
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.
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.
After completing a challenging B.A degree in physics at Oxford University’s Lincoln College, Guillermo enrolled at the Open University (Milton Keyes, England), where he attained a Postgraduate Certificate in Systems Engineering. While his physics courses provided him with mathematical and scientific insight, his time studying systems engineering offered a more systemic outlook on problem solving, which he enjoyed and still applies often. At Oxford, he had the opportunity to meet excellent educators and students, and he has taken that experience with him to every new adventure he encounters.
Guillermo’s professional career includes 5 years in the renewable energy industry, and he is currently in his fourth year of teaching. After moving away from the energy industry, Guillermo completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PCGE) through Nottingham University, in which he was awarded a distinction.
Guillermo’s years of work in the renewable energy industry were focused on researching renewable sources of energy, particularly photovoltaic technology and artificial photosynthesis using synthetic dyes. He was also an engineering apprentice for a successful group of companies that process the pollutants produced by the petrochemical industries, through the use of natural microbial remediation. However, he found that his passion does not lie in engineering, but rather in the kindling of minds.
During his PGCE training, Guillermo became very curious about alternative views of education and schools that applied these varied methods, and chose to begin writing essays on them. Near the end of his third year of teaching, he came across THINK Global School, and, needless to say, found himself very excited to have come across a project in which he could engage with so many of his passions.
Guillermo has always made an effort to travel with his students whenever the possibility presents itself. On two separate occasions, he has had the privilege of taking his most curious and able students to visit the CERN facility near Geneva, Switzerland, where the world’s leading particle physics researchers do their work.
Outside of work, Guillermo enjoys striking up rhythms on an African hand percussion instrument known as the djembe, which he swears by as a form of stress relief. When not laying down the beat, you can also find Guillermo reading philosophy or staying fit through an active regimen of yoga, dance, martial arts and field sports.
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.
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.
Tessa Siebrits brings over 30 years of experience teaching Biology at the High School level to her role as Science teacher, including 15 years instructing at the International Baccalaureate level (12 of which she spent as an IB Biology Examiner). Over the course of her extensive teaching career, Tessa has also instructed General and Co-ordinated Sciences, Physics and Chemistry for students up to the 10th grade level.
Tessa received her formal education at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where she obtained a double major in Botany and Zoology. Ten years into her teaching career, she returned to the University of Cape Town to attain a degree in sports science. A keen outdoor enthusiast, Tessa enjoys camping, skiing and scuba diving when the opportunity arises. In parallel to her teaching career, Tessa also had a very successful career coaching track and field, where she specialized in sprint and hurdles events.
During the course of her three-decade long career, Tessa has spent time working in her home country of South Africa, where she taught students in the cities of East London and Cape Town. She has also had the opportunity to travel the world and immerse herself within a variety of different cultures through her work at several distinguished international schools. Prior to joining on at THINK Global School, Tessa spent two years teaching at the Vienna International School in Austria; 2 years at the Tashkent International School in Uzbekistan; 6 years at the Nanjing International School in China, and 5 years at the Bilkent University Preparatory School in Ankara, Turkey.
Similar to many of the faculty at TGS, Tessa maintains an avid interest in all things cultural and looks forward to spending time at the many opera houses, concert halls, museums, and art galleries found throughout each of our unique host cities. Her first love, however, is ballet, and she immensely enjoys teaching young children the foundations of the graceful dance.
Fun fact: Tessa loves sweets (especially licorice).
After completing certificates in exercise prescription and event management at the New Zealand Institute of Sport, Adam continued on with his education at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), where he gained a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation with a Concentration in Sports Science. He developed an interest in education during this time, and stayed on at AUT to gain a Postgraduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching, subsequently becoming a qualified Physical Education and Health teacher.
After graduating from AUT, Adam relocated to the Bay of Plenty — a region on the northeast coast of New Zealand’s North Island — to begin his teaching career. While here, he spent three years teaching Physical and Outdoor Education at two high schools. During this time, Adam gained valuable coaching experience, particularly in basketball and volleyball.
During school holidays, Adam would work as a tour manager for a company specializing in tours of New Zealand for foreign exchange students. More recently, he gained his ISA (International Surfing Association) level one surfing instructor’s qualification, and spent the summer of 2012-2013 providing one-on-one and small-group surfing tuition.
In 2011, Adam traveled around the world and experienced a variety of different countries and cultures. During this year away from teaching, he was fortunate enough to visit The United States, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, England, Morocco, and Iceland –meeting many interesting people along the way and immersing himself in a range of different cultures.
By the time Adam returned home, he realized that his experiences during his travels and his involvement with foreign exchange students here in New Zealand had led to a serious interest in international teaching. When the opportunity to work at THINK Global School arose, he jumped at the chance.
Adam is passionate about keeping active, eating well, and living a healthy lifestyle. In addition to maintaining a generally high level of fitness, Adam likes to involve himself in many different sporting activities. Basketball has been his preferred sport for much of the past fifteen years, and he has played at the representative level in New Zealand. Other activities he enjoys include surfing, fishing (including kayak fishing), mountain biking, snowboarding, and rock climbing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Finance Coordinator, 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.
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.
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.
Jon began his formal education by earning an A.A.S. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing. Later, he went on to the State University of New York College at Fredonia to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science. The combination of these degrees has provided Jon with a greater understanding of the world around him, and how the smallest of problems can affect the global community — knowledge he now applies in his role as ResLIFE Advisor.
Jon’s professional career began taking shape in the summer camp environment. During his 11-year employment at Camp Merz, BSA, Jon received multiple promotions and saw a continual increase in his responsibilities; initially employed as a counselor in training, he eventually worked his way up the ranks to the position of Assistant Camp Director.
In the latter position, Jon played a crucial role in the recruitment of campers, doubling camper enrollment within just five years. This was achieved through his creation of a program providing young campgoers with an equal focus on education and adventure during their stay. Jon continues to be passionate about the program and scouting, and he returns to Camp Merz, BSA every summer to volunteer his time and skills. In addition to his work at Camp Merz, BSA, Jon spent 3 years in college as a Residential Life Advisor, working primarily with freshman students to help them transition into college life.
To gain a better perspective of different educational programs, Jon took time off from Camp Merz , BSA in 2012 to work as a Residence Director at Yale University’s Exploration Summer Program (EXPLO). EXPLO provides talented students in grades 9-11 with an opportunity to live and learn on the Yale campus for three weeks during the summer. Through these cumulative work experiences, Jon’s passion for working with youth was ignited, paving the way for his current position as ResLIFE Advisor at THINK Global School.
Jon is still very involved in the Boy Scouts of America, and serves as an advisor to a local Venture Crew made up of his summer camp staff. When he is not volunteering or working, Jon enjoys cycling, trekking adventures, and spending time in the great outdoors.
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).
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.
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.
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