Teacher leaders prompt innovation and improvement in schools by:
(Adapted from Professional Capital by Hargreaves & Fullan, 2012)
Dr. Shannon Bruce Ramaka, has taught all ages of students and most subjects, with extensive experience in the fine and performing arts. She has 17 years of teaching experience in public schools in Oregon and 12 years abroad in private schools in Zambia, Hungary and Morocco. She holds a BS in Business Administration, MS in Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership. In Oregon, she co-founded the Renaissance Charter School, was elected to the Eagle Point city council, and taught as an adjunct arts education professor at SOU. As an educational leader, she has served in Morocco, Turkey, and is currently, the Head of School at the American School of Kosova. At ASK she led the move into a new campus, established the Advanced Placement program, k-12 advisory program, Kosovo Learning Summit conference, and led the the accreditation process. She is a Learning International trainer and has lead workshops for MAIS, ECIS, and IB.
Dr. Angela Taylor, Angela Taylor, Ed.D., a certified K-12 school counselor from the United States with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Master’s in Education: School Counseling and Doctorate in Educational Leadership, has worked in the field of education for 20+ years in multicultural environments. Angela began her counseling career in Alaska before moving overseas to work in International Schools in the Far East and Middle East. Angela was instrumental with the start-up, development and growth of ADNOC Schools, from working with contractors during the construction phase, supporting students and parents through admissions, recruitment of faculty to leading the school group as the Director of Schools. She successfully led the school through the accreditation process. As an Individual Education Consultant, she worked with students and parents all over the world on university admissions. Angela lives in Saudi Arabia with her husband. She is an adjunct faculty member at Montana State University-Billings in the School Counseling Master’s Degree Program.
Rebecca J. Dahl, M.Ed. in Leadership and M.S. in Counseling, National and International Education Consultant and Advisor Rebecca has been serving individuals, education, and organizations for the past 25+ years from pre-kindergarten through university and business institutions with a focus on learners and learning, leadership and self-leadership, organizational structure/ effectiveness/management, bridging with all stakeholders - education, community, world of work, public/private, and the role/impact of culture/heritage, social, environment, and economies. She serves as a consultant/advisor/trainer, accreditation team member, member of national and international boards, presenter at state, national, and international conferences, and a Fulbright World Learning Specialist.
Liam Hammer is Head of School at Tenby Schools Johor, Malaysia. Originally from Australia, pedagogical experiences in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Republic of Kiribati whet his appetite to teach overseas permanently, and consequently, has spent the past 20 years abroad. He has taught and led schools in Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Albania and Malaysia. Currently pursuing an Ed.D through Wilkes University, Pennsylvania. Liam is passionate about equality in education, ensuring that all students and learners have the same opportunities and possibilities of success, regardless of their backgrounds or personal stories.Alongside his work as a teacher and principal, Liam has presented at a number of educational conferences around South East Asia, Europe and Australia, consulted for schools on curricula matters, assessed schools with accreditations, examined for the International Baccalaureate, and served as a board member on several educational bodies that advocate for and advise national educational boards and Ministries of Education.
Ana Cristina Oliveira Medeiros lives in Terceira, a Portuguese island, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. For 5 years she lived in Prishtina, Kosovo. She has a degree in Teaching History and Philosophy and a Master in Medical Bioethics. Since 1999 she has begun a career as a teacher in the public system but she has mainly taught in a private school. She was Head Teacher – Pedagogical Director of a Professional/Vocational school. She had the opportunity to collaborate with American School of Kosovo and develop an after school activities program. She was also involved, on a voluntary basis, with a local Kosovo NGO teaching English through Art for Children and Women and participating in literacy classes for children in risk communities. She has experience in teaching disciplines such as Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology, Physical Education, Economics, Social and Economic Development, Integration Area, to students from different grades but mainly from High School and adults with low level of literacy.
Ujkane Hana Beshiri, MA. Ed. Driven by the quote, “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world" by Malala Yousafzai, Ujkana believes children are a gift and possess diverse talents and capabilities. She considers it a privilege to help facilitate their learning and academic growth that empowers teachers and students to think creatively and critically about the power of education for positive change. An accomplished educational leader and expert in curriculum and EAL, she is now a MAP Coordinator; a 4th grade teacher leader, and a member of the Academic Leadership Team at the American School of Kosova. She strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment where each student can have the opportunity to experience success and progress. It is her goal to help encourage her students to look beyond the four walls of her classroom and view the world around them as a place of learning and discovery.
Ines Schreiner has been an educator for over 20 years in both the United States and Austria. She has experience working in SEN, Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, inclusive classrooms and school counseling. She started working as a school counselor and SEN coordinator at the International School of Carinthia, an IB continuum school offering the PYP, MYP and DP program in Austria two years ago. Recently she has been appointed Head of Secondary at ISC. Ines has completed professional development in both Elementary and Middle School teachers training at the Pädagogische Hochschule Hasnerplatz in Graz, Austria. She is a 6 year participant of the Learning and the Brain conference in San Francisco, where the newest developments of the adolescent brain research is presented. Leading professional development workshops and providing parental instructional classes is part of her work area.
Arlene Clark has a lifetime of accumulating experiences in corporate manufacturing companies, direct sales, public nonprofits, and medical institutions as well as in education. The combination of private and public perspectives, with 22 years in public secondary schools in Michigan (Expos and Creative Writing, Literature, Debate) and then 7 years in private international schools in Bulgaria (Fulbright), Lebanon (ELA and IB), and Turkey (IB), forged a strong commitment to John Dewey’s philosophy, “learning by doing” as well as to the liberal arts. The Dewey perspective crystallized during her studies at the University of Michigan, completing an MA in Vocational Education and coursework for a PhD in Comparative Education. After decades of experimenting and challenging thinking and taking action “outside of the box,” she not surprisingly values experiential development of the skills of the mind, the hands, the voice, pragmatically - which frees up creativity.
Cody Buye has worked in the international education sector for the past 10 years. Cody currently is a Mathematics Education Lecturer at NHL Stenden in the Netherlands. He is focused on preparing teachers in facilitating mathematics learning to primary school students using a variety of collaborative contextual tasks. Before working with pre-service teachers, Cody has taught high school mathematics internationally (IBDP, IGCSE, A Levels) in Canada, Australia, China, Turkey and Spain. Moreover, Cody is involved in the Texas Instruments Innovator Initiative and participated in conferences in Brussels and Istanbul. Additionally, Cody has had the honor of being a guest speaker at MAVCON (Mathematical Association of Victoria Conference) in Australia for his published work on Numeracy Intervention.