OUR
MISSION

Global Education Allies (GEA) facilitates opportunities and experiences for educators around the world to work together on enhancing their classrooms and schools in innovative ways.  
Our three main objectives focus on developing and expanding intercultural competencies for educators and students.
Out of the 400+ past participants, 50 are returning alumni on other programs. We have worked with 49 different schools, 10 different organizations and 6 different universities, national centers of testing or ministries of education. Many of our teachers have kept in touch for years, exchanging ideas and doing collaborative projects in their classrooms. 

OUR 

OBJECTIVES

#1

Prepare and lead educators on professional development excursions abroad to discover and learn from new educational systems and cultures.

MEET OUR STAFF

Click on a staff member's photo to learn more about them.

Directors and Program Advisors

Dr. Lora Anderson Cook
San Diego, California, US

Executive Director

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Aino Larsen
Provo, Utah, US

Director

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Ben Tillotson
Salt Lake City, Utah, US

Participant Coordinator

Board of Advisors

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Dr. Zachary Walker
London, UK
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Dr. Kara Mitchell Viesca
Lincoln, Nebraska, US
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Dr. Barbara Hong
College Station, Texas, US

Program Advisors

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Andi Webb
Arlington, Virginia, US

Singapore Program Advisor

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Celestin Rukeratabaro
Nyanza, Rwanda

East Africa Program Advisor

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Dr. Raija Pini Kemppainen
Kirkkonummi, Finland

Nordics and Baltics Program Advisor

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Joi Brown
Birmingham, Alabama, US

Alabama & Tennessee Program

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Program Fellows

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Greg Hill
Dallas, Texas, US

Alabama and Tennessee Fellow

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Stephanie Morgan
Canton, North Carolina, US

Scandinavia and The Baltics Fellow

Teacher Collaboration Fellows

Veera Toivonen
Hyvinkää, Finland
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Geoffrey Bukenya
Mukono, Uganda
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Kati Karjalainen-Rimppi
Veikkola, Finland
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Natalie Higgins
St. George, Utah, US
Glenda Lozada
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Yuko Sakata
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Jessi Lofgren
Salt Lake City, Utah, US

Guides

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Tatiana Groznaya

St. Petersburg guide

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Riitta Kemppainen-Koivisto

Lapland guide

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Helena Nilsson

Sweden guide

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Katrin Roomet

Estonia guide