Our Team

Leadership

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Laura Estock

program director

- Auburn University, International Studies

- Gwinnett Tech College, ESL Test Administrator

 into the small details that make a big difference, believes that every person is of great value...all people should be encouraged to become lifelong learners!

Pam DiGioia

adult-education, volunteers

-University of Georgia, Social Work

-Georgia State University, MA, Applied Linguistics (TESOL, adults)

 

believes cross-cultural dynamics liven up the classroom, loves to adapt curriculum to better meet students’ needs 

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Alexander Gonzalez

technology

- Georgia Gwinnett College, Software Development

- AL2 Consulting LLC,

Managing Director 

DACA kid that started his own company and is now leveraging technology to improve the education sector

Staff

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Jin Lee

new initiatives, operations, partnerships

- Trinity College, Youth Ministry

- Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, MA Religious Education

- Golden Gate Theological Seminary, MDiv

 

bullied for being different as a kid, loves networking with people of different backgrounds to get things done

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David Kim

development, programs, partnerships

- Cornell University, History

- Fuller Theological Seminary, MAGL

didn't start school until eight years old, knows the power of education and wants to share it with kids like him

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Alicia Crewey

program, data, social media

- Georgia Gwinnett College, Mathematics

- Georgia State University, Master of Actuarial Science Program

- Harbour Oaks Montessori School, High School Teacher

 

happiest when helping and teaching others

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Laura DiGioia

program, curriculum, communications

- University of North Georgia, English Education, Teacher Certification

- Georgia State University, Masters Candidate in Literacy Education & ESL Endorsement

- Oak Hill Classical School, Teacher

 

passionate about the power of education, language, literacy, and good books

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Shelby Gonzalez

parent liaison

- Georgia State University, Psychology, Educational Psychology 

 

aspires to show her community the importance of education, so productive we're convinced she has an extra set of hands

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Aarti Nayar

program, academics

- University of Mumbai, Science & Education

- Gwinnett Technical College, Adult ESL Instructor

 

working with non-profits to connect to the wider world,

one person can make a difference, better believe it!

MinSu Kim

program, curriculum, grants administrator

- University of Georgia, Birth through Five, Special Education

- Walden University, MA in Curriculum and Instruction 

- Sharon Elementary School, Teacher

- Westminster Schools of Atlanta, Teacher

 

Christ follower, teacher, wife and mom, loves the belief and mission behind Catalyst Coalition ALL THE WAY! 

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Ginger Tankersley

adult-education, music

- Ole Miss, Music Education 

- Yokkaichi Japan, English teacher 

- Atlanta area schools, Music and Movement Teacher 

 

loves kids, cross cultural friendships and hearing about life all over the globe

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Grace Chang

admin

- University of California, Public Health Policy

 

loves dogs and wants to start her own non-profit one day 

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Gabriela Granados

program, media

- Georgia Tech, Computational Media 

-General Motors, Web Services

left the corporate sector to prepare for the adventure of teaching English overseas

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Jonathan Suh

marketing

- University of North Carolina

- International Business, IT

- One Ring, Marketing Strategist

 

learning to leverage marketing skills for a good cause

Program Advisors

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Adriana Moreno Valencia

- Chesney Elementary School, Parent Instructional Coordinator

 

a nonstop source of energy who keeps the Chesney program together, community leader

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Alexis Keskonis

- Chesney Elementary School, Reading Specialist

reading specialist providing guidance and training to volunteers

Marianne Johnson

- Gwinnett County Public Schools, Reading Specialist

-McKendree Elementary School, Reading Coach

loves promoting the love of reading through relationships

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Beth Sanders

- Georgia State University, PhD candidate, Early Literacy

-  White Sulphur Elementary School, ESL Teacher

enjoys and experienced in cross-cultural relationships 

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Ashley Romero

- University of Georgia, History

- Teach for America

- Camp Creek Elementary School, Teacher

PhD candidate at UGA with focus on family literacy, enjoys being a new mother

Board Members and Advisors

Will Rumbaugh

- Assistant Clinical Professor, Georgia State University

- Director of School & District Effectiveness, 

Georgia Department of Education

- Area Superintendent, Fulton County Schools

Helen Ho

- Founding Partner, HKH Law LLC

- Founder and former Executive Director, Asian-Americans Advancing Justice

Brick Carley

- Chairman of the Board of Elders, Roswell Community Church

- Senior Client Executive, IBM

Chenyi Zhang

- Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Early Literacy, Georgia State University

Simon Suh

- Founder, Serving Life International

- President and CEO, Lydia's Design Studio

 

Paige Havens

- Gwinnett Change Agent

- Gwinnett CARES

- Marketing & Community Relations Consultant

 

Denise Townsend

- Regional Director - Gwinnett, Dekalb, Fulton, United Way of Georgia