Commitment to a Global Community
Global Playground’s Global Fellows spend two years visiting and teaching at Global Playground’s project sites. They work to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue using local curriculum and develop the Global Playground community by connecting students to one another at our different sites. Since the Fellow Program began in July 2010, Teaching Fellows have developed innovative curricula that are used in classrooms across the world.
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GLOBAL FELLOW 2018 - 2020
Ms. Shields is a graduate of Providence College, with a degree in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Sociology. She graduated summa cum laude in the spring of 2018. During her time at Providence College, Ms. Shields was an active member and President of the Providence College Women's Rugby Team. She began teaching in schools around Rhode Island her sophomore year, and has taught in classrooms ranging from first to sixth grade. She completed her general education student teaching in a fifth grade classroom in the fall of 2017, and her special education student teaching in a resource room servicing first and third grade students in the spring of 2018. Ms. Shields interned for the Nhaka Foundation in Zimbabwe during the summer of 2016, and studied abroad in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the fall of 2016. She looks forward to continuing working in education with Global Playground, and aspires to a future career in teaching and education policy.
THAILAND FELLOW 2015-2016
Amanda served as Global Playground’s 2015-16 Thailand Fellow. Amanda lived and taught at a high school in Mae La Noi, Thailand, in the Northern province of Mae Hong Son. Her responsibilities included teaching English, building Global Playground’s relationship with the school community, and connecting students at the school with children at Global Playground’s other project sites around the world.
VIETNAM FELLOW 2016
Scott served as a Fellow at the Pa Nho school in the Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province of Vietnam. This Fellowship was completed during a gap year taken while Scott was a student at the College of William & Mary. Scott served as Global Playground’s first Fellow in Vietnam.
GLOBAL FELLOW 2015-2017
Kendall was Global Playground's first Global Management Fellow before being promoted to Executive Director in 2017. She served at each of Global Playground’s school sites in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda, Honduras, and Sierra Leone between 2015-2017 while serving as the Global Fellow.
Promoting the Power of Education
The Board makes all major decisions about the future of Global Playground. From approving new project sites to mentoring Teaching Fellows, Board Members remain involved in the process as Global Playground works to achieve its mission.
S. Douglas Bunch
Mr. Bunch is a partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. He holds a law degree from the William & Mary School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Classical Studies from the College of William & Mary, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Additionally, he holds a Master’s degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In addition to being Co-Founder and Chairman of Global Playground, Mr. Bunch is Founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes the study of Latin and Greek in the elementary and middle school classroom; and a member of the Board of Directors of Virginia21, an organization that advocates on behalf of college and university students in Virginia. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, an organization that promotes the study of foreign languages more broadly. In 2016, the Governor of Virginia appointed Mr. Bunch to the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary, the university’s governing board.
Edward F. Branagan III
Mr. Branagan is currently the Regional Director of Operations for Northern Europe at the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE). He previously served as Associate Dean, Finance and Student Affairs at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary where he helped establish the new graduate school of Public Policy. He was also previously a Project Manager and an Internal Consulting Analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in New York, New York. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations, with a concentration in Conflict Management, from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from the College of William & Mary. Mr. Branagan has studied in San Jose, Costa Rica, taught English to students in Zenica, Bosnia, studied at Johns Hopkins University’s Bologna Center in Bologna, Italy, and completed a one-year David L. Boren Fellowship in Russia.
Jason J. Maga
Mr. Maga has had numerous opportunities to visit developing countries, where he has seen firsthand the tangible difference that small organizations like Global Playground can make in people’s lives. Prior to his involvement with Global Playground, Mr. Maga served as Treasurer and a founding Board member of One Acre Fund, a nonprofit now serving 400,000 farm families in rural Africa. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the College of William & Mary. Mr. Maga is Director, Host Railroads at Amtrak, where he leads initiatives to improve on-time performance of passenger train services nationwide.
Ms. Lorenzen is currently completing a full-time AmeriCorps term as a Reading Specialist at a Washington, D.C. public school. She is a 2015 graduate of the College of William & Mary with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in public health. As an undergraduate, Ms. Lorenzen spent many years serving in William & Mary’s Student Assembly, Residence Life, and in the Williamsburg, Virginia community in several capacities. In the summer of 2014, Ms. Lorenzen was an Office of Leadership and Community Engagement Fellow for William & Mary and a service year intern for the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). Ms. Lorenzen has also served as a counselor for a leadership development camp for high school youth (2014, 2015) and Teaching Assistant for the William & Mary D.C. Summer Institute. In August 2015, Ms. Lorenzen became Global Playground’s Global Fellow, and in August 2016, the Board of Directors of Global Playground promoted Ms. Lorenzen to the rank of Deputy Executive Director. Ms. Lorenzen was elected Executive Director of Global Playground in July 2017.
A. Joseph Jay
As a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Sheppard Mullin, Mr. Jay represents corporations and individuals in a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, federal Inspectors General, and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. He conducts internal and independent investigations for a wide range of organizations -- ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to public and private universities. Mr. Jay is also a seasoned international trade attorney with expertise in advising corporations and financial institutions in economic sanctions and related matters, as well as representing buyers and sellers in covered transactions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Mr. Jay earned his law degree from the William & Mary School of Law, where he was honored with the Phoenix Award for service to the university. He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the College of William & Mary, where he was recognized for his leadership, scholarship, and service by election to Omicron Delta Kappa.
Jayne W. Barnard
Professor Barnard is the James Goold Cutler Professor of Law Emerita at the William & Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia. She currently serves as the Coordinator of Academic Events for the 100th Anniversary of Women at William & Mary (2018-19). She also serves on the boards of WHRO Public Media, the FINRA Foundation for Investor Education, and the Williamsburg Farmers Market.
Global Playground Volunteers
Our Unique Model
Global Playground operates with a staff of dedicated volunteers spanning the globe from the U.S. to the Philippines. These volunteers, some students themselves, work with Global Playground to achieve our mission, allowing nearly all donations to go directly to Global Playground programs.
Ms. Pinnoi is a graduate of the College of William & Mary with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She is from Bangkok, Thailand and tries to visit as often as she can. While in Thailand, she has worked with hill tribe villages in Chiang Rai and was part of the volunteer effort following the 2004 tsunami. During her time at William & Mary, Ms. Pinnoi volunteered with Williamsburg Parent Co-Op, a local Williamsburg preschool. Ms. Pinnoi is currently a paralegal working at a plaintiff litigation law office in Washington, D.C., with aspirations to be a management consultant and to pursue an MBA degree.
Director of Learning and Development
Mr. Lupu runs an independent consultancy practice dedicated to decoding the language of learning in all contexts. He is a certified facilitator of Equity-Based Critical Friends Groups and has helped train professionals and manage teams for small businesses, non-profits, and schools throughout California. Before consulting, Mr. Lupu taught Math and Science to middle and high school students in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He recently completed a year-long coaching program focusing on leadership, consulting, and development, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. Mr. Lupu holds Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Curriculum Development Specialist
Dr. Gully is a retired educator with 35 years of experience teaching students with disabilities and gifted children, pre-K through 12, and five years of experience administering the gifted program in Alexandria, Virginia. She completed her masters in Special Education at Vanderbilt University and her doctorate in Gifted Education at the College of William & Mary. At William & Mary, Dr. Gully had the opportunity to work with the top curriculum developers in gifted education and assist in the administration of the Center for Gifted Education’s Summer Enrichment Program. Her work also includes gifted program evaluation, research on gifted children with disabilities, teacher preparation, and the development of a handbook for parents of gifted children.
Billy Binion is a freelance journalist as well as editor and content director of AllSides.com where he writes about politics and media. His work has been featured in HuffPost, Washington Examiner, Reason, The Saturday Evening Post, and The Virginian-Pilot, among others. Previously, Billy worked as a communications consultant in support of NATO. In that capacity, he served as a writer and editor for several publications and assisted with media and video design efforts for multiple international exercises. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia with degrees in Global Development Studies and Music.
Web Systems Manager
Mr. Keating is the Senior Web Developer at the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation. He has been an IT professional for over twelve years working in both real estate and the nonprofit sector. Mr. Keating has several technology awards for his nonprofit work including “Developer of the Year” from Blackbaud, a nonprofit technology company, and runner up in the NPower “Technology Innovation Award.” Prior to his work at the U.S. Naval Academy, he was the IT Director for a medium-sized real estate company.
Social Media Intern
Ms. Andreoli is a graduate of the College of William & Mary with a degree in Psychology and Kinesiology. During her time at William & Mary, she studied abroad in Seville, Spain and volunteered with children teaching English. This experience led her to move to Madrid after graduation to work as a full-time ESL assistant at a public school. She speaks Spanish fluently and is passionate about issues related to international education and global health.
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