Naomi Blum is Education Engagement Coordinator at T2TGlobal. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Indiana University Bloomington and a Master’s Degree in Education from University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, she taught middle school science to students with different learning styles. She built a curriculum and designed original and engaging lessons to reach all learners. After taking time to begin a family, Naomi started her own concierge errand service, The Errand Fairy. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with her two children.
Manuela has over ten years of experience in partnership building and creative youth program development, gained in various NGOs and nonprofits around the world. A Chilean and Londoner, Manuela has always had strong connections with the Latin American community and spent two years traveling and working in the region. In 2015 she made the move to Guatemala to work with a small social enterprise on the Pacific Coast before joining T2TGlobal. She now makes her home in Barcelona, Spain. Manuela earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Multi-Media Journalism at England’s Bournemouth University as well as a Master’s Degree in Anthropology of Childhood, Youth, and Education at Brunel University in London.
Dinora Lucía Dávila Villagrán, known as Lucía, oversees T2TGlobal’s academic structure as well as the pedagogical aspect of all programs in Guatemala. She provides the local context and bridges cultures to ensure T2TGlobal’s programs are an open space for collaboration and sharing. She also creates the metrics and assessments for analyzing impact. Lucía is a native Guatemalan who completed studies in linguistic sciences with an emphasis on translation and interpretation at the National State University of Guatemala. She has worked as a professional translator and interpreter and has volunteered with several NGOs focusing on health, social, economic, spiritual, and academic development in rural Guatemala.
Hans is Project Coordinator and a graduate of the National State University of Guatemala, where he completed his studies in linguistics. He has worked as a translator and interpreter on several T2TGlobal trips, including the inaugural one to Santa Avelina. Hans in-country presence extends to managing business dealings for T2TGlobal. Hans has done volunteer work in rural areas of Guatemala, as well as coordinating volunteer groups that served in a project area of the landfill area of Guatemala City.
Callie is Director of Programs, South America. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and is working on a graduate degree in Bilingual Education through the University of Texas at the Permian Basin. She has been an instructional coach at a K-8 bilingual/global public school in Tarboro, NC. Callie taught in North Carolina in conjunction with Teach for America and worked for TFA to coach and train new teachers during their Summer Institute. She also has lived and taught in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic and continues to work seasonally in Costa Rica directing experiential service-learning leadership programs for teenagers.
Katie Korsyn is Education Leadership Coordinator and an international development professional with a focus in access to and quality of education. Since 2013, she has lived in Guatemala, working as a primary and early childhood educator alongside various education-focused organizations. In 2016, Katie began formalizing her own project, Camino a la Escuela, an early education program for those at high risk of becoming child workers. She has participated in conferences, projects, and trainings to encourage progressive education in Guatemala, especially promoting indigenous-language education. Originally from Philadelphia, Katie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development with a minor in Spanish and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Cultures from The George Washington University.
Rita McGlone is Recruitment Assistant who has extensive experience in a variety of entrepreneurial settings. As a resident of Ohio, she founded two successful, self-supporting businesses in massage therapy and in breeding, showing, and selling alpaca. She has also worked as a branch office administrator for Edward Jones and the 3X company. As a member of the T2TGlobal family (literally! she is Executive Director Chadd McGlone’s mother), Rita brings her considerable organizational skills to the recruitment process, serving as a point of contact for US teachers who participate on trips. In her spare time, Rita enjoys being with her family, friends, and church groups, as well as traveling, reading, and helping others.
Lauren Miller is Operations Assistant who has come on board after working as a T2TGlobal intern during her senior year of college. Lauren graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in 2017 with a major in psychology. She has extensive leadership experience as the president of her sorority and as a manager in a fast food restaurant. A supporter of the nonprofit world, Lauren has two key qualifications: a can-do attitude and a gift for organization. When Lauren is not in the T2TGlobal office, she can be found either taking care of people’s dogs and children or cheering on the St Louis Cardinals.
Michelle Pratico is Executive Vice President of T2TGlobal. A native Midwesterner, Michelle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Lake Forest College in Illinois, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in Computer Graphics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been awarded honorary membership in Associated Women in Mathematics. Michelle’s career has focused on the operational side of various businesses, and her interests put her solidly on the forefront of the emerging STEAM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).
Saoirse (“Seer-sha”) Scott is Outreach Coordinator. A senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she is majoring in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Public Policy. She developed her Spanish fluency outside the classroom by volunteering with El Centro Hispano in Carrboro, NC. She interned with T2TGlobal in Antigua, Guatemala, for a summer, and her skills proved so valuable that she was hired immediately upon her return to the US. She is originally from a small town in the NC mountains. In her spare time, she sings with a campus acapella group called the Tarpeggios.
Alix Van Zandt is Director of Programs for Central America. She comes to T2TGlobal following two years developing curriculum and training local teachers for Colegio Impacto, a school in rural Guatemala that empowers indigenous girls through education. She has lived in Guatemala since 2014 when she was placed in Antigua, Guatemala, as a PILA (Princeton in Latin America) Fellow at Antigua International School where she taught high school social studies. Originally from Seattle, WA, Alix earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford University in Political Science and Latin American Studies, respectively. She has lived and worked abroad in Panama, Spain, and Guatemala.