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KDSL Global is an education consulting company launched by Kevin Simpson in 2016 in the USA and in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries.
The majority of his work in education has centered on American curriculum schools. Since 2008, he has been focused on education in the MENA region, assisted numerous schools with accreditation, training, development, and served as a thought partner with investors on school start-up projects. Simpson is co-founder of the UAE Learning Network (one of the largest online network of educators in the UAE) and leads the GCC ASCD Connected Community. In addition, he has co-authored papers on American curriculum in the MENA region with a focus on Common Core State Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, social studies, and the history of American Education in the UAE. He also owns KDSL USA which was set up in 2007.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University (USA). Currently, he is a member of the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and studying in their Institute for International School Leadership.
Dr. Sudha Govindswamy (Sunder), an affiliate consultant for the Council of International Schools (CIS), specializes in Curriculum Design and Delivery.
As a certified concept-based curriculum consultant from Dr. Lynn Erickson Institute, Whitefish, Montana, Dr. Sunder works in supporting schools unpack both the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), focusing on the conceptual shift classroom teachers need to understand, while implementing the standards with intellectual rigor and integrity. She has been engaged in work with KDSL Global in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. In addition, Dr. Sunder has worked in Oman and Turkey.
Commissioned by the International Baccalaureate (IB) and in collaboration with Achieve, she has written a part of the Relationship Study Report between the NGSS and the IB, focusing on the Assessments, Engineering Design, and Professional Development sections of the report. Dr. Sunder serves as a curriculum reviewer for the IB, is an Apple Distinguished Educator, is a SMART Exemplary Educator, and is CEO and founder of Teacher Leaders International. She earned her PG in the United Kingdom, her Master’s degree in India, and her doctorate in the United Kingdom.
A dynamic teacher trainer, with extensive international experience and a demonstrable track record of success, with a particular interest in whole school literacy.
Heather French’s strengths include the ability to critically evaluate schools and to deliver bespoke training programmes; professionalise literacy coordinators; improve the teaching of phonics using a systematic approach; advise schools on language policies who have a high number of EAL pupils; provide drama workshops for staff; deliver training on creative ways to teach grammar, spelling and punctuation; present creative ideas for the teaching of poetry; improve the standard of writing across whole school and help to instill a love of reading amongst all pupils.
Carly Muetterties is a graduate student at the University of Kentucky, working on her Ph.D. in Educational Sciences. She is currently managing editor of the C3Teachers website. C3Teachers.org, created by the writers of the C3 Framework, is an initiative to empower teachers as they implement the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards.
Previously, she was a high school social studies teacher at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Kentucky, an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program school. She earned her B.A. in Secondary Education in Social Studies, Masters in History, and Masters in German Studies at the University of Kentucky, and her Masters in Education at Georgetown College. She has taught across many ability levels on a broad range of topics including government, economics, anthropology, geography, US and world history.
Craig Gabler is a Science/STEM education consultant and the KDSL Global science consultant for American curriculum schools in the MENA region. Previously he was at Educational Service District (ESD) 113 in Olympia, Washington, beginning in 2000. At the ESD, Dr. Gabler served as Regional Science Coordinator where his primary role was to coordinate and deliver science professional development to the 44 school districts in the region.
During his time at the ESD, Dr. Gabler also served as Curriculum Director for Science & Mathematics for Tacoma Public Schools in Washington for two years. Dr. Gabler began his career in Centralia, Washington in 1975 as a high school chemistry and physics teacher. Outside of his work in districts, Dr. Gabler has been active in science education leadership. He served as a writer for the NGSS, worked on Washington state science standards writing teams, and spent several summers as Mentor Teacher in the U.S. Department of Energy's Pre-Service Teacher program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
He is currently the Retiring President of the National Science Education Leadership Association. In addition, he served a two-year term as president of the Washington Science Teachers Association and as the National Science Teachers Association's District XVII Director. Leadership and leadership development continues to be an area of focus for Dr. Gabler. He served as the team leader of the 2014 NGSS Forum held in Dubai for American curriculum schools in the MENA region. Dr. Gabler was also a featured author in Teach UAE Magazine where he wrote an article on implementing the NGSS. Dr. Gabler received a BS in Physical Science from Washington State University, an MS in Science Education from Oregon State University, and a PhD in Science & Mathematics Education from the Curtin University in Perth, Australia.
Dr. Bennett is a passionate educator who strives for equity in learning for all students. As a global consultant and an Associate Professor of Education specializing in curriculum and instruction, he has presented throughout the United States and across the Middle East, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
His previous educational experiences include teaching middle school mathematics, working as a middle school mathematics coach, new teacher mentor, and a K-12 district level instructional resource teacher in culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse communities in Hawaii. He is dual certified to teach in the elementary grades (K-8) as well as secondary mathematics (6-12). Lastly, Dr. Bennett is a National Board Certified Teacher (Mathematics—Early Adolescence), which is considered the "gold standard" in teaching certification.
Inquisitive and analytical by nature, Jacqueline Burns is a problem solver who enjoys the complexity of teaching mathematics to diverse audiences of learners. She’s passionate about creating interactive environments that allow participants embrace the joys and also tackle the challenges of teaching and learning mathematics.
Jacqueline’s work draws on more than two decades of teaching and supporting mathematics in schools that span the cultural, socioeconomic, ethnic, and ability spectra. Prior to moving overseas, she served as a Mathematics Specialist for a major metropolitan school district in the United States.
Her work has been featured in From Standards to Rubrics in 6 Steps: Tools for Assessing Student Learning, K-8, and Jacqueline has presented on mathematics topics at schools and conferences and in the UAE, Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, and across the USA. One of Jacqueline’s strengths as a presenter is her ability to bridge her practical teaching experiences with an extensive knowledge of educational theory and research. Jacqueline holds a degree in education from Jackson State University, support credentials as a Teacher Support Specialist, and teacher certification in several subject areas including early childhood education and middle grades mathematics.
Mazen Sheikh has served as the Arabic Program Coordinator at the American Community School of Beirut and Riffa Views International School in Bahrain, and has supervised the Arabic Heritage language program at the American International School of Muscat. He is an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma examiner and previously served as a NESA Arabic Advisory group member.
Mazen has conducted numerous workshops for Arabic teachers at various conferences in the Arab region and the Middle East and has worked as a consultant, curriculum developer, literacy coach and teacher trainer for the World Language Initiative of International Schools Services. Currently, he is the Director of Arabic at the American School of Dubai. Mazen holds a B.A. in Arabic language and a Teaching Diploma from the American University of Beirut as well as a certificate for teaching English to speakers of other languages from Cambridge University. He is currently completing his Master’s in Education Administration from Endicott College, Massachusetts.
Kathy Ward-Cameron is an early learning specialist, with over 30 years of experience providing professional development for early childhood programs. Kathy began her career as a kindergarten teacher and early childhood program administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from East Carolina University and a Master of Science in Child Care Administration from Nova Southeastern University.
Kathy is a pioneer in the field of early childhood education, contributing to ground-breaking research and initiatives in the area of quality teaching and learning, including the US Department of Education, the Office of Head Start, Vanderbilt University, University of Florida, and the University of Virginia. At the National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL), Kathy created Practice-Based Coaching training and materials which are used by technical assistants and coaches of teachers throughout the United States. She has presented best practices to global educational leaders at two Early Childhood World Forums. Kathy’s work is featured in the book, Conversations on Early Childhood Teacher Education: Voices from the Working Forum for Teacher Educators (Gibbons and Gibbs, 2009) and the National Elementary School Principals periodical Principal (2013).
Monique Childress has been in the education field for 13 years and enjoys incorporating technology within her lessons. Currently, she is working as a teacher in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Monique enjoys assisting KDSL Global with their conferences and events and has been since 2013. As a volunteer teacher fellow, she will collaborate with the team to develop innovative programs and materials and contribute to professional learning opportunities.
Monique has been involved in many KDSL Global initiatives such as Cognitive Coaching and she has hosted Real Men Read UAE literacy volunteers in her classroom. C. Monique Childress received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Tuskegee University in the United States of America. Monique has been working on her Master’s from Troy University in Adult Education with a concentration of Instructional Technology.
Tiffany Johnson was born in Chicago and raised in the south suburbs where she attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School. After graduation, she attended Illinois State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. During her time there, Tiffany joined The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, which was an organization that linked her with minorities in the STEM fields and awarded her scholarships and mentorship opportunities. Her interest in teaching began in high school and carried her away to her favorite place, New York!
Tiffany taught 6th grade science to a group of brilliant boys in the historic neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) Brooklyn. She is excited to return back to her roots in Chicago where she teaches 9th grade Biology in the south side neighborhood of Auburn Gresham. She looks forward to bringing her skills to ensure there is a strong culture of achievement and a fearless interest in the STEM fields. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys traveling, Netflix, reading, and spending time with her son and friends.
Hiba Ibrahim graduated with a BA degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Jordan in 2009. She started her educational career as a foreign language curriculum designer and in different institutions in Jordan and the US. Hiba was a Fulbright grantee to teach as a full time instructor at Baldwin Wallace University in 2013. She recently finished her Master’s degree in Education from the Institute of Education at University College London. She has also worked in virtual intercultural exchange programs and developing teacher training and student learning programs.
In her free time, you find Hiba blogging on women issues, Islamophobia and education through her blog Thoughts of an Arab Woman. She is also involved in some social work projects online and in Jordan.
Samantha Rodriguez was born and raised in Long Island, New York and graduated from Providence College where she studied Public and Community Service and Political Science.
Being the first in her family to graduate from college, the value of education was constantly emphasized. Samantha has spent the better part of her life working with youth in different contexts. Since graduating from Providence, Samantha has taught Math in Tsakane, South Africa, was a 9th Grade English Teacher in the South Bronx, has been a College Access Counselor, and is now a Service Learning Program Coordinator for buildOn in Chicago, Illinois.
She simultaneously attends graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago working towards an MEd in Youth Development. Samantha has always believed that all students are worthy of a strong educational foundation as well as a strong support system that helps them become successful. With her MEd in Youth Development, it is Samantha’s goal to help create spaces that intentionally provide youth with opportunities to develop their interests, skills, and abilities.