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Karen Moskowitz has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona and a law degree from Arizona State University College of Law. She worked as a lawyer in private practice, then as in-house counsel at Viad Corp. Over the years, she has volunteered in many capacities in the school district where her children attend. Karen grew up in Phoenix but has studied abroad in both Italy and Argentina. She is proficient in Spanish.


Judy Carlton is the Field Supervisor for Australia, North America, and parts of the United States.  She has been a special educator for the Board of Education in Calgary since 1981. Judy has worked as a classroom teacher, a resource teacher for the deaf and a special education consultant.  Before living in the San Francisco Bay area, Judy worked with school personnel and families to create programming for students on the Autism Spectrum who are integrated into their local school as well as providing support for mental health programs, conducting workshops and speaking at local and national conferences. Judy lived in London for two years. She has a BA from Queen’s University, Ontario and a Masters of Education from the University of Calgary.


Devra Weltman Harris is an expert in childhood education and parenting. She worked for over fifteen years as an Elementary Counselor in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Devra brings a tremendous amount of personal knowledge to her clients having continuously navigated through the Los Angeles school choices. She is a rare native of Los Angeles and truly understands the complex nature of this unique city. Devra holds a Master degree in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. She has also served on the Board of Directors of an early childhood center in the Los Feliz area. She has lived throughout the city, and now resides in the Hollywood area with her husband and three school age children.

Gail Kefauver worked in Educational Publishing for many years, most recently as an Editor for a school textbook publisher in Menlo Park, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Boston University.

Karen Lee Mah is the Los Angeles Educational Consultant, a Global Special Needs Consultant and the Recruiter/Trainer for School Choice International.  Karen has been a consultant for many years helping students manage their academics and assisting high seniors with their college essay writing and interviews.  She has worked with a neuropsychologist assessing children with learning disabilities and has written numerous articles for Kids LA Magazine.  Karen has a BS from Cornell University and is an active volunteer in her children’s schools having been co-chair of the nutrition program.  Karen has lived in Ithaca, NY, Honolulu, HI and Boston, MA.  She speaks fluent Cantonese and is proficient in French.

Carola Shepard has had leadership roles in educational outreach, fundraising, and community service programs at several independent schools. Carola was born in Rome, Italy. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s from Swarthmore College.

Georgeann Taylor is a licensed clinical social worker with over 11 years of expatriate global experience from Indonesia to Nigeria. She has worked extensively with international schools in policy development, recruiting, and strategic planning, both as a consultant and an elected Board member/officer. Georgeann’s professional background includes: organizational and operational consulting, training and development as well as counseling. Georgeann has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Texas and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and three school-age children with whom she has experienced, first-hand, the joys and challenges of living an expatriate lifestyle.

Denise Richardson was a classroom teacher in the United Kingdom for 15 years teaching K-12 and young adults with special needs. After living in the UK, she relocated to California with her school age children and lived in the San Francisco Bay area where she taught ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to children and adults. Denise also lived Miami for some time where she taught English Literacy before returning to San Francisco. Denise has a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. She also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Jordanhill College also in Glasgow.


Carrie Blum taught elementary school children in Pembroke Pines and Weston Florida (K-5) for 6 years. Carrie currently is a substitute teacher at her children’s school and is actively involved in the PTA in Weston, Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood from the University of Florida. After graduating from UF, she continued her education at Florida Atlantic University where she earned her Master’s degree in Education.

Didi Zeichner has been a Preschool Educator for over fifteen years. She obtained a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Miami Dade Community College, and her Certification in 1999.

Michael Sosbe has been an elementary teacher for the last six years in Florida. In addition to his teaching experience Michael has been a program coordinator for schools in Florida. He received his BA from Purdue University and has his Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration National-Louis University.


Patricia Muesse has been in the field of education for the past ten years. She was the Administrator and on the Board of Trustees for the Waldorf School of Atlanta for six years. Prior to her experience in education, she was an entrepreneur working in the field of advertising and marketing. She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University.


Cindy Montgomery is originally a New Englander who after graduating college set out to explore the world. In 2006 she became a college admissions counselor at Hawaii Preparatory Academy where she advised students from around the globe, working closely with top U.S. colleges and universities. She is currently a college admissions consultant for College Goals and sits on the Executive Board of the Hawaii Association of College Admission Counselors. She holds degrees in marketing and journalism and has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia and spent 5 years teaching in Japan. Cindy holds Master’s degrees in Asian Studies and Sociology from the University of Hawaii and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Sociology.


Barbara Barnes had a 30 year professional career working for major telecommunications companies. Her career moved her from Washington D.C. to New York City and finally to Chicago, Illinois. Recently, she left her corporate position and pursued a second career working within the relocation industry to assist relocating international families and ease their transition to the United States. In addition to her professional career, she is also very active in the volunteer community of the Chicago Public School system and affiliate organizations. Barbara received her degree in Humanities from Fordham University in New York.

Dara Milner is a native Chicagoan, but has also lived in Philadelphia, Amsterdam, and Atlanta. Dara has previously conducted school searches for families and is currently assisting the Chicago Foundation for Education. She has worked as a consultant for Accenture as well as at a research center at The Wharton School. Dara holds a Bachelors degree and Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.


Lisa Schwarzwald was the Director of Continuing Professional Education at St. Edward’s University in Austin, a study abroad advisor at the University of Texas at Austin, Director of Recruitment and the Assistant Director of Extension programs at IES: The International Education of Students, in Chicago, IL, and the Manager of International Admissions at Eastern Michigan University. Lisa earned her Masters of Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and her B.A. from Brandeis University. Lisa has traveled internationally throughout her professional career, and also has studied abroad in Spain and worked in Israel.

Carolyn Morrell has been a substitute teacher in both private and public schools for the past ten years. A native Bostonian, she has extensive knowledge of area schools and has had leadership roles in the parent organizations of both sectors of which her two teenage children have attended. She has advised high school students and their families on college choices, the application process and preparation for interviews. Carolyn graduated with a B.A. from Bowdoin College and spent her junior year studying in Paris. In addition to teaching, she has worked as a radio announcer for the past twenty years. She is proficient in French.


Vicki Richards is a trained Orton-Gillingham phonics tutor, and was employed for the Detroit Public Schools tutoring children with severe reading disabilities. Vicki has moved 9 times in the past 22 years, including to Luxembourg. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

New Jersey

Wendy Renshaw-Lewis has lived and taught English as a second language in the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and the United States. She is an active volunteer in her local community and at her children’s schools in New Jersey. Most recently, she was employed as a realtor, specializing in helping families relocating from overseas. She is the organizer of a networking group for women with international interests called, “Connect, Wine and Dine”. She is fluent in Spanish and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Manchester Metropolitan University, England.

New York

Linda Kiarsis is the Field Supervisor for the Greater New York Area, comprising all five boroughs of New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and upstate New York.  Linda is well acquainted with both public and private school systems, as she was a Board of Education Trustee for 6 years, a PTSA President for 2 years, and liaison to the Special Services department of a Westchester public school district for 3 years.  In the latter capacity, Linda was responsible for reading all IEPs (Individual Education Plans) and Annual Reviews and made recommendations for board approval on a monthly basis.  Linda is also School Choice’s boarding school specialist due to her extensive experience placing children in boarding schools.  Linda received her Associates degree from Briarcliff College.

Ellen Best has taught nearly all grades and classifications of special needs students in the New York area. Ellen has also successfully advocated for her own special needs teenager, acquiring a diverse network of educators, parents and services. She has been active in her own school district, helping other special-needs students and their families with educational plans, school placements, assistive technology and personal issues. Ellen is also a journalist, writing extensively on local school-related topics. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bowdoin College/University of Michigan and holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Fairfield University.

Patty Bottomley has lived in Canada and England as well as the United States. She organized the annual fundraising auction and travel fair at the American School in London when she was living in England with her family, and previously worked in Marketing at General Foods in Toronto. Patty received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from York University in Toronto.

Heather Gatto has been the national coordinator for a children’s education program for the past ten years. She advises teachers and environmental groups on how to incorporate the program into their curriculum and events. Prior to that, she worked as a senior compliance officer and financial/regulatory analyst for Depository Trust Company. She oversaw applications and memberships of banks and broker dealers. Heather received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University in New York.

Sara Pelgrift has been actively involved in a variety of schools for fifteen years. She has served on the Boards of a small private Nursery School, a College Prep Boarding School and is currently on the Board of Eaglehill School in Greenwich, CT, a nationally recognized school for children with learning disabilities. Sara was also President of the Parents’ Association at Eaglehill for three years. Sara has lived in London. Her prior experience was in finance with Morgan Stanley. Sara graduated from Connecticut College with a Bachelor’s degree in History.

Krishna Ramesh grew up in India where she developed a keen interest in Special Education because of a family circumstance. She enrolled in The Eklavya Institute of Teacher Education before immigrating to the US where she earned a second Master’s degree from Touro College in Manhattan. She is well versed in the special education field in India and the teaching and learning systems of America.

Patricia Mazuera-Johnson is a Manhattan-based Independent Educational Consultant.  A native Colombian, Patricia lived in Spain, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia, before moving to New York City.  She has more than 25 years of experience with international relocation and understands how it emcompasses cross-cultural training, integration, and the ability to navigate the international school systems.  While raising her three children, she has worked in the fields of education and relocation as a teacher, an entrepreneur, a consultant and a volunteer.  She founded and managed a relocation company in Shanghai in the early 90s and in China and Spain, she worked at several international schools as an independent educational consultant.  Currently, Patricia is pursuing a Master’s in Education in New York.  She is fluent in Spanish and knows basic Mandarin.

North Carolina

Jill Blocher has been working with children for over 10 years. Starting out as a Nanny she made a natural progression to a career in education. Jill attended Florida Atlantic University obtaining a BA in English literature and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Gifted Education. During her university years, Jill worked in a day care center and as a substitute teacher for Palm county public schools. Jill moved to North Carolina where she was employed as a 4th grade Talent Development teacher.

Adrienne Murrell Massey is an Educational Coordinator for Smart Start and Durham Public Schools in Durham, NC. A former Principal for Nobel Learning Communities, Adrienne has over fourteen years experience in educational administration, curriculum development and teaching. Adrienne holds a Master’s degree in developmental psychology and has been involved in educational research at NC State University.

Susan McKeown is currently the Director of Academic Support at Trinity Academy in Raleigh. She worked in corporate America as a Technical Support and Global Project Manager for over twelve years. She oversaw projects in France, Canada, South America and throughout the United States. Susan went on to teach in a K – 5 classrooms after which she became the Triangle Regional Director for MasterMind Prep. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, an MBA and a K – 5 license. She is especially interested in ensuring that parents are aware of their children’s education needs and wants all students to build confidence in their abilities. Susan is an experienced seminar leader for parents covering such topics as Ending the Homework wars, Calming your students nerves, and others.

SaraLee Muller has taught in the Charlotte area public schools for 6 years. She is an active member of the PTA and volunteers regularly in her children’s schools. She is also currently a certified teacher in multiple states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Sara has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from California University of Pennsylvania.


Naomi Grunzweig taught in suburban New York at a well-respected private school for children with learning disabilities before moving to London in 1999. In London she worked as a remediation specialist at an independent school for students with dyslexia. Naomi is a certified teacher in New York State and holds Masters’ degrees in both Elementary and Special Education. Her undergraduate degree is from Cornell University.


Karen Boaz has lived in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area for over 25 years. She is currently an elementary classroom teacher with over ten years of teaching experience. Prior to her teaching career, she worked in human resources management, for many national companies. She has an undergraduate degree in Business from Coe College as well as two Masters degrees in Education and Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.


Jeannie Cohen has worked extensively with Fortune 50 corporations in the areas of emerging technologies. She was elected and served as Vice President of the Lower Merion, PA School District, with oversight of the district’s Curriculum, Special Education, Facilities, Purchasing, and hiring of key personnel serving 6500 students. Jeannie is a regularly televised speaker on educational issues. She received a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Miami in Early Childhood Education.


Kathleen Barndt is a seasoned expatriate with over ten years of maintaining a high standard of performance in the international relocation industry. Noted for expertise in identifying and meeting client and family needs throughout the international relocation process. She is an effective communicator skilled in developing rapport with people of diverse backgrounds. Over a twelve-year period Kathleen spent time in England, The Netherlands, Pakistan and Nigeria where she worked for the American School in Lagos. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Anne Lasko currently works as an assistant at a Montessori school in Dallas, Texas. In her position, she supports both teaching and administrative staff with academic projects in the classroom and throughout the school. She has also served on the boards of several Parent Teacher Associations and church leadership groups. Prior to her current work, Anne was a flight attendant for 12 years and traveled both internationally and domestically. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas, Austin.

Kate Kruger is a former educator who has worked in both the elementary and middle school setting in the Dallas area. She previously taught science in the Richardson Independent School District and is experienced in working with gifted, special needs, and ESL students. She is actively involved at the school her children currently attend, and serves as a committed member of the PTA. Kate holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of North Texas and a fourth through eighth grade generalist teaching certificate.


Joan Mills has spent thirty years in the field of education. After earning a Master’s degree in Special Education, she worked with students with learning, emotional and pervasive developmental disabilities in special education, transition and mainstream classrooms. She also served as a Department Chair. She then earned a Post-Master’s Certificate and her National Certification as a School Psychologist. Joan served as a teacher and a School Psychologist for the Park City School District doing various assessments until becoming a counselor. Her last twelve years at Park City were as an Academic Counselor, where she served over 1500 students, helping them succeed in high school and understand the college application process.

Jill Sestero is the Salt Lake City Educational Consultant for School Choice International. She has been an educator throughout Utah for the last 8 years – teaching in both public and private schools. Jill holds a Utah State Teaching License and has a BS in Mathematics and a Master’s of Education from the University of Utah. Jill enjoys being in the mountains, hiking, skiing, camping, and running.


Debra Kumar serves on the Executive Board of the Somerset Elementary school district and has taken on fundraising and other financial duties for the district. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston and has been a Project Manager for a variety of corporations.

Martha Cunningham has lived in the Seattle area for twenty-five years and in Philadelphia for four years. She has a degree in Human Services and a Montessori Teaching Certificate. She has taught for schools in Wilmington, DE, Seattle, WA and Bellevue, WA. She has also been a volunteer for child and youth agencies and crisis counseling. She speaks German and is currently writing educational materials for teachers and parents.

Sara Schmidt was a teacher at an international school in Latin America before entering the human services arena in a variety of positions including Planning Director, Director of Development and Area Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. Sara is fluent in Spanish.

Tracy Moncrief is knowledgeable about programming for special needs and gifted students in the Seattle area. She has worked in education at the elementary, middle, college, and graduate school levels, and has written training materials for teachers and administrators. Tracy speaks French and has lived in Europe. She is a volunteer troop co-leader for the Girl Scouts and holds an M.A. in Social Psychology. Tracy is currently a PhD Candidate at Claremont Graduate University. Tracy also speaks French and is proficient in German and Spanish.

Abra Gibbons has lived in the Seattle area for more than 20 years and has extensive volunteer experience at her daughter’s schools, both in the classroom and serving on the PTA board. She also has over 18 years of diversified experience in the high-tech industry, working in corporate sales, channel marketing and management for several companies including IBM and Toshiba. Abra holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Iowa and a BA in International Relations from the University of Michigan.

Washington, DC / Virginia

Judith Brand is a Certified School Psychologist with over 17 years experience working both in the US and internationally. She has been a School Psychologist in American schools and Saudi Arabian schools. Judy holds a Doctoral degree in School Psychology from Fordham University and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Simmons College.



Chantal Lasry
recently retired from her work as a nursery teacher at a social center for seniors.  After forty years teaching, Chantal is now leading parenting sessions for individuals and groups as well as offering private consultations for teachers, parents and caregivers at home or at school. Her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood is from Concordia University and she has a Class 2 Diploma in Early Childhood from McGill University.

Donna Sobers
has been working in the educational sector as a coordinator with The Law Society of Upper Canada and with international students at Durham College. Her strong organizational and customer service has allowed her to be very successful in supporting and providing resources for international students studying in Canada. Donna attended Carleton University in Ottawa, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature. Donna speaks Spanish and has studied and lived in Madrid. She has also lived in the Caribbean. Donna is presently working on obtaining a Project Management Certificate at Durham College and also volunteers as a Board Member for an organization that raises funds to send kids with sickle cell to summer camp.Bob Dwyer has been a teacher for 15 years and a Principal for another 15 years in Ontario. For the past 10 years he has been the Director of International Schools in Switzerland, Armenia, Turkmenistan and China. He has assisted families/students and families move in and out of various countries including Canada and Great Britain. He is aware of the similarities and differences between the British and Canadian education systems. He is a proven professional educator who presents all the options for the best education choices to families and their children.


Laura Beaulac has a varied background within the field of Education. Laura has experience teaching in both private and public schools within Canada. Along with her Canadian teaching experience, she has also experienced living and teaching abroad in Fukui, Japan. Her experience is supported with a strong foundation in Educational theory gained from her Bachelors and Masters in Education. Over the years, Laura’s knowledge within the ESL environment stems not only from her TESL Diploma, but her passion in cross-cultural communication. Laura is currently the Director of Recruitment for a small company in Vancouver, BC.



Buenos Aires
Marcela Parodi

has over twenty years experience in the field of educaton.  She has taught English literature and language for ESL students, co-ordinated student exchange and business studies programs, helped prepare High School students for international exams, been a G-Telp examiner-invigilator and been the Principal/Headmistress/Co-ordinator at Marin School and Wellspring School in Buenos Aires.  Marcela has a Bachelor’s degree in Education Administration and is TESL/TEFL certified.


Rio De Janeiro
Lee Weingast

is a native New Yorker who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over five years, Lee Weingast has been based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil since 2002. After four years studying and working in Florence, Italy, she is fluent in Italian. With a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education from Bank Street College of Education. Lee has taught in monolingual, bilingual, special and regular education classrooms in New York and California for over twelve years. Currently, Lee teaches English as a foreign language and helps visitors find their way around Brazil as a writer for an on-line travel guide. She speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.


Mexico City

Leticia G. de la Rasilla has most recently been working in the area of International Commerce, in different countries such as Belgium, France and Spain. She has also taught various Marketing and Business Administration subjects at a Spanish University. She is  trilingual (English, French and Spanish) with a degree in Law.


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