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Our People

We are a driven team with a vibrant community. Find strength in diversity and team spirit in shared purpose, we cherish the chance to make a unique contribution together.
Poland

John Smith

Software Engineer

Simon co-founded Inspiring Teachers (as LRTT) in 2011 to expand professional learning opportunities for untrained teachers in southwestern Uganda.

At the time, he was a high school science teacher. But as Inspiring Teachers has grown, he has also worked in startups and built partnerships for large nonprofits.

Simon is a Teach For All Social Innovation Fellow and Global Social Benefit Alumnus. He has an MA in Educational Leadership and advises the World Bank’s coach team on teacher development programs.

Tom co-founded LRTT with Simon and others in 2011. At the time he was leading in-country operations for Volunteer Uganda, an organisation he and Simon setup to in 2008 to support education in rural Uganda.

Tom oversees product design and technology for the platform and set of tools that make Inspiring Teachers programmes possible.

Tom is an Agora Partnerships Alumnus and as an expert in digital media production, he oversees our film programmes capturing footage of inspiring teaching around the world.

Lukasz is an experienced software engineer and has led technology development at Inspiring Teachers since 2016.

He builds our apps for teachers and the portals we provide to our partners, team leaders and Fellows, continually finding new ways to make our programs more effective.

Before Inspiring Teachers, Lukasz was a software engineer in high growth startups. He worked at LiveChat Inc and before that, Storygami, where he was part of the 500 Startups Accelerator.

Gloria was part of Inspiring Teachers’s first program in 2011 and has since gone on to co-lead it in Kanungu district.

An experienced educator, Gloria led our early work running communities of practice with STiR Education from 2014-16. Since then, she has managed our coaching programs in Kanungu.

In 2019, Gloria was certified as a World Bank TEACH Master Trainer, and today, she supports our product design team by managing pilots in Kanungu.

Charles leads Inspiring Teachers program delivery, evaluation and systems partnerships in Uganda.

He brings a decade of experience managing teaching quality-focused research projects. Through his work at Mango Tree, RTI and Ichuli Institute, he managed dozens of research projects and randomized trials, using technology to support data collection by large teams of enumerators.

Charles’s experience has given him powerful insights into challenges and opportunities around teacher development in low-resource contexts. He uses these insights to help our product and program design team build impactful products and programs.

Christina supports teachers who join our Fellowships from the interview through to the program stage. She first joined as a Fellow in Tanzania in 2018 and has stayed committed to our work supporting teachers.

Based in San Francisco, she is an experienced teacher and enjoys helping new teachers find their feet in their classrooms and developing innovative math programs.

Frank has managed Inspiring Teachers coaching in the Kanungu District since 2011.

He has 15 years of teaching experience and is active in grassroots community mobilization, including a Sugar Daddy Awareness program and Pastoral Leads network we set up in partnership with U-SHAPE, a sexual health and rights-focused organization.

In 2019, Frank was certified as a World Bank Teach Trainer, and he has since led our efforts using observations to identify needs and track the impact of our programs in Kanungu.

Nicolas has overseen finance and analytics at Inspiring Teachers since 2016. He brings ten years of experience in banking and data services, which has given him a strong analytical skill set that he uses to help us continually improve our programs.

Nic is a Global Social Benefit Institute Alumnus and works closely with our partners and program teams to help them run efficient, data-driven and impactful programs.

John is an experienced teacher and has worked with Inspiring Teachers since 2010. Today, he supports our programs in Kanungu District when our Fellowships are running and uses his experience as a World Bank Teach Observer to help assess our impact on teaching in classrooms.

Priscilla has headed our Uganda Hub since we built our lodge on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Doubling as a training facility, the lodge is Inspiring Teachers’s spiritual home, and it provides the perfect base to run both design sprints and ongoing programs from.

Priscilla is a respected community leader, recognized for the contributions her work has made in Kanungu, and has been part of our team since 2011.

Erin first joined Inspiring Teachers as a Fellow in 2018 and went on to lead programs in Malaysia and Tanzania.

She brings a unique combination of education and communications experience, having moved from working in communications to teaching in 2014.

Today, alongside her teaching, Erin supports Inspiring Teachers in communicating our work and managing our newsletters. She also continues to support our Fellowship programs in-country each summer.

Lucy first joined Inspiring Teachers as a Fellow in Rwanda. She trained as a teacher working in inner-city schools before leading the Maths Department at an international school in Nairobi.

As part of our program design team, Lucy has done instructional design work, developing coaching materials and resources to help teachers use assessment in their classrooms. In addition, she is an active member of the Teach For All community.

Denis is a digital marketing expert and helps us run data-driven marketing campaigns.

He started his career at Google and now runs an innovative school in Lviv, Ukraine.

Igor is an experienced DevOps engineer and oversees Salesforce development at Inspiring Teachers. He is an experienced developer with a passion for using technology to impact and has often joined our tech team for product development sprints in Ukraine, London and Poland.
Joseph leads the Ghana National Association of Private Schools in the Ashanti Region and has also led relationship management with schools in our region participating in our programs.
Santoshi is the co-founder and CEO of Mantra4Change. Since 2014, he has been leading the organization to run programs for teachers and school leaders in Bangalore and increasingly more widely across Southern India. Santosh and his team have led the relationship management and coordination of our Fellowship program in Bangalore since 2014.
Zahira leads Teach For Malaysia’s Fellowship program and has led our relationship management with teachers and school leaders working with our Fellows in the region since 2015.
Bhupi is the Founder and Executive Director of Volunteers Initiative Nepal and has also led on relationship management and coordination of our support program for schools in the region since 2014.
Dinesh is the Programs Director at Volunteers Initiative Nepal and has also led on relationship management and coordination of our support program for schools in the region since 2014.

Geoff is the Chief Product Officer at Babbel, one of the world’s largest language learning apps, where he designs and oversees the development of products for millions of users.

He brings this experience, alongside his background in software engineering and education at Cambridge Assessment, to advise our team on product leadership, design and development.

Geoff was born in South Africa and has contributed to various innovative initiatives at the nexus of education and teaching.

Sarah is a longstanding trustee of Inspiring Teachers, and before that, our partner charity Inspiring Futures. She first got involved in 2008 when she worked with Simon and Tom as a volunteer supporting schools in Kanungu District.

She works for Peabody, a UK housing association, where she designs and oversees innovative community mobilization programs. She is also a trustee of leading mental health charity, Together for Mental Wellbeing.

Chaitra has been an advisor to our leadership team since she supported our monitoring and evaluation work in Uganda in 2015 while studying at Harvard School of Education.

Chaitra founded Leadership Institute for Teachers (LIFT) and led large scale teacher training programs in Nigeria and East Africa for New Globe. She is passionate about finding scalable ways to support teachers. Today, she is Head of Teacher Development at Teach For All.

Sundar has been advising the Inspiring Teachers leadership team on business strategy since he supported Simon and Nicolas during the 2018 Global Social Benefit Institute Accelerator.

He brings 25 years of experience in Silicon Valley, where he leads a large business unit for Applied Materials, a leading microprocessor development firm.

Sundar was born in India and is passionate about using his experience to support innovative organizations expanding access to quality education.

Mahlon first joined Inspiring Teachers as a Fellow in India in 2015 when he was a history teacher. After that, he led programs in Belize and became a training lead at Ark Schools before becoming our first head of training design.

As well as being an expert in teacher training design, Mahlon is an experienced diversity and inclusion training leader and advisor. Now based in Canada, he continues to play a supporting role in our efforts to expand diversity and inclusion across our community.

Chris has three decades of experience building great teams and organizations that make an impact at scale. Over his career as a venture capitalist, he has been chair of leading organizations, including high-growth startups like Shazaam, to the leading girls’ education nonprofit Camfed.

Chris has coached Simon and Tom and advises us on finance and fundraising. Born in South Africa, he is passionate about building great organizations that solve problems at scale.

Christine has been part of our program design team since 2020. She brings a wealth of experience as a teacher trainer, curriculum developer, educator and researcher to help us design robust programs and tools that are both practical and grounded in the latest evidence.

Christine has a particular interest in literacy and works as a Research Associate at Western University in Ontario. She researches how teachers can support children in developing self-regulation in writing.

New Zealand

Sarah Grant

2014-2020

UK

Tom Greenwood

2012-2018

UK

Kate Orr

2014-2020

Tanzania

Agata Wygnanska

August 2019

Belize

Alexandria Bell

June 2019

India

Aman Kochhar

August 2019

Uganda

Beckie Merrill

June 2020

Guyana

Brandi Compass

June 2019

Uganda

Brianna Sheeley

June 2020

India

Brittany Precosky

July 2020

Uganda

Brittney Presley

June 2019

Rwanda

Catherine Walton

August 2020

India

Charlie Nicholls

August 2019

Tanzania

Charlotte Martin

August 2020

Malaysia

Claire Sugdon

July 2019

Tanzania

Connor Shenton

August 2019

Belize

Eddie Wynne

June 2019

Nepal

Elizabeth Shaw

August 2020

Rwanda

Emma Holmes

August 2019

Malaysia

Erin Schaal

July 2019

Tanzania

Georgina Eastaugh

August 2019

Malaysia

Gretchen Greathouse

July 2019

Nepal

Hannah Jones

August 2019

Malaysia

Isabel Marks

July 2020

Ghana

Jamar Council

July 2019

Tanzania

James Dyke

August 2019

Tanzania

Jo Opoku

July 2019

Uganda

Kate Reeves

July 2019

Rwanda

Kat Hall

August 2019

Ghana

Katie Lipham

July 2019

Uganda

Kelsey Burns

July 2019

Uganda

Kim Taylor

August 2020

Guyana

Kristen Quintana

June 2019

Ghana

LaChe Williams

July 2020

Guyana

Laura Bakes Gleissner

June 2019

Belize

Lauren Hinxmann

June 2019

Laos

Lee Adams

August 2019

Ghana

Lemora Washington

July 2021

Belize

Lexa Hernandez

June 2019

Nepal

Linda Edge

August 2020

India

Lizzy Bedder

July 2019

India

Maria Gultiano

August 2019

India

Marie Taylor

July 2020

Tanzania

Marly Chachas

July 2019

India

Mary Samson

August 2019

Nepal

Megan Thompson

July 2019

Uganda

Michelle Lacroix

July 2019

Ghana

Molly Kelleher

July 2019

Malaysia

Naomi Neul

August 2018

Cambodia

Natalie Walsh

July 2019

Uganda

Nicole Freyschlag

June 2019

Malaysia

Rachel Luney

July 2019

India

Rosie Howell

August 2019

Cambodia

Sarah Purdue

July 2019

Ghana

Sharon Shearer

July 2019

Belize

Shawnette Brown

June 2019

Nepal

Tanya Nero

July 2019

Ghana

Theresa Harrison

June 2019

India

Tom Kendall

August 2019

Guyana

Victoria Bay

June 2019

Global

Simon Graffy

Co-Founder, CEO

Global

Tom Lewis

Co-Founder, Head of Product

Global

Lukasz Labedzki

Software Engineer

Uganda

Gloria Kamusiime

Coaching Program Lead

Uganda

Charles Oloa

Partnerships Lead

United States

Christina Clemens

Community Manager

Uganda

Frank Mant

Program Officer

Global

Nicolas Colombres

Head of Finance

Uganda

John Bosco

Program Officer

Uganda

Priscilla Mpiriwre

Uganda Hub Manager

Nigeria

Bridget Azubuike

Research Advisor

United States

Erin Schaal

Communications Advisor

United Kingdom

Lucy Meredith

Curriculum Development

Ukraine

Denis Galich

Data and Analytics

Ukraine

Igor Maiba

Operations Engineer

Belize

Wes Hickey

Teach For A Better Belize

Cambodia

Amy Rae Foss

Teach for Cambodia

Ghana

Joseph Donkor

GNAPS

Guyana

Nigel Richards

Ministry of Education

India

Santosh More

Mantra4Change

Laos

Somboun Dalavong

Ban Keun Teacher Training College

Malaysia

Zahirah Zulkifly

Teach for Malaysia

Nepal

Bhupendra Ghimire

Volunteer Initiative Nepal (VIN)

Nepal

Dinesh Khatiwada

Volunteer Initiative Nepal (VIN)

Rwanda

Douglas Kakooza

Children Might Foundation

Tanzania

Laina John

Fundaçion Paraguaya

Uganda

Honest Natukwasa

Great Lakes Regional University

Germany

Geoff Stead

Board Member

UK

Sarah Morton

Trustee

United States

Chaitra Murlidhar

Global Education

United States

Sundar Ramamurthy

Strategic Direction

Canada

Mahlon E. Sinclair

Diversity & Inclusion

UK

Chris Smart

Finance

United States

Christine Giese

Curriculum Design

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