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Updated: July 19, 2017

AERO Consulting and Workshops

AERO SUMMER INSTITUTE FACULTY and STAFF:

PROJECT DIRECTOR:

David Chojnacki, Project Director: david@projectaero.org

ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP:

Fran Prolman is an internationally recognized consultant specializing in educational leadership, school improvement and instructional strategies as well as communication skills, critical thinking and organizational development. She is known for her depth of knowledge coupled with practical application of content. Fran earned her Doctorate in teacher training and international education from George Washington University and a Master’s degree in educational administration and curriculum and instruction from the University of Pennsylvania.

Gail Seay is currently the Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning at the American School of Doha, Qatar. She has worked for over thirty years in international schools in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as well as the United States and her home country, Australia. Gail has written curriculum on the state and school level and piloted assessments written at the state level. She holds degrees from universities in the United States and Australia. Her teaching experience has included classrooms in elementary grades, special needs, reading and K-12 art. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools Professional Development Advisory Committee and assists in conference planning. Gail has worked with the AERO Project since 2004 and has taught courses in English/Language Arts and Curriculum Mapping.

ENGLISH:

Cindy Cummings is currently an instructor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Her responsibilities include writing and teaching online graduate level courses. Her career also includes teaching English language arts and reading at the elementary and high school levels. While a high school teacher, she developed an electronic portfolio which enabled students to showcase their writing. She has also served at the district level as a director of curriculum and instruction. She has presented at local, state, national and international conferences. In addition to her expertise in English/Language Arts, she is recognized for providing ways for students to integrate technology into the content areas. During this school year, she has worked to review, revise and expand the AERO English/Language Arts Standards and Benchmarks into the new Framework.

Katrina Theilmann is currently the ES Literacy Coordinator at the American School of Doha, Qatar.  She worked with Dr. Cummings to present the updated AERO Framework at the recent NESA Conference in Athens, and she is leading the change in the elementary school at ASD.  Katrina has extensive training in language arts, and she was part of the NESA Literacy Coaches Cohort led by Carrie Ekey. She has also worked closely with Pete Bowers regarding structured word inquiry. Originally from Canada, Katrina has worked for over fifteen years as an international educator in both Bahrain and Qatar.  She earned her degrees from Queen's University, Canada. Her teaching experience incorporates a focus on the primary and junior elementary grades, English language learners, and students with special needs.

MATHEMATICS:

Erma Anderson is a science and mathematics consultant working with several schools and organizations in the United States and abroad. She has served as the National Science Teacher’s Association Director of International Programs. Prior to her work with NSTA, she was an Einstein Fellow in the U.S. Senate and a Senior Program Officer with the National Research Council assisting with the development of the National Science Education Standards. She has been with the AERO Project for several years and led the recent work to develop the Mathematics Framework.

Faraday de la Camara is an international educator who has worked as an elementary school teacher, differentiation coach, and administrator since 1982, in Morocco, Spain, the United States, Belgium, Turkey, and Russia. Most recently, Faraday served as the Director of the Lower School at the American School of Madrid. She received the Distinguished Principals' Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) for her work there. As a teacher, administrator and coach, Faraday has always been involved in the writing and implementation of mathematics curriculum and the mentoring of teachers of mathematics. Since 2001, Faraday has collaborated with the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero (PZ) as a study group leader and workshop presenter at summer institutes, and as an online coach for WIDE World focusing on Teaching for Understanding and Promoting Algebraic Thinking in the Elementary School. She currently lives in Brazil, working as an educational consultant with the American School in Brasilia, the American School of Madrid, the Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS), AERO, and Harvard University.

Tifin CalcagniTifin is a middle school math and science teacher who is interested in making math the favorite subject of every student in her class.  She has taught in Vermont in the States, and at international schools in Kazakhstan and Tunisia.  She currently teaches middle school math and science in Zurich, Switzerland at the Inter-Community School of Zurich, where she is working to implement a math program that focuses on conceptual understanding and problem solving, as well as integrating math and science in a project-based approach.  She has developed curriculum for LearnZillion, and has been an instructor for Harvard’s Math Circle program.  Currently, she is focusing on collecting data about teaching practices associated with student motivation and performance.  

SCIENCE:

Chris Charnitski – Chris grew up in rural Pennsylvania building leaf forts, catching frogs and "borrowing" his older brother's microscope . He has been a high school life science educator for 19 years - the first ten years in Fairfax County, Virginia, and the last nine years overseas in Ecuador, Myanmar and now in Oman.  Chris worked with Gerry Wheeler writing and developing the AERO life science standards. He is a National Board certified teacher and has presented at several conferences, including JOSTI and NESA. Chris is an avid fly fisherman. He and his wife, Sharon, have a house in Asheville, North Caroline, and they love to camp, cook and hike. 

Carey Johnson – Carey has been teaching middle school science since 1997.  Originally from Wisconsin in the United States, Carey has taught in Arizona, Wisconsin, Kuwait, and Oman.  Currently, she teaches 6th and 8th Grade science at The American International School of Muscat (TAISM) in Oman where she has been launching water bottle rockets, making slime and keeping middle school students safe and engaged for eight years.  At school, Carey has a passion for teaching adolescents, working as a teacher leader and collaborating to develop curriculum. At home in Oman and Northern Wisconsin, Carey loves to cook, read, hike, and camp with her husband, Chad, and her two children, Fallon and Cameron.  

SOCIAL STUDIES

WORLD LANGUAGES:

Christy Brown is the Regional Educational Officer (REO) of the Office of Overseas Schools, U.S Department of State, responsible for the Western European region. Prior to assuming this position, she was the Deputy Head of School at the Carol Morgan School in the Dominican Republic (2011-2013). She served as an administrator in the Glastonbury (Connecticut) Public Schools as Director of K-12 Foreign Languages and also as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. She has also served as Chairperson of the K-12 Student Standards Writing Task Force for the National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, and is past president of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She has worked with AERO for the last ten years as a member of the team that developed the World Language Standards and as a member of the AERO faculty.

Lori Langer de Ramirez – Lori began her career as a teacher of Spanish, French and ESL. She holds a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently the Director of World and Classical Languages & Global Language Initiatives at the Dalton School in New York City.

Lori is the author of several books, including Empower English Language Learners with Tools from the Web and Take Action: Lesson Plans for the Multicultural Classroom and Voices of Diversity , as well as several Spanish language books and texts. She has contributed to many textbooks and written numerous articles about second language pedagogy and methodology. Her website ( www.miscositas.com ) offers virtual picture books, videos, thematic units and other curricular materials for teaching Chinese, English, French, and, Spanish. Lori has presented workshops at local, regional and national conferences and consulted with teachers in schools throughout the United States and around the world.

Kathy Morabet began her career as an educator teaching Spanish in California, then English as a Second Language in Moroccan high schools and finally French at the Rabat American School. She has taught all grades from Kindergarten-12, including world language and “core” classroom subjects. She is currently the elementary principal at RAS. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in secondary Social Studies from San Jose State College. She participated in the development of the AERO World Language Standards and has been working with her staff to use the standards to improve world language teaching.


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