Announcing the Participants of the 2021 Virtual Exchange Academy

The 2021 Virtual Exchange Academy will prepare 53 education and exchange leaders and practitioners to participate in the innovative and powerful field of virtual exchange. Selected through a competitive application process, participants come from 19 U.S. states and Washington, DC, and from five countries in the Middle East and North Africa and the Palestinian Territories. About one third of the group work with young people at the K-12/primary level, two thirds at the higher education/post-graduate level, and the rest work with young people of all ages. The Initiative is proud to support these leaders in their efforts to increase virtual exchange opportunities as part of internationalization (incorporating global education) programming at their school, institution, or organization.

2021 Virtual Exchange Academy Participants

Katherine Rose Adams | Georgia, U.S.

Assistant Professor, University of North Georgia

Mahmoud Assad | Palestinian Territories

Head of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, An-Najah National University

Adana Austin | New York, U.S.

Director of Programs, Global Classroom, One to World

Nacereddine Benabdallah | Algeria

Assistant Professor, University of Souk-Ahras

Fella Benabed | Algeria

Associate Professor, Annaba University

Halima Benbouza | Algeria

Professor, Institute of Veterinary and Agronomic Sciences, University of Batna 1

Bianca Bennett | Washington, DC, U.S.

Manager, Global Studies, District of Columbia Public Schools

Aaron Bielenberg | California, U.S.

Independent Study Teacher, Pajaro Valley Unified School District Virtual Academy

Marisa Calder | Texas, U.S.

International Program Coordinator, Brainpower Connection High Schools

Grace Carter | Florida, U.S.

4-H Agent I, University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Duval County Extension

Sasha Cokuslu | Georgia, U.S.

Study Abroad Manager, Clayton State University

Tracy Coleman | Pennsylvania, U.S.

Experiential Digital Global Engagement (EDGE) Program Associate, The Pennsylvania State University

Shawn Dillard-Adabi | Alabama, U.S.

Assistant Director, Office of International Education, University of South Alabama

Ryan Donald | Illinois, U.S.

Study Abroad Specialist, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Ahmed Abdelmohsen Mohamed Ebrahim | Egypt

Operations Manager, Vocational Training and Employment Center (VTEC), Alexandria Business Association (ABA)

Mazhar Kadry Abdelwahab Abdelhalim ElShorbagi | Egypt

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Deraya University

John Fay | Florida, U.S.

Executive Director, Resilience Inc.

Rachel Fitzgerald | Virginia, U.S.

Associate Director, Global Education Office, Virginia Tech

Nikki Geisler | Montana, U.S.

Programs Director, Montana World Affairs Council

Todd Lee Goen | Virginia, U.S.

Instructor of Communication; Internship Director; Director, Cultural Communication Competence in Benelux, Christopher Newport University

Shaima Gohar | Egypt

Demonstrator, Faculty of Arts, Damanhour University

Amina Hadjidj | Algeria

English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher, Mohamed Boumezrag Secondary School

Ghada Hamila | Tunisia

English Language Instructor, The Higher Institute of Computing and Communication Techniques of Sousse, and the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management of Sousse

Khaled Hamouid | Algeria

Assistant Professor, University of Batna 2

Miranda Hansen | Utah, U.S.

Assistant Director of Field Team, Ayusa

Melissa Hawkins | South Carolina, U.S.

Coordinator of Study Abroad and Special Programs, Clemson University Honors College

Brian Hibbs | Georgia, U.S.

Associate Professor of Education, Dalton State College

Lauren C. Johnson, Ph.D. | Georgia, U.S.

Assistant Dean and Associate Professor, College of Education, University of North Georgia

Stacy Kinion | Nevada, U.S.

International Programs Manager, Northern Nevada International Center

Aziza Koran | Algeria

Higher Education Teacher, Djilali Bounaama Khemis Miliana University

Farida Lebbal | Algeria

Senior Lecturer, University of Batna 2

Sonja Lind | California, U.S.

Director of Education Abroad, California State University, San Bernardino

Gerald Matua Amandu, Ph.D. | Oman

Assistant Professor, Sultan Qaboos University College of Nursing

Islem Megdiche | Tunisia

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Higher Institute of Technological Studies of Beja

Shane Michael | Florida, U.S.

County Extension Director and 4-H Youth Development Agent, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Seminole County Extension

Mohammed Moummi | Algeria

Head of Erasmus+ Office, University of Mohamed Khider Biskra

Ahlam Muhtaseb | California, U.S.

Professor, California State University, San Bernardino

Tina J. Newton | California, U.S.

Associate Dean and Executive Director, California State University, San Bernardino

Rachel E. Noble | Kentucky, U.S.

Extension Specialist for 4-H Youth Development, University of Kentucky

Nadine Okla | Egypt

Director of Development, American University in Cairo

Samir Omara | Egypt

English Language Teacher, Teacher Trainer, and NileTESOL President (2021), Ministry of Education and Technical Education

Bryn Orum | Wisconsin, U.S.

Co-Director, Greater Madison Writing Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Molly Pencke | Washington, U.S.

Bezos Scholars Program Manager, Bezos Family Foundation

Zakarya Senouci | Algeria

Assistant Professor, University of Mohamed Khider Biskra

Vivian Shannon-Ramsey | Maryland, U.S.

Director of Field Education and Assistant Professor, Bowie State University

Imane Sifeddine | Morocco

High School Teacher, Moulay Rachid High School

Liesl Smith | Massachusetts, U.S.

Director of Global Education and International Student Support, Merrimack College

Femi Ogunsefunmi | Morocco

Master’s Student, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Housnia Tiana | Morocco

English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher and Founder of Marrakesh Scottsdale Cultural Exchange Association

Hala Zahalqa | Palestinian Territories

Research and Teaching Assistant, An Najah National University

Kian Zare | Texas, U.S.

Senior Manager, Special Projects, The Houston Independent School District

Nassim Zoghbi | Algeria

Assistant Professor, University Centre of Tipaza

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