About Global Teaching Partners

Global Teaching Partners, located in Research Triangle Park near the capital city of Raleigh, NC, was formed by educators that understand this interconnected global world and want to make a significant impact in our future generations. With less than 25% of U.S. citizens traveling abroad during their lives, Global believes we must bring the educators of the world to our future generations.

Today’s children and young adults understand that while they are citizens of a specific country, they are part of something much bigger, a global community. Yesterday’s pen pal is today’s video hangout. Children growing up today will not know or understand geographical boundaries, and instead communicate effectively and efficiently with their peers across the globe. Time zones and different languages will no longer be barriers, replaced with cultural understanding and awareness.

The Global Team

Nathan Tomasini, PhD

Nathan Tomasini, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Nathan loves to travel, meet educators worldwide, and learn about new places and cultures. Nathan received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from California State University, Sacramento and his PhD from the University of Northern Colorado. As a lifelong educator, he has utilized travel to teach him that while we are different in many ways, all cultures and societies value education. Nathan loves to spend time with his wife, Rebecca and their three children, Alyssa, Kai and Jake. 

Amy Corwin

Amy Corwin

Director of Academic Support

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Amy Corwin was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After graduating from Stranmillis University College in Belfast and spending five years as an elementary school teacher in Ireland, she taught 4th grade in North Carolina for five years. As the Director of Academic Support, she loves to support our teachers academically and culturally as they transition to living and working in the US. Amy is happily married and lives at home with her husband and sweet Labradoodle puppy Isla.

Jordan VanBeek

Jordan VanBeek

Director of Teacher Resources

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Jordan is a proud alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (and their hoops team), where he studied Exercise Science and Religious Studies. After completing a two-year internship in the Sport(s) Programs department at UNC-Chapel Hill, Jordan began working for Global Teaching Partners. As the Director of Teacher Resources, he loves to travel, meeting new educators, and helping their transition in the US. He spends his free time with his wife Terra and their three dogs, Rocky, Nellie Rose, and Bowie.

Rebecca Tomasini

Rebecca Tomasini

Director of Finance

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Rebecca grew up near Nashville, TN, and went to the University of Tennessee, where she completed her Bachelor’s and Masters’s degrees. Rebecca, the Director of Finance, has over 20 years working in Finance and Hospitality. A fun fact about Rebecca is that she used to be a party planner for many country music stars in Nashville. If the last name seems familiar, Rebecca is married to Nathan Tomasini, the Global CEO, and they have three children, Alyssa, Kai, and Jake.

Ricky Sampson

Ricky Sampson

Assistant Director of Finance & Human Resources

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Ricky Sampson currently serves as the Assistant Director of Finance and Human Resources with Global Teaching Partners. He was born and raised in Durham, NC, and attended South Carolina State University, where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Accounting. Ricky started his career as a Data Analyst with Howard University’s College of Medicine and transitioned after a few years to Durham Public Schools, where he worked in the capacity of Data Analyst & Treasurer. His hobbies include playing the Trumpet, Farming, and Beekeeping.

Meredith Gale

Meredith Gale

Assistant Director of Teacher Resources

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Meredith is the Assistant Director of Teacher Resources and works to facilitate a smooth application process and comfortable transition to living and working in the U.S. for our Global Educators. Meredith has a B.A. in English from Truman State University and began her career in international education while working at the Center for Academic Excellence, an advising center for international, struggling first-year students. Meredith experienced the benefits of cultural exchange firsthand during her time studying abroad in Annecy, France. She is now passionate about helping our international teachers realize their dream of participating in a cultural exchange in the U.S.

Edwina Monroe

Edwina Monroe

Academic Advisor

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Edwina serves as an Academic Advisor for Global Teaching Partners and is passionate about supporting the next generations of educators. As an educator for 40 years in the Guilford County School System, Edwina served as a teacher, Principal, Adjunct Professor, and Education Director. A National Board-Certified Teacher, she was Teacher of the Year in four different schools, a finalist for Principal of the Year, and served as Guilford County’s New Principals Support Group. Edwina holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from A&T State University and a Master of School Administration from UNCG Greensboro. She is a former Children’s Supervisor for Guilford Baptist Association and Bible Study Fellowship International. Edwina is married with three adult children and enjoys decorating, cooking, and lunch dates with friends.

Star Sampson

Star Sampson

Academic Advisor

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Star Sampson serves as one of Global’s Academic Advisors, aiding our international teachers in a smooth transition to teaching in the US. Star assists teachers in the classroom by coaching, mentoring, and modeling best practices, and supporting the teachers as they make the cultural shift to the US education system. Star is a retired Principal from Durham Public Schools (former Principal of the Year) with 33 years of service and a transformation coach under the School Improvement Grant with North Carolina. Star attended North Carolina Central University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can almost always find Star at one of our teachers’ schools sharing her knowledge and expertise!

Lori Howard

Lori Howard

Academic Advisor

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Lori currently serves as an Academic Advisor with Global Teaching Partners. Lori assists the international teachers in the classroom by coaching and modeling best practices and supporting them as they make the cultural shift to the US education system. As an administrator, Lori served as both an Assistant Principal and a Principal at the elementary and middle school levels. In 2008 Lori was selected as the district’s Principal of the Year and moved on to become the Southeast Region Principal of the Year for NC. Following that, she was named NAESP’s National Distinguished Principal for NC. Lori attended East Carolina University and received her BS degree in Early Childhood Education and Masters degree in Educational Leadership. She has been working with international teachers since 2000 and is a true believer in the benefit they bring to students and adults. Lori’s hobbies include cooking, decorating, hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.

Leigh Austin

Leigh Austin

Academic Advisor

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Leigh lives in Elizabeth City, NC, where she worked for the Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public Schools for 26 years as an elementary teacher and an Instructional Coach until retiring in 2020. Before moving back to Elizabeth City, Leigh taught in Wake County and Dare County for seven years. She graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education (Grades K-6). In addition to those degrees, she holds certifications in Reading K-12 and Academically Gifted K-12. Leigh has two beautiful daughters and loves to travel!

Ray Spain, EdD

Ray Spain, EdD

Senior Education Advisor

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Ray V. Spain is a retired educator with over 45 years of extensive experience with innovative programs and educational initiatives in North Carolina public schools. Ray has served as a teacher assistant, teacher, program coordinator, and principal in Northampton and Bertie Counties. He began his district administrative work as assistant superintendent in Bertie County, associate superintendent in Lenoir County, and superintendent in Petersburg, VA, and Warren County, NC.  Ray holds a Doctor of Education degree from Virginia Tech University, a Master’s degree in School Administration from North Carolina Central University, and a Bachelor’s degree in history from North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Davis Long

Davis Long

Teacher Resources Assistant

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Davis Long is a Senior student of North Carolina State University who is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Finance, with a Minor in Spanish. Davis has worked with Global Teaching Partners since the Summer of 2020, striving to improve and facilitate the application process for all teachers interested in the program. Davis believes in going above and beyond to serve educators and support them in every step of the application process. In his free time, Davis likes to hike, fish, and enjoys the nature of North Carolina.

Becca McLane

Assistant Director of Teacher Resources

Clare Putnam

Licensure Specialist

Manfred Franz

Teacher Resources Assistant

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