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
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Teacher Recruitment - Team Lead
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 Team Lead for Teacher Recruitment, she loves to support teachers throughout the application process and select great teachers for the Cultural Exchange Program. Amy is happily married and enjoys spending time at home with her husband, daughters, and sweet Labradoodle puppy, Isla.
Academic Development Team - Teacher Support
Originally from Maryland, Ashley moved to Durham, North Carolina, after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She has previously served as an Elementary School teacher, School Counselor, and Academic Coach in Durham. Ashley loves working in education and truly believes in the power of creating a lasting, positive impact in a child’s life. Her role as Teacher Support on the Academic Development Team is to help empower our teachers to continue learning and growing in their professional capacity as they adjust to living in the United States. In addition, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband, Lee, her two young daughters, Nyla and Chloe, and their dogs, Chip and Roofus.
Finance & Human Resources - Team Lead
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 Team Lead for Finance and Human Resources, 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.
Finance & Human Resources Team - Asst Director
Ricky Sampson currently serves as the Assistant Director on the Finance and Human Resources Team with Global Teaching Partners. He was born and raised in Durham, NC, and attended South Carolina State University, where he earned his Bachelor 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 as a Data Analyst & Treasurer. His hobbies include playing the Trumpet, Farming, and Beekeeping.
Academic Development - Team Lead
Becca currently serves as Team Lead for Academic Development. She is from Bridgewater, New Jersey, and has a B.A. in English and a B.S. in K-12 Education from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Becca began her career in education as a high school English teacher at Heritage High School. She went on to Thales Academy in Rolesville, NC, where she taught middle school students Writing, Logic, and Literature for five years before becoming an Assistant Administrator. Becca is a lifelong learner whose greatest joy comes from helping others achieve their goals. Accordingly, this has made her passionate about helping our Global Educators transition to living and working as teachers in the U.S. Her hobbies include spending time with her cats and her husband, reading, and painting.
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!
Now serving as an academic advisor, Janice was a school administrator with 33 years of service in the Greensboro City and Guilford County Schools systems. A teacher, curriculum facilitator, and administrator with experience in the primary and secondary levels, Janice was her school’s Rookie Teacher of the Year, a five-time nominee for Teacher of the Year, and Guilford County School’s Middle School Teacher of the Year. She holds a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from A&T State University and a Master of School Administration from UNCG Greensboro. She enjoys attending sporting events with her husband, spending time with family and friends, reading, and traveling in her spare time in her free time.
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.
Pat serves as an Academic Advisor and feels strongly about the opportunity to provide academic coaching to international teachers as they transition to the U.S. Building on the teachers’ strengths, she can give them focused, data-driven best practices. Pat has been fortunate to serve as a teacher, administrator, DPI consultant, professional development presenter (in both the U.S. and Canada), and consultant throughout her 40 plus year career. She is a graduate of Elon University with a B.A. degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Elementary Education from UNC, Greensboro. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, spending time at the beach, and volunteering at the N.C. Zoo.
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!
Recruitment Team - Application Management
Originally from Roanoke Rapids, NC, Amber graduated with Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts, double-majoring in Russian Language and Literature and Spanish Language and Literature. After serving as an English Conversation Assistant in the two beautiful regions of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands in Spain, Amber spent years working within the legal field before returning to her passion for cultural exchange. Amber enjoys learning new languages, playing tennis, and especially loves spending time with her family and – in particular – discussing superheroes and Pokemon with her nieces and nephews.
Operations Team - Community Outreach
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 enjoy North Carolina’s nature.
Operations Team - Compliance
As part of the Operations Team in Compliance, Mandy Sheahen uses her combined experience in education and grant management. Mandy attended Appalachian State University, where she studied Secondary English Education as a Teaching Fellow. She taught high school English five years before moving into the nonprofit world. She was an Education Specialist and then a Grant and Data Manager at Raleigh’s domestic violence and sexual assault resource center. Mandy is happily married and has a beautiful daughter, Ember, and a sweet Pomeranian, Eevee.