Eric Goldstein, CEO & Founder
Eric Goldstein expanded One World Education from a successful classroom project into a nonprofit organization in 2007. Before then, Eric was an educator in public, charter, and independent schools and earned a US Department of the Interior Partners in Education Award while teaching in Southeast Washington, DC in 2006. He has led programs for American students in Greece and Zambia and participated in educator programs in China, Turkey, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia. Eric holds a Master's in Education from the University of Vermont and Master's of International Policy from George Washington University. His career in education started after a solo, 5,000-mile, bicycle trip across the United States in 1999.
Stephanie Bunton, Director of Teaching and Learning
Stephanie always knew that she wanted to work in education as a way to foster social change through the promotion of student voice. Her love of history and anthropology, for which she holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, led Steph to pursue a passion for global awareness and understanding. Since earning a Master of Arts in social studies from Teachers College, Columbia University, she has consistently integrated these values into her work as an educator. While teaching social students in 7th to 12th grade, she continually created opportunities for students to think critically about real issues and express their ideas coherently. Before working with One World Education, she also became entrenched in developing Common Core-aligned curricula, assessments, and professional development for teachers at the school and district level. In her free time, Steph finds ways to get into nature, explore new places, practices yoga, paints, and enjoys spending time with loved ones.
Liz Gossens, Director of Marketing and Communications
Liz started her career in education immediately after graduating from Woodrow Wilson high school, first as a sailing instructor, then as program director of Kids Set Sail, part of the National Maritime Heritage Foundation. After experiencing the immense power of experiential education, Liz knew she had found her calling. She spent several years working in out-of-school time programming, followed by seven years working with three PR and communications agencies in the education sector, leading projects with TIME For Kids, Tyton Partners, the U.S. Department of Education, The Nature Conservancy, Educational Testing Service (ETS), the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the National Education Association Foundation, DC Public Schools, New Tech Network, National Academy Foundation, and the National Center on Time and Learning. Her expertise includes strategic planning and messaging, partnership and network development, media and influencer relations, event design, production and facilitation, and content creation and dissemination. She is currently serving in her fourth year on the Advisory Board for SXSWedu, one of the most innovative conferences in the education sector.
Stacy Kirk, Director of Partnerships
Stacy is passionate about facilitating meaningful opportunities for others to expand their horizons, which has manifested itself over the course of her career through extensive experience in both the museum and education sectors. She earned her undergraduate degree in Studio Art and Secondary Education from the University of Richmond, and holds a Master of Arts in Art History from University College London. Her interest in languages and cross-cultural interactions has led to several substantial stints abroad, including recently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. Outside of work, Stacy enjoys losing herself in a good book, pursuing outdoor adventures, especially if mountains are involved, and satisfying her wanderlust whenever possible.
Cecelia Meredith, Program and Partnerships Coordinator
Cecelia recently graduated from Lynchburg College with a BA in English. While there she learned to love Shakespeare and felt a strong calling for the culture it derived from. Traveling to several different countries she has been able to experience not only the culture of England where Shakespeare got his start, but also to appreciate how different people learn differently. She's hoping to use her degree to help students that need a little more specialized attention, and help them learn to the best of their ability. Cecelia's hunger for knowledge comes from a time in her life when people told her "no," and has made it her passion to help other students get a "yes!" She wants to kickstart her career by learning and growing with each student she helps. Outside of work she loves to travel, read, and be in the great outdoors as much as possible.
Leith Mondry, Director of Operations
Leith has long had an interest in working to improve social systems, getting an AB in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College and an MSW from SUNY Stony Brook, School of Social Welfare. Over the years her career path has ranged from direct social work to research and website management to editing a parenting website. Leith is glad to be back in the non-profit sector and excited to be part of One World Education’s vision of improved student literacy and a better educational experience for teachers and students alike. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, as well as reading, exploring DC, and traveling around the world.
Alexandra Pilgrim, Teaching and Learning Manager
Alexandra is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduating she became Program Supervisor at Goodwill’s Workforce Development Center, helping individuals with various disabilities learn the appropriate skills to gain employment, and creating opportunities for them to join the workforce. Her background is in the mental health field with five years of experience working for non-profit organizations supporting the special needs population and assisting with program development. Moving forward she plans to begin a career in the field of organizational development. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, and exploring new places in DC.
Teacher Leader Team
Desiree Sansing, McKinley Technology High School, Teacher Leader Team, Co-Director
Desiree teaches English in Washington, DC. She is an alumna of the Teach for America Program and is committed to closing the achievement gap. In addition, she is a Common Core Curriculum writer for DCPS where she is working to develop Cornerstones and curricular resources that will ensure educational equity across the district. At the school level, she serves as Student Government Association sponsor, Gay Straight Alliance sponsor, and Theater Club sponsor. She also serves the District as an LGBT Liaison, working with teachers and staff to ensure schools are safe and affirming for all students, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic status. She received the 2014 Global Educator award and the 2015 GLSEN Educator of the Year award for her efforts in the field of education.
Anna Batler, Coolidge High School, Teacher Leader Team, Grade 10
Anna teaches 11th Grade AP Language and Composition and 10th grade English Language Arts at Coolidge High School. Anna earned her law degree with honors at The George Washington University Law school and worked as an attorney. Realizing that the classroom was her true calling, Anna joined the Prince George's County Resident Teacher Fellows, where she taught 7th and 8th grade English at Excel Academy in Landover, Maryland before moving to Washington, DC public schools. Anna is the Washington DC Public Schools 11th grade District Course Chair and serves on her school's AVID site team. She is interested in integrating the latest technology into her classroom through blended education, and is beginning a blended instruction pilot program at her high school this year.
Clare Berke, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Teacher Leader Team, Capstone Designer
Clare teaches ninth grade English and AP Language and Composition in Washington, DC, where she also sponsors the Journalism and Amnesty International clubs. She has served as a member of the District’s Common Core Reading Corps and as a Core Leader for the Teach Plus Cutting to the Core Professional Learning Series. She is a current Teach Plus Policy fellow, a 2014 Leading Educators fellow, and a 2015 Teachers Central to Leadership fellow. Clare previously taught tenth grade English and served as the Lead Literacy Teacher at Coolidge High School. She graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA in English and received her MEd in Secondary Education from George Washington University. Clare became a teacher after years of listening to her uncle’s tales of teaching science in the Denver Public Schools. She enjoys a challenge, and she hopes to stay in the classroom for many more years while also serving as a support to colleagues and as a voice for the profession.
Dr. Tonita Ross Dozier, Anacostia High School, Teacher Leader Team, Grade 10
Tonita currently teaches Journalism and English in Washington, DC. She has taught English, Media, and History in the District of Columbia Public/Charter Schools and the University of the District of Columbia Community College for several years. She transitioned after working in education communication for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Hirshhorn Museum. Teaching Journalism and English have allowed her to come full circle after ten years in journalism. During that time, she worked as a Political Producer and Assignment Manager for PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, BET, CBS, and Fox News. She has received awards for "Outstanding Coverage "during 9-11, "Eagle Award," and many others. She holds a BA in Mass Communication-Radio, Television, and Film from North Carolina State University, an MA in English from East Carolina University, and a Doctorate in Religious Education and Counseling.
Sayyah George, Anacostia High School, Teacher Leader Team, Grade 12
Sayyah teaches 12th grade English at Anacostia High School in Washington D.C. Currently she is a Teacher Selection Ambassador for DCPS, where she evaluates incoming teachers for employment in the school district. Sayyah enjoys building relationships with her students and helping them find their voice through writing.
Brigitta Kral, H.D. Woodson Senior STEM High School, Teacher Leader Team, Grade 10 and 12
Brigitta is in her fifth year of teaching English/Language Arts (ELA) at H.D. Woodson Senior STEM High School in Northeast, DC. Currently, Brigitta teaches tenth grade ELA and serves as the ELA department chair, as well as the school’s ELA LEAP Content Leader. During her tenure at Woodson, she has taught tenth grade honors, eleventh grade honors, and senior ELA classes. Brigitta has been teaching English for nearly a decade including at a private high school in Northern Virginia, in the Czech Republic (ESOL), and at a public middle school in Baltimore County, Maryland. She earned her MAT English (Grades 7-12) from Johns Hopkins University and her BA in English from University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Farrell Pollard, Luke C. Moore Alternative High School, Teacher Leader Team, Grade 12
Farrell is a 10th and 12th grade ELA and special education teacher at Luke C. Moore Alternative High School. She has been teaching for five years in Birmingham, AL and Washington, DC. Farrell earned her BA in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University and her MA in K-12 Special Education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) where she was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student award in her department. Farrell is the girls' indoor and outdoor track coach at Luke C. Moore and is a Capital Commitment Fellow within DCPS.