Global Classroom Lead Teachers 2012-13


We’d like to formally congratulate the Global Classroom Lead Teachers for 2012-13.

We are proud to work with such an amazing group of international educators, who are shining examples of teachers who “connect, learn, share, collaborate and lead globally”.

This year, our Lead Teachers were nominated by the #globalclassroom community and @gcporganisers, recognising their special contribution to the development and success of the #globalclassroom community.

Over the course of 2012-13, our Lead Teachers  have made:

  • Significant contributions to the professional learning of teachers around the world (through our blog & Twitter chats)
  • Inspired efforts to enhance their students’ learning through their global connections
  • Assisted with the development and maintenance of the #globalclassroom online learning spaces
  • Created innovative, pioneering projects which showcase new ways for teachers and students to connect, learn, share, and collaborate globally.

New and experienced global educators alike, we highly recommend adding our #globalclassroom Lead Teachers to your PLNs.


Anne Mirtschin (@murcha)

Anne has long been an inspiration; tirelessly mentoring and supporting global educators around the world. Her efforts to share best practice in global education have been very well received by the #globalclassroom community, and added great value to our monthly Twitter chats. Thanks Anne!

Kerry Muste (@kerrymuste)

Kerry is one of the few #globalclassroom Lead Teachers I’ve actually had the pleasure of meeting face-to-face. She is rapidly emerging as an ICT and global education leader here in Western Australia, and has already made a rich contribution to our organisation.

Pru Thomas (@pruthomas)

While we’ve had Flat Friends exchanges as part of the #globalclassroom for some time, Pru’s Flat Rosie project (2012) took them to a whole new level. Flat Rosie was one of the most popular projects we helped promote last year, and we hope that she will return, in some form, in the future!


Cathy Beach (@beachcat11)

Although Cathy has just retired after many years of teaching, she is an inspiration and should be an example to those new to the profession. Cathy embraced technology and brought it into her classroom so that her students could benefit from connected learning and was keen to try anything vaguely tech-related. She also participated in The Travelling Rhinos Project with gusto, resulting in her students making various meaningful contributions.

Karen Lirenman (@KLirenman)

Awarded the ‘ISTE Kay L. Bitter Vision Award’ earlier this year, Karen has become an integral part of the #globalclassroom community this year. We are proud to work with such a passionate and innovative early-childhood educator who works to make a difference for her students.

Laurie Renton (@RentonL)

There have been times when I have wondered if Laurie ever sleeps, as her boundless enthusiasm for the #globalclassroom chats, classroom blogging, and Peru appear to know no limits. We’d like to thank Laurie for her rich contribution to our online community, and in particular for her incredible support of the #globalclassroom chats.

Robyn Thiessen (@RobynThiessen)

Robyn is a natural global educator whose Global Genius Hour is a perfect example of a relevant and authentic global project. She has impressed many through her active participation in our projects, twitter chats, and community spaces, and her #geniushour project continues to receive positive, worldwide attention.

Sarah Thompson (@smrthompson)

We’re not sure how many #globalclassroom folk know Sarah, but you will certainly know her work. Sarah has been a key member of our 2012-13 wiki management team, and we are very grateful for her giving up her time and expertise in support the behind-the-scenes management of the #globalclassroom community.


Stefan Nielsen (@snskole)

Having the unusual distinction of connecting the Global Classroom with Antarctica, Stefan, and his bunch of Grade 2 students, helped make our year. We highly recommend exploring Stefan’s bilingual class blog at


Tasha Cowdy (@tashacowdy)

Perhaps the most extraordinary Kindergarten teacher we’ve ever met online, Tasha constantly pushes the boundaries, connecting her young students with the world. We wish Tasha all the best for her new job in Russia, and highly recommend her work to any early childhood teachers interested in building their own global classrooms.


Brenda Hallowes (@bhallowes)

Over the past year, Brenda has become a model #globalclassroom teacher; actively contributing to our online community spaces and working to build longer-term collaborative relationships with classes around the world. She has become a valuable contributor to the #globalclassroom chats, and we are proud to have her as a member of our community.

Karen Stadler (@ICT_Integrator)

It is hard to describe Karen’s Traveling Rhinos project, but we tend to agree with the rave reviews from participants, who call it “the epitome of a global project”. What else can we say? Except that we think this project is going places …


Nick Corben, South Korea (@NickCorben)

Nick is one of our new #globalclassroom teachers based in SE Asia, and he’s been nominated for his involvement in the Travelling Rhinos project, where “he set aside his regular curriculum and dedicated so much time and effort to raising awareness amongst his students”. As Karen commented, “his students were totally engaged and produced amazing work! I had a fantastic Skype session with his class too!”


Rawya Shatila (@raywashatila)

Rawya is a shining example of a caring, dedicated educator who helps her students “learn with the world, not just about it.” Rawya made a fantastic contribution to our recently published Global Classroom feature article, and has quietly helped transform teachers’ and students’ understanding of the extraordinary people and culture of the Middle East.


Luke Dyer (@dukelyer)

Despite the rural setting of his school, way down in New Zealand, Luke’s class made a truly staggering contribution to the Travelling Rhinos Project. They drew up a petition and raised far-reaching awareness by having articles published in TWO local newspapers! We were extremely proud to see how a new #globalclassroom teacher took a project, and used it as a springboard to make a real-world difference, beyond their classroom walls. We look forward to working with Luke next year, and wish him all the best for his new job in China!


David Karnosack (@DKarnoscak)

Here at #globalclassroom, we try to provide teachers with the online spaces to connect, learn, share, and collaborate globally. With a very busy year on Skype, David has been one of our most active #globalclassroom teachers of 2012-13, and thoroughly deserves his nomination for Lead Teacher 2012-13.

Donna Roman (@donnaroman)

Those who have been lucky enough to meet Donna online, or face-to-face, know her to be a wonderful and inspiring global education leader. Working with Lisa Parisi, she won the ‘2013 ISTE SIGOL Online Learning Award’ for their ‘Natural Disasters’ project. We’re hoping to work more closely with her in the year to come!

Heidi Hutchinson (@heidihutchison)

Over the past year, Heidi has proved to be an exemplary #globalclassroom teacher, drawing upon the community resources and support to launch her first (and very successful) global project – the “Malala Project”. This project was one of our first student-led investigative projects which responded to current, real-world issues, and we look forward to seeing many more in future!

Kyle Dunbar (@edtechdunny)

Kyle has had a busy year, organising and leading the Flat Classroom Virtual Book Club in early 2013. She remains one of our few active #globalclassroom secondary teachers and we can’t wait to see what she creates in 2012-13!

Louise Morgan (@MrsMorgansClass)

Over the past year, Louise has become a key #globalclassroom leader and project manager, who tirelessly seeks to “lead up”, and support other teachers. We’d like to thank her for her tireless dedication, leadership, and creativity – which has come to underpin our organisation.

Lisa Parisi (@lparisi)

When I eventually find a class of my own, I’ll be modelling my global collaboration activities on Lisa’s exemplary record. I am indebted to Karen Stadler for creating the project which turned Lisa into such a passionate advocate for the #globalclassroom community, and am very much looking forward to working more closely with her in 2013-14.

Maggie Powers (@mpowers3)

We first met Maggie when she was working as an education consultant, and we were thrilled to work with her this year when she brought the ‘Global Classroom’ to the early childhood students of her new school. She’s done some amazing work this year, participating in a range of projects, and making a very welcome and positive contribution to our community.

Theresa Allen (@tdallen5)

Affectionately known as the ‘lady who never sleeps’, Theresa is “omnipresent in the Global Classroom world. Any time help is required for a project or a favour is asked she has always come to the fore”. Theresa has been a key leader and #globalclassroom mentor, and her contribution has been deeply valued by teachers all over the world.

Tina Schmidt (@MrsSchmidtB4)

Tina has had a busy year, running Edmodo PenPals for a second year, and exploring new connections via classroom blogging & Flat Stanley exchanges. Tina is a great collaborator and project leader, and we’re thrilled to know she’s been able to use #globalclassroom connections to build closer relationships with classes around the world.

Honorary Awards

Awarded to global education leaders who aren’t formally a part of the #globalclassroom community, but who have been nominated for their inspirational efforts to enable their students and colleagues around the world to ‘connect, learn, share, and collaborate globally’.

Endang Palupi, Indonesia

Endang is an amazing ICT leader and English Language Teacher in Indonesia. She has a passion for providing her language learners with frequent and authentic opportunities to practice their skills with native English speakers around the world. As one of a handful of teachers in Indonesia who use ICT to flatten their classroom walls, we highly recommend adding Endang to your Skype PLN.

Ashley Bowman, USA (@ateach08)

This may come as a surprise to Ashley, but her work has not gone unnoticed by members of the #globalclassroom community. We believe she richly deserves the following glowing nomination:

Mrs. Bowman is a dedicated and passionate teacher who has worked extremely hard this year to ‘break down’ her classroom walls and connect her students to others around the world.

She teaches 5th grade at Community Christian School, a private, Christian school in Florida, and has connected her class with another private, Christian school in Lima, Peru. Mrs. Bowman’s class also began blogging, which is something that no other teacher at her school has even attempted. In addition, Mrs. Bowman has implemented Mystery Skype this year which has enhanced her geography lessons and allowed her students to learn from other students around the world.

Mrs. Bowman was chosen to lead a pilot program at her school this year and to bring in innovative ways to use technology. In a school that has limited technology and resources, I would say she has done an amazing job. Very few teachers in the private school sector receive recognition for their work, but I believe Mrs. Bowman is one who deserves acknowledgment for her efforts this year.


17 thoughts on “Global Classroom Lead Teachers 2012-13

  1. Reblogged this on Map without Borders and commented:

    Thank you The Global Classroom Project for naming me a lead teacher in 2012-2013. I’m proud to be affiliated with such great global leaders. If you are not familiar with this project, it is an amazing example of generosity, skill and cutting edge leadership.

  2. Bravo!!! The projects and collaborations here in GC are beneficial to teachers who want to enhance teaching/learning quality and enlarge students’ world vision. Thanks to the lead teachers here to assist my teaching in class. What a wonderful school year 2012-213 !

    • Hey Linlin. Never forget that you are a Lead Teacher as well 🙂 You surprised many with your commitment, dedication, and contribution to our activities over the past few years 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on Dukelyer and commented:

    Was not expecting this, but truly honored to be named as a Global Classroom Lead Teacher and looking forward to contributing and collaborating more with the Global Classroom in 2013-14 from China.
    There is an old Maori Proverb that I feel suits the Global Classroom Project and why it works.
    He aha te mea nui?
    He tangata.
    He tangata.
    He tangata.

    Which translates to:
    What is the most important thing? It is people, it is people, it is people.

    Kiaora and thank you.

  4. I’m pretty surprised and very genuinely honoured to discover myself on this list! It’s been a roller-coaster ride the last couple of years, and although I’ve retired from classroom teaching, I’m looking forward to finding other new ways to contribute and help provide rich and meaningful learning experiences for students connecting with others around the world. Perhaps there’s something I could do to help out in here now – who knows? To anyone out there, if there’s something you think I might be able to do to help you and/or your students, please let me know!

    • Hi Ashley 🙂 As I commented on Twitter, nominations were opened up to the global community this year, and you were nominated for your outstanding efforts in the global education field 🙂 Congratulations 🙂

  5. Thank you for this award. It is the first time I have been formally recognized for my teaching efforts. It makes me feel very proud and also motivates me to go on to to bigger and better things. Thank you.

  6. Thank you so very much for this! I am truly honoured to be part of this group of amazing global educators. In fact, I feel blessed to have been part of this. I have gained so much more than mere connections, I have gained friends. The GCP put me on a path which is taking me on a journey of note. Long may it last!

  7. Thank you for recognizing me as well! I’m not sure I can hold a candle to these other teachers but I am so happy to be a part of the Global Classroom “family” of amazing educators!

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