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Online learning is strengthening schools around the globe. By teaching our students 21st-century learning skills we can prepare them to be global citizens who can communicate with people who have backgrounds different from their own; who can collaborate effectively with peers in other states or even on different continents; who can advocate for their own learning; who can publish their work and ideas in a format that will preserve their work in perpetuity; and who know how to be creative, flexible, proactive learners. Being successful in college and beyond will require each of these skills, but teaching them in a traditional classroom setting is often challenging or not feasible. Online, these skills are taught directly and used regularly.

Global Online Academy connects students from all over the world and allows them to offer their local perspectives on global issues. Classmates in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco work on projects with peers in Madaba-Manja, Jordan, and Portland, Oregon. Students in Hawaii and Chicago discuss global health issues with students in New York, Seattle, Boston, and Jakarta, Indonesia. These connections and interactions are becoming the norm in today’s society; it is essential that we prepare students to do this now.

One of the great pieces of work in the area of online education is being done by a group of independent schools and it's called the Global Online Academy... you gain this unbelievable ability to bring diversity into those classroom discussions... It's efforts like that that are really going to point the way.

- Bill Gates, 2012 NAIS Annual Conference

Mission

The mission of the Global Online Academy is to replicate in online classrooms the intellectually rigorous programs and excellent teaching that are hallmarks of its member schools; to foster new and effective ways, through best practices in online education, for students to learn; and to promote students’ global awareness and understanding by creating truly diverse, worldwide, online schoolroom communities.

Founding Schools

Albuquerque Academy | Albuquerque, NM

Catlin Gabel School | Portland, OR

Cranbrook Schools | Bloomfield Hills, MI

The Dalton School | New York, NY

Germantown Friends School | Philadelphia, PA

Head-Royce School | Oakland, CA

King's Academy | Madaba-Manja, Jordan

Lakeside School | Seattle, WA

Punahou School | Honolulu, HI

Sidwell Friends School | Washington, D.C.

Member Schools

American School in Japan | Tokyo, Japan

The Bishops School | La Jolla, CA

The Blake School | Minneapolis, MN 

Branson School | Ross, CA

Brunswick School | Greenwich, CT

Buckingham Browne & Nichols | Cambridge, MA

Christ Church Episcopal School | Greenville, SC

Columbus Academy    | Columbus, OH

Durham Academy    | Durham, NC

Eton College  | Winsor, United Kingdom

Gilman School | Baltimore, MD 

Greenhill School | Addison, TX

Greens Farms Academy | Greens Farms, CT

Greenwich Academy | Greenwich, CT

The Harker School | San Jose, CA

Hawken School | Gates Mills, OH

International School of Beijing | Beijing, China

Isidore Newman School | New Orleans, LA

Jakarta International School | Jakarta, Indonesia

Kingswood Oxford School | West Hartford, CT

Latin School of Chicago | Chicago, IL

The Lovett School  | Atlanta, GA

Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School | St. Louis, MO

Metairie Park Country Day School  | Metairie, LA

Menlo School  | Atherton, CA

Noble and Greenough | Dedham, MA

Park Tudor School | Indianapolis, IN

Polytechnic School | Pasadena, CA

St. Andrew's School | Middletown, DE 

St. Mark's School of Texas | Dallas, TX

The Meadows School | Las Vegas, NV

The Pembroke Hill School | Kansas City, MO

The Westminster Schools | Atlanta, GA

Windward School | Los Angeles, CA

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Our People

Our expert teachers all work at one of our member schools. Everyone on the GOA faculty is committed to building classes that meet our school’s mission to provide a top-notch education in an innovative and supportive learning environment.

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Administration

  • Michael Nachbar

    GOA Director

    Michael believes great teachers powerfully influence student learning and development. He, his wife, and two beautiful kids live in Seattle.

  • Maggie Anderson

    Program Manager & Assistant to the Director

    Maggie believes that trust and communication are at the heart of every successful collaboration. She is excited to be part of bringing together so many innovative schools.

  • Jake Clapp, Academic Dean

    Jake Clapp

    Academic Dean

    As Academic Dean and a GOA teacher Jake is fortunate to work with some of the most inspired and creative teachers in the world.  He understands the importance of relevancy in the virtual classroom. 

  • Amy Hollinger

    Director of Professional Development

    Amy believes that the best educational experiences are created collaboratively. Education for students should engage their creativity and immerse them in global experiences.

  • Eric Hudson

    Instructional Designer

    Eric loves working with teachers, and he is committed to the idea that allowing a teacher to pursue his/her passions leads to meaningful, innovative instruction.

Board Members

  • John Austin

    As headmaster of King's Academy in Jordan, John Austin combines his scholarly grounding in literature and philosophy with a keen interest in shaping the future of education.

  • Jim Best

    Jim is the Associate Head of School at The Dalton School in New York City. Prior to assuming that role, Jim spent over a decade as a teacher, advisor, coach, Dean and Division Director in independent schools in The United States and abroad.

  • Tim Carr

    Tim Carr is Head of School at Jakarta International School in Jakarta, Indonesia. Over the past twenty years, Tim and has family have had the good fortune to have lived and worked in six different countries on four different continents. 

  • Kevin Conway

    Kevin is Academy Principal at Punahou School. He has also worked at the American School in Mexico City, St. Mary's in New York, and Columbus High School in Miami.

  • Rob Lake

    Rob Lake is the Head of School at Head-Royce in Oakland, California.

  • Scott Looney

    Scott Looney is the Head of School at Hawken School in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Mark Milliron

     

    Mark is the co-founder and chief learning officer at civitas learning. He is an innovator, leader, speaker, author, and catalyst in the K-12, Higher Education, and Workforce Education worlds.

  • Bernie Noe

    Bernie Noe is Head of Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington.

  • Dana Okeson

    Dana Okeson is the Head of School at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Lark Palma

    Lark Palma is the Head of School at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, OR. She has a deep commitment to progressive education and experiential learning for students from preschool through 12th grade.

  • Lee Palmer

    Lee is Upper School Principal at Sidwell Friends School. She has also worked at Trinity School in New York City and at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore.

  • Arlyce Seibert

    Arlyce Seibert, Director of Cranbrook Schools, is a 40-plus year veteran of the independent school world. She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Eton Academy, and as a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Independent Michigan Schools. She was also selected as a member of the oldest heads of schools organization in the country, The Headmasters Association.

  • Andrew Watson

    In his eleventh year as Head of Albuquerque Academy, Mr. Watson previously spent a decade each at Fountain Valley School and The Potomac School. 

Teachers

  • Ayako Anderson

    Teacher, Noble and Greenough

    Aya is a native of Japan, mother of two lovely boys and chief chef at home. She enjoys drawing and painting. Formerly a big anime fan.

  • Glenda Baker

    Teacher, American School in Japan

    Glenda is passionate about information, communication and creativity. She is the HS Instructional Technology Coach at the American School in Japan. Glenda’s background as an art and design teacher, and interest in organizational change are key focus areas for her own personal learning.

  • Gary Baldwin

    Teacher, Isidore Newman School

    Gary Baldwin is the chairman of the History department at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, where he teaches courses in American History, Economics, and the Indian Subcontinent. A transplanted New Englander, Gary is still trying to figure out the proper method of eating a crawfish.

  • Jennifer Carlson-Pietraszek

    Teacher, Noble and Greenough

    Jenny loves to learn -- history, technology, brain functioning, philosophy, guitar playing, DIY projects, and the list goes on.  Things she does not (yet) know about excite her.  When she is not teaching and learning, she is enjoying family life with her partner, her two daughters, and her two dogs.

  • Aster Chin

    Teacher, Lakeside School

    Aster loves teaching economics and has been doing so at the college and high school level for the last 14 years. Aside from reading The Economist magazine, she enjoys spending time with her husband, baby girl and golden retriever in Seattle.

  • Scott Cotton

    Teacher, Greenhill School

    History buff, tennis fan, and proud member of Red Sox Nation, Scott enjoys working with students in the classroom, on the court, and now … online!

  • Adrian Dingle

    Teacher, Westminster Schools

    Adrian is an Englishman, educator and author, with almost a quarter of a century of teaching and international book awards on his resume.

  • Heather Duncan

    Teacher, Branson School

    Heather teaches Biology and Microbiology and Infectious Disease at Branson School in Ross, CA. She loves tying her courses into current events and constantly learning. She helps raise puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, enjoys being outdoors as much as possible and spending time with her family.

  • Greg Feldmeth

    Teacher, Polytechnic School

    Greg Feldmeth is Assistant Head at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, California where he teaches courses in Ethics and Human Rights. In his spare time, he rescues and acts as a foster parent for labrador retrievers.

  • Michelle Harris

    Teacher, Hawken School

    Michelle is a clinical psychologist, administrator and educator at Hawken School. She is also a proud midwesterner and lives in northeast Ohio with her husband. They love to visit their four grown children, cheer on favorite professional sports teams and travel to out-of-the way (warm) islands. Michelle thinks that the science of psychology is intriguing and will read any psychology-related book she can find.

  • Darcy Iams

    Teacher, Punahou School

    Darcy teaches Anatomy/Physiology and Chemistry, enjoys paddling one-man outrigger canoes, swimming, golfing, yoga, reading and solving medical mysteries.

  • Steve Ingrassia

    Teacher, Hawken School

    Steve has never found a subject that does not fascinate him.  After a 30 year career in the computer industry, he has been teaching high school math and computer science for 5 years.  When not teaching, he loves playing trumpet, reading everything he can fit on his Kindle, and making bad puns.

  • Owain Jones

    Teacher, Jakarta International School

    Owain has worked as a a Web Developer, Statistician, and Teacher.  He has lived in Jakarta for fifteen years with his three children and two dogs.

  • Nan Ketpura-Ching

    Teacher, Punahou School

    As a science teacher and life-long learner, Nan loves finding new ways to integrate technology into her curriculum. She hopes to motivate and inspire a new generation of learners. In her spare time, she loves traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two kids.

  • Douglas Kiang

    Teacher, Punahou School

    Douglas Kiang teaches computer science at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a dad, food truck aficionado, friend to dogs, and reformed skydiver. He also has done four of the next five things: ran a marathon, written a novel, tended bar, roadied for U2, and nearly flunked out of Harvard.

  • Shonda Kuiper

    Faculty at Grinnell College

    Based on her consulting work in industry and academia, Shonda’s courses emphasize the application of statistics in multiple disciplines. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, painting, playing guitar, and training horses.

  • David Lowen

    Teacher, Greenhill School

    David has taught for over 35 years and continues to search for new and better ways to work with his students both in and out of the classroom.  He is a SCUBA instructor, an avid outdoors person and enjoys reading science fiction fantasy series, his favorite being Stephen R. Donaldson's - Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

  • David Metzler

    Teacher, Albuquerque Academy

    David thinks that math and physics are amazingly cool ways to understand the world. He likes dancing to swing and salsa music, watching old movies, and hiking the mountains of the Southwest with his wife, son and daughter.

  • Anna Moore

    Teacher, Westminster Schools

    Anna thinks studying the brain is one of the coolest things she could do. The only thing better than studying it herself is talking to other folks about it and encouraging them to study it, too! When she was in high school she was pretty sure that she hated science. She is ever grateful to those teachers and mentors who took the time to show her how fun it really is.

  • Jen Neubauer

    Teacher, The Dalton School

    A current New Yorker, Jen has lived in California, Vermont, Ohio, Washington, and Down Under. When not teaching or working with young people, you can find her playing outdoors. She also really loves a good story.

  • Chris Rhodes

    Teacher, Mary Institute & Saint Louis Country Day School
    As a former wilderness instructor and education law attorney, Chris brings a variety of perspectives into his classroom.
  • Lina Samawi

    Teacher, King's Academy

    Lina is passionate about traveling, photography, skydiving, theater and play writing, and most importantly, finding ties between cultures of the world.

  • Siva Sankrithi

    Teacher, Lakeside School

    Siva teaches math and coaches chess at Lakeside, is a private inventor on the side with multiple patents to his name, makes virtually everything a game, and is passionate about math, music, sports, and food.

  • Jeff Schwartz

    Teacher, Greenwich Academy

    Jeff lives with his wife, son, and Shetland Sheepdog in Connecticut.  He believes poetry can change the world.  His poems and essays have appeared widely in books and magazines.

  • Alyson Solomon

    Teacher, Germantown Friends

    Alyson holds graduate degrees in medicine and education. She enjoys teaching, cruising, swimming, reading, and spending time with family.

  • Ben Temple

    Teacher, Blake School

    Ben is a Grade Dean and teaches Social Studies at The Blake School in Minneapolis. Ben enjoys to hearing how others see the world, spending time with his family, and running in the dark (usually with a headlamp). 

  • John Touchton

    Teacher, Sidwell Friends School
  • Rick White

    Teacher, Jakarta International

    Rick and his wife have lived in Europe and Asia for the last 7 years. He is a thrill seeking, diaper changing, photo-taking mathematician.

  • George Zaninovich

    Teacher, Catlin-Gabel School

    George Zaninovich is the PLACE program director and teaches freshmen history, urban studies, public health, and journalism at Catlin Gabel School. When not also teaching online course with GOA, he enjoys playing guitar, hiking with his three dogs, going camping with his family, and cooking Thai or Southern food.