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Laura Cox (she/her) is an international educator and leader originally from the US with Masters in both Special Education and Leadership. She is currently the K12 Inclusion Services Coordinator at the American International School of Johannesburg.

She is very geeky about MTSS, UDL, the Science of Reading, and Cognitive Coaching. These areas and much more are discussed in her blog Tales of La Tortugita.

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Doctor of Education (EdD) candidate with the University of East Anglia, UK.
Interested in how interacting with Land and with respect to indigenous practices, supports inclusive practices within the classroom.

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Sientania (pronounced Si-entania) McNeil is a Learning Support Specialist and DEIJ advocate, from Zimbabwe and is currently in Cote d’Ivoire. She is passionate about creating inclusive learning opportunities and vocation for all.

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Carla is a passionate educator whose focus is on the high school student – and equipping them for life beyond grades and the classroom. As a born and bred South African, Carla has spent her entire career at AISJ.

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Emily Feher is an Elementary Physical Education (PE) Teacher at the American International School of Johannesburg. An American with a background in Public Health, she believes that PE offers many unique opportunities to reinforce SEL concepts.

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Kristina is from Ohio, USA, but has been teaching and leading internationally for 15 years. She is an intervention specialist and has been grateful to lead multiple schools in building their culture for inclusivity.

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Amanda Charles is a Middle School English Language Learning Teacher at the American International School of Johannesburg. She is a South African passionate about literacy & language development and making schools safe spaces for ALL children.

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Nika has been an inclusion support teacher for 16 years in varying roles in Manila, Cambodia, India, and South Africa. Her greatest joy in teaching stems from being an advocate for all her students. She is also a certified MARIO Educator.

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Soazig has been a passionate and enthusiastic World language teacher for 16 years. She recently added English language teaching to her qualifications as she joined the American International School of Johannesburg. She also enjoys the multilingual sounds of her classroom as she supervises the School-supported Self-taught program. Advocating for English language learners, Soazig promotes culturally responsive teaching in the classroom and multilingualism as a tool for intercultural understanding.

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Dr. Stacy Shipman is the Student Support Director at the American International School of Lagos where she helps lead the school’s MTSS Implementation Team, along with leading the Tier 3 services for the school.

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Bill Hanagan is presently the Director of Student Support Services (DSSS) at Lincoln Community School in Ghana. He has worked as a school psychologist internationally and in the US. Prior to LCS he served as DSSS and school psychologist at the International School of Beijing.